When the Tampa Bay Rays were able to net top prospects Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows in last month’s deal that sent ace Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates, it seemed like a pretty darn good haul.
Said trade also included a player to be named later. Normally, said player is chosen from a group of lower-level prospects. Not in this case.
According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the player to be named later in this deal is none other than the No. 12 overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, starting pitcher Shane Baz.
Sources: Shane Baz, the Pirates' first-round pick last year, will be the player to be named later that accompanies Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows in the deal for Chris Archer. A big-time prospect who is a favorite of a lot of analysts.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 14, 2018
The 19-year-old Baz is still playing at a rookie ball level. He’s ways away from actually seeing the majors. Even then, this is one amazing get for the Rays and brings a culmination to what could be a franchise-altering trade for the organization.
According to MLB.com, Meadows opened the season as Pittsburgh’s No. 1 overall prospect. He seemed to headline the deal. Now that the Tampa Bay has added the Rays’ No. 4 overall prospect, this deal seems to be a major win for the rebuilding club.
For his part, Archer has pitched to a 1-0 record with a 4.82 ERA and 1.93 WHIP in two starts with Pittsburgh since the blockbuster trade.