MLB Trade Deadline Update #5 7/28: Segura Traded, Scutaro to San Francisco, Reds Looking for Leadoff Hitter

Saturday July 28th, 2012

Sam Evans: With the MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline coming up on Tuesday, let’s look at what trades have recently happened, and what could happen in the coming days:

Greinke to the Angels: MLB Reports writer Bernie Olshansky already touched on what this means for the Angels and for teams looking for starting pitching here, but let’s focus on what the Brewers got in return. The Brewers received twenty-two year old shortstop Jean Segura, and twenty-three year old right-handed pitchers John Hellweg and Ariel Pena. Segura was filling in for an injured Erick Aybar at the majors, while Hellweg and Pena were both starting in Double-A.

Jean Segura is an athletic Dominican shortstop who can hit for average,a little bit of power, and steal a ton of bases. Segura missed most the 2011 season due to a hamstring injury. Segura will be the Brewers most talented shortstop prospect since a young Alcides Escobar was rising through the minors. He will probably get a lot of playing time in the second half of 2012, and will be the starting shortstop in Milwaukee in 2013. He’s going to be a great player to have on your fantasy team due to his ability to draw walks, hit for some power, hit about .300, and steal a ton of bases. Segura is going to be a fan favorite in Milwaukee for years to come.

John Hellweg is a 6’9” former 16th round draft pick. He has a fastball in the upper 90’s and an inconsistent but often scary slider. His ceiling is of a #3 starting pitcher, but the chances of him reaching it are slim. Hellweg’s K/9 in 2011 at High-A was 11.38. This year in Double-A, Hellweg’s K/9 has been 6.62. If Hellweg never masters his command, doesn’t learn to repeat his delivery, and doesn’t add a third pitch, at the worst he is a solid arm coming out of the bullpen.

Ariel Pena is well-known among the average baseball fan as “the guy who blew the Futures Game”. Out of the nine U.S. hitters Pena faced, eight of them came around to score. However, in nineteen Double-A starts, Pena has a 8.74 K.9, and a 3.31 BB/9. Pena has a chance to be a back-end starter for the Brewers.

Scutaro to the Giants: San Francisco made a nice move Friday night adding a much-needed middle infielder. The Rockies sent away Marco Scutaro for Charlie Culberson, a decent second base prospect. The Giants proved that they were just as frustrated watching Brandon Crawford as the Giants’ fans are. Colorado shed some salary, and can now give Tommy Field some playing time in the majors. Scutaro is hitting .271/.324/.361 this season, which will help a Giants’ team bereft of any offense. In my opinion, this move make much more sense for the Giants than it does for Colorado. However, maybe the Rockies see something in Culberson that we’ve missed all this time.

The Reds Are Looking for a Leadoff Hitter: According to Mark Sheldon of, the Cincinnati Reds are searching for a leadoff hitter. The Reds have supposedly had top scouts and assistants to the GM watching Twins’ outfielder Denard Span in the last few weeks. Span, who is a free agent after 2014, is hitting .285/.348/.392 this year with tremendous defense in center field.

Denard Span would be a great fit for Cincinnati. His ability to draw walks, not strike out very often, hit for average, and steal a few bases makes him an attractive option for almost any team. On one hand, Span only has nine stolen bases this year, which makes his twenty-six stolen bases in 2010 seem far off. However, with a new manager, Span might see the steal sign more than he has in Minnesota.

Sheldon’s article also says that the Reds have interest in Philadelphia outfielders Juan Pierre and Shane Victorino. I wrote more about Victorino a week ago for MLB Reports, which you can find here.  As for Pierre, I’m not sure how he would benefit the Reds that much. If the Twins are unwilling to trade Span, these two could be decent options for the Reds. Even if they don’t get Span, I’ll be surprised if Cincinnati makes it past the trade deadline without a new leadoff hitter.

***Today’s feature was prepared by Sam Evans, Baseball Writer.  We highly encourage you to leave your comments and feedback at the bottom of the page and share in the discussion with our readers.  You can also follow Sam on Twitter. (@RJA206)***


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