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Ranking prospects in past 5 years' Deadline deals

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This July, there were just two trades involving MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects. Yusniel Diaz headlined the five-player package the Dodgers sent to the Orioles for Manny Machado, while the Indians gave up Francisco Mejia to bolster their bullpen with Brad Hand and Adam Cimber from the Padres.

This July, there were just two trades involving MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects. Yusniel Diaz headlined the five-player package the Dodgers sent to the Orioles for Manny Machado, while the Indians gave up Francisco Mejia to bolster their bullpen with Brad Hand and Adam Cimber from the Padres.

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That relative lack of Top 100 activity was surprising, compared to the past five years of deals in the month leading up to the Trade Deadline. From 2013-17, there were 20 July trades that included a total of 26 prospects on our midseason Top 100 lists. If we expand that focus to consider guys who would earn Top 100 status in the future, there were 32 transactions with 41 Top 100 Prospects.

At MLB Pipeline, we've never met something that we couldn't rank. So we're going to line up those 41 prospects in the order of how well we think their careers will play out, and we'll tell you who we believe will win each of these trades. Yes, we realize this will require a lot more in the way of predictions than hard evidence, but that doesn't make this any less fun. Rankings below are where the player was on the Top 100 list when he was traded.

1. Gleyber Torres, SS, Yankees (No. 26 on midseason Top 100)
from Cubs in four-player package for Aroldis Chapman, 2016

Torres eventually rose to No. 1 on the Top 100 and looks like a righty-hitting Robinson Cano, plus the Yankees got Chapman back as a free agent after the season. Though the Cubs overpaid for a rental closer, they wouldn't have won the 2016 World Series without Chapman, so there are no complaints in Chicago.
Winner: Draw

2. Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox (No. 7)
from Cubs in four-player package for Jose Quintana, 2017

Jimenez has only gotten better since the White Sox got him from their crosstown rivals, and this deal also contains a second potential star we'll get too in a moment. Quintana gave the Cubs a cost-controlled starter through 2020, but he has been pretty average since changing leagues and got shelled in the National League Championship Series last fall.
Winner: White Sox

Video: Top Prospects: Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox

3. Addison Russell, SS, Cubs (No. 7)
from Athletics in three-player package for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, 2014

That's three straight deals involving the Cubs, and they clearly won this one. Russell, who matches Jimenez for the highest-rated prospect to change addresses in the past five Julys, was starting in Chicago the next year at age 21. Samardzija and Hammel left the Athletics shortly after Oakland lost the 2014 American League Wild Card Game.
Winner: Cubs

4. Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Athletics (unranked at the time)
from Nationals in three-player package for Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson, 2017

Doolittle and Madson bolstered the Nationals' bullpen, but the team still hasn't won a playoff series and Luzardo can make a case for being baseball's best pitching prospect. Worse yet for Washington, it also gave up veteran Blake Treinen, who became an All-Star closer in Oakland.
Winner: Athletics

5. Josh Hader, LHP, Brewers (unranked twice)
from Orioles to Astros in two-player package (plus 2014 supplemental first-round pick) for Bud Norris, 2013
from Astros to Brewers in four-player package for Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers, 2015

Hader was a prize in two lopsided deals, as Norris had one good year for the Orioles, Gomez was terrible with the Astros and Fiers was effective for two months in Houston. The Astros turned Baltimore's Draft pick into Derek Fisher, but they also surrendered Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana in the latter deal.
Winner: Astros (2013), Brewers (2015)

6. Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP, Red Sox (unranked)
from Orioles for Andrew Miller, 2014

Miller is a stud, but the Orioles only got two months out of him before they bowed out in the AL Championship Series and he left for the Yankees as a free agent.
Winner: Red Sox

7. Sean Manaea, LHP, Athletics (unranked)
from Royals in two-player package for Ben Zobrist, 2015

Our rule from the Torres/Chapman deal applies here as well -- even if a club gives up a youngster who blossoms into a solid big leaguer for a two-month rental, if that rental helps you win the World Series, the trade rates as a draw.
Winner: Draw

