Cameron Maybin has been traded to the Angels for pitching prospect Victor Alcantara.
While Maybin’s power numbers struggled this season with only 4 homers his bat is still useful in any lineup as he also provides outfield depth for the Angels. Maybin was also injured for Majority of the season (Broken Thumb), only playing in 94 games he Logged 391 at bats and posted a 310. Bat avg. which was substantially better than his 2015 season with The Atlanta Braves. Maybin will add to the Angels small outfield depth (who will most likely add another outfielder, Cespedes maybe?) Maybin will most likely play Left Field as the Angels will likely keep their Franchise cornerstone Mike Trout (despite silly rumors, unless they actually trade him (wide eyes emoji)).
Victor Alcantara sits as the Angels No. 8 prospect and 3rd best pitching prospect. Though it must be said that the Angels farm system is historically pretty poor overall. Alcantara is something to be very excited about if your the Tigers. One, Alcantara sports a pretty good pitching skillset, sporting a 98-99 mph fastball that overpowers hitters at times. His flaw is is second hand pitches. Fastballs can’t get past hitters forever unless someone finds a way to throw 130 mph with a bionic arm. All jokes aside has a sinker that he needs to improve on but if developed right it could be one of the most deadly, with Alcantara still sporting a high 90s fastball and a sinker with live action as well as a slider that ranges in the 91-92 mph range with a “pretty good” sweeping action, even his fastball creates a sink motion to it. As of today 11/3/2016 Alcantara is currently 23 I’d give him a good 1 1/2 years before he is considered for a starting job for the Angels, because if brought up earlier than that he might have his confidence shook and lose all prospects of his game.
This is a pretty good trade for both teams however, I will say the Tigers have won this trade for now just because Alcantara could have a more bad than good upside with him struggling with his changeup pitches.
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