Image credit: Taylor Trammell (Photo by John E. Moore/Getty Images)
It was both a busy trade deadline and a relatively quiet one. With a shortened season, an expanded playoffs and no first-round byes, many teams decided to sit out the annual midseason swap meet. Some notable names on losing teams stayed put, and a number of contenders decided to stand pat rather than pay high prospect prices.
But it was also a trade deadline where many of the prospects traded are very known commodities. Teams could not officially trade lower-level prospects who are not part of the player pools, instead they had to be announced as players to be named.
With that in mind, the names that did change hands were quite well known, even if Taylor Trammell was the only Top 100 prospect to be included in a deal. Every prospect traded since the 2020 season began has ranked in a Baseball America team Top 30.
It’s also notable that 18 of the 22 prospects traded have either been already added to their team’s 40-man MLB roster or will have to be added this offseason or risk exposure to the Rule 5 draft. The decision point of a 40-man roster crunch can often help nudge a team to include a prospect in a deal, while rebuilding teams with relatively open 40-man rosters can use that roster space as an advantage in acquiring players.
|Rk||Player, Pos.||Acquiring Team||Traded From||BA Grade||40-Man||
|1||Taylor Trammell, OF||Mariners||Padres||55/High||Y|
|2||Gabriel Arias, SS||Indians||Padres||55/Very High||Y|
|3||Andres Munoz, RHP||Mariners||Padres||55/Extreme||Y|
|4||Joey Cantillo, LHP||Indians||Padres||50/High|
|5||Hudson Potts, 3B||Red Sox||Padres||50/High||Y|
|6||Owen Miller, SS||Indians||Padres||45/Medium|
|7||Ronald Bolanos, RHP||Royals||Padres||45/Medium||Y|
|8||Kevin Smith, LHP||Orioles||Mets||50/High|
|9||Humberto Mejia, RHP||D-Backs||Marlins||45/Medium||Y|
|10||Riley O’Brien, RHP||Reds||Rays||50/High||Y|
|11||Edward Olivares, OF||Royals||Padres||45/Medium||Y|
|12||Tyler Nevin, 1B||Orioles||Rockies||50/High||Y|
|13||Stuart Fairchild, OF||D-Backs||Reds||45/High||Y|
|14||Jeisson Rosario, OF||Red Sox||Padres||45/High||Y|
|15||Terrin Vavra, SS||Orioles||Rockies||45/High|
|16||Lucius Fox, SS||Royals||Rays||45/High||Y|
|17||Packy Naughton, LHP||Angels||Reds||45/High||Y|
|18||Jordan Humphreys, RHP||Giants||Mets||45/High||Y|
|19||Jesus Tinoco, RHP||Marlins||Rockies||40/Medium||Y|
|20||Connor Seabold, RHP||Red Sox||Phillies||40/Medium||Y|
|21||Zack Short, SS||Cubs||Tigers||40/Medium||Y|
|22||Gerardo Reyes, RHP||Angels||Padres||40/High||Y|