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Ike Trade Finalized: LHP Blake Taylor is PTBNL

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Posted: 6/15/2014 3:27 PM

Ike Trade Finalized: LHP Blake Taylor is PTBNL 


http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/mets/post/_/id/89 237/taylor-is-player-to-be-named-in-ike-deal

NEW YORK -- Left-hander Blake Taylor, a second-round pick in the 2013 draft, has been sent to the Mets as the player to be named in the Ike Davis trade with the Pirates.

Taylor, 18, will be assigned to the Gulf Coast League Mets. He was the 51st overall selection last year out of Dana Hills (Calif.) High School.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound southpaw went 0-2 with a 2.57 ERA (6 ER/21 IP) in eight games (seven starts) with the Gulf Coast League Pirates last year.

The Mets already had acquired right-handed reliever Zack Thornton in the April 18 trade.

ESPN's Keith Law wrote after last year's draft: "Lefty Blake Taylor is a two-pitch guy who has reached 94-95, has a projectable frame and can spin a curveball that's already close to average."

"Throw strikes, you dummy" ~ Buck O'Neil

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Posted: 6/15/2014 3:27 PM

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NYMethuselah wrote: From some of this year's team prospect rankings:

MLB.com - Ranked 20th

Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60 | Curve: 50 | Changeup: 40 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

A projectable left-hander taken from the Southern California high school ranks in the 2013 Draft, Taylor rose into the second round with a strong spring then signed for below his slot value.

It might take the young lefty a while to move up the ladder, but the Pirates might get a huge dividend if they are patient. Taylor can throw his fastball in the low 90s with ease and can reach back for a bit more at times. With room to add strength, there could be more in the tank. His curve has the chance to be an above-average breaking ball that should miss bats as it develops.

He needs to work on his changeup and his command, not uncommon for such a young hurler. When those aspects of his game round into shape, he has the chance to be a big league starter.

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John Sickels - Ranked 19th


Blake Taylor, LHP, Grade C+: Second round pick in 2013 from California high school is another live-armed youngster who could develop into a mid-rotation presence, fitting the model of moldable prep talent that worked well with Glasnow and Kingham.

"Throw strikes, you dummy" ~ Buck O'Neil

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Posted: 6/15/2014 3:31 PM

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That's a lot better than Kosikowski.

Ultra-cynical POV: Was Cerroneous was a useful idiot for the disinformation planting of Kosikowski, to give SA the rebound effect of a better-than-expected outcome?
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Posted: 6/15/2014 3:38 PM

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That IS cynical. Wouldn't put it past Sandy though, to cover up his mess.
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Posted: 6/15/2014 4:00 PM

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vinluvr wrote: That's a lot better than Kosikowski. 
Agreed.


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Posted: 6/15/2014 4:13 PM

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vinluvr wrote: That's a lot better than Kosikowski.

Ultra-cynical POV: Was Cerroneous was a useful idiot for the disinformation planting of Kosikowski, to give SA the rebound effect of a better-than-expected outcome?
Not sure if serious.
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Posted: 6/15/2014 4:16 PM

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BP write up (no. 2 on the "Prospects on the rise" section of the Pirates Top 10 prospects column Feb 2014):

2. LHP Blake Taylor: Second round pick in the 2013 draft, Taylor has excellent size and present strength, and a fast arm that offers projection. As an amateur, the southpaw would work mostly in the upper 80s, touching the low 90s, with the ability to spin a quality curve, but he struggled with his delivery (high leg/struggled to get over and finish) and command in his small complex-league sample. As he starts to put the pieces together, he should climb the prospect ranks and jump into the top 10 within the next few seasons.



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Posted: 6/15/2014 4:26 PM

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vinluvr wrote: That's a lot better than Kosikowski.

Ultra-cynical POV: Was Cerroneous was a useful idiot for the disinformation planting of Kosikowski, to give SA the rebound effect of a better-than-expected outcome?
Taylor was identified by members of this board as a possibility early on. Not sure why there would be disinformation needed to make the deal look better.
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Posted: 6/15/2014 4:28 PM

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Gotta give Sandy credit, when he trades for minor league prospects he gets major league talent.   This makes up for not having a second round pick  this year.
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Posted: 6/15/2014 4:50 PM

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Solid return. Qualifies as "significant" imo, though not super exciting. But expecting anything super exciting seemed unreasonable, so can't be too unhappy with the return.
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Posted: 6/15/2014 4:51 PM

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throughthewickets wrote: Solid return. Qualifies as "significant" imo, though not super exciting. But expecting anything super exciting seemed unreasonable, so can't be too unhappy with the return.
For Ike? You are right on the money.
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Posted: 6/15/2014 5:09 PM

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throughthewickets wrote: Solid return. Qualifies as "significant" imo, though not super exciting. But expecting anything super exciting seemed unreasonable, so can't be too unhappy with the return.
For Ike? You are right on the money.

