Jose Veras has added depth to the Tigers' bullpen with an ERA of 2.76 in 18 games. He has maintained a low WHIP, 1.04, since arriving.
The Astros are in a long-term rebuilding program, as evidenced by both players being 19 years old and years away from the major leagues. Paulino gives them a second player to add to their long and growing list of projectable prospects. He fits the Dave Dombrowski mold of pitching prospects, 6' 5" and hard throwing. And like so many young pitchers, he just had his Tommy John surgery.
David Paulino played this season in the Gulf Coast League, making four starts before the injury. His strikeout-to-walk ratio went to 11. Three is good. But stats mean little in 20 inning of rookie ball.
David Paulino's middle name is Confesor, or confessor in English. I would love to interview his parents and get the back story. His younger brother, Brenny Onil Paulino, remains with the Tigers. Let's hope David does some coaching this winter, as Brenny walked nine in only five and a third innings for Lakeland.
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