The Rays have been holding a yard sale of sorts over the month of July, clearing out the backend of their 40-man roster as they prepare for a busy offseason which will require adding several prospects to the 40-man roster. The Giants became the latest to peruse the sale, adding Triple-A outfielder Joe McCarthy at the modest cost of a 2018 26th-round pick.
Joe McCarthy, OF
McCarthy was considered one of the better pure hitters in the 2015 draft class, but the Virginia outfielder fell in the draft because he was battling a back injury. Five seasons later, McCarthy continues to struggle with back injuries that lead to some worries over whether he will ever fully unlock the potential he’s flashed to be a plus hitter with above-average power. McCarthy is on the 40-man roster. With Tampa Bay facing a tight 40-man roster situation this offseason, trading him helps clear needed roster space for the Rays.
Jacob Lopez, LHP
Lopez is a strike-thrower with a good frame and solid feel for pitching. He led junior college baseball in strikeouts in 2018. But he’s going to have to be a late-bloomer to ever pitch in the majors as he currently is working with below-average stuff. His 87-89 mph fastball gets some arm-side run and he throws a slurvy breaking ball that he can make bigger or smaller, morphing from a curve into more of a slider. He does show a feel for a changeup. Lopez’s delivery has some energy and effort to it, but he consistently throws strikes.