Braves Trade Sean Rodriguez to Pirates for INF Prospect

 

The Atlanta Braves have traded utility man Sean Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league infielder Connor Joe. Rodriguez, 32, has not played much this year due to a horrible car accident in January and underwent shoulder surgery soon after. Originally expected to miss the entire 2017 campaign, Rodriguez beat all odds by coming back in late July, but has struggled ever since.

Sean Rodriguez has only hit .162 (6-37) with 2 HR and 3 RBI since his return. However, his OBP is a lot higher at .326 thanks to 8 walks. Unfortunately for the Braves, Sean struck out a staggering 19 times in those 37 AB.

Sean spent the previous 2 years in Pittsburgh, who are currently 3 games under .500, will add INF depth while trying to catch up with the red hot Chicago Cubs. In 2016, his best season so far, Sean slugged 18 bombs with 56 RBI and hit .270. Sean spent the earlier portion of his career with the LA Angels (2008-09) and the TB Rays (2010-2014). He signed a 2 year deal with Atlanta before the season.

On the other hand, the Braves acquired INF prospect, Connor Joe. Joe, 24, is hitting .240 in short-season A ball and AA with 5 HR and 30 RBI. He was ranked as the 29th best Pirates prospect entering this year by prospects1500.com. He was signed by Pittsburgh out of the University of San Diego in 2014.

Braves newly acquired INF Connor Joe.

OTHER TRANSACTIONS—

Atlanta Braves recall LHP Max Fried (Braves #10 prospect) from AA Mississippi and UTIL Jace Peterson from AAA Gwinnett; option RHP Jason Hursh to AAA Gwinnett.

Braves activate RHP Jason Motte from 10 Day DL and place LHP Ian Krol on the 10 day DL with a left oblique strain.

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Interview with Dominic Abbadessa.

Yesterday I got the chance to interview Blue Jays minor league CF Dominic Abbadessa. Dom was drafted in round 23 in 2016. Dominic is hitting with a 376 batting average with 41 hits in 109 at bats in rookie league.

Q: What did it take you to get to where you are now?

A: First off my mom and dad, nothing would be possible without them. My older brother as well for giving me a competitive edge always playing against him as we were growing whether it was whiffle ball, basketball, or video games etc. And mainly I would say my mentality of never having a doubt in myself in anything I do.

Q: Who did you admire growing up and why?

A: My dad because he taught my brother and me how important family is and he sacrifices a lot for us.

Q:  If you could play another position besides the outfield what would it be?

A: Probably a pitcher it looks cool to gas up people every 5 days.

Q: What is your pregame routine?

A: I pray, eat something light listen to music nothing too crazy.

Q: What is your favorite thing if your not playing baseball.

A: I like to get after it with friends and really enjoy the ocean.

Q: If you could give any advice to kids what would that be?

A: I would tell them that yes mechanics are important but I think getting yourself prepared on the mental side will mainly help you excel. True confidence and having no fear will lead you to great things. Also stay humble at the highest and lowest points of your career.

Q: If you could choose a food in an eating contest what would that be?

A: Give me a box combo from canes… Sub the slaw for an extra piece of toast and an extra order of canes sauce. I could run through those.

Q&A with Jordan Watson

Yesterday I got the opportunity to interview Diamondbacks pitcher Jordan Watson. Watson was drafted in the 7th round of the 2016 MLB draft by the Diamondbacks. Watson is making his first start of the 2017 season, after suffering from Tommy John. He is going to make his rehab start This Friday, August 4th in Rookie ball. I expect great things from Watson as his career moves forward.

Q: Explain what it took to get to where you are now?
A: “It took discipline. I haven’t made all the best choices growing up but one thing I never did was take a repetition off. I was once told that it doesn’t matter if they believe in you, it only matters if you believe in yourself. I’ve always believed in myself and that allows me to never give up.”

Q: Growing up who did you admire the most? And why?

A: “I would probably have to say my younger sister. She had a kid when she was 19 years old, and she straightened her life up and became very ambitious the day she found out she was pregnant. She provides for her son and puts him before herself and I admire that.”

Q: In your opinion what is your best pitch? And why?

