It’s apparent that Mike Elias has been busy in the days leading up to this year’s late MLB trade deadline. On Sunday morning, the team announced that they had traded pitchers Tommy Millone and Mychal Givens, to the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies, respectively.
For Millone, who was a reliable starter over his month with the Birds – in six starts, he threw 29.1 innings with a 3.99 ERA and 31 strikeouts to only four walks – the O’s received the always exciting players to be named later (two, to be specific).
Givens is a bit tougher for Birdland to bid adieu, adieu, as Gary Thorne would put it. The former shortstop, drafted in the second-round in 2009, is still only 25, and has become a bit of a fan favorite after making the successful switch to dominant reliever. He was a very reliable late-inning fireman from 2015-17, then had nine saves in 2018 and 11 in 2019 in what was a bit of a rockier role for him. Still, for his career, he has thrown 336 innings, with a 3.32 ERA, 406 strikeouts to just 129 walks, 253 hits, and 33 home runs. His overall ERA+, per Baseball Reference, is 132, meaning he has been 32% better than the average pitcher during his time in MLB.
Still, this was pretty much an expected move. Just the other day at ESR, Aidan speculated that Givens would be on the move.
So what did they get for him?
You remember Phil Nevin, right? Yup, Tyler is his son. Drafted 38th overall in 2015, he has played all of the corner infield and outfield spots, while racking up a .286/.362/.441 line with 36 dingers. In his last season, 2019, in AA Hartford, he hit .251/.345/.399 with 13 homers , 26 doubles, and 61 driven in over 530 PA.
As Roch Kubatko reports, Nevin was ranked as the Rockies’ #13 or #14 prospect, depending on where you look.
Vavra is an interesting case, as he was ranked as Colorado’s #7 prospect on one of those lists, but 17th on the other.
Drafted in the third round in 2018, Vavra hit .318/.409/.489 for High-A Asheville.
I feel like you’d prefer 23-year-olds to have risen a bit higher than these two have, but we have to remember that Givens is a free agent after next season, and that there is still another player coming. Hopefully Nevin & Vavra end up being important pieces in the current rebuild.
Here, let former ESR contributor and current scout-in-training Ryan Blake ease your mind:
The Rockies are pretty awful at managing their prospects so that doesn’t concern me a whole lot. Vavra walks as much as he strikes out (my favorite type of prospect) and Nevin could be Mountcastle with better plate discipline
— Ryan (@ryguyblake) August 30, 2020
The deadline isn’t until Monday at 4 PM, so Elias may not be done yet.