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The Miami Marlins traded Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers for a group of four prospects on Thursday.
Coming back to Miami will be outfielder Lewis Brinson, infielder Isan Diaz, outfielder Monte Harrison, and right-handed pitcher Jordan Yamamoto. Brinson is one of the top prospects in all of baseball and all four players have plenty of potential.
Yelich was the last remaining piece of Miami’s 2017 outfield, following a busy off-season. While Yelich never publicly commented on his position, his agent let it be known that a trade was preferred. With his best years ahead of him, Yelich will now be in a position to win. With the Marlins, competing appears to be a distant goal.
Brinson was Milwaukee’s top prospect and in the top 20 overall according to multiple publications. It is likely that the 23-year outfielder will immediately become Miami’s top prospect. Brinson is expected to make Miami’s Opening Day roster as well.
Diaz took a step back in terms of prospect rankings in 2018, but he has lots of talent himself. The infielder was Milwaukee’s minor league player of the year in 2016. When 2018 begins, Diaz will be assigned to one of Miami’s organizational teams. Diaz is only 21 and is not yet ready to compete for a big league job.
Harrison could end up being the biggest part of this trade, outside of Brinson. The outfielder is 22 and should spend the 2018 season in AA with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Harrison has a good mix of speed and power, with numbers that should translate well at the highest level.
Yamamoto played in A-ball in 2017 and posted solid numbers while doing so. The right-hander had strong strikeout numbers, especially compared to his walk totals. At only 21, Yamamoto has more time to develop and is likely going to be a part of Jacksonville’s staff.
Miami is weeks away from the start of spring training and could still be involved in more deals.