News broke on Friday that Michael Pineda, the Yankees’ right-hander who has an 8-4 record with a 4.39 ERA at the halfway point, is most likely heading for Tommy John Surgery with a partially torn UCL. While it wouldn’t be impossible for Pineda to rehab without undergoing surgery — and he is getting a second opinion before making a final decision — things aren’t looking great for the 28-year old.
Calhoun was a top-100 prospect heading into 2017, on the back-end of that list. However, as a 22-year-old at Triple-A this season, Calhoun has batted .298/.357/.574, which is impressive even for the high-offense PCL. As he’s a better hitter than defender — Calhoun plays second, left, and DH — the move to both high-offense Texas and a league with a DH could be great for him and his production. That being said, his time in Triple-A, in spite of his youth, did not move him into Baseball Prospectus’ mid-season top-50 prospects list, so he wasn’t one of the very best Dodgers’ prospects.
Calhoun wasn’t the only prospect, of course. Alexy is a 19-year-old righty who has struck out 10.5 batters per nine innings in Low-A this year as a starter. He walks too many batters, but those strikeouts at that age are maybe more than a lottery ticket, especially in that role. Davis is also just 19, but in High-A the infielder has struggled to contribute much at the plate at that level. He’s projectable and has tools, though, so there is potential here even if it’s hard to see at the moment.
It’s not a package that will blow you away for Darvish, but Darvish is only a rental here. Getting Calhoun and still having the ability to sign Darvish back to the Rangers this winter is a win for Texas, and the Dodgers have themselves Cheap Goalie Jerseys Soccer another pitcher to rely on in the postseason, which is both new and Cheap Heat Jerseys exciting for them.