As I mentioned in last nights post, the Red Sox hot stove is just starting to heat up and it is going to be a busy deadline. Well, we have another trade on our hands, Mitch Moreland has been sent to San Diego in exchange for a pair of prospects, OF Jeisson Rosario and INF Hudson Potts.
Moreland spent four years in Boston where he provided Gold Glove caliber defense at 1B, while being a very professional and clutch hitter. Over those four sesasons he hit .251, with 64 HR’s, and 226 RBI’s. While these numbers don’t exactly jump off the page, so to speak, he provided the city of Boston more than we could have ever asked for.
During the Sox 2018 World Series run Moreland was a catalyst for the offense, as he came up with clutch hit after clutch hit. His brightest moment during that ’18 run came in game 4 of the World Series, when Moreland hit a pinch hit, no doubt, three run bomb in the seventh inning, to cut the lead to one. Boston would go on to win the game 9-6, making the series 3 games to 1 in favor of Boston, essentially putting the series out of reach for the Dodegrs.
Now while we hate to see Mitch go, we love to see those young new toys walk through the door. Although, Moreland was never going to bring back anything too crazy, Chaim bloom managed to get what seems to be two decent prospects that have some good upside.
Jeisson Rosario is freakishly athletic outfielder and an on base machine. He was ranked as the Padres 19th best prospect and while that seems low, because it is, he still holds a lot of promise. Scouts have said he projects well as a lead off hitter and a center fielder, with plus speed. It will be very interesting to see how he progresses over the next few years.
The other prospect coming to Boston, Hudson Potts, is a 21 year old third baseman who was the Padres first round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. He’s a power hitting third baseman that has some swing and miss in his swing, now I know this doesn’t get the people going that much, but when you look closer and see that he and Fernando Tatis Jr. are the youngest players (18 years old) in the Midwest League since 1987 to hit 20 HR….. that’ll get me going…. heck doing anything equal to Tatis these days will get me going!
Now the other part of this deal, that’s not really part of this deal, is we are finally going to get to see Bobby Dalbec (the Sox number 3 prospect)play at the Major League level. The Red Sox have reportedly called him up to start in today’s game. He should be playing nearly everyday the rest of the way, as this season is essentially over, in terms of making the postseason.
Dalbec is a power hitting third baseman/first baseman that will mainly be playing 1B. Since being drafted in 2016 Dalbec has hit .261, with 79 HR’s, 256 RBI’s, to go along with a .867 slugging percentage. He’s another prospect that has a bat considered to be made for Fenway Park. In a year that has been full of darkness, these are the moments that give me joy, getting to see what the future holds with these young prospects.
The trade market holds sympathy for nobody and that will continue to ring true in the ears of Boston fans, as the Red Sox figure to continue to sell off pieces left and right, like they did with our dear old friend Mitchy Two Bags. At least we will always have “Steak n’ Potatos”.
SOURCE: (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)