Friday, July 31, 2015

Phillies Trade Ben Revere to Blue Jays for Pitchers Jimmy Cordero and Albert Tirado

Toronto Blue Jays Send Two Right Handed Pitchers to Phillies in Trade for Ben Revere

Ben, we hardly knew ye....According to CSNPhilly.com, the Phils traded outfielder Ben Revere to the Toronto Blue Jays for 2 right-handed pitching prospects.

He Did Make Some Spectacular Catches....
and Made Adventures Out of Some Easy Ones!
Who Are Alberto Tirado and Jimmy Cordero? - Statistics, Pictures, Scouting Reports

Jimmy Cordero
Alberto Tirado
Neither Cordero nor Tirado made it onto MLB.com's 2015 Top 30 Blue Jays Prospects list (sigh).

Here is an excerpt from an article about Cordero from JaysProspects.com:

Blue Jays minor leaguer Jimmy Cordero, who has arguably the best fastball in the system and the entire organization as a whole. The right-hander is proud of the fact that he has official readings of 101 miles per hour from 2013.
“My fastball hit 101 mph in 2013. At that point that was the highest I had ever hit,” explained Cordero. “Throwing that hard feels good. I’ve really learned how to command my fastball well and I’m really happy with my velocity.”
The velocity didn’t go down in 2014, as Cordero was consistently hitting 99 and higher as a member of the Lansing Lugnuts. As expected with his velocity, Cordero was tough on Midwest League hitters, striking out 34 batters in his 32 1/3 innings of work.
Like many hard throwers, one area of concern is command. The 22-year-old pitcher walked 21 batters and hit four others. Although one would like to see Cordero lower his walk totals in the upcoming seasons, the free passes didn’t hurt him much in Lansing as he maintained a 3.06 ERA despite a 1.732 WHIP.

Here are some excerpts from an extensive 2014 article on Tirado from Rotoscouting:

ALBERTO TIRADO: FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE BLUE JAYS YOUTH MOVEMENT

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Entering the 2014 season, few Blue Jays farmhands elicited as much excitement as Alberto Tirado. The Dominican-born right-hander started the season with an aggressive assignment to Single-A Lansing, though his command never materialized (39 walks in 40 innings). A move to Short Season Vancouver came in June, where the 19-year old was still more than two years younger than the average player in the Northwest League. With easy velocity and developing secondary pitches, how did Tirado help his stock this year?
Part of Toronto’s vaunted 2011 international signings class,Alberto Tirado joined fellow “classmates” Jairo Labourt[Scouting Report] and Miguel Castro in the Vancouver Canadians rotation. Labourt went on to lead the Northwest League in ERA, learning how to better harness his powerful arsenal. Castro earned two promotions and ended the year in the Florida State League (though appears ticketed for a return to Lansing in 2015). Tirado, on the other hand, battled with control all season and struggled to pitch deep into games on account of tight pitch counts.
At 6-foot-0, 180 pounds, Tirado presents even lighter. With slender hips and lower half, the Dominican draws on lightening-quick arm speed to generate plus velocity. Tirado’s motion is loose with easy arm action. He adds little power from his stride in the wind up, though the leg lift and stride from the stretch is more pronounced. While the tempo, arm speed, and release points can vary and cause control issues, a high volume of repetitions will help Tirado reduce walk totals. Ultimately, the motion is simple and should prove to be repeatable.

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