A few notes for Tuesday:
- MLB.com’s Jim Callis names Ke’Bryan Hayes the ninth-best third base prospect in the game, noting that he’s a breakout candidate for next season. Callis adds that of the top ten, Hayes is one of only three who rates as above-average defensively. That means that, of the players on the list, he’s one of the most likely to stick at the position.
- ESPN’s Keith Law (subscription only) also recognizes Hayes today, rating him the No. 74 overall prospect in the game (in a top 100 list that hasn’t been fully revealed yet). Law calls Hayes “an elite defensive third baseman” and says Hayes appears likely to add a bit of power, likely making him a doubles hitter with good OBPs and 10 or 12 homers a year. I’d take that.
- A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the remote possibility that the Pirates could trade Andrew McCutchen to the Dodgers. That very unlikely scenario depended on the Dodgers being unable to acquire a right-handed-hitting second baseman like Brian Dozier or Ian Kinsler, but the Dodgers got their man yesterday when they acquired Logan Forsythe from the Rays. In return, the Rays got Jose De Leon, a good young pitcher who was rumored to be part of the Dozier talks as well.
- The Cubs have added to their starting pitching depth, landing frequent disabled list denizen and Bucs Dugout favorite Brett Anderson on a one-year deal (though he still has to pass his physical, which isn’t at all automatic in his case). The Cubs had also been connected to Tyson Ross, another injury-dented, grounder-generating Bucs Dugout favorite, but he ended up with Texas. Anderson seems like a reasonable substitute. We’ll know everything the Cubs touch turns to gold if they actually get something out of him.