So we know the Cubs have traded away Geovany Soto to the Rangers and packaged Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson to the Braves, but what did we get back. The Cub got back three pitchers, which we knew they wanted to get deeper at as an organization. Here is a quick look at the pitchers we go back.
Starting with the Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson to the Braves deal.
Vizcaino is 21-year old right-handed pitcher who has missed the entire season due to Tommy-John surgery was ranked #3 in the Braves system and #54 prospect in baseball according to Jonathan Mayo. Last year Vizcaino was said to be one of the four untouchable arms in the Braves system. The Cubs are taking a big gamble that he will come back healthy and be durable, but for Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm it is a great chance to take in my opinion. His fastball sits in the low to mid 90’s with a plus changeup and good curve ball. Hope he comes back healthy and at 21, he should have a great chance to. Until he does the Cubs will hope he can be a starter, but time will tell.
Chapman is a 25-year old RH relief pitcher who is currently in Triple-A. He is 3-6 with 7 saves and a 3.52 ERA this season. He also has 60 strikeouts in 29 walks in 53.2 innings. He is not a huge prospect, but hope he can be a quality arm at sometime out of the pen. I like that he is averaging over a strikeout an inning. We will see, he obviously wasn’t the centerpiece of the deal with the Braves, but to get some quality out of the pen would be nice.
Now to the Soto deal.
Brigham is a 24-year old RH starting pitcher who is currently pitching in Double-A. He is currently 5-5 with 4.28 ERA. He has started all 21 games he has pitched in striking out 116 in 124 innings. His last two outing have been really good and the Cubs obviously see something there. He hasn’t had great numbers yet, but we will see what happens. As we know the pitching depth is not great for the Cubs so getting a pitcher for Soto, who has been a disappointment the last couple years is a fine return in my mind.
The Cubs needed to get more pitching depth and they did that with these deals. They didn’t move any of their big names, although Maholm has been pitching really good and it seems they got decent return, especially with Vizcaino coming over even though it’s after Tommy-John. When you work with prospects you never know if it was a good return or not for a few years. I’m sure there will be more coming tonight or tomorrow, so we will as always keep you updated.
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