Miller Traded to Indians for Top Prospects Frazier, Sheffield
As I predicted in last week's blog, the Yankees are full throttle in sell mode. After losing 3 straight games, and two to the AL worst Rays, this really comes as no surprise.
Cashman has yet again come through with an awesome trade, and another great return on investment. The Yanks are getting two of the Indians three best prospects, fully affirming they are in WIN NOW mode. OF Clint Frazier and LHP Justus Sheffield, are STUDS, no way around it. The Indians paid the ultimate price by getting Miller, which was what Hal and Cash were looking for from the get go.
Check out Clint's numbers:
From what it looks like to me, Clint is almost MLB ready. I think we could see him called up as early as next summer, perhaps quicker. Coming out of High School, he was ranked #1 in the 2013 class on Perfect Game.
Frazier is powerful. He is strong. His reactions at the plate, his bat speed, the loft in his swing and his ability to crush fastballs are all reasons for excitement.
In addition to offensive promise, Frazier also has the ability to run well and steal bases. If he picks his spots, he can easily steal 20 or more bases with good reads and a quick first step. His arm is strong and accurate.
As much upside as Frazier has as a hitter, his defensive issues have to be resolved. He has the arm strength to play right field and the routes to the ball there should not be as troubling. Left field may be the most comfortable place for him.
Frazier will have to continue to improve his pitch recognition and reduce his strikeouts even more. He can't widen the strike zone and allow the pitcher to control his at-bats.
Justus Sheffield, the nephew of Gary Sheffield, was drafted 31st overall in 2014. After verbally committing for Vanderbilt, Sheff opted to sign with the Tribe.
6’2”, 195-pound left-hander is an above-average athlete; mature build requires little physical projection; delivery involves some effort with a decently sized leg kick and usually efficient mechanics; doesn’t always stay on line with the plate; arm action is loose and repeatable from three-quarters slot, though he does struggle to find a consistent release point at times in a given outing.
Now it's a waiting game to see if we deal Beltran, which I believe that we will. ESPN's Buster Olney also says the team is listening to offers for Brian McCann, and Brett Garder.
More to follow~