News broke at 12:22 am by Mark Feinsand on Twitter that the Mariners were close to acquiring a relief pitcher. He followed that Tweet up with saying that the Mariners had been in contact with the Marlins about David Phelps. Well at 9:27 this morning Feinsand broke news that the deal was complete and that the Marlins would be receiving 4 players back from the Mariners. At 9:41 Joel Sherman tweeted that those 4 players would be OF Brayan Hernandez, RH Brandon Miller, RH Pablo Lopez, RH Lukas Schiraldi. Below is my report describing the type of players that both the Mariners and the Marlins got.
Phelps is a 30 year old reliever that has been a solid reliever. He is nothing flashy, but he gets the job done. Phelps had an outstanding 2016 season in which he made 5 starts in 64 appearances for a 2.28 ERA acrossed 86 ⅔ innings. He had a 1.142 WHIP. 6.3 H/9, 0.6 HR/9, 3.9 BB/9 and 11.8 K/9. He has struggled a little bit more in 2017, but has still been effective as the Marlins set-up man. He has gone 2-4 with a 3.45 ERA acrossed 47 innings in 44 appearances. In those 44 appearances he has a 1.34 WHIP, 8.0 H/9, 1.0 HR/9, 4.0 BB/9, and a 9.8 K/9. The bonus with Phelps is that he is arbitration eligible through next year so this isn’t just a rental. Nothing spectacular, but a solid addition to a very depleted bullpen.
Hernandez is the prize of this trade, ranking as Seattle’s 6th best prospect. He is 19 years old and is very much a project. He is 6’2 and 175 lbs. He has a lot of potential in his bat that could develop into a very solid hitter. To go along with that, he flashes plus speed that will help him swipe bases and give him the ability to stay in CF defensively. He has a career .257 average across the Dominican Summer League, Rookie ball and Everett. In 2017 with Everett he has slashed .252/.306/.408 with 2 HR, 15 RBI, and 4 SB in 112 plate appearances in 28 games.
Miller is a 22 year old, 6’4 210 lb starting pitcher. He is Seattle’s 16 best prospect and was drafted in the 6th round of the 2016 draft. He is very much a strike thrower, as evidence by his 51/7 K/BB ratio across 56 ⅓ innings in his first full pro season. In that season he went 4-2 with a 2.72 ERA at Low-A Everett and has followed that up with a 9-4 record at Single-A Modesto. He has a 3.65 ERA to go along with his 9-4 record.
Lopez is a 21 year old 6’3 200 lb starting pitcher. He was signed out of Venezuela in 2012. In his first 3 major league seasons he combined for 188 ⅓ innings across the Venezuelan Summer League, rookie ball, and Single-A Clinton. In those 3 seasons he had a combined 16-3 record with a 2.48 ERA. This year at High-A Modesto he has a 5-8 record with a 5.04 ERA across 18 starts. He had Tommy John, so his velocity is slowly ticking up. But right now he flashes an 88-91 mph FB with good sink and an average changeup and curveball. He has plus control and projects as a possible back end starter.
Schiraldi is a 23 year old relief pitcher that isn’t ranked in Seattle’s top prospects. In 2017 at High-A Modesto he has a 2-1 record to go along with a 4.58 ERA. He has a 6.5 BB/9 and a crazy 15.2 K/9. Schiraldi is 6’6 and is a very imposing figure on the mound. He has used his height to register plenty of strikeouts as evidence of his 15.2 K/9. With these impressive numbers come a lot of free base runners to the tune of a 6.5 BB/9 and a 1.5 WHIP.
*All of my stats were found at BaseballReference.com*
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