The Trade Deadline has passed. I spent most of the day covering every transaction for Dodgers Nation. For the Dodgers, it was a bit shocking.
The Dodgers shocked most of us when they acquired Joey Gallo from the Yankees for the Dodgers’ number 15 prospect, pitcher Clayton Beeter. We wrote about Beeter last season when he was promoted to Double-A. This season was quite a bit rougher and it looked like he was going to profile as a reliever.
During the last part of the day, the Dodgers traded Mitchell White and their number 20 prospect, infielder, Alex De Jesus to the Blue Jays for pitchers, Nick Frasso and Moises Brito. The Dodgers are expecting a lot of pitchers to return from injury and they have Ryan Pepiot, who should be promoted again at some point.
Nick Frasso is the prize for the Dodgers in this trade. The 2020 4th round draftee, had moved up to number 13 on the Jays prospect chart for Baseball America.
Through two Class A levels, Frasso had an ERA of 0.74 in 36.2 innings with 57 strikeouts and 10 walks. The limited innings stem from Frasso, a fourth-round pick from Loyola Marymount in 2020, coming back from Tommy John surgery that he had in 2021 and pitching just five innings last year. At the time the Blue Jays drafted Frasso, there were a lot of promising projection indicators in place as a bouncy, athletic strike-thrower with more space to fill out his 6-foot-5 frame and potentially add more velocity to his fastball that was reaching the mid 90s and playing up because of the extension he generates out front. This year, that projection has materialized and enhanced his fastball, which now operates more regularly in the mid-to-upper 90s and has touched 100 mph, albeit in shorter bursts as the Blue Jays managed his workload. His slider is a swing-and-miss pitch and his changeup has improved as well, showing good fading action when it’s on to miss bats. Frasso has the pitch mix and control to project as a starter. – Baseball America
Frasso is now the Dodgers’ number 26 prospect.
Moises Brito is a left-hander who was playing in the Dominican Summer League. He’s a big guy at 6′ 5″ but he only touches the high 80’s with his fastball. He is a strike thrower and a lefty, so those are important parts.
- The Dodgers promoted Miguel Vargas to the big leagues. Congratulations!
- River Ryan, the player acquired for Matt Beaty was promoted to Great Lakes.
- Devin Mann was promoted to Triple-A.
- Ronan Kopp made the MLB Pipeline Top 30 list, breaking in at number 25. It is only a matter of time before he gets promoted.