Trade 2: Mariners land youth and potential for Kyle Seager
What’s crazy about Newton is that he was signed all the way back in 2015. He had been left unprotected in the Rule 5 draft twice because of how long he has been around but is still young enough and raw enough that he wasn’t selected either time. He’s got a fantastic arm and a great glove, and the hope is that he gains adult strength as he progresses through further into his 20s and becomes a good enough hitter to find his way, even if it is a utility/part-time guy.
Ventura would be another good pitcher the Mariners could add into their squad, as you can never have enough pitching depth in your minor league system. A low 90’s cutter could still gain speed as he gets older, especially if he gets the chance to work with Rob Marcello, one of the Mariners pitching coaches who have done a great job at increases velocity throughout the farm system without seeing a loss of control.
His issue is a lack of consistency with a breaking ball, as it can look like a slider or a curve depending on the pitch, making it hard to control. He is adding a changeup and could be an interesting pitcher to target if he can put together an effective three-pitch mix. Something to take note of. Ventura is quite athletic, so the possibility for more electric stuff is definitely there potential-wise, it just needs to be unlocked.