Video: TOR@OAK: Manaea strikes out 5 against Blue Jays

8. Michael Fulmer, RHP, Tigers (unranked)
from Mets in two-player package for Yoenis Cespedes, 2015

Fulmer won the AL Rookie of the Year Award and then an All-Star in his first two big league seasons; Cespedes helped carry the Mets to the 2015 World Series and continues to mash when healthy.
Winner: Draw

9. Willy Adames, SS, Rays (unranked)
from Tigers in three-player package in three-team deal for David Price, 2014

Unknown at the time, Adames has developed into one of the game's top middle-infield prospects. Price spent 12 months with the Tigers, losing his lone playoff starts before going to the Blue Jays in a trade that hasn't done a lot for Detroit.
Winner: Rays

10. Clint Frazier, OF, Yankees (No. 24)
from Indians in four-player package for Andrew Miller, 2016

Miller has been great with the Indians and nearly helped them win the 2016 World Series, yet he will likely depart at the end of this season. The Yankees haven't found room in their lineup for Frazier but he still has enticing power, and the next guy on this list could swing the deal in New York's favor.
Winner: Draw

11. Justus Sheffield, LHP, Yankees (No. 95)
from Indians in four-player package for Andrew Miller, 2016

The Yankees need rotation help more than power, so Sheffield could have a bigger impact in New York than Frazier.
Winner: see Frazier, No. 10 on list

Video: Top Prospects: Justus Sheffield, LHP, Yankees

12. Yordan Alvarez, OF, Astros (unranked)
from Dodgers for Josh Fields, 2016

Alvarez, now one of the better all-around hitters in the Minors, hadn't played a pro game when this deal went down. As a bonus for the Astros, Fields imploded against them in Game 2 of the World Series last fall, a turning point in Houston's championship.
Winner: Astros

13. Dylan Cease, RHP, White Sox (No. 69)
from Cubs in four-player package for Jose Quintana, 2017

Cease for Quintana straight up might have been a big win for the White Sox.
Winner: see Jimenez, No. 2 on list

14. Tyler O'Neill, OF, Cardinals (unranked)
from Mariners for Marco Gonzales, 2017

The Mariners may rue giving up on O'Neill's prodigious pop, though for now Gonzales has helped fuel their surprising season.
Winner: Draw

Video: COL@STL: O'Neill gives Cards lead with RBI single

15. Willie Calhoun, OF, Rangers (No. 71)
from Dodgers in three-player package for Yu Darvish, 2017

Calhoun combines power and patience better than most prospects, and don't sleep on bat-missing right-hander A.J. Alexy, the second piece of this trade. Darvish was everything he was supposed to be in the last two months of the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs, but his time with the Dodgers will be remembered for his disastrous World Series.
Winner: Rangers

16. Jorge Alfaro, C, Phillies (No. 69)
from Rangers in six-player package for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman, 2015

Hamels and Diekman played significant roles in two AL West titles for the Rangers. Alfaro is the most promising of the six players the Phillies got in return, though that haul has been more about quantity than quality so far.
Winner: Rangers

17. Jeimer Candelario, 3B, Tigers (No. 93)
from Cubs in two-player package for Justin Wilson and Alex Avila, 2017

Blocked by Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo on the Cubs, Candelario has shown promise as a regular with the Tigers, who also got a quality shortstop prospect in Isaac Paredes. Wilson has scuffled in Chicago, while Avila had little impact there.
Winner: Tigers

18. Jose Peraza, SS, Dodgers/now with Reds (No. 30)
from Braves in seven-player package in three-team deal for Mat Latos, Alex Wood and four others, 2015

In a three-team trade that also involved the Marlins and included 13 players and a 2016 supplemental first-round pick, the Dodgers came away with the two best talents in Wood and Peraza. Five months later, they gave Peraza away to the Reds in another three-team deal that netted them little.
Winner: Dodgers

