The Seattle Mariners traded Mark Lowe and J.A. Happ on a busy Friday (July 31) in Major League Baseball. As the 2015 MLB trade deadline hit, the Mariners became one of several teams looking to deal veterans for prospects. A report from MLB.com states that Lowe was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays for three left-handed pitching prospects. Those pitchers are Rob Rasmussen, Nick Wells, and Jacob Brentz. Rasmussen will immediately be added to the 25-man roster and is available to pitch Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.
A second-round pick in 2010, Rasmussen was 4-1 with a 2.36 ERA in Triple-A this season. In 12 1/3 innings with the Blue Jays over the past two years, he has posted a 2.92 ERA and 14 strikeouts. He is the oldest of the three players coming from the Blue Jays. Wells in 19 and the No. 23 prospect from the Blue Jays’ system, and Brentz is a 20-year-old 11th-round pick from 2013. Both players were pitching in rookie ball within the Blue Jays’ organization.
A report on the J.A. Happ trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates reveals that the Mariners received 23-year-old right-handed pitcher Adrian Sampson. Sampson was pitching at Triple-A Indianapolis, and had posted an 8-8 record, a 3.98 ERA, and 95 strikeouts over 124 1/3 innings of work this year. He will go straight to Triple-A Tacoma where he could be groomed for a September call up.
Counting the trade of Dustin Ackley to the New York Yankees, the Mariners have added six young pitchers and an outfielder in these three deadline deals. The moves by Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik should certainly help add some depth to the Minor League system, but it is too early to gauge which of these players could make a difference in the short-term. Rob Rasmussen and Jose Ramirez (from the Yankees) have already been added to the 25-man roster and will debut soon.