Sports & Recreation
The 2017 Major League Baseball trade deadline concluded just hours ago, and the Detroit Tigers and Al Avila did not fail to make another move, completing a trade with the Chicago Cubs that sent Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Windy City in exchange for Triple A prospect Jaimer Candelario, Low A prospect Isaac Paredes, and a Player To Be Named Later (unless it's just cash, which is just fine, thank you).
In this "emergency" edition of the podcast, HookSlide is joined once again by Brian Sakowski, National Scouting Coordinator for Perfect Game USA, to talk about the new prospects the Tigers received in the deal and what this means for the future. Brian breaks down Candelario's tools from an offensive and defensive perspective, and looks at Paredes' very impressive offensive output at Single A, made all the more impressive by the fact that Paredes is "not even 18-and-a-half yet."
Oh, and then there's the little matter of Lynn Henning saying recently that next year's Tigers bullpen could easily include three rookies: Joe Jimenez (recalled to Detroit in the wake of the Justin Wilson trade), Bryan Garcia, and Jairo Labourt. HookSlide and Brian go over the stats and scouting profiles of these three power arms and see how well Henning's prediction holds up (spoiler: pretty well, actually).
And then just for fun, there's a quick overview of some of the other prospects who are making a buzz in the Tigers' system, including Zac Reininger and Derek Hill.
Topics in this week's episode include:
- It's "JAY-mer," not "HIGH-mer"
- The Tigers just over-stocked on middle infielders, and that's 100% ok
- Turns out Al Avila was right about a lot of things
- Jaimer Candelario is your Third Baseman of the Future
- Wait, Omar Infante is still in the organization?
- Isaac Paredes is not only good, he's very, very 18 years old
- Bryan Garcia's ridiculously rapid ascent
- Jairo Labourt has a fabulously big arm
- Derek Hill is an "absolute f*****g impact defender"
Episode 75: Recapping the Tigers Draft with Brian Sakowski
Episode 74: Tigers Draft Party, with Brian Sakowski
Episode 72: Tigers, Whitecaps, and Legends
Episode 72: Exit Stage Left
Episode 71: This is better than no baseball
Episode 70: When it rains, it pours
Episode 68: Airing of Grievances
Episode 67: We traded J.D. Martinez for that?!
Episode 66: How to trade an entire team
Episode 65: A damn good draft (with Brian Sakowski)
Episode 64: MLB Draftapalooza Part Two (with Brian Sakowski)
Episode 63: MLB Draftapalooza Part One (with Dan Hasty and Emily Waldon)
Episode 62: Put some cereal on the grill
Episode 61: Introducing Michael Fulmer, Ace
Episode 60: The best .500 team in baseball
Episode 59: The bunt heard 'round the world
Episode 58: Is this team any good?
Episode 57: Your first-place Tigers
Episode 56: Spring training magic