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High prospects traded at Commerce Deadline


The trades came quick and furious as the 2021 close drew near 4:00 p.m. ET on Friday. The MLB pipeline has tracked everyone who has changed hands via deals in the past few weeks, and we’ve ranked them below.

Due to the late activity up to the deadline, there were a total of 41 prospects who were either on a Team Top 30 list at the time of trading or were added to one after the deal was closed. This group comprised four top 100 prospects, a sharp increase over the previous year when only one top 100 was traded. That total has fluctuated over the years, with five top 100 guys trading before the 2019 deadline, two in ’18, seven in ’17, and eight in ’16.

Below you will find a ranking of all 41 top 30 prospects who have found new employers since July 15th.

1. Austin Martin, SS / OF, Twins (# 2 / MLB # 16)
Acquired from Blue Jays in Jose Berríos Trade

As the most advanced racket in the 2020 draft class, Martin went straight to Double-A for his official pro debut in 2021, having moved to the Blue Jays at their alternate location last year. The number 5 of Vanderbilt’s overall selection controls the strike zone extremely well with a knack for hard contact. Right now he’s hit over power and there are some questions about his future defensive home, with some scouts thinking Center Field, which he has played this year, or Second Base, which he has played in the past, is better fit as shorts because of his arm.

2. Keibert Ruiz, C, Nationals (No. 1 / MLB No. 41)
Acquired from Dodgers in the Max Scherzer / Trea Turner trade

Number 5 in the MLB pipeline, Ruiz has as good a sense of contact as any other potential player in the game. The switch-hitter has shown almost all his strength from the left, with 45 of his 48 professional home runs coming from this side of the record, and he’s got in triple-A this year. The 23-year-old also has the tools to make a solid To be a recipient.

3. Josiah Gray, RHP, Nationals (No. 2 / MLB No. 42)
Acquired from Dodgers in the Max Scherzer / Trea Turner trade

This is the second time Gray has been treated, and moved from the Reds to the Dodgers in December after being drafted from Division II Le Moyne’s 2018 Big League career, Gray has athletics (he’s a former two-way Player), the stuff and feel for his four-pitch mix to be a very good big league starter, with a fastball of up to 160 km / h with excellent durability, a distinct slider and curve and something Feel for a changeup.

4. Simeon Woods Richardson, RHP, Twins (No. 3 / MLB No. 68)
Acquired from Blue Jays in Jose Berríos Trade

Woods Richardson is currently pitching for Team USA at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and is also a two-time pitching candidate. His fastball speed has dropped a tad, averaging about 91 mph this year when he switched to Double-A, but he’s still only 20 years old and has a legitimate 4-pitch mix with one Plus change and depth in his curve, to go hand in hand with projection and a feeling for filling in the strike zone.

5. Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Cubs (# 6)
Acquired from Mets in Javy Báez trade

Crow-Armstrong was the No. 19 overall pick in the 2020 Draft and had a scorching start with .417 / .563 / .500 in his first six games of his professional and all-season debut in 2021 when he tore the labrum in his not throwing shoulder, ending his year. He is an easy plus defender in midfield and he can run with the chance of being an above average hitter. The question arises as to how much power he will have, even though the Mets thought he would add enough power to hit the ball enough in the future.

6. Joe Ryan, RHP, twins (# 8)
Acquired from Rays in Nelson Cruz Dealers

Ryan was a super athletic right-handed man who used to play water polo. Ryan’s first appearance after the trade came for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, beating Team Israel in the USA’s first game. Reaching the Triple-A in 2021, Ryan missed a ton of clubs (11.8K / 9) in his minor league career, while he missed a ton of punches with a four-pitch mix led by a live fastball (2.1 BB / 9) has thrown solid slide that comes from a repeatable and misleading delivery.

7. Tucupita Marcano, SS / 2B, Pirates (No. 7)
Acquired from pirates in trade with Adam Frazier

Marcano has scored almost everywhere he has been apart from his brief debut in the big leagues earlier this season. He’s run more than he beat in his minor league career, and he’s mainly been a line-drive type of hitter, one who could still develop a bit more pop from the left. He has played defensively almost everywhere, with the second being perhaps the best shooter of a full-time house.

8. Josh Smith, SS, Ranger (# 7)
Acquired from Yankees in the Joey Gallo trade

Smith is a left-handed infielder who was inducted out of the state of Louisiana in the second round of the 2019 draft as a 20-20 type. He is a consistent, if not conspicuous, defender who could stay short but may finish second.

