Mariners Trade 2: Stoudt and Perez to the Tigers
Levi Stoudt was arguably the most interesting prospect for the Mariners before the current season. He came in having thrown a total of zero professional innings, recovered from Tommy John surgery, and was ranked as their 12-16th prospect (depending on the site).
It didn’t take Stoudt long to show why he was ranked so highly by scouts. With a 60 grade changeup (that could still rank higher) and a fastball that might just touch 100, Stoudt has been shutting down the Everett competition in A ball. A 3.21 ERA, with 9.8K/9 and 6.8H/9 rates have impressed everyone that’s seen him. Even with 28 walks in 53.1 innings, his WHIP is just 1.275.
If Stoudt gets the accuracy under control, there’s no reason to think he wouldn’t push that group of pitchers mentioned on the last slide for a spot in the rotation in the near future.
Milkar Perez is more of a long-term addition, unlikely to reach the majors until 2024. He’s got a plus-plus arm at 3rd, with good power and run, and a little above average hit tool at 55. Only 19, there’s plenty of room for him to grow and turn into a legit hot-corner threat.