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Prospects in Sean Marshall trade

The Chicago Cubs traded Sean Marshall to the Cincinnati Reds for Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes. Sappelt was the Reds Minor League Hitter of the Year in 2011. Although he is already 25, he has had good success over the last two years in AAA, and projects to be at worst a good fourth outfielder/righty platoon bat. Torreyes has been getting some talk on the community prospect list. As an 18 year old, he hit ..356 in A-ball, with a .389 wOBA and a 144 wRC+. He doesn't walk a lot - 4.6% BB-rate - but he also doesn't strike out a lot - 6.2% K-rate. He looks to be a solid defensive second baseman, and while his power is lacking right now - .101 ISO - he also has room to add some muscle (5'9" 140), and up his power.

For a relief pitcher, even a very good one like Marshall, Wood, Sappelt, and Torreyes is a great return. There is a strong possibility that Wood and Sappelt can match Marshall in overall value next year for the Cubs. If this happens, Torreyes puts the deal strongly in favor of the Cubs. If Torreyes continues hitting, expect the Jose Altuve comparisons to grow even louder.

So here is a question: Is Torreyes going to be a top fifty prospect after the 2012 season?

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