|The Dodgers drafted Shane Victorino in the sixth round back in 1999 out of a Hawaii high school and nearly lost him in one Rule 5 draft (2002), then lost him again in 2004 when the Phillies selected him in the minor league phase of the Rule 5. Victorino blossomed in Philadelphia, but with the Phillies trying to reload in the midst of a disappointing season, they unloaded the impending free agent for prospects Tuesday, sending him back to the Dodgers for righthanders Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin.
The Dodgers also sent a player to be named to the Phillies in the deal, a player who turned out to be 22-year-old second baseman Stefan Jarrin on Sept. 28.
|Ethan Martin, rhp
Age: 23. Born: Jun 6, 1989 in Athens, Ga.
Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 195.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga.
Career Transactions: Selected by Dodgers in first round (15th overall) of 2008 draft; signed July 10, 2008.
The Baseball America 2008 High School Player of the Year as a righthanded pitcher/third baseman, Martin was the only high school righthander drafted and signed in the first round of that year’s draft. (The Yankees drafted Gerrit Cole but didn’t sign him.) Martin has progressed slowly thanks mostly to a lack of control, as he had walked 6.1 batters per nine innings in his first three seasons. As detailed in Prospect Bulletin by Jim Shonerd (subscription required), Martin has made significant progress this season throwing strikes with his fastball and breaking pitches. From a pure stuff standpoint, Martin has one of the best arms among pitchers traded in July, with a fastball that lacks tremendous movement but ranges from 92-97 mph. His curveball and slider both have average potential; his slider is more of a cutter that gives him a breaking pitch he can throw for strikes. Martin’s changeup is firm in the low 80s. He’s still adding the feel and control to be a starter, but his athleticism and the improvement he’s shown this season lend credence to the belief that he can remain in a rotation. He has to be added to a 40-man roster this year or risk being exposed to the Rule 5 draft.
|Josh Lindblom, rhp
Age: 25. Born: Jun 15, 1987 in Lafayette, Ind.
Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 240.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Dodgers in second round of 2008 draft; signed June 20, 2008.
Lindblom ranked No. 8 on our Dodgers’ Top 30 entering the season and has spent the entire season in the Dodgers bullpen. While his fastball has sat in the lower 90s for much of the season, averaging 92 mph according to Pitch f/x data, he has thrown harder in the past and has dialed back successfully this season while throwing more strikes and adding a bit of life to his heater. His four-pitch mix gives him a different look from the average set-up man, with about 10 percent of his pitches being curveballs and changeups to complement his fastball and slider. He challenges hitters with his fastball and can work up and down in the zone with his fastball and curve when he’s at his best.
|Stefan Jarrin, 2b
Born: Aug. 27, 1990 in San Gabriel, Calif.
Ht.: 5-10. Wt.: 170. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: East Los Angeles JC.
Career Transactions: Selected by Dodgers in 40th round of 2011 draft; signed June 20, 2011.
Jarrin has spent his first two pro seasons in the Arizona League, batting a cumulative .211/.309/.336 in 152 at-bats. A 40th-round pick with a low prospect profile, he doesn’t have a standout tool or a high ceiling. Jarrin has good feel for the game, however, and probably will hold down second base in the low levels of the minors.
|Shane Victorino, cf
Age: 31. Bats: B. Remaining Commitment: Under contract for $9.5 million this season (approximately $1.58 million per month).
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.