Kris Honel, a former first round draft pick of the White Sox, will give the Armada quality starting pitching, but something tells me we won't be hearing any more "Sweet Home Dominicana" in the clubhouse. While the move does "spread the wealth" of having a major talent and even bigger personality like Lima in the league by getting him more exposure to the Canadian teams, we can only hope that he does get the exposure and hopefully the opportunity to get a nod from an affiliated club. That is, after all, what he has been working so hard for.
Lima earned Golden Baseball League All-Star honors this season and was one of four members of the Fleet selected to the GBL's mid-summer classic. So far this season the former Major League All-Star (1999, Houston Astros) has compiled a 5-5 record with a 2.93 ERA. In 11 starts, he has pitched a total of 83 innings, recording 51 strike outs compared to only nine walks. He is averaging between 7 1/3 and 7 2/3 innings per start with Long Beach.
Kris Honel's numbers so far this season. He's 4-4 with a 4.30 ERA. In 10 starts, he has pitched 46 innings, striking out 46 and walking 43.
Here is the official release from the Armada website:
Also here are interviews with Jose Lima as well as Garry Templeton on the trade.
Armada deals Jose Lima to Edmonton for starting pitcher Kris Honel
White Sox former 1st rounder to join Fleet this weekend in Chico
Long Beach, Calif. (July 31, 2009) -– The Long Beach Armada announced tonight that they have traded RHP Jose Lima to the Edmonton Capitals in exchange for RHP Kris Honel, a former first round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox. The two pitchers have similar records in the GBL this season.
Lima has been one of the top pitchers on the Armada staff this season, but will be a free agent at the end of this season. Honel, one of the best young arms in the GBL will be with the Armada next season as well, if he doesn't get picked up by a major league organization, since his contract has an option year left on it that Long Beach can exercise.
Honel, 26, 6-5, 195 was the 16th overall pick in the 2001 amateur draft as the Chicago White Sox made him their first selection that year out of Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Illinois. On a fast track, he rocketed up through the White Sox organization reaching AA in two years as he had strikeout totals of 152 and 122 in two short minor league seasons. Injuries sidetracked him in 2004 and 2006 and he moved to the St. Louis Cardinals organization in 2008. Released just this year, he joined the Edmonton Capitals and quickly became one of the leaders of their pitching staff. His four wins this year are third best amongst Capitals' pitchers and he has the second best E.R.A. of the starters on the Edmonton staff and is second in strikeouts. He beat the Armada and Jose Lima in a pitcher's duel on June 17th earlier this season, as he struck out 9 and gave up only two hits and allowed no runs.
Edmonton initiated the trade as they try to solidify their hold on the second playoff spot in the North Division. Lima has pitched very effectively against the Capitals this year and was a huge fan favorite on the Armada's visit to Edmonton in the first half of this season.