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Yankees-Braves trade: Prospects

In addition to getting Melky Cabrera from the Yankees in return for Javy Vazquez and Boone Logan, the Braves got a pair of pitching prospects. Here’s some more info on the Minor League arms.

Arodys Vizcaino, RHP

The Yankees have been very active in Latin America of late, particularly on the pitching side of things. Following the 2009 season, they were particularly pleased with the progress of Vizcaino, Jose Rodriguez and Manny Banuelos.

Vizcaino signed with the Yankees out of the Dominican Republic in July 2007 and made his debut in the United States a year later, in the Gulf Coast League. The 6-foot right-hander went 3-2 with a 3.68 ERA over 44 innings that summer, allowing 38 hits and just 13 walks while striking out 48. He moved up to short-season Staten Island in 2009 and was dominant against largely older hitters. At age 18, Vizcaino finished with a 2.13 ERA and .211 batting average against in 10 starts. Over his 42 1/3 IP, he gave up just 34 hits and 15 walks while racking up 52 strikeouts.

Vizcaino gets hitters to swing and miss with a fastball he can crank up to 96 mph. He’s got a hammer curveball, a power breaking pitch that could be a plus offering in time. Like with many young pitchers, the changeup lags behind the other offerings. It needs development, but it is emerging as a third pitch for him. He’ll make his full-season debut in 2010 at age 19 and looks like a high-end rotation prospect with a ton of upside.

Michael Dunn, LHP

Before the trade, it looked like Dunn was the most likely in-house option to be the Yankees’4025441565_781e55dddc_m.jpg second lefty out of the bullpen, behind Damaso Marte, in 2010. Instead, perhaps that role will fall to the newly acquired Boone Logan.

Dunn hasn’t taken a typical path up to the big leagues. The Yankees drafted him in the 33rd round of the 2004 Draft as a draft-and-follow. Dunn was a two-way player at Southern Nevada Community College and wanted to hit. He signed in May 2005 as a first baseman. When he hit .178  over 152 at-bats that summer, his pitching career began (though he did get in 35 more ABs in 2006).

He spent most of 2007 and 2008 as a starter. In ’07, he had a solid year for Charleston, going 12-5 with a 3.42 ERA, good for sixth in the South Atlantic League. In 2008, he made 22 starts, but also nine relief appearances as the transition began to a bullpen role. By 2009, he was a full-time reliever, posting a 3.31 combined ERA at two stops before making his big-league debut.

The biggest reason for shortening Dunn up has been command. He’s got great stuff that’s allowed him to strike out 390 in 375 1/3 career minor-league innings (9.4 K/9). But he’s also walked 166 (4.0 BB/9). The 24-year-old lefty does have a power arsenal that could work well in the back end of the bullpen if he can refine his control. He’s got a big fastball that tops out at 97 mph and a nasty power slider that he throws up to 91 mph with depth and quickness.

B3 Mailbagish

So between a comment here and there on the blog and some emails I’ve gotten, I figure every once in a while I’ll answer some queries here. Let me start with an email I got as part of a new quasi-regular B3 feature: FIND THE MINOR LEAGUER. They can get easily lost, you know, and I get emails sometimes asking about someone’s whereabouts. So, if you’re trying to find someone in the Minors, email me and I’ll put on my detective hat and see what I can find. Here’s our first edition:

Jonathan, I can’t find any news on Cole Rohrbough.  He
doesn’t appear to be on any Braves roster I can find.  Do you have any info on
his playing status?
— Nervous Ned

OK, he didn’t sign the email Nervous Ned, but I thought that was catchy. At any rate, here’s what I was able to dig up. Rohrbough is still in Orlando, in extended Spring Training. Seems that he had some shoulder tendinitis during Spring Training and the Bravos wanted to be understandably cautious. Once they got the tendinitis to calm down, they had him work on strengthening the area. He’s now working through their throwing program to get himself prepped to throw game innings. There’s no ETA on when it will happen, but he’ll pitch in a few Extended Spring Training games before he gets to head back out to a club.

The other recent question came via the comments on this blog (you guys should try it — I hear interactivity is all the rage):

Jason, wondering if you had any insights on the whether or not the Reds
continued struggles, including tonight’s drubbing, will mean a more
expeditious call-up for Bruce, Bailey or anyone else, and whether or
not you think grabbing them now for a 10-team fantasy squad makes sense? — jaynew

OK, first things first. If you’re going to ask someone a question you want answered on a blog, make sure you get the guy’s name right. I mean, how hard is that? It’s only in the header of the whole blog and above that great big picture of my chrome dome. Maybe it’s because his “name” is jaynew and he’s asking about Jay Bruce that he got Jay on the brain… Suffice it to say others in my place would completely disregard the question.

But I’m a bigger man than that, whatever my name is. So on to his fantasy-related question. I could use some more information — like is it an NL-only league? Is it a keeper league? You know, the typical questions worth asking. Matt Belisle has already replaced Josh Fogg in the rotation, so you have to figure he’ll get at least a few starts to show what he can do. That’s really the only spot for Bailey in the rotation. That being said, if he continues to pitch like that, they’ll figure something out. At this rate, if Belisle continues to struggle, I could see Bailey getting another shot by the end of May. And I still love his upside potential.

As for Bruce, I thought he should be up on Opening Day and the way the OF is producing, you have to imagine he’ll get his chance soon enough. I don’t know how concerned the Reds are with the whole service clock thing and now you have to wonder if they’re freaking out about the Longoria contract, but he’s another one who should show his face sooner rather than later. I think both can contribute to a fantasy team right away, so especially jaynew, if you’re league is a keeper league or in an NL-only format, then grab them as soon as it is allowed. If you’re in a mixed league, I still think they can help, but I wouldn’t go as nuts over them.

I’m going on vacation starting on Thursday, so I’ll be back in about a week with more thrilling B3 action…

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