One of the biggest commodities on the trade market, Justin Wilson, has finally been traded. The Tigers will be shipping Wilson and catcher Alex Avila off to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for first and third base prospect Jeimer Candelario, shortstop and second base prospect Isaac Paredes, and a player to be named later or cash.
Justin Wilson, who had a bumpy 2016 season rebounded from it and has put up elite stats since. Wilson put up a 4.16 ERA but had a high 1.33 walks and hits per inning. Wilson has only improved from there as he has put up a 2.68 earned run average while having .94 walks and hits per inning. Wilson also has been elite against right handed hitters this year as they have only put up a .131 batting average against him. Lefties have had more success but have only hit .220 against him. His K to BB rate is down from 3.82 to 1, to a 3.44 to 1 rate. Another bonus that comes with Wilson is that he is under team control for the 2018 season.
Alex Avila who will become the backup catcher started off the hot until June ended. In the first three months of the season, Alex Avila hit for a very nice .315 while homering 11 times. He since then has cooled off to .271, the same amount of HRs at 11, and 32 RBIs. Avila still has a very nice on-base percentage of .392 while drawing 43 walks and 80 strikeouts. Avila fits the description as a defense first type of catcher as he has a .997 fielding percentage with only one error occurring. He has also thrown out 11 of the 33 runners that tried to steal on him.
Jeimer Candelario the headliner of the Cubs package has been impressive in triple a with the Iowa Cubs. Candelario has hit .266 along with having an on-base percentage .361. He has also hit 12 HR while having 52 RBIs. He has had 42 walks while striking out 79 times. On the defensive side of the ball, he has had a .978 fielding percentage while making 4 errors at third base. At first base, he has put up a .990 fielding percentage with 1 error. On MLB Pipeline’s 20-80 scale, 40 being below average, 50 being average, and 60 being above average his overall game was graded at 55. His running is graded as 40, while his power and fielding is a 50, and a 55 arm and hitting.
Isaac Paredes the second prospect has been decent offensively in single a this year. He has hit for a .264 batting average with an on-base percentage of .343. He has hit 7 HRs along with having 49 RBIs. He has walked 29 times while striking out 54 times. On the defensive side of the ball, he has had a fielding percentage of .977 while making 7 errors. On MLB Pipeline’s 20-80 scale, 40 being below average, 50 being average, and 60 being above average his overall game has graded out at 45. His fielding, power, and running have each been graded at 45, while his hitting is 50, and his arm is a 55.
The Cubs who had an already depleted farm system talent wise went out and made a trade for reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila. The Tigers in return get their future first baseman along with potentially their future shortstop.