With Denard Span patrolling the Washington Nationals' outfield, Mike Morse was apparently deemed expendable.
Nationals announce deal. They get AJ Cole, Blake Treinen and PTBN for Morse— DKnobler (@DKnobler) January 17, 2013
Stud pitching prospect A.J. Cole, one of the headliners, will be going to Washington. However, another prospect that has been lost in the shuffle that the Nationals get in the deal is pitcher Blake Treinen.
Birth Date: June 30, 1988 (24 years old)
Birth Place: Ossage City, Kan.
Experience: Two years (Rookie to A+)
College: South Dakota State University
Ht/Wt: 6'4", 215 pounds
About Treinen's Big League Time
Treinen has yet to get anywhere near the major league level. Having spent two years in the Oakland A's organization, he started out in the Rookie League before moving to the Burlington Bees in Single-A.
He finished 1-1 with a 3.67 ERA in 27 innings pitched while in Burlington in 2011.
In 2012, Treinen spent the entire season with the Stockton Ports in High-A ball. He made 24 appearances for the season, 15 of which were starts. Teinen had a 4.37 ERA in 103 innings pitched for the season.
Despite dealing with arm issues in his past, according to Oakland Clubhouse, Treinen has a fastball that can hit 97 mph.
His throwing power is illustrated by his 92 strikeouts in just 103 innings in Stockton last season. Treinen's command is fairly good as well, as he only issued 23 walks in 2012.
In The Baseball Draft Report's review of the A's draft, it was noted that his slider had improved at South Dakota State, but his curveball needed some more work.
You have to wonder about any deal in which the Oakland A's give up prospects and don't return a huge name in return. Of course, the A's are loaded with talented arms, making some very good prospects available for the taking.
However, at already 24 years of age and only progressing as high as High-A ball, you have to wonder what the ceiling for Treinen is.
It's doubtful he'll contribute much to the Nationals in 2013, but 2014 could be his year.
Treinen has some versatility, having spent time in both the bullpen and starting rotation, so he could fill in as a spot-starter or replace an injured reliever if need be.