Earlier yesterday, the Tigers decided to trade Superstar David Price to the Blue Jays for 3 prospects, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. This deal most likely shows that the Tigers have folded and will look to rebuild the farm system and try to compete next season, but don’t count them out because they are 3.5 games out of the second wild card spot. It will take a long shot to make playoffs after trading the closer and the ace.
As a result of the trade, The 3 prospects the Tigers acquired are Jairo Labourt, Matt Boyd, and wild man Daniel Norris. So here are some info on the newest Tigers.
First, Jairo Labourt was the Blue Jays #19 prospect and was at advanced Single-A and should remain there. Next season he should be at Double-A. Labourt is a lefty that has been up and down this year with a 2-7 record and has a 4.59 ERA in 80.1 innings. He has punched out 70 batters. He needs to work on his control due to the high amount of walks (40). Ground ball pitcher with a good sinker and slider. His changeup needs lots of work. He is a big dude and that will help him remain a starter.
Second, Matt Boyd was the Blue Jays #11 prospect and has pitched in 2 games at the professional level and went 0-2 with a 14.85 ERA on 6.2 innings. He punched out 7 batters. Now thats not enough work to judge the young starter. Boyd is 24 and is currently in Triple-A and owns a 3-1 record with 107 Ks, 2.77 ERA in 39 innings pitched. He was also stellar in Double-A. Boyd can throw a fastball anywhere between 90 to 93 mph and is really good at keeping the ball down in the zone. Decent off-speed pitches with a great changeup. His motion has lots of deception and makes his pitches look good also.
Last, Daniel Norris was ranked #1 in the Jays farm system. He has pitched in 5 MLB games and accumulated 23.1 innings on a 1-1 record with 18 Ks on a 3.86 ERA. Norris was the main piece in the deal for the Tigers. He can be a top of the rotation guy. In Triple-A he has struggled a bit. He has a 3-10 record with a 4.27 ERA in 90.2 innings and has punched out 78 batters. He needs to work on limiting the walks. He has 41 in Triple-A and 12 in the pros (18 Ks in pros). Norris has a fastball that is in the mid 90’s and it sets up his nasty slider. He also mixes in a slow, hard breaking curve and a changeup that is developing. Norris will have a fine MLB career and prove to the Tigers he got what it takes.
Overall, good lefties are hard to find and the Tigers got 3 good ones. Norris will be in the Tigers rotation next year. Boyd could join him also. Labourt will take a while until you see him join the MLB club. Good trade and they will get a good grade. Grade:A.