Swihart traded to Dbacks

The Gray Eagle

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I hoped we could have got them to give us Kevin Cron instead of Wilson.

Cron mashes, but he's older and doesn't have a defensive position he's good at, so it's going to be hard for the D-Backs to play him. He's 6'5", 250 and can cover first and third, but not very gracefully. He's putting up video game numbers but it's the PCL and he's 26 so I don't think he's considered that valuable. Could have been a nice bat for us but maybe they wouldn't have given him up for Swihart.

Anyway, who cares at this point, maybe Wilson will put it together.
 

oumbi

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For those interested in Wilson, Soxprospects now has him ranked at the 21st prospect on their list. Just off the front page.

His write up says:
Age: 22
Born: August 15, 1996
Los Angeles, CA
Height: 6-3
Weight: 175
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 2nd round, 2014 by ARI
How Acquired: Acquired from Arizona for Blake Swihart and international bonus pool money (April 2019)
High School: Juniper Serra (CA)

Scouting Report: Tall, lean and athletic build. Very toolsy. Has some remaining physical projection and room to add power. Below-average hit tool. Wide, balanced stance with a leg lift. Strikes out at high clips, but shows solid plate discipline. Has some loft in his swing, which could result in slightly above-average power as he adds strength. Present in-game power is fringe-average. Plus speed and range. Above-average defensive center fielder. Average arm. Solid overall instincts. Currently profiles as a role player at the major league level, but could develop into more with hit tool development.

His stats in Portland thus far are:
Games = 19
AB = 62
2B = 1
HR = 1
SB =1
BB = 13
K = 33
Line = .161/.307/.226 for an OPS of .533
 

bosox79

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I hoped we could have got them to give us Kevin Cron instead of Wilson.

Cron mashes, but he's older and doesn't have a defensive position he's good at, so it's going to be hard for the D-Backs to play him. He's 6'5", 250 and can cover first and third, but not very gracefully. He's putting up video game numbers but it's the PCL and he's 26 so I don't think he's considered that valuable. Could have been a nice bat for us but maybe they wouldn't have given him up for Swihart.

Anyway, who cares at this point, maybe Wilson will put it together.
Cron is interesting. His ISO and ISOp are similar from 2014-2018. His 2016 is an outlier in production due to the .222 average. Outside of 2016, he's hitting .290. This year, those numbers have gone up drastically.

2014: .207 ISO, .065 ISOp
2015: .222 ISO, .042 ISOp
2016: .215 ISO, .056 ISOp
2017: .214 ISO, .074 ISOp
2018: .245 ISO, .059 ISOp
2019: .449 ISO, .095 ISOp

Career: 22.7% K%, 7.2% BB%, 1 HR/20.5 AB (excluding 2019)
2019: 17.7% K%, 13.1% BB%, 1 HR/8.2 AB

I wonder if the power is driving the increase in BB%, and if the power is real or just SSS/luck. 18 HR in 147 AB is insane.

Re Swihart: He already has 4 HR in 65 PA this year. Ignoring the 12 HR he hit in Portland, he had 23 HR in 1896 PA from 2011-2018. Evidence suggests the injury impacted his ability to hit for contact, it's not so clear if it impacted his ability to hit for power. The power wasn't on display in 2015 but he was also rushed to the majors. Maybe without the injuries, the bat and power would have continued to progress.

2012: 7 HR/378 PA, .133 ISO
2013: 2 HR/422 PA, .130 ISO
2014: 13 HR/451 PA, .176 ISO
2015: 5 HR/396 PA, .102 ISO
2016: 1 HR/196 PA, .079 ISO
2017: 4 HR/257 PA, .096 ISO
2018: 3 HR/210 PA, .094 ISO
2019: 4 HR/65 PA, .221 ISO

2012-2014: .285/.339/.433, 1251 PA, 22 HR, .148 ISO (normal development curve)
2015-2016: .273/.336/.369, 592 PA, 6 HR, .096 ISO (rushed, demoted)
2017-Current: .205/.250/.285, 532 PA, 11 HRs, .080 ISO (post injury)