Boston Red Sox Continue To Lose On Tyler Thornburg Trade With Player To Be Named Later Being A Good Prospect
The trade for Tyler Thornburg was already looking bad for the Boston Red Sox. But now the trade is looking a hell of a lot worse with the player to be named later being disclosed on Monday.
The Red Sox announced that they were sending 18 year old middle infielder Yeison Coca to the Brewers as the player to be named later in the deal that already sent Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington to Milwaukee.
Thornburg has yet to make an appearance in the regular season with the Red Sox because of a shoulder impingement but Coca has shown a lot of promise in the minors.
Coca played for the Dominican Summer League Red Sox last season and ended up batting .308 (80-for-260) with 41 runs, five doubles, nine triples, one home run, 26 runs batted in, and 12 stolen bases. His 80 hits ranked fifth in the Dominican Summer League while his nine triples tied for third-most among league hitters. Coca entered the 2017 season ranked by Baseball America as the Red Sox’ No. 25 prospect.
The trade was already looking bad with Travis Shaw playing very well and has been starting at third base for the Brewers this season, heading into Monday with a .292 batting average, 10 homers and an .869 OPS.
Dubon has impressed for Milwaukee’s Double-A team in Biloxi, hitting .294 with 25 stolen bases while starting at shortstop. Pennington has yet to pitch this season after having bone chips removed from his pitching elbow, but is expected to start at Single-A when he returns.
So far in the Dave Dombrowski era, a majority of the trades he has made have not panned out well for the Red Sox. You have the trade for Carson Smith and Drew Pomeranz, and now the one with Thornburg. It is tough blaming him for these moves because he inherited a weak bullpen and a starting pitching situation with a lack of depth.
The other trades of note that actually turned out good is the deal for closer Craig Kimbrel who they flipped potential rookie of the year Manuel Margot to San Diego. The other trade of note was the one were they sent Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech for Chris Sale.
The Shaw trade though is bad and it is only getting worse and worse, if Shaw continues to hit for the Brewers, it will only look worse and worse.