On Wednesday evening the Detroit Tigers traded veteran infielder Ian Kinsler to the Los Angeles Angels for two prospects: pitcher Wilkel Hernandez and outfielder Troy Montgomery. Let’s take a quick look.
Wilkel Hernandez, RHP: The Angels signed Hernandez out of Venezuela in 2015. He has been a successful statistical performer so far, posting a 2.28 ERA in 59 professional innings including a 2.61 mark in 41 innings in the Arizona Rookie League in 2017, with a 42/20 K/BB.
Listed at 6-3, 160, Hernandez is 18 years old. When he signed he had an upper-80s fastball but he’s added strength since then and hit 92-94 MPH in 2017 according to Baseball America. He has the potential to be a number four starter if his curveball and change-up develop properly. He’ll need time but offers a nice speculative arm.
Troy Montgomery, OF: The Angels selected Montgomery in the eighth round in 2016 from The Ohio State University. He split his first full pro season in 2017 between three levels, hitting a combined .271/.358/.413 between Low-A, High-A, and Double-A. He hit eight homers, stole 15 bases, and posted a 48/74 BB/K ratio in 373 at-bats.
Montgomery is a left-handed hitter and thrower, age 23, listed at 5-10, 185. His best tool is running speed though he also has an accurate arm and will flash occasional power. Well-regarded for his defense, he lacks the offensive projection to look like a future regular but could be a useful reserve outfielder down the line.