BREAKING NEWS: Nationals Trade Juan Soto to the Padres

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Juan Soto has finally been traded. He is on the move to San Diego for a flurry of top prospects. The Padres were already one of the most fun teams in the MLB and they just added the most electric player in baseball. Furthermore, Josh Bell is on the move to San Diego along with Juan Soto in the trade.

The Padres side of things:

Juan Soto, the 23 year old, World Series champion, and former batting title champion is on the move. With a top tier 1b by his side, Soto costs a pretty penny but is definitely worth it. The superstar outfielder is in the 98th percentile for xwOBA (expected weighted on base average) during a down year. In every year of his career, Soto has been in the top 3% for walks and top 10% for wxOBA. Everyone knows Soto is a once in a generation talent, coupled with Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado… watch out world.

Another piece of this trade was Josh Bell. If you are a big baseball fan you probably know Bell from his time with the Pirates. Bell he has been solid for the Nationals this year. A lot of fan bases wanted him this offseason, but the Padres get him as they make a world series push.

The Nationals side of the Juan Soto Trade:

Firstly, Mackenzie Gore is the biggest part of this deal. He is a bonafide future ace, and he has already shown big league production this year. Furthermore, Gore can still keep you from being a horrible team for the next few years as the Nationals ownership looks to sell the franchise away.

Second, We all knew the Juan Soto trade was going to get the Nationals a good amount of top prospects, but adding Bell on top takes this deal to the next level. The Nationals receive CJ Abrams, Robert Hassell, James Wood and Jarlin Susana. CJ Abrams is going to be a top defensive shortstop in this league. Pairing him with SS/2B Brady House (Nationals #1 prospect) will be a lot of fun for Nationals fans. Hassell and Wood are top tier outfielders in the minors right now who are expected to be up quickly. Susana has been making waves in the minors recently with some great outings on the bump.

What’s Next:

Finally, the big fish has been moved, and Soto is off the board. However, This makes the the Giants situation a lot more interesting. Now, with two top 3 teams in the NL, the Giants will look to sell. The Yankees reportedly are in on Carlos Rendon already but have made no progress.

BREAKING NEWS: Yankees Trade for Scott Effross from the Cubs

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BREAKING: The Yankees get their relief pitcher. With Michael King done for the year, their bullpen had been struggling. Now, they make a huge trade to get Scott Effross. The 28-year-old rookie feels like he’s meant for the Yankees. A stuff-based pitcher with five years of control. Now, the Yankees paid a steep price of #7 prospect Hayden Wesneski, however in the hunt for #28, it might have been worth it.

The Breakdown on Effross

As I said earlier, Effross is a stuff pitcher. He features a low 90’s fast ball with plenty of run. However, his bread-and-butter is his slider, sinker, and change-up combo that makes up for all but 9.5% of his pitches. Effross is in the top 10% of the league in the following advanced stats: XSLG, WOBA, XWOBA, and XERA. All of these are just more advanced ways of tracking their base stats of SLG, OBA, and ERA. XERA is the most impressive, XERA is fielding independent ERA. Effross has posted a 2.21 XERA which is in the top 3% of pitchers and would be second on the Yankees active roster behind only Clay Holmes.

The Yankees side of the Scott Effross trade

Hayden Wesneski is a top prospect for the Yankees, but at a spot where they have ridiculous depth. They have three LHPs in their top 10. This trade does nothing to take them out of the rest of the trade deadline festivities. Wesneski will have a quicker path to the majors in Chicago. He was backlogged in the Yankees farm system, but now he can have a chance to shine.

What’s next for the Yankees

It feels like the Yankees are all in on Frankie Montas and Carlos Rendon. They probably only get one — but who knows, they are the Yankees. They could get both if they wanted to, their farm is deep enough to do so. We have a littlea more than 24 hours until the MLB trade deadline. A lot can happen.

BREAKING NEWS: Luis Castillo traded to the Seattle Mariners

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Luis Castillo, the former ace of the Cincinnati Reds, has been traded to the Seattle Mariners. After a down 2021 season, Castillo had been the bright spot for a very, very bad Reds team. The Reds receive Noelvi Marte, Levi Stoudt, Edwin Arroyo, Andrew Moore for Castillo.

Why Luis Castillo was traded:

Again, the Reds are very bad and there is no sense in having a Porsche without gas. The Reds have no use for Castillo. With only one more year of control, it was just time to move on from their star righty.

Now, trading Luis Castillo to the Mariners just makes sense. Seattle is making a run at the title this year and Castillo can slide in. Castillo is a number two starter with ace stuff. Now will this get them over the hump to win it all? Maybe. However, its a chance worth taking.

