Carlos Beltran has underwhelmed in his first five games for the San Francisco Giants, but he'll get back on track soon enough.
Trading top pitching prospect Zach Wheeler appears to be a steep price to pay, but upon further inspection the deal is not so bad.
Wheeler has posted a 3.99 ERA through 88 innings pitched this year in High-A San Jose. He has a very imposing 10.0 K/9, but a much less impressive 4.8 BB/9 and a solid-but-unspectacular 2.09 SO:BB ratio.
In Low-A Augusta last year, Wheeler struggled with a 5.8 BB/9, an appallingly high figure. He has shown improvement this year, but not enough given his age.
Consider that a 19-year-old Madison Bumgarner breezed through San Jose, posting a 1.48 ERA with a 5.75 SO:BB ratio. Not every pitcher should be held to this standard, but it is worthwhile to note that numbers like these can be attained at this level.
If Wheeler is not even doing half as well as Bumgarner did with over a year more minor league experience, then maybe he isn't as good as everybody thinks.
On the other hand, Beltran is a surefire impact acquisition who instantly makes the offense much stronger.