The Miami Marlins pulled the trigger on a trade that sent Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon and it seems the trade package they got in return is actually pretty good.
According to Miami Herald's Marlins beat writer Clark Spencer, Miami will be getting four prospects in the trade for Ozuna.
The main prospects are pitcher Sandy Alcantara and outfielder Magneuris Sierra, both of them Dominican born, and they will also be getting pitching prospects Zac Gallen and Daniel Castano.
Source: In addition to Alcantara and Sierra, other two prospects Marlins receiving in Ozuna deal are rhp Zac Gallen and lhp Daniel Castano.— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) 13 de diciembre de 2017
Alcantara is right-handed pitcher that throws in the triple digits that has been with the Cardinals since 2014 when he signed as am 18-year-old, and was ranked #9 on the Cardinals system.
He has passed through Rookie ball, Class A, Doble A and he even made his debut in the Big Leagues in 2017. There he posted a 4.32 ERA in only 8.1 innings of work and had a 10.8 average of strikeouts per nine-innings.
Sierra, on the other hand, has been with the team since he signed as a 17-year-old in 2013, putting up a .292 average in the Minors with 11 home runs and 177 RBI's in five seasons. Was also a ranked prospect of the Cardinals at #6.
Sierra is best known for his speed and defensive acumen in the outfield. He's got plenty of range on the grass to be an asset at all three outfield spots, and his plus arm helped him collect 10 outfield assists in the Minors last season.
In 2017, Sierra made his MLB debut, playing in 22 games, hitting for .317 in his time with the Cardinals.
Gallen is a righty-starting-pitcher that has made his way through every level in the Cardinals system in one season, posting a 2.93 ERA on 147.2 innings pitched.
At 22 years old, Gallen could be the first one to make his debut with the Marlins in 2018 out of this group.
Some even like him more that Alcantara, as he has more control of his pitches and really has three above-average pitches.
Castano, a 23-year-old left-hander, had great numbers in Class A ball with a 9-3 record in 2017, 2.57 ERA on 91.0 innings.
According to reports, Castano throws a lot of strikes but has no strike out pitch.
To many, the Marlins return is actually the closest to "fair value" from the three trades they have made so far, especially the Giancarlo Stanton trade which was a steal for the Yankees.
Dee Gordon was the other one.
Ozuna, who is under control for the next two years, has been an All-Star the last two seasons and had his best year in 2017.
The outfielder batted for .302 with 37 homers and 127 runs batted in.
Ozuna has also shown a much-improved defense and won his first Gold Glove award this past season.