The Arizona Diamondbacks traded veteran infielder Martin Prado to the New York Yankees this afternoon. In exchange, Arizona receives first base/catcher prospect Peter O'Brien. Here's a look.
Peter O'Brien, 1B-C: O'Brien was drafted in the second round in 2012 from the University of Miami-Florida. He had a rough debut in the New York-Penn League, hitting .202/.249/.394 in 48 games for Staten Island, but he was more effective in 2013 with a .291/.350/.544 mark, 39 doubles and 22 homers between Low-A Charleston and High-A Tampa. In 2014 he hit .321/.353/.688 in 30 games for Tampa, followed by a .245/.296/.555 line in 72 contests for Double-A Trenton. Overall, he is hitting .267/.312/.593 with 33 home runs, 20 walks and 106 strikeouts this year in 386 at-bats.
O'Brien is a 6-3, 215 pound right-handed hitter born July 15, 1990. Power is obviously his best tool and he has it in droves. He also has an aggressive hitting approach and a long swing, leading scouts to wonder if his batting average and OBP will be sufficient against big league pitching. He has a strong arm, but his receiving skills remain mediocre and he's thrown out just 19% of runners in his pro career. He's a better defender at first base, but an abortive attempt to play third in 2013 (he made 18 errors in 38 games) went poorly.
ANALYSIS: Prado is a useful veteran; O'Brien has impressive power upside but is more of a future role player than a regular. The trade isn't a game changer either way.