Early on Thursday morning, news broke that right-handed starting pitcher Dan Straily, who had spent the 2016 season with the Cincinnati Reds, had been traded to the Miami Marlins for minor league prospects Luis Castillo, Austin Brice, and Isaiah White. Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports’ MLB columnist, was the first to break the news.
Sources: Marlins near deal for starter Dan Straily from Cincinnati. RHP Luis Castillo and Austin Brice, plus third prospect, go to Reds.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 19, 2017
Straily has had a roller coaster year, as he was traded by the Houston Astros to the San Diego Padres for catcher Erik Kratz on March 28, 2016. Just a few days later, on April 1, Straily was designated for assignment and was claimed by the Cincinnati Reds via waivers. Now, the Reds managed to sell high on a regression candidate for the 2017 season.
In 2016, Straily posted a 14-8 record with a 3.76 ERA across 31 starts and 3 bullpen appearances. Straily also posted a 3.4 BB/9 ratio and a 7.6 K/9 ratio, but he gave up 31 home runs, which tied Max Scherzer for the most allowed in the National League. His 2016 success was based mainly on luck, as his .242 BABIP and 4.88 FIP don’t bode well for his 2017 campaign, even in pitcher-friendly Marlins Park.
With an equally messed up 2016 transaction-wise, Luis Castillo, Miami’s #5 prospect, saw himself shipped to San Diego in the Andrew Cashner deal, but was returned to Miami after Colin Rea’s first and only start with the club. In 2016, Castillo reached the Double-A level, pitching to an 8-6 record over 24 starts and 2 bullpen appearances with an ERA of 2.26. Castillo will slot in as Cincinnati’s #8 prospect and will have a chance to crack the big league roster as he will join the Major League camp during Spring Training in February.
The second prospect, Austin Brice, was Miami’s #9 prospect, but unlike Castillo, Brice made the big league roster in August, pitching to a 7.07 ERA in 15 appearances. However, in the minor leagues, Brice pitched to a 2.74 ERA across 32 appearances, including 13 starts, between Double-A and Triple-A. Just like Castillo, Brice will join the Major League camp during Spring Training and is expected to slot into the Reds’ bullpen on Opening Day.
The last prospect, Isaiah White, was Miami’s #16 prospect and Miami’s third round pick in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft. White, an outfielder, spent 2016 at the Low-A level, slashing .214/.306/.301 with 1 home run and 18 runs batted in over 51 games. Luckily for White, he is just 20 years of age, meaning he still has time to mature and prove his worth. He will be in the Reds’ minor league camp during Spring Training and will start the 2017 season in Low-A.