With the trading deadline a few days away, let’s take a look at what prospects the buyers are handing over to get their new major league players and where those players compare to the Cardinals prospects we know and love.
Miami acquired RHP Nathan Eovaldi and RHP Scott McGough from the Los Angeles Dodgers for 3B Hanley Ramirez and LHP Randy Choate.
Per Baseball Prospectus: Nathan Eovaldi, who’s bounced between Double-A and the majors over the past two seasons without managing to establish himself as a starting pitcher. He’s a young, cost-controlled pitcher the Marlins can use to fill out the back of their rotation, but right now he doesn’t look like much more than that.
Cardinal analogous player: Joe Kelly.
BP Again: A fifth-round pick in 2011, McGough is an intriguing relief prospect who still has plenty to work on. At six feet tall and with a slight build, he’s on the small side, but he has an incredibly fast arm capable of firing 93-95-mph fastballs that touch 97.
Cardinal analogous player: Sam Gaviglio (not the same type pitcher, but was the Cardinals 2011 5th rounder.)
Diamondbacks acquired UTL-R Tyler Bortnick from the Rays for UTL-R Ryan Roberts.
Via Baseball Prospectus: (Bortnick) now at 25, he’s hitting .253/.352/.385 in 95 Double-A games. Bortnick has an excellent approach, some contact skills and a bit of speed, but he’s limited to the right side defensively.
Cardinal analogous player: Chris Swauger
Houston acquired OF-S Robbie Grossman, LHP Rudy Owens, and LHP Colton Cain from the Pirates for LHP Wandy Rodriguez
Per BP: Owens is the most big league ready of the trio, and will likely see time in Houston this year. The 24-year-old lefty had to overcome the stigma of being a 24th-round pick, but he’s found success at every level and won over scouts as a potential back-of-the-rotation piece.
BP: An 8th-round pick in 2009 who received a seven-figure bonus, Cain is the upside play in the group, as his 4.20 ERA at High-A Bradenton, with 51 strikeouts in 75 innings, don’t cover his potential.
Cardinal analogous player: Scott Schneider (?) EDIT: He was released yesterday.
BP: Grossman … hit .294/.418/.451 at High-A Bradenton while leading the minor leagues with 104 walks. That was enough to make him the no. 6 prospect in the system entering the year, but scouts had mixed reviews of him due to some questions about his power potential, and the ability to stay up the middle.
Cardinal analogous player: James Ramsey (?) – Obviously untradeable due to being drafted this year, but that’s the best comp I can come up with in the Cardinals system. Other: Adron Chambers – Too old and too high level to be a true comp, but fairly close.
I’ll look at a few more trades tomorrow and their Cardinal similar players, but for now, do you agree with the comparisons and would you make any of the below trades?
Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate for Joe Kelly and Sam Samuel Gaviglio.
Ryan Roberts for Chris Swauger.
Wandy Rodriguez for Tyler Lyons, Scott Schneider and James Ramsey.