[Here is a story I just broke in my column on “Twins Killings” over at MVN.com regarding Johan Santana’s trade. I’m actually pretty proud that I reported the story even before ESPN.com…]
It appears as if the Johan Santana sweepstakes have now ended. “USA Today” has reported here that the Twins will send the former two-time Cy Young winner to New York for Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber, Deolis Guerra, and Kevin Mulvey.
The deal is currently pending Santana’s approval and the two sides agreeing on a contract extension.
For those not familiar with the players the Twins will be receiving, here are some brief scouting reports I recently put together on my personal baseball and prospect blog while analyzing the Mets’ farm system:
Deolis Guerra, RHP: Has a very raw talent that will begin to be solidified as he gets older and gets more work in. Large frame at 6’5” and 200 lbs with a mid-90’s fastball, plus change-up, and improving curve. It is crucial the Mets (now Twins) don’t move too fast with this kid and just let him develop as he has all the potential in the world.
Carlos Gomez, OF: Gomez looks to be an offensive threat due to his aggressive hitting approach and lighting quick speed. Incredibly fast and will wreak havoc at the top of the lineup. He has shown a lot of talent in the outfield especially with this strong arm and excellent ability to cover a lot of ground.
Kevin Mulvey, RHP: Mulvey has two solid pitches including a fastball (90-92 mph) and a changeup (82-84 mph which looks the same as his fastball coming out of his hand with very good movement). He also has a curveball and slider but neither are effective enough yet as an out pitch. It’s tough to tell exactly how he will progress, but I see him as a possible middle of the rotation type guy depending on if he can solidify a third pitch.
Stay tuned to “Twins Killings” or here at “The Diamond Cutter” for more as this story develops.
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