New York Mets Welcome Pitcher Marcus Stroman via Trade
With the MLB Trade Deadline approaching, the first big trade to fall was starting pitcher Marcus Stroman being traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Mets for left-handed pitcher Anthony Kay and right-handed pitcher Simeon Woods-Richardson.
Kay is the #4 ranked prospect in New York’s farm system and Woods-Richardson is the #6 ranked prospect in New York’s farm system. Neither of these prospects was ranked in the MLB Top 100 Prospects List.
It was very surprising that Stroman was traded to the Mets even though there were other teams looking to trade for him like the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros, the Oakland Athletics, and the Milwaukee Brewers.
He is 28 years old and Marcus Stroman will have one more year remaining on his contract after this season. He is also from Long Island.
Stroman’s record so far this season is 6-11 with a 2.96 ERA. In 124.2 innings pitched so far this season, he has given up 118 hits and 50 runs. Marcus Stroman walked 35 batters and struck out 99.
He has also pitched in 21 games so far this season.
As for the prospects Toronto received, Kay is 24 years old. He will most likely report to Triple-A. The Blue Jays farm team in Triple-A is the Buffalo Bison. Anthony Kay started the season in Double-A with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
Most of the talk is that Kay will reach the majors sometime next season. Kay is most likely to be a 4th or a 5th starter in the majors. His record in the minors so far this season is 8-6 with a 3.13 ERA. In 97.2 innings pitched, he has given up 78 hits and 36 runs. Anthony Kay has walked 34 batters and has struck out 96.
He was a first-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft (31st) out of the University of Connecticut. His fastball reaches the mid-90s and Kay has a very good breaking ball as well that reaches the low to mid-80s, but it has some work to do. He also throws an effective changeup.
Woods-Richardson was a second-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. He was playing in Single-A with the Columbia Fireflies. Simeon Woods-Richardson will most likely report to the Lansing Lugnuts.
He is only 18 years old and Woods-Richardson has a ton of upside. His record so far this season is 3-8 with a 4.25 ERA. In 78.1 innings pitched, he has given up 78 hits and 44 runs. Simeon Woods-Richardson has only walked 17 batters and has struck out 97.
Many project him to reach the majors in 2022. Woods-Richardson could be a front line starter one day. He already throws in the high 90s and Simeon Woods-Richardson also has very good secondary pitches to his arsenal.
Even though the New York Mets gave up the best two-out-of-three pitchers in the farm system at the moment, I think they have made the right move for the long run.
If they had traded away right-handed pitcher Matthew Allan and/or right-handed pitcher Josh Wolf who they just drafted, that would have been a total disaster. Those pitchers have a higher ceiling in the long run than the ones they just traded away.
As long as they re-sign Marcus Stroman, it won’t be a bad thing either.
What is going to happen next? It appears as if the New York Mets could potentially deal some more players like starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, Jason Vargas, Zack Wheeler, closer Edwin Diaz, and maybe some other players as well.
New York’s record so far this season is 50-55. They are six games back of the second wild-card spot in the National League behind the Chicago Cubs, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Mets front office believes that they could find a way to get into the playoffs this season. However, it is still a long shot with two months remaining in the regular season.
The Blue Jays record so far this season is 40-67. They are one of the worst teams in baseball. They are 27.5 games back of the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East. Toronto will continue to be sellers in the next few days.
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