Fantasy baseball Prospect Watch: White Sox Garcia a smart addition
Baseball's non-waivers trade deadline has come and gone, so now is a good time to pick through the team's new gifts in SI.com's prospect watch. We start with a Venezuelan product Baseball America dubs "Little Miggy," because if you're scouting prospects you might as well start with a player who has drawn comparisons to the biggest and best slugger in fantasy.
New White Sox farmhand Avisail Garcia is arguably the lone future All-Star that swapped teams at this deadline, coming over from the Tigers in a three-way, seven-player trade which netted the Red Sox SP Jake Peavy and the Tigers SS Jose Iglesias.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Garcia, 22, was rated the Tigers' No. 2 prospect behind OF Nick Castellanos coming into the season, but injuries have limited him in Triple-A thus far. The numbers are exciting, though: .376 average, six homers, 27 RBI, 32 runs, six steals, a .419 on-base percentage and .555 slugging percentage in 40 minor league games.
The White Sox figure to get a legit look at him down the stretch, so consider him a sleeper in deeper fantasy leagues. Owned in just eight percent of CBSSports.com leagues, he is available to you and not far from his extended look on Chicago's South Side.
Breaking down the rest of the minor-leaguers that changed hands before Wednesday's non-waivers trade deadline:
• 2B Grant Green, L.A. Angels of Anaheim --Traded from Oakland for 3B Albert Callaspo; Green, 25, has a legit bat that can play in the infield or outfield for the Angels down the road. He has gone .322/11/50/68/4/.374/.492 combined in 89 Triple-A games (388 at-bats). Consider him a mere AL-only option down the stretch here in fantasy, but he could compete for a starting job next spring for the Angels at a few positions.
• OF Danry Vasquez, Houston Astros -- Traded from Detroit for CL Jose Veras; The Tigers further depleted their farm system dealing their preseason No. 6 prospect, Vasquez, for a potential closer. Vasquez is just 19 years old and is only now starting to develop on his 6-foot-3 frame. He is going to emerge a legit major-league power threat in a few years, so consider him a long-term keeper option.
• OF L.J. Hoes, Houston Astros --Traded from Baltimore with LHP Josh Hader for RHP Bud Norris; The Astros picked up a contact line-drive bat that still needs to develop power. Hoes runs well, but the 23-year-old is not an accomplished basestealer yet, going just 7-for-14 in his Triple-A attempts to date. Hoes does have a 1-to-1 strikeout-to-walk rate (56-58), so he can project to be a .300 hitter as a major leaguer. Until he develops power or a penchant for basestealing, he is going to be nothing more than a low-end fantasy option.
• LHP Josh Hader, Houston Astros --Traded from Baltimore with Hoes for Norris; The Astros picked up a real intriguing, lanky 19-year-old lefty that BA has said has drawn Chris Sale comparisons. In 17 starts in low Class A, Hader has gone 3-6 with a 2.65 ERA, a .215 batting-average against and 79 strikeouts in 85 innings. The 19th-round pick is a bit under the radar, but he is picking up velocity and managing his control -- lefties take time -- as he matures. He can be a mixed-league fantasy option in a few years.
• RHP Cory Rasmus, L.A. Angels of Anaheim --Traded from Atlanta for LHP Scott Downs; The Angels picked up a potential closer of the future in this 6-foot, 200-pound right-hander. The 25-year-old is close to being ready for the Angels bullpen, having posted a 1.67 ERA, .156 BAA, 50 strikeouts and 15 saves in 37 2/3 innings. Walks are an issue (22 to date), but the strikeout rate and unhittable stuff at times are what intrigues. He will get a look down the stretch and might compete to close next season in Anaheim.
• RHP Kyle Smith, Houston Astros --Traded from Kansas City for OF Justin Maxwell: Smith isn't a high-ceiling prospect because of mediocre size and velocity, but he knows how to pitch, as his 2.85 ERA, .238 BAA and 96 strikeouts in 104 1/3 high Class A innings suggests. The 20-year-old is still a year or two from seeing the major leagues, especially in a rebuilding program with the Astros.
• RHP Matt Stites, Arizona Diamondbacks -- Traded from San Diego with LHP Joe Thatcher for Ian Kennedy; This was a strange deal, because the D'backs pick up mere relievers for a starting pitcher that won 21 games just a couple seasons ago. Stites has a decent arm, striking out a batter per inning and limiting walks, but he is a relief prospect and those don't always tend to project well in fantasy.
• 2B Juan Herrera, St. Louis Cardinals --Traded from Cleveland for RHP Marc Rzepczynski; The 20-year-old Dominican middle infielder doesn't have much in the way of power or steals potential right now. He's a non-prospect long term.
• RP Brayan Villarreal, Boston Red Sox --Traded from Detroit in the three-way, seven-player deal that included Peavy and Iglesias; The right-handed Venezuelan is nothing more than a middle reliever in the major leagues.