Who won the Ichiro Suzuki trade?
In the aftermath of Monday’s news that the New York Yankees acquired Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners for right-handed pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar, many believe the Yanks got the better end of the deal.
They only have to pay the 38-year-old outfielder $2.25 million for the remainder of the season, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. And since the two players heading to Seattle haven’t experienced much success in the majors, it was a no-brainer in the eyes of many.
Do these two young pitchers have the ability to curb how the average fan feels about this trade? Are they talented enough to become productive major leaguers for Seattle? Or was it a salary dump?
Here are the scouting reports for Seattle’s two newest players.
D.J. Mitchell- RHP
The 6’0’’, 160-pound reliever logged 4.2 innings with the Yankees this season, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out two. A 2.14 WHIP is certainly nothing to get excited about, as is a 3.86 K/9 rate.
This season with the Yankees Triple-A affiliate in Scranton, Mitchell has a 6-4 record with a 5.04 ERA in 85.2 innings. Mitchell has started 14 of the 15 games he appeared in.
He can be used as either a reliever or starter for Seattle after being an outfielder in high school and the beginning of his collegiate career at Clemson.
He was selected in the 10th round of the 2008 draft by New York for his ability to throw four pitches for strikes. The sinkerball is Mitchell’s best offering.
His two-seam fastball typically clocks in at 90-93 mph on the radar gun, and he has a nasty curveball that can serve as a terrific weapon. His off-speed stuff dips into the high 70s.
One of the big knocks on Mitchell is his command. He doesn’t rack up strikeouts and seems to aim his pitches at times.
What’s His Future With Seattle?
The Mariners have a clear need for a starter, and Mitchell should be given a shot rather quickly to prove his worth. He has the potential to be a No. 3 starter that lives on groundballs and guile. He’ll never be a strikeout pitcher.
The good news is that if that doesn’t work, he could also be a productive reliever. Considering that Ichiro is hitting under .200 with runners in scoring position and that he is in the last year of his deal, Mitchell is a good enough haul on its own merits to say the Mariners made out well in this deal.
In three appearances with the Blue Jays back in 2011, Farquhar logged 2.0 innings, allowing three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out one.
The righty reliever was a 10th round selection by Toronto back in 2008, and he has the ability to throw pitches from three different arm angles: over the top, submarine and sidearm.
This quirk can mask his lack of high velocity and three-pitch repertoire.
He has a brutal 4.8 walks per nine inning average in the minors and hasn’t improved much in the last few months.
What’s His Future With Seattle?
The ceiling for Farqhar is an average reliever that can stymie left handers with his odd submarine motion. He likely won’t be on the big league team until September when the rosters expand.
While he may never be an All-Star, Farqhar has the potential to be a decent reliever down the road due to his unique ability to change arm motions.