With the trading deadline a few days away, let’s take a look at a few more trades and how the Cardinals prospects would match up.
Marlins acquire RHP Jacob Turner, C-L Rob Brantly, LHP Bryan Flinn for 2B Omar Infante, RHP Anibal Sanchez. (I’m ignoring the compensation draft picks as the Cardinals have none.)
Jacob Turner = Shelby Miller (give or take)
Rob Brantly: (via BP)
He’s a contact machine who works aggressively, as he rarely walks or strikes out, and he employs a line drive swing and uses all fields. This leaves him with limited power and on-base skills, so he needs to hit for average to have value as an offensive catcher. Unfortunately, the more advanced pitching of Triple-A has been able to exploit his expanded strike zone. He’s a capable defender with an average arm and will join Turner at Triple-A, projecting as a future backup or second-division starter.
Cardinal analogous player: Cody Stanley
Bryan Flynn: (via BP)
…six-foot-eight, 240 pound southpaw who can throw strikes with an 88-92 mph fastball, but those are still the most positive things about his scouting profile. His curveball and slider are both below average, as is his changeup, and scouts don’t project much improvement in them. He lacks the big platoon splits of a future LOOGY and will require significant improvement just to make it as a reliever.
Cardinal analogous player: Kevin Siegrist
Cubs agree to acquire RHP Randall Delgado from the Atlanta Brave for RHP Ryan Dempster and cash considerations. (This trade is not yet finalized as Dempster looks like he does not want to approve it, but it is indicative of the market and worth looking at.)
Delgado, ranked the second-best Braves prospect by Kevin Goldstein in February, hasn’t had an easy time of it this season, struggling with his control and pitching to an above-average ERA, but he’s only 22 years old and still technically in his rookie year. The righty hasn’t missed many bats in the majors, relying instead on getting groundballs.
Cardinal analogous player: Trevor Rosenthal
What say you? Would you pull the trigger on any of these deals?
2B Omar Infante and RHP Anibal Sanchez for RHP Shelby Miller, C Cody Stanley and LHP Kevin Siegrist.
RHP Ryan Dempster for RHP Trevor Rosenthal