We’ll take a closer look at the two prospects the San Francisco Giants received from the Boston Red Sox for Eduardo Nunez.
Anderson is the headliner in this deal. He immediately becomes the San Francisco Giants 17th best prospect according to MLB.com.
He was taken in the third round of the MLB Draft by the Red Sox out of Florida. He was immediately sent to Low-A where he gave up 9 runs on 12 hits in just 2.2 innings pitched.
He started 2017 at Single-A where he had a 2.56 ERA in 7 starts with 37 strikeouts in 38.2 innings pitched. He was promoted to Double-A where he’s posted a 4.60 ERA in 11 starts with 48 strikeouts in 58.2 innings.
At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Anderson certainly has the frame to be a starting pitcher. But he was a dominant relief pitcher at Florida, and that’s where he could ultimately end up.
As for Santos, he was signed by the Red Sox out of the Dominican Republic. He’s spent his first two seasons, including 2017, in the Dominican Summer League. In 23 games (17 starts) he has a 2.79 ERA in 71 innings, but has just 49 strikeouts.
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He’s been dominant this year with a 0.90 ERA in 7 starts with 24 strikeouts in 30 innings.
He’s still just 17 years old and is very raw, but there is some potential upside with Santos.
This is actually decent value for a guy in Nunez that is a rental player.
I think Anderson has a chance to be a really good piece in the bullpen one day. And there is a chance he could be a back of the rotation starter still.
Santos is still very young and has plenty of time to develop. We won’t really know how good he can be until he enters Single-A ball.
Overall, I think this was a very good trade for the San Francisco Giants. They got two arms that have some upside, and I think either could at least become solid bullpen arms.