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#28 prospect time

So I didn’t write anything on Tuesday because there is nothing really going on of any importance. Today I can’t really think of anything to write about so I’m just going to mention a couple big time prospects that got the call recently. Around this time is usually when teams like to call up some of their top prospects.

First off we have to start with MLB’s number 1 prospect, Yoan Moncada. Moncada was the main piece in the Chris Sale trade between the White Sox and Red Sox this winter. He is an absolutely electric player, just turned 22 so fairly young, this is one of those trades where you can say that really worked out for both sides. Moncada is considered Robison Cano with speed, and I can see why people say that. From the left side (he’s a switch hitter) his swing looks very similar to Cano’s, Moncada might have the same kind of power as Cano but I don’t think he has the pure hitting ability, he has a little more swing and miss to his game. The speed is the separating factor he had back to back 45 stolen base season in the minors.

The second kid I want to write about is the Red Sox, Rafael Devers. I feel this 20 year old kid is only up because the Red Sox third base options suck and the Yankees got Todd Frazier. Yes, he has been a top prospect for years and he has pretty good numbers in the minors this year. He has a good swing and it will play at the highest level but it just feels like his call up was just a last ditch effort to add some power to the lineup. I think Devers will be great don’t get me wrong I just don’t like the timing of this call up, hours later the Red Sox traded for Eduardo Nunez.

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#27 another couple of trades

To be honest with you I did not see this coming at all, we still have a week until the trade deadline. Not even that close to the deadline and there has already been a couple big names shipped to new teams. So today I’m going to write about the two trades that happened Tuesday evening/night, the JD Martinez trade and the Todd Frazier (and others) trade.

I have less to say about the JD Martinez trade so I’ll start there. JD went from the Tigers to the Diamondbacks for 3 prospects, none of which are “big names”. In all honesty it was a pretty weak return for a pretty good outfielder. When the Tigers traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets a couple years ago they got Micheal Fulmer in return, who was a big arm who hadn’t quite figured everything out yet but now he developed into their number 1 pitcher. And if you look at the numbers Martinez and Cespedes are fairly similar, it looks like the Diamondbacks got the better end of this deal but we’ll have to wait a couple years to see if the prospects the Tigers got in return turn into anything. Today they were talking about this trade on MLB network and they were saying nobody in the industry predicted the Diamondbacks to be this good… and guess what? I predicted it check my predictions post from before the season. Will a team just hire me already.

Now about the Todd Frazier deal. So it was basically Frazier and David Robertson (and another reliever but I don’t know how to spell his name) going from the White Sox to the Yankees for Blake Rutherford (first round pick last year and number 30 overall prospect in baseball) and Ian Clarkin (former first round pick) and two others. So not only did New York upgrade at third base they actually got to steal Frazier from Boston, it was reported earlier on Tuesday that the Red Sox were close to a deal with Chicago for Todd Frazier then the Yankees just sweep in and stole him from their rivals. Rutherford looks to be a good, athletic outfielder but they have enough outfielders and don’t need to wait for him because he’s probably around 2 years away from being major league ready. Clarkin has potential but has often been injured and he’s not too close to the majors either (closer than Rutherford probably) and those are the big names in this trade. The Yankees saw a chance to upgrade a weak position and not let Boston upgrade their weak position so they took it, I call that a win-win situation.

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#26 Quintana trade

I have been very critical of the Cubs choices this year, and you can add this trade for Jose Quintana to the list. I’m not really sure what they were thinking to be honest. I get that they wanted a controllable starter, which Quintana has 3 years of club control left, but they were better options out there especially for the package the Cubs gave up. Just to sum it up the Cubs gave up their two best prospects for a 28 year old left hander with a career record under .500, a 4.33 era at the time of the trade, and he walked 40 guys in 100 innings. Before I hear the “he pitched good in his debut though” just know it was the Orioles and he was obviously excited, I believe he hit 98 mph on the gun he won’t do that again.

I think the Cubs gave up way too much in this trade and that’s what I’m going to dig into. First of all there were two prospects dealt from the Cubs to the White Sox who’ll be lucky to make it to the majors so those guys aren’t worth me writing about. No offense. The lesser of the two big time prospects was 21 year old Dylan Cease, I have less to say about him so let’s start there. While I wouldn’t put the “future ace” label on Cease he has a good arm and is number 63 in the top 100. That’s really good. Kind of ironic he was a Cub because if I had to throw a comp out there it’d be Carl Edwards Jr. Cease has a good fastball and a plus curveball with shaky command, like Edwards they might try him as a starter but if it doesn’t work move him to the bullpen and you’ll have a dominant reliever. Now the big boy the Cubs traded away, 20 year old Eloy Jimenez. I couldn’t believe the Cubs traded this kid for Quintana. I saw him with my own two eyes down in the Arizona fall league and he impressed me. The size and the bat speed are very similar to the former Cub Jorge Soler, but he swing didn’t look quite as long as Soler’s so he has a lesser chance of striking out. He might be over a year away from the majors but he was already a top 10 prospect at just 20 years old. Jimenez looks to have a special bat and they traded him, I’m sure the Sox are extremely happy they got him from the cross town rivals. Just to put his bat speed into perception, only 3 people have had an exit velocity over 119 mph in the stat cast era Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Eloy Jimenez.

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#28 Sale on jerseys

This has got to be one of the more bizarre stories of the weekend. I couldn’t really write about it on Monday because of the Chapman trade it just had to wait a couple days. I’ll just say Chris Sale was supposed to start Saturday night but was a late scratch. The reason well make you scratch your head.

Like I said Chris Sale was scheduled to start on start on Saturday it also happened promo night (giveaway usually) for the White Sox. The first x amount of fans in the stadium received the same throw back jersey the Sox were wearing. Apparently Chris Sale was a special case and didn’t want to wear throw backs on “his day”. I don’t care if you’re Clayton Kershaw just because you’re the starter that day it doesn’t make your day. Anyway while the rest of the team was taking bp he snuck back to the clubhouse and cut up the jerseys. Not just his jersey everybody’s jersey, just because he didn’t want to wear these particular throw backs because they’re “uncomfortable to pitch in”. And when I say he cut them up I mean he literally took scissors to every jersey. That is incredibly childish if you ask me. Instead of just asking the manager if they can just push him back a day he cuts up his teammates jerseys. MLB central on MLB network laid it out perfectly, one of the hosts came out Monday in a cut up suit, he said “well I didn’t feel like wearing a suit today” the other host told him “it’s your job you have to”. News flash Chris Sale you get paid millions of dollars to play a game you will wear whatever you’re told the White Sox are your employer. Lost a lot of respect for Sale after this.

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