As in any rebuild, we see players go that are fan favorites and can just be upsetting. Ian Kinsler is one of those guys with his gritty play, Gold Glove defense, and strong bat. The move itself is understandable as Al Avila continues to look to cut salary and build up what was once one of the worst farm systems in baseball. That said, Avila leaves people scratching their heads once again for what he received in a trade for a Detroiter’s consider a strong player to a franchise with now one of the worst farm systems around.
I say this, as it was known that Kinsler and Tigers were drawing interest from four or five teams in a trade for Ian, but to bring in a team’s 20th and 24th prospects seems straight up like highway robbery by Los Angeles.
Now reading Avila’s comments that he had no leverage with Kinsler now leaves me with no faith whatsoever in Avila and unless Detroit starts developing talent quickly, believe Detroit needs to start looking for a new GM. Availa’s comments below…
Just-acquired Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler was only willing to waive his 10-team no-trade clause for them, Tigers general manager Al Avila told reporters. Avila added that he had talks with three other teams on Kinsler’s no-trade list Wednesday, noting that he “had no leverage” because of the second baseman’s limited NTC. The executive’s not upset with Kinsler, though, as he realizes the player was fully within his rights prevent certain deals from happening (all Twitter links via Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press and Evan Woodbery of MLive.com).
Those 20th and 24th rated players happen to be Wilkel Hernandez and Troy Montgomery. Montgomey, an outfielder is known to have an advanced approach at the plate, has plus speed and plays above average defense. Hernandez a righthanded pitcher, with a strong arm that reaches 95mph. More on both below…
Troy Montgomery – Montgomery is a lefthanded hitting outfielder, drafted in the 8th round of the 2016 June Amateur Draft out of Ohio State University. The soon to be 23-year old finished up his second year in the minors, where he played through three levels of ball including A, High-A, and finishing up in Mobile at the Double-A level. Through three levels, Montgomery hit .271, with 8 homers, 8 triples, and 13 doubles in 434 plate appearances. Troy also stole 15 bases in 21 attempts and finished with a .771 OPS. Montgomery most likely with start the 2018 season at Double-A Erie.
Wilkel Hernandez – An 18-year old right handed pitcher, completed his first full season in the minors in the rookie leagues, where he compiled a 4-1 record in 12 games (7 starts), where he had a 2.61 ERA and 1.061 WHIP in 44.1 innings pitched. Hernandez struck out 44 and walked 22, something that he’ll look to improve on in 2018. Look for Hernandez to start out in Lakeland in 2018.