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Ranking 32 prospects traded ahead of the Deadline

@GoldenSombrero
July 31, 2019

This year’s firm July 31 Trade Deadline looked as though it might come and go without any blockbuster deals before a flurry of last-minute trades played out right before the 4 p.m. ET cutoff. When it was all said and done, five players from MLB Pipeline’s freshly updated Top 100

This year’s firm July 31 Trade Deadline looked as though it might come and go without any blockbuster deals before a flurry of last-minute trades played out right before the 4 p.m. ET cutoff.

When it was all said and done, five players from MLB Pipeline’s freshly updated Top 100 Prospects list had been dealt, including two ranked inside the top 50.

That number is up from last year, when two Top 100 prospects were moved ahead of the 2018 Trade Deadline, but down from the seven in 2017 and eight in ’16.

In total, 32 players ranked on team Top 30 lists were traded this year (dating back to the Major League All-Star break), after 41 were traded in 2018 and 39 in ’17.

So who were the best Minor Leaguers to change teams during this period? We've ranked each of the 32 prospects on team Top 30 lists who were moved ahead of this year's Deadline:

1. Taylor Trammell, OF, Padres, No. 30 overall (from Reds in three-team trade with Indians involving Trevor Bauer, Yasiel Puig)

The Reds’ top-ranked prospect at the time of trade, Trammell has seen his production slip this year in Double-A, batting .236 with a .686 OPS, 17 extra-base hits (6 HR) and 17 steals in 94 games. However, there’s still a lot to like with regards to the 21-year-old’s ceiling as a corner outfielder who projects to hit for average as well as some power, with the ability to add value on the basepaths with his well-above-average speed. He gives the Padres yet another ultra-talented prospect in what is already an impressively deep farm system. Padres' updated Top 30 list »

2. Jesus Sanchez, OF, Marlins, No. 42 overall (from Rays in Nick Anderson/Trevor Richards trade)

Sanchez, 21, had been one of the more consistent hitters and fastest-rising prospects in Tampa Bay’s system since they signed him for $400,000 out of the Dominican Republic in July 2014. Over parts of five seasons in the system, the left-handed-hitting outfielder produced a .298/.342/.389 line and had already advanced to the Triple-A level in 2019 when the Rays dealt him to Miami. Marlins' updated Top 30 list »

3. Jazz Chisholm, SS, Marlins, No. 59 overall (from D-backs in Zac Gallen trade)

Chisholm’s stock has taken a hit this year with his struggles in Double-A, where he’s batted just .204 with a nearly 34 percent strikeout rate in 89 games. But the toolsy, left-handed-hitting shortstop remains a high-ceiling player, one who has homered 18 times this season while swiping 13 bags in the Southern League at age 21. He broke out in 2018, slashing .272/.329/.513 with a career-high 25 homers and 17 steals in 112 games between Class A Kane County and Class A Advanced Visalia. Marlins' updated Top 30 list »

4. Logan Allen, LHP, Indians, No. 98 overall (from Reds in three-team trade with Indians involving Trevor Bauer, Yasiel Puig)

The No. 7 prospect on the Padres’ recently revamped Top 30 list, Allen tossed 25 1/3 innings of 6.75 ERA ball, making eight appearances including four starts, in his first taste of the Majors before being optioned to Triple-A El Paso on July 27. Originally an eighth-round pick of the Red Sox back in 2015, the 22-year-old southpaw’s numbers this year between Triple-A and the big leagues don’t jump off the page, but his deep arsenal and durability should enable him to stick as a back-end starter at the highest level. Indians' updated Top 30 list »

5. Seth Beer, 1B/OF, D-backs, No. 100 overall (from Astros in Zack Greinke trade)

There are no questions about Beer’s ability to crush baseballs. After batting .321/.489/.648 with 56 homers during his three years at Clemson, he went deep 12 times over 67 games in his pro debut after the Houston selected him in the first round of the 2018 Draft. He’s been even better in his first full season, slashing .309/.410/.564 with 25 homers and 86 RBIs in 98 games while advancing to Double-A, though it’s still unclear where the 22-year-old will land on the defensive spectrum long term. D-backs' updated Top 30 list »

6. Zac Gallen, RHP, D-backs (from Marlins in Jazz Chisholm trade)

The Marlins acquired Gallen from St. Louis in the December 2017 Marcell Ozuna trade, and he’s subsequently blossomed into one of the better young, cost-controlled arms, raising his profile with improved stuff and command. Since his big league debut on June 20, the 23-year-old right-hander has pitched to a 2.72 ERA with 43 strikeouts and a .191 BAA over 36 1/3 frames (seven starts) in Miami’s starting rotation. D-backs' updated Top 30 list »

