All (traded) prospects team
This time of year a lot of attention is given to players donning new uniforms. Plenty of players swapped teams, either via trade or free agency, and everyone wants to know how those players will impact their new squads.
However, established veterans aren’t the only players with new addresses — several prospects were traded over the winter as well. While the recently traded prospects may not be on the Opening Day roster, several of them will debut later in the season and may help lift your favorite team into the playoffs.
Here’s a look at some of the top prospects that were traded over the offseason. Among them are eight from MLBpipeline.com’s Top 100 prospects – four pitchers and four position players.
C Jacob Nottingham
Nottingham has been traded twice in the past eight months – he was dealt from Houston to as part of the Scott Kazmir trade in July before the A’s recently shipped him off to the Brewers – but may have found a home in Milwaukee. The 20-year old catcher hit a combined .316 in 2015 and is the best catching prospect in the Brewers’ system. Jonathan Lucroy is the club’s starter, but Nottingham will be a non-roster invitee at Spring Training and very well could be the Brewers catcher of the future.
1B Daniel Palka
Palka is listed as a first baseman, but spent just 37 games at the position in 2015. Meanwhile, he spent 88 games in the outfield, mostly in right (69 games). Palka, a third round selection in the 2013 draft, was traded from the D-backs to the Twins in exchange for Chris Herrmann. The 24-year old hit .280 in 129 games with Class-A Visalia last season.
2B Jose Peraza
Sent to the Reds as part of a three-player trade in December, Peraza was one of the higher-profile prospects dealt over the offseason. Ranked No. 71 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100, the 21-year old Peraza is coming off a season in which he hit .293 in 118 games at the Triple-A level. Peraza made his Major League debut last season and hit .182 in seven games with the Dodgers.
3B Carlos Asuaje
Despite being listed as a third baseman, the former 11th round pick spent the bulk of both the 2015 regular season and Arizona Fall League at second base. Asuaje hit .251 in AA last season and was dealt to San Diego as part of the package that sent Craig Kimbrel to Boston. It should also be noted that Javier Guerra, the No. 58 prospect in baseball, was also involved in the trade.
SS Dansby Swanson
There is only room for one shortstop in this lineup and therefore Swanson is the reason Guerra was left off this list. Swanson, regarded at the eighth-best prospect in all of baseball, had a busy 2015. After leading the Vanderbilt Commodores to the College World Series Finals, the D-backs selected Swanson with the No. 1 pick in the draft. However, before the shortstop could make his professional debut, he was hit in the face with a pitch in a simulated game. Eventually, Swanson played in 22 games and hit .289 before he was sent to Atlanta as part of a blockbuster deal.
OF Boog Powell
For the second time in as many years, Powell was traded during the winter. Oakland sent Powell to Tampa Bay prior to the 2015 season and the Rays dealt the outfielder to the Mariners prior to 2016. A 20th round selection out of Orange Coast Community College, Powell has good speed and may make his debut this season as a backup outfielder.
OF Manuel Margot
Margot, along with Guerra and Asuaje, was also sent from Boston to San Diego in exchange for Craig Kimbrel. Margot hit .271 in 64 games in AA last season and is ranked as the 45th-best prospect in baseball.
OF Trayce Thompson
With 122 Major League at-bats to his name, Thompson barely qualifies for this list, but until he hits that magic number (130), he’s still a prospect. After an impressive debut with the White Sox, Thompson was sent to the Dodgers as part of a three-team deal. The 24-year old outfielder hit .295 in 44 games with the White Sox last season and was able to play each of the three outfield positions. Thompson played 18 games in right, 12 in left and 10 in center.
LHP Logan Allen
When Allen was traded from the Red Sox to the Padres, he became the first player traded under the new rule which allows a player to be traded in their draft year following the conclusion of the World Series. The Red Sox drafted Allen out of high school in the eighth round of the 2015 draft. The 18-year old lefty got his professional career off to a nice start last season as he pitched in eight games and gave up three earned runs in 24 1/3 innings.
LHP Sean Newcomb
The No. 21 prospect in all of baseball was highest-rated pitching prospect to be moved over the offseason. The Angels sent both Newcomb and Chris Ellis to Atlanta as part of a package to acquire Andrleton Simmons. While Newcomb has terrific stuff (a fastball that can climb to the upper 90s) and averaged 11 strikeouts per nine innings last season, he does struggle with command at times (averaged five walks per nine innings in 2015).
RHP Chris Ellis
A third round selection in 2014, Ellis has impressed so far. The 23-year old was promoted to AA midway through the season and proceeded to go 7-4 with a 3.92 ERA in 15 starts. Ellis, along with Newcomb and Aaron Blair, will be a non-roster invitee at Braves camp this spring.
RHP Aaron Blair
The Braves acquired the No. 56 prospect in baseball from Arizona as part of a trade that sent Shelby Miller out west. Blair was selected 36th overall in 2013 and is coming off a strong season. Pitching in both AA and Triple-A, Blair went 13-5 with a 2.92 ERA.
RHP Trevor Williams
After striking out a career-high 7.7 batters per nine innings in 2015, Williams was dealt from the Marlins to the Pirates. Williams spent the bulk of last season in AA, but did make the jump to Triple-A and will face even stiffer competition as a non-roster invitee at Pirates’ camp.
RHP Frankie Montas
Montas just cracked the Top-100, coming in at No. 95, but the Dodgers will have to wait to see their new prospect in action. Montas underwent rib surgery Friday and is expected to miss the next two to four months. The right-hander posted a 2.97 ERA in 23 AA starts last season before pitching 15 innings (4.80 ERA) with the White Sox late in the year.
RHP Mark Appel
Mark Appel’s career has not gone according to plan, but perhaps the change of scenery can get the 24-year old back on track. Appel, the No. 1 selection of the 2013 draft, was sent from Houston to Philadelphia in a deal that brought closer Ken Giles to the Astros. The right-hander is currently listed as the No. 70 prospect in baseball.
RHP Tyler Wagner
The D-backs gave up a couple players earlier on this list, but this time Arizona is the team acquiring the top prospect. Wagner, a former fourth-round selection, threw well in AA last season. The right-hander won the Southern League ERA title as he went 11-5 with a 2.25 ERA. However, once he was called up to the Major Leagues, he made three starts with the Brewers and gave up 11 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings.