Transaction Review: Looking At The Prospects Involved In The Brandon Phillips Trade

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After a lot of speculation, the Cincinnati Reds were finally able to trade away Brandon Phillips as they sent him to the Atlanta Braves for a pair of “prospects”.  In this case we use that term loosely, though would this be the first time that a player who wasn’t highly regarded proved capable of making an impact.  With that in mind, let’s take a look and try to determine if there is any upside:


LHP Andrew McKirahan
Now 27-years old, there are two significant issues hanging over him:

  • He missed the start of the 2015 season due to an 80-game PED suspension
  • He missed all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery

A career reliever, he does have impressive peripherals over his 127.0 innings in the minors with a 9.6 K/9, 2.8 BB/9 and 1.53 GO/AO.  He also has MLB experience (27.1 IP for the Braves in ’15) and could be a factor as a left-handed specialist if he could return to health.  That’s not a guarantee, however, and he’s unlikely to ascend to a late inning impact reliever.


RHP Carlos Portuondo
Signed out of Cuba roughly a year ago, Baseball America’s summary of him speaks volumes:

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound righthander never had much success in Cuba, posting a 6.39 ERA in his final season in Serie Nacional, and was similarly unimpressive in his U.S. debut. He struck out only 25 and walked 17 in 34.2 innings, with a pedestrian 90-93 mph fastball. His slider is his go-to secondary pitch. At 29 years old with middling stuff, poor control and no track record of success, Portuondo is widely considered a non-prospect

Sources –, Baseball Reference, Baseball America

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Grading System:
Grade A – Elite Prospects (aka potential future perennial All-Stars)
Grade B – Above Average Prospects (aka above average Major Leaguers, could develop into a potential All-Star)
Grade C – Average Prospects (aka solid, though unspectacular)
Grade D – Nothing More Than Roster Filler
Grade F – Move On

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