The Astros have made a 10-player trade with the Toronto Blue Jays this evening, General Manager Jeff Luhnow has announced. Houston will ultimately receive seven players from Toronto in the deal, including two Major League players, RHP Francisco Cordero and OF Ben Francisco, four minor league players, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Asher Wojciechowski, LHP David Rollins and C Carlos Perez, and a player to be named later. Two of the players the Astros received are former first-round draft picks. In exchange for the seven players, the Astros have sent RHP Brandon Lyon, LHP J.A. Happ and RHP David Carpenter to the Blue Jays.
Lets take a look at the future Houston Astros we received, shall we?
Lets start with Carlos Perez first. He’s the number 8 prospect in Toronto’s farm. Signed out of Venezuela, the young backstop has shown some ability with the bat, though he took a little bit of a step back numbers-wise during his full-season debut in 2011. He runs well for a catcher, and his athleticism, along with an arm that has thrown out 34 percent of would-be basestealers heading into the 2012 season, should allow him to develop into a solid defensive catcher when all is said and done. A defensive catch that has ability with the bat. I already like this trade. Let’s keep looking though,
Onto Asher Wojciechowski. Honestly, that name isn’t too hard to spell. I’m happy. Wojciechowski is the 10th prospect in the Jays’ Farm System. The Citadel product still has the chance to be an impact starter with a three-pitch mix. His fastball has been plus in the past, though it was inconsistent in 2011, and his slider is above-average. He didn’t use his changeup in college, but he’s worked hard to catch it up to the others. If that continues and he can find consistency with the heater, he’ll be a workhorse starter. If not, he has the power arsenal to pitch in short relief.
Onto another prospect, also ranked, is number 11 Joe Musgrove. One of many high-ceiling arms the Blue Jays drafted early in 2011, Musgrove is a mountain of a young man who profiles as a super-competitive Major League workhorse. The 6-foot-5 right-hander throws plenty hard with a lot of sink that should lead to a fair share of groundouts. He has a pretty good breaking ball to go with the fastball and has used a splitter as an offspeed pitch in the past. He threw strikes during his brief pro debut, and if that continues, he should start moving.
Last but not least, is David Rollins. Rollins is a left who’s been pretty good so far this year. Rollins, 23, is 6-1 with a 2.78 ERA. He has 75 strike outs while walking 36 in 77.2 innings. Rollins will now be close to home after this deal. Rollins attended Carthage High School and went to college at San Jacinto College. Welcome to the Astros guys! Glad to have y’all aboard.
Most of the write ups on the young players have come from MLB.com.