Martin Prado, if/of
Coming into the deadline, the Yankees’ biggest needs were finding an upgrade at second base and right field. In Prado and Stephen Drew, they accomplished both goals. Sort of. Prado is as versatile a player as it gets, but the Yankees want him to play right field. He’s played 252 games in his career in left field, but just one in right field, and that came in 2009 with the Braves. He’s hit .270/.317/.370 this season in Arizona and has $22 million and two years remaining on his contract.
Peter O’Brien, c/1b
In Peter O’Brien, the Diamondbacks are betting on the light-tower power that has helped him slug 33 homers this season between high Class A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, which ranks him third in all of baseball behind Joey Gallo and Kris Bryant. The problems, however, start to come into play when you look at the overall hit tool and, even moreso, his future defensive home. He’s got a lot of swing and miss in his game, as shown by his 26.2-percent strikeout rate in the Eastern League, and he’s drawn just 16 walks in 294 plate appearances in Double-A.
Paul Goldschmidt’s presence in Arizona means the Diamondbacks and their scouts must believe in O’Brien as a catcher. He’s also spent time in the outfield, but pairing he and Mark Trumbo in the outfield would create a lot of stress for Ender Inciarte or whomever winds up playing center field in the long term.
“He’s a big, strong kid. He’s got soft hands back there for a big, strong kid,” one Eastern League manager said about O’Brien’s future behind the plate. “He’s got a very strong arm, and I think it’s just it’s the process of playing back there all the time.”
Another evaluator had this to say about his power potential, which you can also see below.
“He’s got a clean swing,” one AL scout said. “He’s got legitimate power. It’s a good swing, too. … He’ll put on a pretty good show in BP, too, just with the raw power. He can hit them a long way. It’s every bit of 70 (on the 20-80 scale). I don’t know if there’s many guys with 80, but it’s a surefire 70. Whatever it is, number or not, it’s pretty damn good.”