The Cleveland Indians solved—for relative values of “solved”—their center field issue today when they and the Tigers worked out a swap for Leonys Martín.
Martín will likely platoon in CF with Rajai Davis for Cleveland. The Tigers also included pitching prospect Kyle Dowdy, a 25-year-old right-hander who has spent time with both Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo. Dowdy carries a 4.74 ERA across both levels of minor league ball, to go with a 8-8 record.
More after the cut!
Now, who did the Tigers receive for Martín and Dowdy? Another infield prospect, switch-hitting shortstop Willi Castro. Castro, the 8th ranked player in Cleveland’s top 30 prospects, comes over from Akron, where he sports a .245/.303/.350/.653 line. Castro was on Cleveland’s 40-man roster, so he’ll take Martín’s spot. Fangraphs’ Eric Longenhagen expounds a little bit on Castro:
New Tigers SS prospect Willi Castro is an above-average defensive shortstop and above-average runner. Has great natural bat-to-ball skills from both sides of the plate but is an impatient hitter. Gap power from left side, slasher from the right. Low-end regular or utility guy.
— Eric Longenhagen (@longenhagen) July 31, 2018
— Jason Woodell (@JasonAtTheGame) July 31, 2018
Castro doesn't grade as strong as Sergio Alcantara defensively, but still shows soft hands, good instincts & above-average speed & arm. Castro's .105 ISO outweighs Alcantara's Double-A rate of .072, but defensively, Alcantara carries the stronger profile of the 2 switch-hitters.
— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) July 31, 2018
There’s now less than 2 hours to go until the 4pm deadline hits. Let’s go!