The Dodgers, Royals, and White Sox swung a three-team, six-player trade yesterday involving relievers Scott Alexander, Luis Avilan, and Joakim Soria plus three prospects: Trevor Oaks, Erick Mejia and Jake Peter.
Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel have provided scouting reports for the prospects changing hands. Below are the KATOH projections for those same players. WAR figures account for each player’s first six major-league seasons. KATOH denotes the stats-only version of the projection system, while KATOH+ denotes the methodology that includes a player’s prospect rankings.
Trevor Oaks, RHP, Kansas City (Profile)
Oaks caught KATOH’s eye last year when he put up a 2.74 ERA with decent peripherals across 24 starts in the Dodgers system. An oblique injury effectively ended his 2017 season in July, but not before he recorded a 3.49 FIP and 21% strikeout rate in 84 Triple-A innings. Oaks turns 25 in March but has succeeded as a starter at the highest level of the minors.
Erick Mejia, IF, Kansas City (Profile)
Mejia hit .278/.344/.397 in the minors last year, with most of that coming at the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate. While not terribly impressive on its own, that slash line isn’t bad coming from a shortstop in the upper levels of the minors. Good defensive infielders needn’t hit much to stick around, and Mejia’s proven he can hold his own at the Double-A level.
Jake Peter, 2B, Los Angeles (NL) (Profile)
Peter slashed a healthy .279/.344/.417 between Double-A and Triple-A with the White Sox last year but did so with a bloated 24% strikeout rate. As a soon-to-be 25-year-old second baseman with contact issues, Peter likely won’t be a terribly productive big leaguer.