National League Prospects Who Could Change Teams At The Trade Deadline

Zack Wheeler was the first big name prospect scouted at Scouting The Sally to change organizations at the trade deadline when he was dealt to the New York Mets for Carlos Beltran. In looking through previous reports, a number of other prospects I’ve previously written about may be on the block as well. If you want an in depth look at these players, this is the place to be! Most reports also contain video of the prospect as well.

Atlanta Braves

Christian Bethancourt – This is a long shot trade candidate in my opinion, but not due to a lack of talent. "Beth" is is a much better player than the numbers would indicate and having seen much of the organization, he’s one of their most untouchable guys for me. Potential impact catchers simply do not grow on trees.

Paul Clemens – I haven’t seen Clemens, but friend of the site Chris Blessing has and came away impressed with his development. He’s a breakout prospect in the organization and the Braves might just want to cash in that chip if they feel he might regress in any way.

Randall Delgado (Roto Hardball) – Before his major league debut, I wrote he would be a potential trade candidate and his name is now being widely discussed as a trade chip. I like his potential as a solid #3 starter, but not sure he winds up ever being much more than that.

Edward Salcedo – One scout I spoke to referred to Salcedo as, "The only real bat in the system". And while my instincts tell me he would not be dealt for primarily that reason, the Giants just traded Zack Wheeler who was probably the only real arm in their organization.

Arodys Vizcaino – Reliever or starter? That is the question! I’ve spoken to scouts who fall on both sides of the argument. For an organization who feels his future is as a starter, his return in trade would obviously be higher. With his promotion to AAA and a spot in the Gwinnett bullpen, Vizcaino is likely the fall back option if the Braves are unable to add a right hander to its bullpen at the trade deadline.

Philadelphia Phillies

Jiwan James – James has been a bit better than I thought he would be this season, but I’m not sold. An organization void of centerfield prospects might covet him as a 3rd or 4th guy in a deal for an impact talent, or in a lesser deal, but I’d personally stay away.

Trevor May – If I’m the Phillies, I’m cashing in the Trevor May chip if possible. With 151 strikeouts in 112 innings pitched, there has to be at least one organization who is hot on him at the deadline. I’m just not sold on his being the impact starter his numbers would potentially indicate.

Julio Rodriguez – Like James, he’s a potential 3rd or 4th player in a larger deal whose having a nice year in Clearwater. If an organization believes his velocity will stabilize, he could be a target.

Jonathan Singleton – Singleton’s prospect status has taken as much of a hit as any prospect I can think of this season. He has gone from potential impact first base bat to a guy even the Houston Astros are no longer hot on. Things can change quickly when it comes to prospecting.

Sebastian Valle – He’s the catcher of the future in Philadelphia, but could probably be had in the right deal. I’ve been enamored with the young catcher since seeing him last season for Lakewood and I would have absolutely no interest in dealing Valle if I were the Phillies.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Jarek Cunningham – I like Cunningham’s bat, but his plate discipline continues to be an issue. For a team who believes his glove is good enough for second base, he could be a target in a smaller deal.

Kyle McPherson – Another potential target in a smaller deal. Has been greatly improved since going back to the mechanics which led to his being drafted in the first place. Only hitch could be that he’s already on the 40-man roster and would need to be protected immediately.

San Francisco Giants

Ehire Adrianza – Slick glove, no bat sums up Adrianza’s game. I thought he would come along with the bat enough to project as a slick fielding number eight hitter, but it hasn’t happened yet and he’s nearly 22.

Charlie Culberson – The CAL League giveth, and taketh away. In the case of Culberson, I’m referring to his status as a prospect as an excellent 2010 has given way to a .690 OPS in double-A. I don’t see much of a market for Culberson, but he could go in a small deal.

Tommy Joseph – I’m not a fan of Joseph at all, but he has some power and throws pretty well so there’s bound to be some interest. In a smaller deal, I could see him packaged to an organization who believes the glove will be good enough to stick. Catch-and-throw guys who even project as .220 hitters with double digit home runs can have long careers. Just ask Rod Barajas.

Francisco Peguero – Peguero is the best of available Giants outfield prospects as Gary Brown seemingly won’t be going anywhere. His transition to double-A has been a bit bumpy which might cause a bit of hesitation in opposing organizations.

Hector Sanchez – He’s a great insurance policy right now for the Giants, but the organization’s future at catcher is a toss up until Buster Posey is certain to return to the position. It’s highly unlikely that he would be dealt, but his value as a prospect has never been greater than it is right now.

St. Louis Cardinals

Maikel Cleto – Cleto has gone from zero to hero and is coming back down to earth again. If the Cardinals flipped him at the deadline, the organization would receive a substantial return on its nominal investment. Sometimes it just makes sense to sell high!

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