A: “My best pitch can be any of my pitches on any day. I base how good each pitch is by the confidence I have in it that day.”

Q: If you could say one thing about your college coach, what would you say?

A: “He gave me a second chance at life. When nobody would give me a second chance, he did. I wouldn’t be playing professional baseball if it wasn’t for him. He held me accountable for my actions but was always there for words of wisdom if I was ever in a hard time. Just a class act.”

Q: What is your pregame routine?

A: “Nothing too crazy. Just like to warm my body up by running a little, and then some plyometrics, after that I use a weighted ball to help loosen my arm up before catch.”

Q: What Motto/Quote do you live by?

A: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t mark hard. In professional baseball everybody is good and the only thing that separates us is health and effort put into your craft.”

Q: If you could give any advice to kids trying to make it to this level, what would you tell them?

A: “The odds are stacked against you but don’t let the odds decide what you want to do. Nothing comes easy, stay the path and embrace the process.”

Q: What is your favorite baseball memory?

A: “Pitching in the World Series at USAO was surreal!”

Q: What is your favorite thing to do if you’re not playing baseball?

A: ” Playing 2k! Nobody wants to catch me on the sticks, I’m a force that can’t be beaten.”

Q: What is your favorite food and drink?

A: “Filet Mignon, mashed potatoes, with asparagus. Off to the side, I’ll have a Modello.”

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Breaking Down the Sonny Gray Trade

The Sonny Gray trade has been finalized on the MLB trade deadline! Sonny Gray will be a Yankee and 3 of the Yankees top 12 prospects will be in the green and gold. In, this article I will be reviewing how the trade went down and who won.

Athletics: Now, the athletics came into the trade deadline knowing that Sonny Gray was going to be traded for top prospects, and that’s exactly what happened. They got James Kaprelian, Dustin Fowler, and Jorge Mateo. Jorge Mateo is a fast base runner, the one problem is he doesn’t have power to hit Homeruns but, I do think the A’s will be able to teach him how to get under the ball and hit dingers. If the A’s can teach Mateo that he will be a deadly 2B for them. Dustin Fowler and James Kaprelian are both players that had season ending injuries but, were playing like studs before them. Dustin Fowler hits dingers he has 25 Homeruns and is slashing. James Kaprelian is a pitcher with a lot of potential and can easily become the A’s number 3.

ATHLETICS GRADE: B+

Yankees: A team trying to contend for World Series number 28, there in need of pitching help. Picking up Sonny Gray on the deadline was a huge plus especially seeing how well he was performing in his last 10 games for the A’s. The Yankees gave up 2 injured prospects and a decent prospect in Jorge Mateo. Which, was a good deal for the Yankees especially since they didn’t give up Gleyber Torres or Clint Frazier.

YANKEES GRADE: A

Overall, I think the Yankees won giving up two injured prospects and Jorge Mateo for an ace was a good trade for the Yankees. Notice how I’m not saying it was a steal. For the A’s part of the trade, It was also well, considering how good Fowler and Jorge Mateo can be is a great start for the A’s rebuild. If you have 3 prospects that came from a farm as deep as the Yankees have you know you have a good chance at getting a stud. Great trade for both teams at the end of the day and they both got what they needed.

Los Angeles Dodgers aquire Yu Darvish

The Los Angeles Dodgers have struck a deal acquiring Rangers Ace Yu Darvish just 4 days after the Rangers announced they were going to trade him for good. The Texas Rangers acquire prospects Willie Calhoun, A.J Alexy and Brendon Davis. Calhoun is ranked number 69 on MLB’s top prospect list showing great potential only at age 22. Darvish is 30 having a down year this season with a record of 6-9 and an era of 4.01. Darvish had a 5-year career with the Rangers and getting them to the Division Series for the last 2 years.

How Each Player Will Impact there New Team?

Texas Rangers: The Rangers have boosted their farm system acquiring number 69 prospect Willie Calhoun. Calhoun is hitting 23 homeruns with 67 RBIs in his first season in AAA. A.J Alexy is 19 pitching decent in single A he has an era of 3.67 in 19 games started with a record of 2-6. Brendon Davis is a 19 year old shortstop who has not been playing well of late in the minors he is hitting with a 245 average in 86 games with 9 homeruns and 43 RBIs. The Only Standout player acquired was Willie Calhoun who could be called up soon in Texas.