The rundown on Castillo:

Castillo’s three-pitch mix features a 97 MPH fastball, 88 MPH change-up, and a 87 MPH slider. This year, Castillo has a 2.86 ERA (Earned run average) and a 3.21 FIP (Fielder Independent Pitching) both better than last year. Castillo’s wxOBA (Expected Weighted On-base Average) is in the 77th percentile among pitchers.

The trade return for Luis Castillo:

Compared to prior years, Castillo’s pure ERA is the best he’s had in his MLB career. He posted his second best FIP and fourth best wxOBA. With this resurgence, Castillo upped his value and gets dealt to a contender.

In return for an ace, you expect a haul of prospects. That’s just what the Reds got. Noelvi Marte, Levi Stoudt, Edwin Arroyo, and Andrew Moore is a ludicrous trade package for a year and a half of a starting pitcher. Marte and Arroyo alone almost feels like too much. The Reds get three of the top five prospects in the Mariners farm. In the case of Marte, he is a five-tool shortstop who is projected to be in the bigs by the end of 2023.

Personally, this is not a package I would have given up for Castillo. He will only be there for a year and a half before needing to get paid. Castillo is an ace, but he isn’t one I would sell the whole farm for at this point.

BREAKING: Owen Murphy Signs Rookie Deal with Braves

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Owen Murphy, Braves reach deal

The Atlanta Braves signed first round pick Owen Murphy to his rookie deal, meaning Murphy will not be attending Notre Dame. The right handed pitcher/ third baseman will join rookie camp (like all draftees) next week.

The Baseball Side of This Deal

There is still some uncertainty around whether or not Murphy will play both sides of the ball, but the talent is clearly there. In his senior year, Murphy posted a 0.12 ERA with 137 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings. Murphy also hit .548 with 18 homers. Murphy also threw four no hitters, two of which were perfect games.

On the mound, Murphy is a stand-out product. As just a pitcher, he was likely to go during the competitive balance pick round. Murphy features a five pitch mix. A high velocity fastball, hitting 96 — at 18 years-old — a plus slider, a change up, and curveball that he will look to find more consistency with at the pro level. In my interview with Owen Murphy he talks about his cutter. Murphy has extremely large hands that he uses to flick the ball and create high spin rates. High spin on a cutter and fastball make it look as if the ball is rising on its way to the plate.

At the plate, Murphy was projected as a 3-4th round pick. He is a plus fielder at third, obviously with great arm. At the plate he showed that he stays in his mechanics well, as more of a pull hitter. You won’t see Murphy hit 40+ bombs, but he is extremely reliable in clutch situations and is always good for a base knock.

The Logistical Side of This Deal

The 20th pick in this year’s MLB draft is slotted at $3,407,400. I can not confirm if Murphy was above or below slot. However, in their trade with the Royals, the Braves acquired $2,202,100 in draft pool money. Baseball draft deals are unlike other sports where players can be paid more to keep them from going to college or returning for a senior year.

2023 NFL Draft: Should You Buy the Hype on Tyler Van Dyke?

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It is time to look at the 2023 NFL Draft quarterbacks. There is a lot of hype on the internet because of how lackluster the 2022 class was, with some big name analysts saying we could see 7 first round quarterbacks. Now, I’m not going to talk about C.J Stroud or Bryce Young. We all know they are good and we all buy the hype with them. But there are five other quarterbacks that are getting crazy amounts of hype. First up in this series looking at 2023 NFL Draft QBs, Miami’s Tyler Van Dyke.

Who is Van Dyke?

Tyler Van Dyke was a 4-star recruit from Connecticut. He ripped up New England in high school, and not just on the football field. Van Dyke was the New England Pitcher of the Year, with a 6-0 record and a 1.08 ERA.

At Miami, Van Dyke took over for D’Eriq King when he went out with a season-ending injury. From there, Van Dyke had six games in a row with 300 yards and three touchdowns.

What is Van Dyke’s Skill set?

Tyler Van Dyke has a lot of talent, and he doesn’t lose his cool very often. Van Dyke’s arm is NFL level. The Miami offense last year was not very quarterback friendly. Van Dyke constantly had to hop on his horse and run, which led to him having to create more than he probably should have as a first-year quarterback. By no means did this throw off Van Dyke (which is good to see), however it did lead to a few mistakes.

Van Dyke does have some weaknesses. He occasionally holds onto the ball for too long, however this could have been because of what I mentioned before about Miami’s offense. His load time and release speed could also use some improvement.

Should You Buy the Hype?

In my opinion: buy with caution. I think he is going to have a great year in Miami, but is he in the quarterback three range? I don’t know just yet. With the shortage of first round quarterbacks in 2022, I think Van Dyke could sneak into the first. Who knows, if Mario Cristobal can get him a legitimate offense, Tyler Van Dyke might just climb his way to the top 15 of the 2023 NFL Draft.