19. Lewis Brinson, OF, Brewers/now with Marlins (No. 22)
from Rangers in three-player package for Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress, 2016

Brinson has a tantalizing power/speed combination but also swing-and-miss concerns, and the Brewers eventually used him as the cornerstone of the Christian Yelich trade last offseason. The Rangers fell short of a third consecutive AL West title after adding Lucroy and Jeffress, then traded them both the following summer.
Winner: Brewers

20. Blake Rutherford, OF, White Sox (No. 45)
from Yankees in four-player package for Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle, 2017

Frazier and Co. nearly got the Yankees to the World Series last fall and Robertson is still a key member of their bullpen. Rutherford has upside but is also at least a couple of years away, so let's call this even for now.
Winner: Draw

Video: Top Prospects: Blake Rutherford, OF, White Sox

21. Brett Phillips, OF, Brewers/now with Royals (No. 39)
from Astros in four-player package for Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers, 2015

Phillips never was able to claim a regular job for the Brewers, who sent him to the Royals this July in a trade for Mike Moustakas.
Winner: see Hader, No. 5 on list

22. Domingo Santana, OF, Brewers (No. 87)
from Astros in four-player package for Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers, 2015

The Gomez/Fiers deal was one of two in the previous five Julys with three current or future Top 100 Prospects. Santana hit 30 homers in 2017, his lone season as a regular, but has regressed this year.
Winner: see Hader, No. 5 on list

23. Dustin Fowler, OF, Athletics (No. 79)
from Yankees in three-player package for Sonny Gray, 2017

Gray pitched as hoped last year for the Yankees but has been a disaster in 2018. All three guys the Athletics got were Top 100 Prospects at some point, and odds are that Fowler, Jorge Mateo (see below) or James Kaprielian will make the deal worthwhile for Oakland.
Winner: Athletics

24. Carl Edwards, RHP, Cubs (unranked)
from Rangers in four-player package for Matt Garza, 2013

This deal didn't play out as anticipated. Garza was ineffective with the Rangers and the key prospect (Mike Olt) didn't pan out, but Edwards and Justin Grimm became part of a World Series championship bullpen in 2016.
Winner: Cubs

Video: CHC@STL: Edwards Jr. K's DeJong, strands a pair

25. Francis Martes, RHP, Astros (unranked)
from Marlins in three-player package (plus 2015 supplemental first-round pick) for Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Wates, 2014

Martes hasn't been able to find his niche with the Astros yet, but he rose from obscurity to quality pitching prospect after they stole him in this trade. They also got Jake Marisnick, part of their 2017 World Series championship club, and Colin Moran, who became part of a Gerrit Cole deal last offseason.
Winner: Astros

26. Colin Moran, 3B, Astros/now with Pirates (No. 72)
from Marlins in three-player package (plus 2015 supplemental first-round pick) for Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Wates, 2014

If Mark Appel hadn't been available, the Astros would have selected Moran (over Kris Bryant) with the No. 1 overall choice in the 2013 Draft.
Winner: see Martes, No. 25 on list

27. Daniel Norris, LHP, Tigers (No. 25)
from Blue Jays in three-player package for David Price, 2015

Norris could tilt this deal in the Tigers' favor if he can stay healthy. Price was awesome down the stretch for the Blue Jays but far from it in the playoffs, then left as a free agent.
Winner: Draw

28. Anderson Espinoza, RHP, Padres (No. 21)
from Red Sox for Drew Pomeranz, 2016

The Red Sox were furious after receiving less-than-complete medical reports from the Padres on Pomeranz. But he won 17 games last year while the precocious Espinoza hasn't pitched the past two seasons after having Tommy John surgery.
Winner: Red Sox

Video: Top Prospects: Anderson Espinoza, RHP, Padres

29. Jorge Mateo, SS, Athletics (unranked)
from Yankees in three-player package for Sonny Gray, 2017

Mateo has game-changing speed but has stalled in Triple-A this year.
Winner: see Fowler, No. 23 on list

