Blue Jays reportedly trade Seunghwan Oh to Colorado Rockies for Forrest Wall and Chad Spanberger

#HugWatch is in full effect as Seunghwan Oh leaves the Blue Jays bullpen for the thin air of Colorado

 

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As the Toronto Blue Jays aimed to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Minnesota Twins (woof) on Wednesday night, news broke that the team was close to trading veteran reliever Seunghwan Oh to the Colorado Rockies.

 

 

Robert Murray later confirmed:

 

Oh has been great in 2018, posting a 2.68 ERA over 47 innings and posting a voluptuous ERA+ of 158, striking out 55 batters and walking just ten. He should fit well in the Rockies bullpen.

 

Oh was signed this spring to a two-year deal worth $1.75M in 2018 with a vesting option for a $2.5M 2018, according to Sportrac. For a team like the Colorado Rockies who have struggled in the bullpen this season, Oh represents a late, high-leverage relief option that, on a rebuilding team like the Blue Jays, was an unnecessary piece in the process. That being said, should the Blue Jays have been competitive in 2018, the move to sign him would have looked just as smart as it does right now, as the Blue Jays seems to have acquired a  power-hitting prospect from the Rockies and a speedy outfielder in the process.

 

The original rumours involved Sean Bouchard. He’s not in the deal, so let’s replace him with that PTBNL. IN order to keep some transparency, here’s some details on Sean Bouchard, just for fun!

Sean Bouchard

Register Batting
Year Age Tm Lg Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB
2017 21 Boise NORW A- 39 183 155 31 45 11 0 6 27 6 2 25 41 .290 .390 .477 .868 74
2018 22 Asheville SALL A 87 358 319 52 84 26 2 8 47 12 9 33 86 .263 .335 .433 .768 138
All All All 126 541 474 83 129 37 2 14 74 18 11 58 127 .272 .354 .447 .801 212
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Generated 7/25/2018.
Sean Bouchard, who seems to be searching for a position based on his 1B/DH/OF/Misc. positions listed on Baseball-Reference, was the first name listen by Wilner via Arden Zwelling. The UCLA product has put up a reasonable BA of .272 across 126 A-Ball games, but little other than that and a solid .354 OBP. For a 1B or a corner OF his 14 homers is a bit concerning, but he’s driven in a solid 74 runs. In 2018, though, he’s struck out an ugly 86 times in 87 games at a 24% rate.

Forest Wall

Register Batting
Year AgeDif Tm Lg Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB
2014 -2.6 Grand Junction PION Rk 41 188 157 48 50 6 6 3 24 18 5 27 32 .318 .416 .490 .907 77
2015 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A- 103 433 371 61 106 16 10 7 47 25 11 47 74 .286 .366 .439 .806 163
2015 -2.6 Asheville SALL A 99 416 361 57 101 16 10 7 46 23 9 41 72 .280 .355 .438 .792 158
2015 -2.0 Boise NORW A- 4 17 10 4 5 0 0 0 1 2 2 6 2 .500 .647 .500 1.147 5
2016 -2.4 Modesto CALL A+ 120 521 459 57 121 16 4 6 56 22 11 41 97 .264 .329 .355 .684 163
2017 -1.7 Lancaster CALL A+ 22 98 87 17 26 4 1 3 16 5 3 9 16 .299 .361 .471 .832 41
2018 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA 93 420 373 70 97 17 6 9 31 28 11 40 89 .260 .340 .410 .750 153
2018 -2.3 Hartford EL AA 46 190 170 27 35 6 1 6 12 8 3 17 42 .206 .289 .359 .648 61
2018 -0.3 Lancaster CALL A+ 47 230 203 43 62 11 5 3 19 20 8 23 47 .305 .382 .453 .835 92
All All All 379 1660 1447 253 400 59 27 28 174 98 41 164 308 .276 .353 .413 .766 597
A+ ( A+ ( A+ ( Minors 189 849 749 117 209 31 10 12 91 47 22 73 160 .279 .347 .395 .742 296
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Generated 7/26/2018.
It took until Thursday morning, but the highlight of the deal is OF Forest Wall, a speedy OF ranked No. 13 on MLB Pipeline. The Wake Forest product has struggled a bit after a promotion to Double-A Hartford, but started out 2018 on fire with High-A Lancaster. He’s a speed-first guy with a left-handed bat, but is unlikely to hit for much power. The Pipe has him as a 45 overall, with 60 run, 55 hit and 50 field.
Wall should slot right into the New Hampshire outfield after short trip from Connecticut. The Rockies have an abundance of outfielders with David Dahl highlighting the group, so using Wall to leverage a very good reliever in Seunghwan Oh is a very solid move from a front office that’s made some questionable ones in recent years.

Chad Spanberger

Register Batting
Year
Age Tm Lg Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB
2017 21 Grand Junction PION Rk 60 269 235 49 69 15 2 19 51 2 0 27 71 .294 .368 .617 .985 145
2018 22 Asheville SALL A 91 379 348 65 110 20 3 22 75 16 4 20 82 .316 .364 .580 .945 202
All All All 151 648 583 114 179 35 5 41 126 18 4 47 153 .307 .366 .595 .961 347
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Generated 7/25/2018.

 

Chad Spanbarger is an interesting name, as the left-handed hitting first baseman has walloped 41 home runs out west throughout his first two seasons in Rookie and Low-A. he strikes out a fair amount (153 times in 379 PA), but he still manages to get on base, posting a mark of .366 so far while slugging .595 for a .961 OPS. We’ll take those very low-level numbers with a grain of salt for now.

 

At 22 and as a college bat from the University of Arkansas, you might say Spanberger is behind in development, especially as the Rockies’ No. 24 prospect on MLB Pipeline. There are some concerns, and first baseman never rank well anyways. Per the Pipe:

“Spanberger garners some comparisons to Chris Davis because he’s a first baseman with big-time left-handed power and swing-and-miss concerns. His bat speed, strength and leverage give him massive raw power to all fields, and he doesn’t get cheated with an aggressive approach. While he probably won’t hit for a high average, he did make strides with using the entire field and made more consistent contact in 2017.”

 

So neither are prospects to get extremely excited about, but Spanberger is definitely interesting.

 

The move will open up a spot on the Blue Jays 25-man roster, which will likely go to Danny Barnes once he returns from the DL (he’s on the rehab stint right now.) before then, there might be some bullpen shuffling, with Luis Santos being the likely first man out. And with Oh now gone, there might be some ugly baseball on the way in Toronto.

 

We wish the best to Seunghwan Oh in Colorado. Hopefully he can fill in for a Rockies bullpen and find himself playing some competitive baseball in the coming months.

 

 

 

 

 

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Roy’s earliest memories all involve baseball from the early 90’s and the Blue Jays dream teams. He became a Blue Jays fan while watching Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green evolve in Syracuse, NY at the run-down confines of MacArthur Stadium, nestled between highway and swamp. A lifelong baseball player, Roy still plays (P, C, 2B, 3B) in the 25+ Syracuse MSBL for the Liverpool Mets. He watches almost all games with his best buddy Sebastian, a five year old Pug, who could care less.