The Giants trade one of the league’s best relievers for an equivalent return of prospects.
At the end of the day, it was Sam Dyson who wound up being the Giants’ most valuable trade chip. Just before today’s trade deadline, the Giants got together with the Twins and swapped Dyson for Prelander Berroa, Jaylin Davis and Kai-Wei Teng.
Right-handed pitchers Berroa (19 years old) and Teng (20) are, respectively, the 28th and 29th-best prospects in the Twins’ system, according to FanGraphs. First baseman Jaylin Davis (25) isn’t in their top thirty according to the same system, but like the other two has a projected future value of 40.
Davis in particular has a “Raw Power” score of 60, which rates as above average. He also has “50” speed and a “45/50” field raitng, meaning he’s going to be a decent first baseman or corner outfielder perhaps in the Tyler Austin mold. He’s hit 25 home runs already this season across Double-A and Triple-A, with a combined slash of .298/.392/.563.
Teng’s stats are interesting, too. First, just want to point out that he’s listed at 6’4”, 260 lbs. FanGraphs had this to say about him back in April:
[...] His arm action is a little rough, and Teng’s lower slot makes it hard for him to get on top of his curveball consistently, but he’s very well balanced over his blocking leg and otherwise has a smooth delivery. At this age and size, it’s possible no more than the low-90s velo will come, but that might be enough if that curveball matures, because Teng’s changeup is also very good. His timeline to the bigs has more to do with Minnesota’s need to add him to the 40-man, which means we probably won’t see him in the big leagues until Teng is comfortably in his mid-20s, even if he makes progress. But he might be a No. 4 or 5 starter one day.
Tilt Berroa’s cap another 15 degrees and he’s a dead on-mound ringer for Fernando Rodney. Right now, he just throws tailing heat past hitters, but he has some nascent changeup feel and his arm speed and loose, rhythmic delivery makes one comfortable projecting on the changeup. His breaking ball is good enough to miss bats when it’s located. [...]
But going back to the summation: A “40 FV” is something we’re going to see a lot over the next couple of years until the trend changes, but for now, it’s industry parlance for “major leaguer”. Sam Dyson’s extra year of arbitration and above league average relief performance — he 19th-best reliever in baseball (per FanGraphs) — netted the Giants three prospects who are currently projected to be major league contributors.
“Major league contributor” is important because it’s really hard to make it to the major leagues and harder still to stick for any length of time. That the Giants added three players — and, especially, two who are not old enough to drink or rent a car — for a reliever whose production they might be able to approximate makes this one of the best Giants transactions of the last 10 years.
It’s not a move we could’ve imagined Brian Sabean or Bobby Evans making and that’s one of the reasons why the entire organization seemingly ran out of gas in the second half of 2016. There just wasn’t enough thinking beyond assembling the best major league roster for the current season. But this is the exact kind of move by Zaidi that we’ve anticipated since the Giants hired him in November.
Sam Dyson would be great on this year and next year’s team, but it’s at least just as good that he won’t be given the talent he brought back in return. For the Twins, they get a solid reliever who can help them in their playoff push — everybody wins, this year and next.