30. Grant Holmes, RHP, Athletics (No. 84)
from Dodgers in three-player package for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick, 2016

Of the five players in this trade, only Hill has contributed much for the team that acquired him. Shoulder issues have sidelined Holmes all year.
Winner: Dodgers

31. Frankie Montas, RHP, White Sox/now with Athletics (unranked)
from Red Sox in four-player package in three-team deal for Jake Peavy, 2013

The best part of the Peavy transaction for the White Sox was getting Avisail Garcia from the Tigers. Montas went from the White Sox to the Dodgers as part of the Peraza trade, then to the Athletics in the Hill/Reddick deal.
Winner: White Sox

32. Nick Williams, OF, Phillies (No. 64)
from Rangers in six-player package for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman, 2015

Williams gives away almost as many runs with his defense as he provides with his productive bat.
Winner: see Alfaro, No. 16 on list

33. Jeff Hoffman, RHP, Rockies (No. 58)
from Blue Jays in four-player package for Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins, 2015

Though Hoffman has yet to deliver on the promise that had him in contention to go No. 1 overall in the 2014 Draft, Tulowitzki looked mortal as soon as he left Coors Field and the Rockies saved $51 million by swapping him for Jose Reyes in this deal.
Winner: Rockies

34. Luis Ortiz, RHP, Brewers/now with Orioles (No. 65)
from Rangers in three-player package for Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress, 2016

As with Brinson, the Brewers since have parted with Ortiz, sending him to the Orioles in a trade for Jonathan Schoop last week.
Winner: see Brinson, No. 19 on list

Video: Top Prospects: Luis Ortiz, RHP, Orioles

35. Cody Reed, LHP, Reds (unranked)
from Royals in three-player package for Johnny Cueto, 2015

Cueto won more games in the 2015 postseason for the champion Royals (two) than Reed has in three years with the Reds (one), who also saw Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb fall short of expectations.
Winner: Royals

36. Billy McKinney, OF, Cubs/now with Blue Jays (unranked)
from Athletics in three-player package for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, 2014

McKinney emerged as a Top 100 Prospect after the Athletics made their ill-fated trade, then faded before the Cubs included him in the Chapman deal. He was on the move again this July, going to the Blue Jays as part of the cost for J.A. Happ.
Winner: see Russell, No. 3 on list

37. Jake Thompson, RHP, Phillies (unranked in 2014, No. 60 in 2015)
from Tigers to Rangers in two-player package for Joakim Soria, 2014
from Rangers to Phillies in six-player package for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman, 2015

The Rangers came out ahead in both Thompson moves and also acquired Corey Knebel for Soria, though they'd relinquish Knebel in a Yovani Gallardo trade with the Brewers. The Hamels/Diekman deal was the only one on this list to involve three current Top 100 Prospects.
Winner: Rangers (2014), see Alfaro, No. 16 on list (2015)

38. David Paulino, RHP, Astros/now with Blue Jays (unranked)
from Tigers in two-player package for Jose Veras, 2013

Paulino's promise was derailed by injuries and suspensions before the Astros included him in the Roberto Osuna trade with the Blue Jays last week. Veras had minimal impact with the Tigers.
Winner: Draw

39. Mike Olt, 3B, Cubs/now with Red Sox (No. 63)
from Rangers in four-player package for Matt Garza, 2013

It wasn't apparent at the time, but Olt wouldn't be the same after getting beaned while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic in November 2012.
Winner: see Edwards, No. 24 on list

40. Phil Bickford, RHP, Brewers (No. 67)
from Giants in two-player package for Will Smith

Smith has been terrific with the Giants despite losing 2017 to Tommy John surgery. Bickford has missed time with a drug suspension and injuries, pitching just 66 innings in part of three seasons in the Brewers' system.
Winner: Giants

41. Rob Kaminsky, LHP, Indians (No. 88)
from Cardinals for Brandon Moss, 2015

Moss had a forgettable two months with the Cardinals, while Kaminsky is still trying to solve Double-A.
Winner: Draw

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