9.Ezequiel Duran, 2B / SS, Ranger (# 8)
Acquired from Yankees in the Joey Gallo trade

Duran was signed for just $ 10,000 in July 2017 and at the time of trading it hit both the average (.290) and performance (.533) in High-A. The 22-year-old infielder can hit the ball in any field and routinely experiences high exit speeds, although he can get a little overly aggressive on the plate at times. He has 20-20 potential and is probably best suited for second place, although some think he can play shortstop as well.

10. Alexander Canario, OF, young animals (No. 7)
Acquired by Giants in Kris Bryant dealers

Signed for just $ 60,000 in July 2016, Canario has tremendous raw power thanks to his superb club speed that comes with the loft in his right-handed swing. He doesn’t always achieve this power because he can be too aggressive on the plate, resulting in high strikeout rates. He runs well, especially on the go, and has the arm and strength profile to fit in the right field if he can refine his approach.

11. Alexander Vizcaino, RHP, young animals (No. 8)
Acquired from Yankees in trade with Anthony Rizzo

12. Hans Crouse, RHP, Phillies (No. 4)
Acquired by Rangers from the Spencer-Howard dealership

13. Gerardo Carrillo, RHP, Nationals (No. 10)
Acquired from Dodgers in the Max Scherzer / Trea Turner trade

14. Aldo Ramirez, RHP, Nationals (No. 11)
Acquired from Red Sox from Kyle Schwarber

15. Riley Adams, C, Nationals (No. 13)
Acquired from Blue Jays in trade with Brad Hand

16. Drew Strotman, RHP, twins (# 15)
Acquired from Rays in Nelson Cruz Dealers

17. Kevin Alcantara, OF, young animals (No. 11)
Acquired from Yankees in trade with Anthony Rizzo

18. Trevor Hauver, 2B, Rangers (No. 18)
Acquired from Yankees in the Joey Gallo trade

19. Austin Shenton, 3B, Rays (# 22)
Acquired from Mariners in the Diego Castillo dealership

20. Mason Thompson, RHP, Nationals (# 16)
Acquired by Padres in trade with Daniel Hudson

21. Glenn Otto, RHP, Rangers (No. 25)
Acquired from Yankees in the Joey Gallo trade

22. Caleb Kilian, RHP, young animals (No. 16)
Acquired by Giants in Kris Bryant dealers

23. Greg Deichman, OF, Cubs (# 19)
Acquired from A’s in Andrew Chafin Trade

24. Williams, RHP, Rockies case (No. 21)
Acquired from Reds in the Mychal Givens dealership

25. Noah Davis, RHP, Rockies (# 25)
Acquired from Reds in the Mychal Givens dealership

26. Donovan Casey, OF, Nationals (No. 27)
Acquired from Dodgers in the Max Scherzer / Trea Turner trade

27. Reese Olson, RHP, Tiger (# 13)
Acquired from Brewers in the Daniel Norris dealership

28. Peyton Battenfield, RHP, American Indian (No. 29)
Acquired from Rays in trade with Jordan Luplow / DJ Johnson

29. Carter Bins, C, Pirates (# 30)
Acquired from Mariners in the Tyler Anderson dealership

30. Drew Millas, C, Nationals (# 24)
Acquired from A’s in dealership with Yan Gomes / Josh Harrison

31. Jordy Barley, SS, Nationals (No. 28)
Acquired by Padres in trade with Daniel Hudson

32.Bryan De La Cruz, OF, Marlins (# 29)
Acquired from Astros in trade with Yimi Garcia

33. Kasey Kalich, RHP, Royals (No. 24)
Acquired from Braves in the Jorge Soler trade

32. Janson Junk, RHP, Engel (# 21)
Acquired from Yankees in trade with Andrew Heaney

33. Elvis Peguero, RHP, Engel (No. 22)
Acquired from Yankees in trade with Andrew Heaney

36. Yainer Diaz, C, Astros (No. 29)
Acquired by Indians in the Myles straw trade

37. Payton Henry, C, Marlins (SR)
Acquired from Brewers in John Curtiss Trade

38. Richard Gausch, RHP, Nationals (No. 30)
Acquired from A’s in dealership with Yan Gomes / Josh Harrison

39.Bailey Horn, RHP, young animals (NR)
Acquired from White Sox in the Ryan Tepera dealership

40. Anderson Espinosa, RHP, Pups (NR)
Acquired from Padres in the Jake Marisnick trade

41.Bryce Ball, 1B, Cubs (NR)
Acquired from Braves in trade with Joc Pederson



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