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Miguel Castro traded to Mets for LHP Kevin Smith and SS Victor Gonzalez

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2 minutes ago, OrioleDog said:

Outpitched Emerson Hancock, two years his junior, for the 2018 Bulldogs, though he had the Junior/Freshman edge there.


4/1 K/BB in FSL most of last year, kept it to 2/1 in his AA cup of coffee late.

6-5 200 conjures picture of a Matusz-sized lefty.

Hope his face doesn't turn bright red from exertion by his 6th or 7th pitch on a 75 degree day.

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I know this guy will be excited for the opportunity with our organization... but I know deep down, you have to feel at least a little disappointed when you no longer play for a team named the Rumble Ponies.

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Bummer to lose Castro who seemed like we finally fixed a little bit. Throwing 99 with a 13.8 k rate. That doesn't grow on trees.

BUT, we get a 23 year old lefty SP candidate with a good pedigree? Yes, please. It's a bittersweet trade for me as I like Castro, but you have to make that trade all day. 

Plus PTBNL or cash.

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Keith Law had him as the Mets 8th best prospect.


Smith was the Mets’ seventh-round pick in 2018 out of the University of Georgia and made significant strides in his first full pro season, dominating High A and finishing with six starts in Double A. He’s mostly a two-pitch guy now, with solid-average velocity but explosive life on the fastball and an out pitch breaking ball that helped him hold lefties to a .271 OBP last year. His changeup was a 30 in college and it’s more like a 40 now, so the trend is good but the improvement can’t stop there if he wants to start. His stuff plays up because he’s 6-5 and extends very well over his front side. It’s starter-upside if the third pitch gets close to average.[/quote]

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