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Who’s Next: The Catchers

Be sure to check out the story on the Top 10 catching prospects or you can just go right to the list on Prospect Watch.

Coming up with an 11-15 is easier for some position lists than others. Right-handed pitchers? A piece of cake. When the outfielders run the beginning of next week, that’ll be an easy assignment. But not all positions are as deep and there’s a drop-off the further you go down. There’s a reason why good catching is always in high demand — there isn’t enough supply to go around. So keep that in mind when looking at the 11-15 catchers.

Sebastian Valle, Phillies – He can really defend and has some pop, but plate discipline is holding him back.

Rob Brantly, Marlins – Quietly has made his way to the big leagues, chance to play every day for Marlins after Anibal Sanchez trade

Michael Perez, Diamondbacks — A 2011 draftee from Puerto Rico, Perez had a very solid Pioneer League season and is a solid defender.

Wyatt Mathieson, Pirates — A solid debut for the 2012 draftee, making the GCL All-Star team. Whether he catches long-term remains to be seen.

Tim Federowicz, Dodgers — The former UNC standout doesn’t have a huge ceiling, but he can defend and can hit a bit.

The Marlins got who?

The Hot Stove season seems to be going full tilt now, doesn’t it, with trades being announced at a regular clip. The most recent deal was the one with the Marlins and Nats. And the biggest question is: Who did the Marlins get for Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham?

At first glance, the answer is: not much. You can read my breakdown of the trio of players the Marlins got in return. Of the three, Emilio Bonifacio is the only one who will help now, with Jake Smolinski and P.J. Dean still years away, having played short-season ball with a little taste of A ball. Smolinski’s out for 6-8 months following knee surgery. That’s not to say they won’t eventually be good players. Could this be one of those deals that 5 years from now people will look back at and have to re-evaluate? It’s possible, but it just doesn’t seem that way right now. Dean’s a nice pitcher, but not a front of the rotation type, no matter how well he develops. Smolinski, aside from being hurt, doesn’t have a real defensive home. Maybe he can be an offensive-minded second baseman one day, but he’s not the kind of impact bat — at least not now — that is coveted by an organization. I know the Nats were happy they didn’t have to give up any of their top 20 prospects to get this done, particularly getting the 24-year-old Olsen.

I know Olsen has had his ups and downs. But he’s 24, left-handed and has above-average stuff. The Nats did their homework about his attitude issues of the past and they’re confident he’s beginning to mature and that stuff is behind him. Lefties like Olsen don’t grow on trees, so you have to wonder that the Marlins couldn’t have gotten more for him from somewhere. Even from the Nats, was someone like Ross Detwiler completely off the table? If so, they should’ve looked elsewhere.

I know, I know. Maybe they did and this was the best they could do. And maybe Bonifacio, Smolinski and Dean will all be big leaguers. I generally trust what the Marlins do in terms of player personnel, but this one, I must admit, makes me scratch my head.

Yo, Gaby Gaby!

Just what kind of pitcher did the Mariners get in return for Arthur Rhodes? Here’s a closer look at Gaby Hernandez:

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound right-hander was drafted by the New York Mets in the third round oGHernandez.JPG the 2004 draft out of a Miami-area high school. He made an immediate impression by leading the Gulf Coast League with a 1.09 ERA, striking out 58 batters over his first 49 2/3 pro innings.

He was equally impressive in his first full season, reaching Class A Advanced ball as a teenager. In the first half of 2005, Hernandez was a South Atlantic League All-Star, posting a 2.43 ERA and .179 batting average against before struggling a bit following a promotion to the Florida State League. That offseason, he was sent, along with outfielder Dante Brinkley, to the Marlins for catcher Paul LoDuca. His first full season with the Marlins (2006), Hernandez was outstanding, spending the season in the FSL at age 20 and going 9-7 with a 3.68 ERA and a nifty 115/35 K/BB ratio in 120 IP. His 2007 season was a little up-and-down, though he was a Southern League All-Star at age 21 and topped the 150-inning plateau for the first time.

This year, Hernandez was briefly in the mix for the Marlins’ No. 5 starter job in big-league camp. He pitched well in camp, but eventually got sent down and began the year with Triple-A Albuquerque. Things didn’t go well for him in New Mexico, as he went 2-8 with a 7.24 ERA over 13 starts, spending nearly a month on the DL with an intercostal strain, before being sent down to Double-A to get straightened out. He’s gone 3-0 with a 4.30 ERA in four starts and looking a lot sharper.

When Hernandez is right, he’s got a good three-pitch mix: a fastball that sits in the low 90s and can reach 94; a breaking ball that is a plus at times; and a changeup that is also above-average. Even with the demotion to Double-A, Hernandez is still fairly young for his level and could still be ready for a big-league callup in 2009.

Report: Gaby Hernandez traded again

It’s being reported that the Mariners have found a home for LHP Arthur Rhodes: South Florida. According to ESPN, the veteran reliever is being exchanged for 22-year-old Minor League right-hander Gaby Hernandez. He’s dealt with some injuries, but he’s still a big, strong right-hander with some pretty good potential. If the deal is official, it’ll be the second time Hernandez has been a part of a trade, going from the Mets to the Marlins as part of the Paul LoDuca trade in December 2005. More later as it develops…

Note: I have received confirmation from a team source from one of the teams involved that this is indeed a done deal.

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