O’s Acquire Lefty Reliever Sean Henn For Some Reason

In what may be the most exciting trade in Orioles history, the Birds acquired left-handed relief pitcher Sean Henn from the Twins for a PTBNL or cash considerations (more likely the latter). I remember when Henn was a youngster (though he’s only 28 now) in the Yankees system and was still a starter – I thought he would make a solid lefty out of the pen if the O’s could get him on the cheap.  I will admit that I thought he was out of baseball at this point, but given my previous notions about Henn at first blush I was happy (relatively speaking) with the deal. Let’s look at the stats…

In 78 career innings spread over 5 separate years in the majors (mostly in relief), Henn is 2-9 with a 7.50 ERA. The 6.46 K/9 is less than ideal, and the 6.92 BB/9 is quite awful. Along with being a home run prone (1.59 HR/9) flyball pitcher, Henn’s 6.56 FIP makes him not even close to a major leaguer. For the majority of his minor league career, Henn hasn’t really been a strike-out pitcher either – he had a 10.5 K/9 this year in Triple-A, but before that it was in the 6-8 per nine range. His walks were never that bad (say, in the 3-4 per nine range), but not exactly good. Hard to tell from the pitch/fx given the very small sample sizes, but it looks like he throws a 91-92 mph fastball without much tail, an OK slider, and a straight change-up. My hopes of him being a LOOGY don’t look accurate either – in his 78 IP in the majors, righties have a .915 OPS against him and lefties have a .921 OPS against him (and that’s not a BABIP fluke – .321 and .322). That consistency would serve him well as a starter… you know, if he was any good.