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Initial reaction to the Zach Britton trade

Orioles get 8 players for the price of 2 in the span of 1 week

July 25, 2018 - 1:30 am
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By Alex Woodward

The Orioles rebuild is finally in full swing. Less than a week after trading Manny Machado to the Dodgers, the Orioles executed their first in season player-for-player trade with the Yankees since 1989 by sending Zach Britton to the Big Apple in exchange for 3 prospects: Dillon Tate, Cody Carroll and Josh Rogers.

Tate has been called the "centerpiece" of this deal but I would say that Cody Carroll is the best player in the deal.

According to MLB Pipeline Tate was the 9th ranked prospect in the Yankees farm system, now he is the Orioles 4th ranked prospect. Meanwhile, Carroll was ranked 15th in the Yankees system and he remains in that slot with the Orioles as well.

Tate was the 4th overall pick of the 2015 draft but I have been skeptical of Tate ever since the Rangers traded him along with 2 other prospects to New York in 2016 for an old Carlos Beltran. The 24 year old right hander has reportedly improved while in the Yankees farm system by increasing his fastball velocity up to 98 mph while also developing a 2 seam fastball to induce ground balls. He is still developing his changeup but he has reportedly lost the zip on his slider from college.

Tates numbers through 15 starts this season in AA Trenton: 5-2, 3.38 ERA, 82.2 IP, 67 H, 75 K, 25 BB, 1.113 WHIP

It is still unclear whether Tate will become a starter or a reliever for the Orioles. He can throw all four of his pitches for strikes but he might be better suited in a shorter role where he can play up his stuff. There are also injury concerns with Tate after he missed time in 2016 with hamstring issues, in 2017 with a shoulder injury and this season with a quad injury. I wouldn't consider him the best player in the trade.

That's where Cody Carroll comes in. The 25 year old reliever is a hard thrower with a nasty breaking ball that has the speed of a slider but the dip of a curveball. He will also throw a splitter to lefties from time to time.

In 2017, Carroll led the Arizona Fall League with 4 saves and righties went 0-for-19 against him. Much like Tanner Scott, he needs to work on his command but through 32 outings at AAA Scranton this season, his numbers are still impressive:

3-0, 2.38 ERA, 9 Saves, 41.2IP, 27 H, 55K, 18B, 1.08 WHIP 0 HR

In case you didn't know, a 1.08 WHIP is quite good. Carroll may have the most upside of the three and he looks like a future closer. The way this season is going, the Orioles could have him on the major league roster sooner rather than later.

The third prospect in the deal is 24 year old lefty Josh Rogers. Rogers is not in the Orioles Top 30 on MLB Pipeline and through 19 starts this season at AAA Scranton, his numbers look like this: 6-8, 3.95 ERA, 109.1IP, 118 H, 83 K, 29 BB, 1.345

A 25% walk rate and more hits allowed than innings pitched is not exactly what you are looking for but at the very least he's another young lefty that they can develop since we all know how much they love a left handed starter.

Tate will start his career with the Orioles at AA Bowie while Rogers and Carroll will go to AAA Norfolk.

All in all, the Orioles got 8 players for the price of 2 in the span of a week. For two rentals, that's not too shabby. The first two dominos of the rebuild have fallen and now we await the futures of Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones.

It's a relief that the Orioles are taking the right strides towards a full blown rebuild but it makes you think; what kind of return could they have gotten last season before the Britton injury and with 1 more year left of team control for he and Machado?

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