It was reported yesterday that the Player To Be Named Later in the Joe Blanton deal was Ryan O’Sullivan.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 16, 2012
The 21-year-old right-handed reliever has pitched at both A-ball levels in 2012 after spending 2011 at Rookie-ball. He had a successful stint with the Loons, posting a 2.92 ERA/3.51 FIP/4.52 SIERA, thus earning a promotion to the Quakes. O’Sullivan has struggled in the new environment a bit, putting up a 3.57 ERA/4.84 FIP/4.59 SIERA. A groundball pitcher, the primary problem with his projection are his strikeout totals, which clocked in at 5.45 K/9 at Great Lakes and 6.11 K/9 at Rancho Cucamonga.
O’Sullivan wasn’t a relief arm I was concerned about losing, and quite frankly, I’m just relieved that it wasn’t Chris Withrow or something more significant.