Houston gains four Toronto prospects in trade

Houston gains four Toronto prospects in trade

Houston gains four Toronto prospects in trade
The Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros just completed a huge 10-player deal. In it Toronto traded four prospects, three in their Top 20. Here's some more detailed information about the Minor Leaguers involved in Friday's blockbuster, with their ranking in the Blue Jays' Top 20 in parentheses.

Carlos Perez, C (No. 8)

The Blue Jays signed Perez out of Venezuela back in 2008 and he began his pro career extremely well, showing an ability to hit for average and get on base in the Dominican Summer League, the Gulf Coast League and the New-York Penn League in his first three summers. In 2011, he hit a bit of a bump during his first taste of full-season ball, hitting just .256/.320/.355. He's spent the year back in Lansing and the Midwest League and he's shown some improvement, hitting .275/.358/.447 at the time of the trade. He's athletic and runs well for a catcher. He also has excellent arm strength, which has allowed him to throw out 33 percent of would-be basestealers at this point of his career. Still just 21, he has time to develop into a solid every-day all-around catcher.

Asher Wojciechowski, RHP (No. 10)

The supplemental first-round pick from the 2010 Draft had an up-and-down first full season in 2011, so he repeated the Florida State League in 2012. So far, he's seen much better results, sitting 11th in the FSL with his 3.57 ERA at the time of the trade. The Citadel product has a three-pitch mix, which could allow him to be an impact starter in the future. He struggled with his fastball in 2011, but it's been a plus pitch in the past. His slider is another above-average offering for the right-hander. His changeup, which he didn't use in college, has come a long way in his time as a professional. Very aggressive on the mound, he still has the chance to be a workhorse near the top of a rotation. If that doesn't work out, he has the power stuff and the mentality to pitch well in the back of a bullpen.

Joe Musgrove, RHP (No. 11)

One of many high-ceiling high school arms the Blue Jays drafted in 2011, Musgrove is a big right-hander (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) who was just getting his pro career started. He had thrown twice for Bluefield in the rookie-level Appalachian League, but hasn't pitched since June 24 due to shoulder soreness. It's not expected to be a long-term concern. He has a hard, sinking fastball that generates a ton of ground balls. He has a power curve that's a good second pitch and has used a splitter as an offspeed pitch. As long as he keeps throwing strikes, something he's done in his brief time as a pro, he has every chance to develop into a big, strong, workhorse type starting pitcher. When all is said and done, he might be the best prospect in this deal.

David Rollins, LHP

He may not be a Top-20 prospect, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have some ability. As an amateur, he dealt with two surgeries on his non-throwing shoulder and was drafted four times, before signing with the Blue Jays in 2011 as a 24th-round pick. He has a decent three-pitch mix with a fastball, slider and changeup. He was eighth in the Midwest League in ERA in his first full season, but at age 22, it might soon be time to challenge him with a promotion.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.