7. Anthony Kay, LHP, Blue Jays (from Mets in Marcus Stroman trade)

Kay, who was the Mets’ No. 4 prospect at the time of the deal, has had his prospect stock take off in 2019 as he’s climbed from Double- to Triple-A. He’s struggled at the Minors’ highest level, though, posting a 6.61 ERA in seven starts after registering a 1.49 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and .165 opponents’ average over 12 starts at Binghamton. The 24-year-old lefty and former first-round pick (2016) represented the Mets in this year’s Futures Game and is generally viewed as a potential mid-rotation starter thanks to his feel for location and three above-average pitches. Blue Jays' updated Top 30 list »

8. Simeon Woods-Richardson, RHP, Blue Jays (from Mets in Marcus Stroman trade)

The Blue Jays netted both Kay and Woods-Richardson, a highly projectable 18-year-old righty whom the Mets took in the second round of the 2018 Draft. The Mets’ No. 6 prospect at the time of the trade, Woods-Richardson has stuff to dream on, including a mid-to-upper-90s fastball and an above-average breaking ball, with plenty of room left to grow into his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame. In his first full-season campaign this year, the teenager has compiled 97 strikeouts against 17 walks while registering a 4.25 ERA in 78 1/3 innings (20 starts) at Class A Columbia. Blue Jays' updated Top 30 list »

9. J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, D-backs (from Astros in Zack Greinke trade)

Many scouts believed Bukauskas’ fastball and slider were the best combination of pitches in the 2017 Draft, where he went 15th overall to Houston and signed for $3.6 million. Those offerings have helped him pile up strikeouts as a pro -- 178 in 154 2/3 innings -- though he’s also struggled to throw strikes (83 BB) and stay healthy early in his career, leading many to peg him as a reliever long term. D-backs' updated Top 30 list »

10. Corbin Martin, RHP, D-backs (from Astros in Zack Greinke trade)

A second-round pick by the Astros in 2017 out of Texas A&M, Martin reached Double-A a month into his first full pro season and Houston a month into his second, though he got hurt after returning to the Minors and had Tommy John surgery in July. But the 23-year-old right-hander’s upside is still substantial provided he makes a healthy recovery, giving the D-backs another high-ceiling pitching prospect in a system already teeming with them. D-backs' updated Top 30 list »

11. Mauricio Dubon, SS/2B, Giants (from Brewers in Drew Pomeranz trade)
12. Jameson Hannah, OF, Reds (from A’s in Tanner Roark trade)
13. Nick Solak, 2B/OF, Rangers (from Rays in Peter Fairbanks trade)
14. Joey Wentz, LHP, Tigers (from Braves in Shane Greene trade)
15. Kolby Allard, LHP, Rangers (from Braves in Chris Martin trade)
16. Lewin Diaz, 1B, Marlins (from Twins in Sergio Romo trade)
17. Scott Moss, LHP, Indians (from Reds in three-team trade with Indians involving Trevor Bauer, Yasiel Puig)
18. Kevin Merrell, SS, Royals (from A’s in Homer Bailey trade)
19. Taylor Guilbeau, LHP, Mariners (from Nationals in Roenis Elias trade)
20. Peter Fairbanks, RHP, Rays (from Rangers in Nick Solak trade)
21. Paul Richan, RHP, Tigers (from Cubs in Nicholas Castellanos trade)
22. Tristan Beck, RHP, Giants (from Braves in Mark Melancon trade)
23. Joe McCarthy, OF, Giants (from Rays in Jacob Lopez trade)
24. Ian Gibaut, RHP, Rangers (from Rays for PTBNL)
25. Aaron Fletcher, LHP, Mariners (from Nationals in Hunter Strickland trade)
26. Marcos Diplan, RHP, Twins (from Brewers for cash considerations)
27. Cal Stevenson, OF, Astros (from Blue Jays in Joe Biagini trade)
28. Chris Vallimont, RHP, Twins (from Marlins in Sergio Romo trade)
29. Alex Lange, RHP, Tigers (from Cubs in Nicholas Castellanos trade)
30. Kyle Johnston, RHP, Blue Jays (from Nationals in Daniel Hudson trade)
31. Josh Rojas, INF/OF, D-backs (from Astros in Zack Greinke trade)
32. Thomas Hatch, RHP Blue Jays (from Cubs in David Phelps trade)

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.