Seattle Mariners Trade Brandon League to Los Angeles Dodgers for Two Prospects
The Seattle Mariners traded reliever Brandon League to the Los Angeles Dodgers late Monday night, receiving two prospects in return: outfielder Leon Landry and pitcher Logan Bawcom. Let's take a look at the newest members of the Seattle organization.
Logan Bawcom, RHP: Bawcom is a right-handed reliever, listed at 6-2, 200 pounds, born November 2nd, 1988. He was a 17th round draft pick in 2010 from the University of Texas-Arlington, where he had some success as both a starter and reliever. The Dodgers have used him exclusively as a reliever, with good results: a career 2.96 ERA with a 173/57 K/BB in 143 innings, 116 hits and 49 saves. He had a 2.60 ERA with a 36/16 K/BB in 35 innings in Double-A before the trade.
Bawcom has a 90-95 MPH fastball and a good slider. His command wobbles at times, but he profiles well as a middle reliever and should be ready to help in the majors within the next year.
Leon Landry, OF: Landry was a third round pick in 2010 out of Louisiana State University. He had a disappointing season in the Midwest League in 2011, but has been more effective in the friendlier California League this year, hitting .328/.358/.559 with 26 doubles, 15 triples, and 20 stolen bases in 345 at-bats. He makes contact, fanning just 52 times this year, but is aggressive and seldom draws walks, with only 14 free passes.
Landry is a 5-11, 185 pound left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower, born September 20, 1989. Landry is an above-average natural athlete with good speed and enough range to play center field, though his arm is a bit short and he profiles best in left. He doesn't have a big amount of home run power, but has pop to the gaps. His biggest problem is impatience and he'll have to show that his hitting skills will hold up against advanced pitching. If they do, he projects as a solid fourth outfielder.
The Mariners turned a 29-year-old bullpen arm into a pair of younger talents. Neither of them project as regulars, but both could be useful role players. This seems like a fair return to me.