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I feel pretty good about this. Who else can we trade to the Pirates?
Mets trade away reigning CY Young award winner.
Still have the best pitcher in Baseball.
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Posted: 6/15/2014 5:22 PM

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You have to give Sandy credit, when it comes to trading MLB talent away he is a master at getting talent back. He is just terrible at getting MLB talent... terrible.

Imagine how good he could be if he signed a bunch of guys, then traded them for more minor leaguers (like we are hoping for in Bartolo Colon, for example) consistently.

I just wish this front office was as good at putting together a competitive 25 man roster as they are at filling out the minor league system with depth. Sure, we hope these guys all liveup to expectations, but given the new comments from him regarding payroll, I'm leaning toward the "we won't be good for a long time" angle.

Regardless of that, Blake Taylor was a very good get for Ike Davis, who stinks.
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Posted: 6/15/2014 5:26 PM

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met8669 wrote: You have to give Sandy credit, when it comes to trading MLB talent away he is a master at getting talent back. He is just terrible at getting MLB talent... terrible.

Imagine how good he could be if he signed a bunch of guys, then traded them for more minor leaguers (like we are hoping for in Bartolo Colon, for example) consistently.

I just wish this front office was as good at putting together a competitive 25 man roster as they are at filling out the minor league system with depth. Sure, we hope these guys all liveup to expectations, but given the new comments from him regarding payroll, I'm leaning toward the "we won't be good for a long time" angle.

Regardless of that, Blake Taylor was a very good get for Ike Davis, who stinks.
Maybe the Mets should join the PCL?

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Posted: 6/15/2014 7:10 PM

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"Imagine how good he could be if he signed a bunch of guys, then traded them for more minor leaguers (like we are hoping for in Bartolo Colon, for example) consistently."

To be honest, this is why I liked the Young and Colon contracts. They're both gambles on guys who could be flipped for prospects if they perform well and the team doesn't. I think it's a viable strategy for a rebuilding team. The only problem is that SA didn't go all in on this strategy and combined a variety of half-measures. The result is a mediocre-to-bad team for 4 years running without the benefit of any top-5 draft picks.
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Posted: 6/15/2014 7:26 PM

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I can't believe the Pirates, the Pirates, didn't have one single hitting prospect the Mets could have received in this deal.
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Posted: 6/15/2014 7:54 PM

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metsfan2323 wrote: Gotta give Sandy credit, when he trades for minor league prospects he gets major league talent.   This makes up for not having a second round pick  this year.
Yes, good point!  He was a 2nd round draft pick.
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Posted: 6/15/2014 8:49 PM

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NewMFS62 wrote: I can't believe the Pirates, the Pirates, didn't have one single hitting prospect the Mets could have received in this deal.
disbelief

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When it comes to the minors, I see any trade as BPA whether its a hitter or a pitcher. That is how you stock your farm system with quality and you fill in team needs with trading for major league ready players or signing free agents.
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Posted: 6/16/2014 1:36 AM

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Good job by Alderson.

Gotta give that stubborn SOB credit.  He is a very tough negotiator when he has the Major Leaguer.


Makes you wonder about whether we should start over.  What could he get for Murphy?  How about Wright?  If we really are an 85 mil team going forward, we wont be able to re-sign Murphy and we probably should not be paying 20 mil for Wright.
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Posted: 6/16/2014 5:11 AM

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oct271986 wrote: Good job by Alderson.

Gotta give that stubborn SOB credit.  He is a very tough negotiator when he has the Major Leaguer.


Makes you wonder about whether we should start over.  What could he get for Murphy?  How about Wright?  If we really are an 85 mil team going forward, we wont be able to re-sign Murphy and we probably should not be paying 20 mil for Wright.
Agreed. As much as I love Wright, if the payroll is 85 million it was arguably the worst decision of Sandy Alderson's career to sign Wright, hoping to appease season ticket holders, rather than trading him (which is fair to the guy to give him a chance to win elsewhere) while using the trade to stock up a couple more prospects and open up salary.

Can we really afford to put 25% of our payroll into one guy, especially when he isn't batting cleanup/putting up MVP type numbers anymore? I love David, but it was an awful baseball/business decision yet again by SA.
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