After a deal seemed to be completed between the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates earlier on Tuesday, we now hear word that the Pirates and Seattle Mariners have a deal for the right-handed pitcher. The Phillies were sending two prospects to the Pirates in the original deal, but sources indicated that a medical issue came up after the trade was agreed upon. While it was assumed that the two sides were attempting to come to a second agreement, the Pirates went ahead and got a deal done with the Mariners according to multiple sources.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 28, 2021
The Mariners are sending the Pirates 22-year-old catcher Carter Bins and 18-year-old pitcher Joaquin Tejada. The Pirates have confirmed that the deal is done.
Bins was drafted in the 11th round in 2019 and he started this season in High-A, where he hit .284/.422/.493 in 40 games, with ten doubles, seven homers and a 32:54 BB/SO ratio in 185 plate appearances. He recently moved up to Double-A, where he had just two hits in 30 at-bats, though it came with ten walks and a homer. He has thrown out 16% of runners stealing this season. He threw out 50% as a rookie in 2019. Baseball America rated him 28th in the Mariners system coming into this year. MLB Pipeline didn’t have him rated in their top 30. BA notes that he has above average raw power, but below average bat speed.
Tejada, who just turned 18 back on July 16th, had only pitched two games since signing out of Panama on July 2, 2019. He’s 5’11”, 160 pounds. He signed for $200,000 and showed some immediate improvements in his velocity back then according to Ben Badler, adding about 4-5 MPH after sitting in the 86-87 MPH range prior to signing. He also had a good feel for spin on his curve. Those reports are old though, so he may have improved even more. He has pitched just five innings of pro ball so far, and while he has eight strikeouts, he also has four walks and three hit batters, while giving up six runs.