Inbox: What would other Quintana deals have looked like?

July 21st, 2017

We're still busy making's Top 100 Prospects and organization Top 30 lists and checking them twice, so let's get straight to the Inbox questions. (And to answer what many of you have asked, we'll release the revamped rankings early next week.)

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The Cubs surrendered four Minor Leaguers for Quintana, but the two who really mattered were outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-hander Dylan Cease. They were Chicago's two best prospects, and they will rank near the top (Jimenez) and in the middle (Cease) of our soon-to-be-unveiled new updated Top 100.

The Astros would have had to structure a comparable deal around outfielder Kyle Tucker and a right-hander such as Forrest Whitley, Franklin Perez or J.B. Bukauskas (who can't be dealt until after the World Series because he just signed as a first-round pick). The Braves would have had to part with outfielder Ronald Acuna and righty Ian Anderson. It would have cost the Rockies shortstop Brendan Rodgers and righty Riley Pint, and the Yankees would have had to pony up infielder and righty Chance Adams.

I don't necessarily believe that any of those clubs would have paid that kind of price for Quintana, even with his track record of success and eminently affordable contract. Which probably explains why the dependable lefty wound up with the Cubs.

Two players drafted after the first round a year ago will make our new Top 100 list: Blue Jays infielder Bo Bichette (second round, No. 66 overall) and Reds outfielder Taylor Trammell (supplemental first, No. 35). Bichette, who leads the Minors in hitting (.385) and on-base percentage (.444), is on our current list at No. 97 and will move up considerably next week.

Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes (fourth, No. 111), D-backs righty Jon Duplantier (third, No. 89), White Sox righty Alec Hansen (second, No. 49) and Orioles outfielder Austin Hays (third, No. 91) all received votes -- we went deeper than just 100 prospects -- when we were shaping the new rankings. Rockies third baseman Colton Welker (fourth, No. 110), Braves left-hander Joey Wentz (supplemental first, No. 40) and Dodgers righty Mitchell White (second, No. 65) are three more guys to watch. Athletics righty Logan Shore (second, No. 47) is a personal favorite of mine and could crack the Top 100 in the future.

Baez intrigues me a great deal. Signed for $3 million by the Padres last December, the Cuban right-hander arrived in the low Class A Midwest League this month and has allowed one run in his first three starts, giving up just five hits and two walks while striking out 24 in 18 innings. Small sample size, to be sure, but Baez has impressive stuff as well.

Physically imposing at 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds, Baez has a mid-90s fastball that reaches 98 mph, a hard two-plane slider and even some aptitude for throwing a changeup. Extremely tall pitchers often have trouble keeping their deliveries in sync, but he's athletic and hasn't experienced any mechanical issues yet. If Baez keeps this up, we'll be granting him Top 100 Prospect status before too long.

Fanti pitched the first 8 2/3 innings of a combined no-hitter on May 6, then he tossed a complete game no-no with 12 strikeouts on Monday. A year after leading the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in strikeouts (65) and strikeout rate (11.3 per nine innings), he's 7-2 with a 2.52 ERA and a 94/17 K/BB ratio in 89 1/3 innings in low Class A.

Fanti flew under the radar as a New York high schooler, but the Phillies paid him $100,000 as a 31st-rounder in 2015 to divert him from a commitment to Marist. Though the left-hander isn't a high-ceiling prospect, he does have an advanced feel for pitching. Fanti's lone above-average pitch is his changeup, but his fringy fastball and curveball play up because he commands them so well.