San Francisco Giants: Building a trade with the New York Yankees
By Marc Delucchi
Alongside Fraizer, the Giants should ask for one of the Yankees top pitching prospects.
Since the Yankees system lacks true top-end talent, they will have to give up prospects higher on their organizational list than teams like the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins did in my previous sell-off series proposals.
The consensus would seem to place Jonathan Loaisiga, Deivi Garcia, Albert Abreu, and Clarke Schmidt at the top of the pitching prospect heap for the Yankees. Any player from this group fits the bill for the Giants. From my perspective, Clarke Schmidt makes the most sense.
Garcia had a breakout 2018 season and is probably the one the Yankees will be least willing to move. Loaisiga struggled early in the season and is now dealing with a shoulder injury, while his MLB-ready profile makes him a valuable depth piece for the contending Yankees.
That leaves Abreu and Schmidt, who have both had arm injuries in the past and are both in their age-23 season.
Abreu has struggled with control throughout his career and 2019 has been no different with 32 walks in 43.1 innings at Double-A. Still, his power stuff, including a fastball that touches 101 mph and two above-average offspeed pitches, gives him an extremely high ceiling.
Schmidt has gotten off to a stronger start at High-A, and he still has the advanced four-pitch mix that made him the No. 16 pick in the 2017 draft even when he was a month removed from Tommy John surgery. He’s more floor than ceiling, though, and the Yankees might be more willing to part with him as the primary prospect piece in a Bumgarner deal.
Finally, the Yankees have a number of raw prospects at the lower levels of the minor leagues. Right-hander Yoendrys Gomez is an example of a pitching prospect with some intriguing upside, but really anyone with tools that have caught the attention of the Giants scouting department fits as a secondary piece.