Ranking The 50 Prospects Traded Before The Deadline

From June 30 to Aug. 1, 50 prospects changed teams in trades. Now that the non-waiver deadline has come and gone, we ranked all 50 and included a realistic best-case scenario to try to explain what the team trading for them is hoping to get.

Note that we said “realistic best-case scenario.” That means this is not what all of these players will achieve in their careers. In fact, we can guarantee they won’t all reach these heights.

Assuredly some of the players traded in the past month will be released by the end of next year. But this is an attempt to explain what they could be if they keep improving and stay healthy. When players are listed as comparables, these aren’t meant as body comps but as what the player’s career could look like.

1. Anderson Espinoza, rhp, Padres

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Realistic Best Case Scenario: Front-of-the-rotation starter/ace


2. Clint Frazier, of, Yankees

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Realistic Best Case Scenario: All-star power-hitting corner outfielder


3. Gleyber Torres, ss, Yankees

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Realistic Best Case Scenario: All-Star middle infielder


4. Lewis Brinson, of, Brewers

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Realistic Best Case Scenario: Adam Jones-esque power-speed center fielder


5. Phil Bickford, rhp, Brewers

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Realistic Best Case Scenario: Mid-rotation starting pitcher


6. Grant Holmes, rhp, Athletics

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Realistic Best Case Scenario: No. 2 starter in the mold of Ben Sheets


7. Justus Sheffield, lhp, Yankees

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Realistic Best Case Scenario: Scott Kazmir


8. Luis Ortiz, rhp, Brewers

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Realistic Best Case Scenario: Strike-throwing fastball/slider No. 3 starter


9. Frankie Montas, rhp, Athletics

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Realistic Best Case Scenario: Power reliever pitching the eighth or ninth inning


10. Adalberto Mejia, lhp, Twins

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Realistic Best Case Scenario: Reliable fourth starter, eating tons of innings

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