Heads Up

With the way the season has unfolded, it’s natural to be pretty disappointed with the League/Morrow trade, but there was another piece of that trade that hasn’t been talked about as much, and his name is Johermyn Chavez. At the time of the deal he was drawing comparisons to Greg Halman, which is reasonable, but he strikes out significantly less, walks more, and has just as much raw power.

The strikeouts are still something that need to be cut down on, but in 2010, his first year of high-A ball, he’s OPS’d .970 and posted his highest walk rate since 2007, at 8.4%. He’s also only 21, and clearly ready to tackle AA pitching. With his skill set, he could turn into something really exciting, really quick. Brandon League may not be living up to his potential, but he, in the long run, might only be a minor part of how we look at this deal.

Topics: Brandon League, Brandon Morrow, Greg Halman, Johermyn Chavez, Mariners

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  • Jason

    I have a few questions that are off topic, but i have really wanted to know the answer to them. You guys are just about the only site that I can find where the men who run the blog return the favor of commenting almost every time. So, what ever happened to our first round pick back in 08 I believe, Josh Fields? Also, who is Matt Mangini? I haven’t heard much of him. Is he a AAAA hitter and nothing more?

    • http://sodomojo.com/ Taylor

      Jason, thanks for the kind words. We try to be as helpful as possible. Matt Mangini is a minor league third baseman who, at this time last year, was pretty terrible, but he’s really turned it around this year in AAA. He probably won’t factor into the M’s long-term plans, but there’s a chance. And as for Josh Fields, he’s floudering. Not sure as to when he’ll finally come up to Seattle.