The Miami Marlins traded relief pitcher Sam Dyson to the Texas Rangers at Friday's trade deadine. In exchange, the Fish will receive two prospects from the Rangers: catcher Tomas Telis and left-handed pitcher Cody Ege.
Tomas Telis, C: Texas signed Telis in 2007 as a free agent from Venezuela. He was a very successful hitter in the lower minors, hitting .324 in two seasons of rookie ball and .297 in Low-A in 2011, but he found it much more difficult to handle advanced pitching mainly due to lack of distance power. After mediocre 2012 and 2013 seasons he improved to .318/.352/.431 between Double-A and Triple-A in 2014, followed by .291/.327/.404 this year in Triple-A. He's hit .241/.268/.266 in 79 major league at-bats over the last two years.
Telis is age 24, a switch-hitter listed at 5-8, 200. As a hitter he has a line drive contact-oriented bat with minimal home run power. He is a skilled receiver and profiles well as a reserve catcher, although his throwing arm was compromised by Tommy John surgery in 2010. He has compensated to some extent with a quicker release and has thrown out 48% of runners in Triple-A this year, though in the majors he's caught just one of 19.
Cody Ege, LHP: Ege was drafted by the Rangers in the 15th round in 2013 from the University of Louisville. The native of Sioux City, Iowa has moved through the farm system very successfully with a career 2.29 ERA in 138 innings with a 177/44 K/BB and 114 hits allowed. The composite line includes a 0.85 ERA in 32 innings for Double-A Frisco this season with a 37/19 K/BB and 26 hits allowed.
Ege is 6-1, 185, age 24. Although Ege's numbers are terrific, he profiles as a situational lefty on the basis of an 88-90 MPH fastball, a decent breaking ball, and a deceptive delivery. He'll need to tighten his command as he moves up; his walk rate at Frisco is higher than ideal despite the gaudy ERA.