It’s hard to get excited about Powell, a 33-year-old reliever who’s been fairly ordinary throughout his career. Well, the Braves could use “ordinary”, but don’t go thinking he’s a savior. Powell came up with the Marlins in 1995, was traded to the Astros in 1998, to the Rockies in 2001, and spent the last three years in Texas before blowing out his arm. He’s never made a major league start, and has only 22 saves, having been used mostly as a middle reliever.
Powell’s career ERA is 4.19. Now, he’s spent the last few years in hitter’s parks, but it’s still nothing special. His strikeout rate (7.05 per nine) is pedestrian; so is his walk rate (4.47). It’s far from Gryboski territory, but he’s not someone who’s going to blow away the competition. He goes in a pile with Brower and maybe Sosa, as an ordinary reliever who can help the back of a bullpen but who isn’t really the kind of guy you want pitching the seventh or eighth of a close game… Righthanded, but over the last few years has been more effective against lefties (.239/.343/.421, versus .313/.381/.460.) It’s probably just one of those things.