LA Dodgers: The Los Angeles Dodgers in my eyes acquired an ace pitcher he isn’t pitching like one but maybe he turns his game around in La. The Dodgers have also aquired Tony Watson today Helping their bullpen. One struggle in La was the starters Kershaw is having an amazing season but who knows how long he’ll be hurt for Wood is having a very nice season for La but who knows how he will be in the second half of the season. Rich Hill is having a good season with an era of 3.84 so now you add Darvish and you have great starters if Kershaw is healthy in the postseason your rotation will be Kershaw for game one and Darvish backing him up for game two. The Dodgers will look to add to their 74 win season and are looking like favorites to go all the way in October.

The Dodgers were already serious playoff contenders since they have the best record in baseball. After adding Yu Darvish, they become the most likely to represent the National League in the Fall Classic.

Sonny Gray Trade Rumors

The Sonny Gray sweepstakes are right around the corner and I’m thinking almost like every Oakland A’s fan when is this going to end? Well, the reason why it is taking so long is that the A’s want to explore their options. When I mean explore their options I mean to see what the best offer is the trade deadline and hey! If they don’t like any of the offers they get by trade deadline they probably won’t trade him. Now let’s explore the main teams interested in Sonny Gray and all of their exciting prospects.

Yankees: A team in a win now situation. What makes no sense is there not acting like it. With prospects like Jorge Mateo, Estevan Florial, and Chance Adams the Yankees have a great shot at Sonny Gray! Problem is, they won’t give up those prospects and I’m thinking why aren’t you giving up your prospects for an all star you need in this dire situation for World Series number 28. The world may never know why the Yankees are doing that.

Braves: Now were talking, a team with Albies and Acuna on it sign me up! Acuna is a stud in every way and can change the A’s culture. Albies is a young stud a player who is performing well. With two players like that they are definitely in the race for Sonny Gray.

Astros: Losing interest but, still one of the last teams in the race are the Houston Astros. Now they are loaded with prospects with Derek Fisher, Francis Martes, Kyle Tucker, and even more! Same thing as Yankees is in a win now situation. What happened to the Astros I have no idea they have lost their interest and are going towards other pitchers in the market. The Astros are probably thinking the value is too high for an injury prone Sonny Gray.

As the deadline is approaching the interest in Sonny Gray is increasing. Let’s just see where the Sonny Gray sweepstakes will lead us.

Rockies acquire veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy

The Rockies have officially struck a deal to acquire Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network first reported). Texas will get a player to be named later (Note: the PTBNL cannot be a draft pick.)

 

Jonathan Lucroy 

Lucroy, 31, has been connected to the Rockies for the past week, things just started to heat earlier today. Lucroy doesn’t only bring talent behind the plate, but he also brings experience. Lucroy could use a midseason turnaround. Through 306 plate appearances this year, the veteran is hitting just .242/.297/.338 with 4 HRs.

Lucroy won’t put a big dent on the payroll for the Rockies, he is earning just $5.25M on the year, just over $1.8M of which remains. Lucroy is set to reach the open market at the end of this season.

In 2016 Lucroy showed the kind of player he could be, he hit .292 with 24 HRs and had 81 RBIs. Last season Lucroy had a .355 on base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage.

Lucroy has hit lefties and righty decent all season, but he has more power against righties and more average against lefties. He hits .254 with 1 HRs and 10 RBI’s against lefties, and he hits .238 with 3 HRs and 17 RBI’s against righties.

Tony Wolters

Wolters, 25, has been the catcher for the Rockies this season. Wolters will most likely still get playing time. Against righties, he is hitting .263, but against lefties, he hits just .209. You could see Wolters get the start against a right-handed pitcher if the situation is right.

On the season Wolters has hit .251/.349/.302 with 8 doubles. In his first two seasons in the MLB Wolters has been very consistence. Last season Wolters hit .259/.327/.395 with 3 HRs