Garza-Young trade

Hard as it is to admit, neither of those guys are prospects anymore, so I wanted to focus, as a preview of our blogging efforts at the Winter Meetings, the Minor Leaguers involved in the Rays-Twins trade. Here’s a scouting report on the two guys changing hands:

Jason Pridie, OF: Outstanding defensive center fielder, can go gap-to-gap. Has matured as a player. Learning to hit to all fields with some pop. Above-average runner, plus on the bases with ability to steal a base. Terrific makeup, always plays hard.

Eduardo Morlan, RHP: Performed as closer on club. Uses high three-quarters delivery. Power approach with fastball that sits 90-93 mph with movement. Power slider at 84 mph. Will occasionally show a changup. Pitches mostly off of fastball. Goes right after hitters. Quick delivery, good with runners on base. Strong frame, good competitor suited for late innings.


This trade has been interesting to me from the angle that this is one of the few trades that can still be pulled off between teams with artificial turf in their home parks, meaning that in a lot of ways both clubs can evaluate the players equally (for example, Bartlett’s defensive ability on turf is a known quantity, so it’s more reliable transporting to TB than otherwise). Does the Minnesota turf up Jason Pridie’s usefulness as a gap-to-gap guy, in the mold of, say, Whitey Herzog’s Royals and Cardinals teams? (For that matter, if there was “Whitey Ball,” why can’t Minnesota play “Garden Ball” or something like that?)

P.S. Looking forward to Nashville – see ya Tuesday!

Garden ball? I like it. Not sure the personnel is there, unless you give Alexi Casilla a full-time job, but still not a bad idea. I get the feeling that Pridie could cover both gaps if he was playing on sand, so it probably doesn’t matter much.

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