Grading The Prospects From The Ian Kinsler Trade: Is There Any Potential?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Last week the Angels acquired Ian Kinsler from the Detroit Tigers to fill their gaping hole at second base.  Obviously we all know what Kinsler is at this point, but what about the pair of prospects that Detroit received in the deal?  Let’s take a look:

 

Wilkel Hernandez – Right-Handed Pitcher
Signed out of Venezuela, Hernandez is 18-years old (he’ll turn 19 in April) and tossed 44.1 innings of Rookie Ball last season.  Unfortunately the skills wouldn’t grab your attention:

  • Strikeouts – 8.93 K/9
  • Walks – 4.47 BB/9
  • Groundballs – 43.0%

That said we have to look at his age and the pure “stuff”, as he generated a highly impressive 30.3% SwStr%.  Tigers’ General Manager Al Avila was quoted by MLB.com as saying:

“The pitcher’s very young, so there’s still upside there,” Avila said. “The guy has a good pitcher’s body. He throws in the mid-90s, he’s topped out at 96. Obviously with young pitchers, the younger the guys are, the farther away [from the Majors] they are, but you like the upside. There’s definitely upside there. He’s definitely a prospect, a legit prospect.”

Obviously it will take time and come down to the development of his secondary pitches, but there is something here to watch.

Grade – C

 

Troy Montgomery – Outfielder
Montgomery is the closer of the two, as a 23-year old who was selected in the eighth round in 2016 and reached Double-A last season (68 AB).  Across three levels he hit .271 with 8 HR and 15 SB, showing a good approach at the plate:

  • Strikeouts – 17.1%
  • Walks – 11.1%
  • SwStr% – 9.5%

He’s not going to be a power option, but the approach and speed could play towards the top of the lineup.  Here’s how MLB.com has described him:

“Montgomery has long employed an advanced approach at the plate. He walked more than he struck out in three years of college ball and has a .368 on-base percentage in his Minor League career, which has helped him to advance quickly. He makes consistent contact and has some extra-base ability. His plus speed is his standout tool and he likes to put it to good use, bunting for hits often and being aggressive on the basepaths.”

He’s not likely going to develop into an All-Star, but he has potential and may profile as an ideal fourth outfielder long-term.

Grade – C

 

Sources – Fangraphs, MLB.com

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