How close were the New York Yankees to getting All-Star pitcher Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds before the upcoming MLB trade deadline?
After the Reds traded Castillo to the Seattle Mariners, New York Post columnist and MLB Network insider Joel Sherman reported Friday via Twitter that the Yankees told the Reds that it would likely not include Anthony Volpe in trade discussions. :
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SNY’s Andy Martino’s report on Tuesday that the Reds and Yankees were engaged in business talks about Castillo left Reds fans wondering what top Yankees prospects might be available. Martino said his educated guess was that the Yankees would be willing to trade shortstop prospect Oswald Parazza for Castillo, but not fellow shortstop prospect Volop.
MLB Pipeline ranked five Yankees prospects in their most recent Top 100. Volpe is ranked 7th and Peraza is ranked 37th. Outfield phenom Jason Dominguez, 19, is one place behind Parazza in 38th.
Here’s more about all five, along with MLB Pipeline Analysis:
No. 7 Anthony Volpe, SS, age 21
Scouting Grade: Hits: 60 | Power: 60 | Run: 55 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 60
Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ) featured a pair of future first rounders in 2019, with Volpe signed for $2,740,300 as the 30th overall pick in the summer and Jack Leiter as the two at Vanderbilt last year. Were going to number 2 after the seasons. Mononucleosis limited Volpe to 34 games in his ho-hum pro debut, but he blew all expectations in 2021 in his first full pro season. MLB Pipeline named him the Hitting Prospect of the Year after batting with .294/.423/.604. In 109 games between Low-A and High-A, he topped the minors in 27 homers and 33 stealth runs (113) and finished second in OPS (1.027) and third in extra-base hits (68).
No. 37 Oswald Perazza, SS, age 22
Scouting Grade: Hits: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 60 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55
Although New York 2016 international spending was in the penalty box and not limited to bonuses in excess of $300,000, it landed a strong crop that included Parazza ($175,000 from Venezuela), right-hander Yoandris Gomez and trade piece Jose Devers (from Venezuela). sent) were included. Giancarlo Stanton in the deal for the Marlins) and Ronci Contreras (shipped to the Pirates in a package for Jameson Tallon). Club officials have touted Parazza’s sealing for years and he broke in 2021, reaching Triple-A at age 21 while batting .297/.356/.477 with 18 homers and 115. System-best 38 steels in games. He has louder physical equipment than fellow Yankees shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe should he reach the big leagues first and push him to second base.
Number 38 Jason Dominguez, OF, age 19
Scouting Grade: Hits: 55 | Power: 60 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 55
After drawing comparisons to the likes of Bo Jackson, Mickey Mantle and Mike Trout, Dominguez signed one of the most-hyped international prospects of all time from the Dominican Republic for $5.1 million in July 2019. Also known as “The Martian” because of his out-of-world tools, he delayed his pro debut when the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the 2020 minor league season. He spent most of 2021 at Low-A Southeast, not dominating but holding himself up as the circuit’s second-youngest player, and featured in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
No. 70 Austin Wells, C, Age 23
Scouting Grade: Hits: 55 | Power: 55 | Run: 45 | Arm: 40 | Field: 40 | Overall: 55
The Yankees have an affinity for aggressive-minded catchers in general, and Wales in particular, whom they picked up from Las Vegas High School in 2018 in the 35th round and two years later in the 28th round in Arizona’s first round. was prepared in He won the Pacific-12 Conference Freshman of the Year and Cape Cod League Top Prospect awards in 2019, his lone full college season, before signing for $2.5 million as a sophomore-worthy. He posted a .867 ops with 16 homers and several steals while advancing to High-A in his pro debut, then continued to rake in the Arizona Fall League.
No. 71 Ken Waldichuk, LHP, age 24
Scouting Grade: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 55 | Changes: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55
After a major sophomore season at St. Mary’s in 2018, Waldichuk scrambled the following spring as he tried to throw harder, allowing the Yankees to draft him in the fifth round. He has found more velocity since pro and running at 98 mph while working out on his own during the pandemic shutdown in 2020. This led to a stellar full-season start in 2021, when he started the year by not allowing a run in 30 2. /3 Innings in High-A. He finished fourth in strikeouts (163 in 110 innings) and strike percentage (36.0) in minors.
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This article was originally published on the Cincinnati Enquirer: Luis Castillo not involved in potential Volpe trade talks with Yankees