James Paxton to Toronto for Anthony Alford, Logan Warmoth, Hagen Danner, and Sean Reid-Foley
James Paxton pitching for his beloved country of Canada. While I would love to say the Mariners could wrestle away Vlad Guerrero Jr., or Bo Bichette, I don’t believe that to be the case. Instead the Mariners get back a talented haul that includes: the #48 prospect in baseball, a 2017 first round pick, a 2017 second round pick, and a 2014 second round pick.
Anthony Alford, the #48 prospect in baseball, is fast. Like really fast. Like Jarrod Dyson fast. He is also a really good defensive outfielder, with an average hit and power tool. Alford takes walks, and makes good contact, and could be a table-setting leadoff hitters for years to come.
Logan Warmoth and Hagen Danner, the 2017 draft picks, would both slide into the Mariners Top 6 prospects, and it’s easy to see why. Warmoth has average to above-average tools across the board, and should be able to stick at shortstop, although he might be best suited for second base.
Danner, a high-upside catching prospect, posses an elite arm. He throws 94 MPH off the mound, and was unsure if he would pitch or catch in the big leagues. He stuck with catching, and shows the defensive prowess to win a gold glove or 2 at the position. His defense is a carrying tool, but many scouts still like the swing, and believe he will produce at a league-average level given time develop.
Sean Reid-Foley is all upside, with 3 above-average pitches and a changeup that doesn’t lag far behind. He needs to figure out his control issues, but if he can, he could be a solid #2 starter in the big leagues for years.