As the trade deadline flurry has officially come to an end, many players will now wear a different uniform for at least the duration of this season. Many so-called “sellers” at the trade deadline traded valuable assets to their team in exchange for prospects that will help their team contend in the future. In total, 55 prospects were traded. Today we will analyze the top 10 prospects traded.
1. Daniel Norris, LHP, Detroit Tigers
Daniel Norris’ stuff is phenomenal and he has the potential to be a dominant pitcher. He has an excellent fastball and slider, and an even better changeup. His main focus is getting better control over his pitches. Norris has lots of potential and will be special one day.
2. Brandon Finnegan, LHP, Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Finnegan was a huge part of the Royals’ bullpen in their playoff run in 2014. He is typically a starting pitcher and will take on that role for Cincinnati. Finnegan is clearly one of the most MLB ready prospects traded at the deadline.
3. Domingo Santana, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
Domingo Santana is a right fielder with tons of power and a cannon for an arm. He will be an excellent addition for the Brewers if he can lower his strikeout rate and hit for more of an average. Santana is also MLB ready, and the Brewers may experiment with him in the not so distant future.
4. Brett Phillips, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
Phillips is a do-it-all prospect. He can hit for a high average and has some pop in his bat. He also has lots of speed and could be a perennial 20/20 guy in terms of homeruns and steals. In addition, Phillips has a cannon for an arm and can gun guys down from center field.
5. Jose Peraza, 2B, Dodgers
Peraza is a great contact hitter. He is also very fast, which makes for an ideal top of the lineup guy. Peraza will be able to swipe lots of bags and is very versatile defensively. Although his main position is 2B, he is also very capable of playing SS and CF.
6. Jeff Hoffman, RHP, Colorado Rockies
Jeff Hoffman has plus stuff on the mound. Since undergoing Tommy John surgery, he has come back throwing 98 mph. He also has a wicked curveball and can use his changeup as an out pitch as well. Hoffman has also regained his control quite nicely since his surgery.
7. Jake Thompson, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies
Jake Thompson has great stuff and the potential to be a top end starter on any team. He throws a low to mid 90s sinker and has a devastating slider to go along with it. Thompson is very good at generating ground ball outs.
8. Nick Williams, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Williams plays the corner outfield positions. He has improved on his eye at the plate and is a very good contact hitter. He also has some power to go along with it. Williams is also very fast and is always a threat to go when he reaches base.
9. Jorge Alfaro, C, Philadelphia Phillies
Jorge Alfaro is a one-of-a-kind catching prospect. He is a defensive wizard and hits for power. Alfaro has tons of upside. He has a great arm and catches runners stealing frequently. Alfaro could wind up being one of the best catchers in baseball within the next 10 years
10. Rob Kaminsky, LHP, Indians
Kaminsky should be able to develop into a mid rotation starter for the Indians. The Indians are known for developing pitchers so he could potentially become a number 2 starter. His fastball can touch 95 mph, but his best pitch is his sharp-breaking curveball. He also throws lots of strikes and can use his changeup as an out pitch.