MacLane had never posted an ERA over 4.12 while in the New York Mets organization. After being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2006 for Shawn Green and cash considerations, MacLane posted earned run averages of 7.70 and 4.96 in his two full seasons with Arizona. Perhaps this latest change in scenery is just what the 26-year old southpaw needs to get his career back on track.
In three appearances with the Aces this year, MacLane was 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA and 23 hits allowed and just three strikeouts in 14.2 innings. Indeed, it has been MacLane's poor strikeout rate in Triple-A - 210 in 412 innings after fanning 363 in 408 innings at lower levels - that have precipitated his poor results. His excellent changeup, which he used as an out pitch against inexperienced hitters, hasn't missed the bats of Triple-A hitters. Ultimately, there may not be enough of a velocity difference between that offering and MacLane's mid-to-high 80s fastball.
Once Tom Gordon completes his rehab stint with Reno, there will be an open spot on Reno's roster for one of Double-A Mobile's dominant pitchers. Hector Ambriz, Matt Torra, and Bryan Augenstein are the most likely starters to receive that promotion.
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