The Dodgers signed Kiko Calero to a MiLB contract during the 2010 season and I thought it was a great signing. Only problem, it turns out, was that Calero wasn’t quite as good as we hoped.
In total, Calero pitched 15 innings with the Dodgers’ minor league AAA team Albuquerque with mixed results. 9.0 hits/9, 0.6 HR/9, 4.2 BB/9, 6.6 K/9. The K/BB ratio should give you a tip to why it wasn’t such a good season, but ABQ has a strikeout problem to begin with (thin air). It was a small sample size though and it was a much better season than what he gave the Mets in the first half of 2010 (20 runs allowed, all earned, on 24 hits and 9 walks in only 17 innings). Hard to believe Calero kicked so much ass with the 2009 Marlins.
The Dodgers really could’ve used some relief help in the second half of the season, but it would’ve been a shaky move at best to bring up Calero in some vain attempt to save the season.
It remains to be seen what happens with Calero next, but he’ll be 36. I still think he wouldn’t be a bad gamble for the 2011 season. Worst case is reliever depth in the organization and best case is a good middle reliever in a depleted major league bullpen.