Wednesday’s trade deadline more than likely changed the landscape of the rest of the 2019 season, but some deals might have a longer impact. Here’s a look at five prospects that changed teams before the deadline that should have a future in the major leagues.
SS Mauricio Dubon
The deal: San Francisco Giants acquire Dubon from the Milwaukee Brewers for LHP Drew Pomeranz and RHP Ray Black
A torn ACL in 2018 nearly prevented Dubon from being the first player born and raised in Honduras to reach the majors. He missed all but 27 games of the 2018 season and returned to action by opening day, eventually earning his call to the show in early July. Dubon stole 30 bases in three consecutive seasons, including a career-best 38 in 2017, before going down with the injury. The 25-year-old has nine steals in 15 attempts this season. He’s only 160 pounds at 6 feet tall, so he doesn’t produce much power. But he’s a career .299 hitter in the minors with 190 extra-base hits -- including 42 homers -- over seven seasons in the minors. He’s mostly played shortstop and obviously has the speed and athleticism to stick there, but he’s also had plenty of time at second base. Originally signed by the Boston Red Sox for $75,000, Dubon was part of the deal for right-hander Tyler Thornburg. The Giants already have a touted shortstop prospect in Marco Luciano, but he’s a 17-year-old in Rookie ball and Dubon should make an impact almost immediately. He’s a nice deadline addition to an organization that gave away nothing from a prospect standpoint while getting better at the major league level.
SS Jazz Chisholm
The Deal: Miami Marlins acquire Chisholm from the Arizona Diamondbacks for RHP Zac Gallen
Scouts made note that Chisholm’s an aggressive hitter and his 123 strikeouts are third-most in the Southern League, but he already has two more walks than all of last season. Defensively, scouts believe his athleticism should keep him at shortstop where he’s compiled a .946 fielding percentage this season. His .204 batting average is 68 points lower than his overall 2018 mark -- though he batted .329 over the final 36 games in the hitter friendly California League. Chisholm led all minor league shortstops with 25 homers last season and has followed with 18 homers in 142 fewer at-bats this year. He added three more long balls in the Arizona Fall League, where he went 19-for-43 (.442) in 10 games, so there was reason to believe the vaunted bat wasn’t the result of his environment. He also participated in a Home Run Derby in his native Bahamas over the offseason that provided quite the spectacle. There have only been six players from the Bahamas ever to reach the majors and it’s likely that Chisholm or Tampa Bay Rays prospect Lucius Fox will be the seventh. Chisholm will join Isan Diaz, Lewin Diaz and Jose Devers among the Marlins’ top infield prospects, probably ranked behind right-hander Sixto Sanchez and 2019 first-rounder J.J. Bleday.
OF Jesus Sanchez
The Deal: Marlins acquire RHP Ryne Stanek and Sanchez from the Tampa Bay Rays for RHPs Trevor Richards and Nick Anderson
The 21-year-old Sanchez was elevated to Triple-A Durham three weeks ago. He’s batting .206 through 63 at-bats, a similarly slow start to his Double-A debut at the end of last season. The tools are above average across the board, and he left the Southern League batting .275 with a .736 OPS, 20 extra-base hits and 49 RBIs. These small samples are just about the only times he’s struggled at the professional level since he signed for $400,000 in 2014. He set a personal best with 15 homers in 2017 in Class A, but his large, 6-foot-3, 230-pound frame should probably produce more pop moving forward. He hits the ball on the ground nearly half the time and went to the opposite field more often he pulled the ball in Double-A this year. He possesses the arm strength to stick in right field but is athletic enough to slide to another spot in the outfield if necessary. He’s already eclipsed his 2018 season total with six outfield assists this year. Sanchez, Bleday and Monte Harrison represent the best of the Marlins’ outfield prospects -- a group that’s comparable with any in the majors.
OF/1B Seth Beer
The Deal: Diamondbacks acquire Beer, RHP J.B. Bukauskas, RHP Corbin Martin and UTIL Joshua Rojas from Houston Astros for RHP Zack Greinke
Beer has hit above projections since being selected 28th overall out of Clemson in last year’s draft. But his elite power, on the other hand, has lived up to expectations. Beer clubbed his way through the Carolina League, batting .328 with nine homers and 34 RBIs in 35 games. He kept it going with Double-A Corpus Christi batting .299 with 16 homers and 52 RBIs. Beer hits the ball well to all fields and has pulled the ball more in Double-A, where he’s improved on an already impressive home run rate. He has the speed and athleticism of a first baseman, where he’s played 62 games this season, but he’s also played some left field. It’s more than likely he’s a bat-first first baseman, but it’s a bat worth coveting. Despite his physical limitations as a 22-year-old, Beer was a swimming phenom a decade ago, setting national records in the 50- and 100-meter backstroke. The D-backs have outfield talent in the system, namely Alek Thomas, Kristian Robinson and 2019 first-rounder Corbin Carroll, so Beer will likely stick at first. But he’ll also replace the power lost from the system in the Chisholm trade.
RHP J.B. Bukauskas
Bukauskas has been limited in his opportunities at the professional level to show just how good he can be and continue his success from the University of North Carolina. A slipped disc in his back as the result of a preseason car accident kept him to 59 innings during the regular season last year. He was lights out in 28 innings at Class A Advanced, but didn’t get regular work until the Arizona Fall League, where he compiled a 3.33 ERA with 24 punchouts in 24 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old hasn’t figured out Double-A hitters quite as well this year. He leaves the Texas League with a 5.25 ERA in 20 appearances -- 14 starts -- but he struck out 98 in 85 2/3 innings. Bukauskas’ delivery is quick and high-effort, and he possesses a cutter. Pair that with whatever longevity issues might come with his injury history, and he may have a future in the bullpen. His fastball sticks in the mid-90s, and his changeup has some arm-side run, but his tight-breaking slider grades out as his best pitch. The D-backs got back some pitching help in Gallen, but their system isn’t exactly loaded with arms. Jon Duplantier, previously the team’s best pitching prospect, has had similar injury troubles. Brennan Malone, the 33rd overall pick in 2019, has a chance to quickly scale the ranks of the Arizona system.
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