I’m still trying to wrap my head around this trade, but at least Baseball America has provided links to their stats (see below). Four of these guys have been assigned to the Bowie Baysox, so I’ll check them out this week and let know you how they do with their new team.
Interestingly, I’d recently seen all these guys, with the exception of Valera. I just didn’t know the importance of what I was seeing at the time. Yusniel Diaz hit two home runs in the All-Star Futures game on July 15, only the second player ever to do so. I was impressed, especially since I’ve been sort of keeping an eye on him since his defection from Cuba in 2015. I’d also seen Kremer, Bannon, and Pop back in June when I went to see the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at the Lake Elsinore Storm. Dean Kremer started that game for the Quakes, the Dodgers’ high-A affiliate in the California League, and was the winning pitcher. Zach Pop came in in the ninth inning and got the save. Bannon went 1-for-5.
Little did I know at the time that soon they’d be Baysox…