The Houston Astros made a surprising move before the MLB Trade Deadline in dealing starting pitcher Jarred Cosart, infielder Kike Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates to the Miami Marlins for a trio of prospects. In return, the Astros get third baseman Colin Moran, center fielder Jake Marisnick, pitcher Frances Martes and the 2015 compensation pick from the Marlins. The Astros have appeared to nab a pair of the Marlins’ top prospects in Moran and Marisnick, who both were ranked in their top-10 prospects. Marisnick is said to be major-league ready and will move into centerfield, which has been a hole, for the Astros.
The Astros have once again added to their farm system depth, but the only difference is now they are trading young talent to get even younger. At one time, Astros fans were told that the big-league club was going to try and compete very soon. The team said they were done trading off talent just to get better minor leaguers. Apparently, that time still isn’t now.
Moran is the gem of the trade. The third baseman was taken sixth overall last June in MLB’s 2013 Draft. In Class A Jupiter this season, he has hit .294 with 21 doubles, five home runs and 33 RBIs. He has been projected as being in the top-100 prospects in all of baseball and will bolster the Astros’ farm system. The Astros already have Rio Ruiz in their system, which means one of the players could be in for a position change in the near future.
Marisnick, who played 14 games for the Marlins this season, will be playing center field for the Astros very soon. In triple-A for the Marlins, he has hit .277 with 16 doubles, 10 home runs, 40 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 89 games. He is the “impact major league bat” the Astros front office had talked about getting. Only time will tell if the Astros made the right decision in trading two young, promising players with major-league experience for more prospects.