The Cubs decided to trade a decent (future) Four-A player in Tony Thomas today. In return, they got a fringey catcher-turned-reliever. Red Sox win.
Robert Coello is a big 6'5" 250 pound righty. His fastball has been described as 'heavy' with natural cut. It's almost all he throws. It's joined by some type of slider or curve, a change-up and a splitter/forkball.
He tops out over 93 mph.
Update: I'll keep the forkball label since at the moment I believe that's what he calls it. As Mike Fast points out, it acts more like a splitter.
While facing over 1100 batters over his professional career, relative to league average he has
- struck-out and walked more batters than average
- given up an unusually large proportion of balls in the air
- consistently been prone to giving up home runs
Not impressive, and Marc Normandin likes this trade for the Red Sox.
PITCHf/x data from MLBAM and Sportvision, pitch classifications by the author; batted ball data from MLBAM