The Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t won anything yet, but Manny Machado is going to Hollywood.
After a slight snag involving medicals — classic Baltimore Orioles — Los Angeles got their man. Perhaps surprisingly is how many players the Orioles got in return, though. Per ESPN, the Dodgers are sending five prospects but no major league players or cash to Baltimore. However, only Yusniel Diaz (No. 83 per Baseball Prospectus) is a Top 100 prospect.
That doesn’t necessarily mean Dean Kremer, Rylan Bannon, Zach Pop and Breyvic Valera will turn into nothing, of course. But Diaz is the guy. For a team like Baltimore, though, it’s still important to acquire depth for the farm system. The Dodgers, as we noted yesterday, not only have very deep pockets but a very deep system as well. They can afford to part with that many players for what could end up being only a couple of months of Machado. They’re a team that should never prospect hug.
So, what have all five players done this season?
Diaz is currently tearing it up in Double A, slashing .314/428/.477 with 10 doubles, four triples and six dingers. The bulk of his games defensively have been split between right and center field. And remember, the day is coming that current center-fielder Adam Jones will need to be replaced.
If the 22-year-old right-hander Kremer doesn’t excite Orioles fans too much, we get it. The majority of his 17 starts this season (16 to be exact) have come at high-A ball. And while the numbers are fine (3.76 ERA, 13.0 K/9, 3.0 BB/9) you’d like him to be a little bit further along. But Kremer tossed seven scoreless while striking out 11 and walking three in his only Double A start this season. The promise is there; let’s see what the Orioles can do from here.
Bannon, also a 22-year-old in high-A, is slashing .296/.402/.559 and flashing plenty of power with 17 doubles and six triples to go along with 20 home runs. Pop, a 21-year-old right-hander, has just a 1.04 ERA (9.8 K/9, 2.7 BB/9) across 43.1 innings between Single A and high-A. And finally, Valera is a 26-year-old infielder with all of 45 plate appearances to his name. In 56 games at Triple A this season, he’s slashing .284/.350/.433 with six home runs.
Valera is the very definition of a filler player, but the likes of Kremer and Bannon could definitely turn into something good for Baltimore. Diaz is obviously the guy in this package, but he can’t be the only player that ends up developing into anything.
And yet despite giving up five players, the Dodgers are fine. They still have a darn good system. If you swear by lists, they only lost one top guy. Coming out of the break, they lead the NL West by a half-game over the Arizona Diamondbacks. That’s with Corey Seager being ruled out for the season early on AND Clayton Kershaw only making 13 starts.
The Dodgers might not look like the team to beat in the NL right now, but this is a huge step.