The trade deadline has come and gone, and what a crazy one it was. Aces, closers, big bats, and top prospects were all moved, and most the big leaguers are household names, but what about all those other prospects. I have put together a brief report on all 55 prospects moved this deadline season, and gave a quick glance at what teams got which prospects in the last page of this post.
Trade: Aramis Ramirez and cash considerations to the Pittsburgh Pirates; Yhonathan Barrios to the Milwaukee Brewers
Yhonathan Barrios – RHP – The 23 year old Colombian spent the first five seasons as an infielder in the Pirates system, but transitioned to pitcher during that fifth season in 2013. He moved to pitcher full time for the 2014 season and has pitched purely out of the bullpen since. He has been clocked into the triple digits and has a solid change with a slider that is improving. He is incredibly raw given his very short time spent on the hill but has late inning upside, which isn’t a bad piece to bring in for a third baseman with just a couple months left in his career.
Trade: Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros; Daniel Mengden and Jacob Nottingham to the Oakland Athletics
Jacob Nottingham – C – The jury is still out as to whether or not Nottingham can stick behind the plate, but if he does his bat will play very well. His Minor League career slash line is better than .280/.350/.450 and already has 14 home runs between two levels of A ball this year. He played just 96 games of Rookie ball in his first two pro seasons, so he still has plenty of developing ahead of him. MLB.com has him ranked the seventh best catching prospect in baseball, and that is based largely on his power potential. Despite the solid average thus far, that is not something that will likely be consistent for him, and he is currently a defensive liability behind the dish. If he improves defensively, he will be a standout piece of this trade, but if he needs to move to first base, he will become just another guy.
Daniel Mengden – RHP – The fourth round pick out of Texas A&M last year might have one of the better mustaches in baseball, but he can also deliver with some decent pitches. He is a low 90’s fastball pitcher with a solid slider and an improving curve and change. In just over 104 pro innings, he has struck out 109 and walked just 27, for a K/BB better than 4. Mengden has moved back and forth between starter and reliever, but he is only a real value if he can remain in the rotation as he does not have any shutdown pitch. In order to stay a starter, he may need to tone down the delivery some and make it more repeatable and turn his control into quality command.