In the midst of Tuesday’s epic flurry of MLB player movement, a number of minor leaguers were included in the action.
OAKLAND TRADES MICHAEL CHOICE AND CHRIS BOSTICK TO TEXAS FOR CRAIG GENTRY AND JOSH LINDBLOM:
- Choice was drafted 10th overall in 2010 and has steadily risen through the Oakland Athletics’ system. He entered the 2012 season as Baseball America’s 80th rated prospect in baseball, and has continued to demonstrated above-average bat speed and impressive raw power. Scouts note the swing-and-miss in his game, making strikeouts a concern, though he certainly isn’t the first prospect of his ilk to earn that sort of reputation.
- Bostick may not have the pedigree of Choice, having been drafted in the 44th round of the 2011 MLB Draft, but scouts praise his feel for hitting. As her ESPN’s scouting report, Bostick profiles long-term as a second baseman.
PHILADELPHIA TRADES ROB RASMUSSEN AND ERIK KRATZ TO TORONTO FOR BRAD LINCOLN:
- Rasmussen was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 2nd round of the 2010 MLB Draft, and has now been traded 4 times in his young career. At 5’9″, 160 lbs, Rasmussen’s size presents a similar challenge to that of new teammate Marcus Stroman. Over the course of the 2013 season, Rasmussen was promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque, where hitters feasted on the lefty to the tune of 39 earned runs in 54.1 innings pitched. Rescued from that notoriously hitters haven by a demotion to Double-A, Rasmussen turned his season around with an impressive finish. Over his last 16 appearances, he registered 8.4 strikeouts per 9 while walking 3.1, and slashing his ERA to 2.55. Scouts suggest his slider could be a plus pitch, and that his 89-92 mph fastball is sufficient to carry him as a lefthander. Some say he’ll inevitably find himself in the pen, while others argue that he has the stamina and repertoire to remain a starter.