In a bit of sensical, but still sad news, the Kansas City Royals have traded long-time third baseman Mike Moustakas to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers are currently 2.5 GB of the NL Central leading Cubs but lead the NL Wild Card by 2 games. In return, the Royals will get 24-year old CF Brett Phillips and 25-year old RHP Jorge Lopez. Let’s take a look at the two players the Royals got in return.
A sixth round pick by the Houston Astros in the 2012 draft out of a Florida high school, Phillips struggled out of the gate to start his professional career, hitting zero home runs his first two seasons. He exploded onto the scene in 2014 though, knocking out 29 doubles, 14 triples, and 17 home runs, while swiping 23 bags on his way to a .310/.375/.529 slashline in 130 games across Low-A and High-A.
A 6′ 5″ righty from the University of Florida, scouts and coaches raved about _________’s stuff. __________ typically features a fastball that sits between 93 and 95 with a good downward plane. Adam McIntruff said recently that ________ probably possesses the ability to throw the ball 100 mph if he was really trying. He possesses a changeup that looks like it belongs in a cartoon, and his curveball is actually a really nasty pitch, he just doesn’t control it very well yet.
Leaving Gabriel Cancel off of this list is outrageous.
Though he struggled for most of the first half, since a multi-hit game on June 27, Gasparini’s been on fire, hitting .349/.423/.508/.930. That’s good for a 166 wRC+ over that stretch and he’s brought his full-season slash line to .247/.302/.353/.655.
Austin Cox (Burlington): P, 5th Round
4 G, 2.70 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 30 K/5 BB, 16.2 IP
Austin Cox is off to a great start in Burlington nearly striking out two per inning. With a WHIP around 1, he is commanding his pitches well. He looks like another college arm that is primed to excel in the system.
Look, Whit Merrifield has been worth more in terms of fWAR by himself (3.2 fWAR) than the entire Cleveland Indians outfield has as a unit (2 fWAR).