The Voice of the Turtle, Episode 69: Nice trades! (with Brian Sakowski)


The 2017 Major League Baseball trade deadline concluded just hours ago, and the Detroit Tigers and Al Avila did not fail to make another move, completing a trade with the Chicago Cubs that sent Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Windy City in exchange for Triple A prospect Jaimer Candelario, Low A prospect Isaac Paredes, and a Player To Be Named Later (unless it's just cash, which is just fine, thank you).

In this "emergency" edition of the podcast, HookSlide is joined once again by Brian Sakowski, National Scouting Coordinator for Perfect Game USA, to talk about the new prospects the Tigers received in the deal and what this means for the future. Brian breaks down Candelario's tools from an offensive and defensive perspective, and looks at Paredes' very impressive offensive output at Single A, made all the more impressive by the fact that Paredes is "not even 18-and-a-half yet."

Oh, and then there's the little matter of Lynn Henning saying recently that next year's Tigers bullpen could easily include three rookies: Joe Jimenez (recalled to Detroit in the wake of the Justin Wilson trade), Bryan Garcia, and Jairo Labourt. HookSlide and Brian go over the stats and scouting profiles of these three power arms and see how well Henning's prediction holds up (spoiler: pretty well, actually).

And then just for fun, there's a quick overview of some of the other prospects who are making a buzz in the Tigers' system, including Zac Reininger and Derek Hill.

Topics in this week's episode include:
- It's "JAY-mer," not "HIGH-mer"
- The Tigers just over-stocked on middle infielders, and that's 100% ok
- Turns out Al Avila was right about a lot of things
- Jaimer Candelario is your Third Baseman of the Future
- Wait, Omar Infante is still in the organization?
- Isaac Paredes is not only good, he's very, very 18 years old
- Bryan Garcia's ridiculously rapid ascent
- Jairo Labourt has a fabulously big arm
- Derek Hill is an "absolute f*****g impact defender"


Be sure to send your thoughts, suggestions, and questions for our next show. We're on Twitter at @vottpodcast, @hookslide23 and @BYBRob!

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