Late Friday night, the Cincinnati Reds officially traded starting bowler Luis Castillo to the Seattle Mariners. The right starter was probably the best player in the commercial market and the return from Seattle was great. The Reds captured short stops Noelfi Marty and Edwin Arroyo, as well as right-handed bowlers Levi Stodt and Andrew Moore.
The two short stops obtained were the Mariners’ best prospects. In the latest Top 100 Predictor in American Baseball list that was updated last week, Noelvi Marty and Edwin Arroyo were among the top 50 players. Mart ranked 47th and Arroyo is right behind him at 48th. Both bowlers are ranked as the Mariners’ top 30 potential, with Levi Stoudt coming in at 10th in the mid-season update and Andrew Moore 26th on the list.
Noelfi Marty Scout Report
to rise: 6 ′ 1 | Weight: 187 lbs.
Boy: October 16, 2001
A big bonus when checking out from the Dominican Republic in 2018, Noelvi Martí has worked his way up to High-A over the past few seasons. The 20-year-old has done well for Everett, posting a .275/.363/.462 streak this season with 19 doubles, 15 home runs, and 13 base steals in 85 games. He walked 42 times and has 84 strikes in 394 games.
He has an above average hitter as well as extra raw power, a rarity coming from a potential short stop in the future. There are some concerns that he might need to move to third base down the line as his body matures because he’s already added a lot of size over the years and is still only 20. His arm would easily play into third base if he had to slip and his racket had more than enough potential to stand there if he was able to continue his development.
He’s been on fire for the past five weeks in Everett. Since June 22, he has made .365/.440/.669 with 15 walks and 20 strokes in 134 plate appearances. You can see his career stats here.
Scouting Edwin Arroyo
to rise: 6 ′ 0″ | Weights: 175 lbs.
Boy: August 25, 2003
In the Mariners’ second-round pick last year, Edwin Arroyo smashed the ball this season for Low-A Modesto when he was just 18 years old. He hit .315/.384/.513 with 18 doubles, 7 triples, 13 home runs, stole 21 bases, walked 34 times, and hit 89 times in 410 games. The switch hitter has been better off the left side this season, hitting .329/ .396/ .520, but he hit well off the right side of the board as well, posting a .276/.351/.494 streak in 97 plate appearances.
Unlike Marty, there does not appear to be any concerns about Arroyo overtaking the position. He was considered a plus defender in short game and plus arm. It shows above average raw strength and above average hit tool. Arroyo has also been very successful in the base lanes using his above average speed well. You can see his career stats here.
Scouting Levi Studt report
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to rise: 6 ′ 1 | Weights: 195 lbs.
Boy: December 4, 1997
In the third round in 2019, Levi Studd did not play in a professional match that counted until 2021. He underwent surgery for Tommy John after the draft and with the 2020 season called off, there were no matches there when he was ready to return to the hill until the 2021 season began. He struggled to find Some consistency this season, and after a solid start to the year in the first two months, the ERA has posted from 6.98 since the start of June, bringing his ERA of the season to 5.28 in the innings of 87.0. He kept the walk low, using only 22 free passes to line up with his 82.
Fast Bowl: The stadium operated in the mid-1990s and has routinely touched the 90s this season.
dividers: Arguably his best show, it’s a notch above average in the low to mid ’80s that good movement.
sliders: Showing average mid 80s most of the time, it will flash above average every now and then.
Curveball: A fringe show running in the mid-’70s.
There is good control from Stoudt, but it’s not always there and when he’s been out this year, the hitters haven’t let him get away with it. There are some positives here with the possibility of having three pitches above average with good control and the option to go back can be a high leverage offload. You can see his career stats here.
Andrew Moore Scout Report
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to rise: 6 ′ 5 | Weights: 205 lbs
Boy: August 11, 1999
Not to be confused with Andrew Moore who featured in the major leagues in Seattle several seasons ago, Moore was selected last season in the 14th round of Chibula Junior College (the same school Cam Collier attended this season). In 2021, he struggled to control his dominance once he turned professional, marching 18 hitters with 16 attacks in 19.1 rounds – mostly in Low-A Modesto. He’s back out there this season, and while he’s still going for quite a few hitters, he’s been in control otherwise. In round 32.1, he posted 1.95 ERA and allowed 25 hits, walked 17, and hit 58 of the 133 hitters he encountered.
Fast Bowl: It runs in the mid 90’s and it has touched 100 mph.
sliders: An above-average show running in the mid-’80s.
He’ll need to keep working to improve his control as he climbs the ladder, but things will play out. You can see his career stats here.
I hate this trade but I think it was a good return. How does this sentence make sense? Well, I will do my best to explain it.
Baseball is set up in such a way that you no longer need to try to win baseball games in order to make money. It used to be that way. Teams needed gates big enough to cover all of their expenses because media contracts and sponsorship deals simply weren’t big enough to generate a large chunk of revenue, but those days are long gone. Teams now make a lot of money between their local and national TV contracts and that means ticket sales make up a much smaller percentage of their revenue. This means that winning and losing means little towards making money. Cincinnati is currently undergoing its second rebuilding over the past decade, and the current financial setup is making that tangible. This is why I hate trading. The Reds have been replaced by one of the best novice shooters of the past three decades because it makes sense for them to try not to win next season.
With such hustle away, in the market as in baseball today, it appears that the four odds the Reds got in this deal were a good return and perhaps more than many were expecting. Having two top 50 odds in baseball was a deal that I would have considered a slightly better return than I had been expecting given the market over the past few years. They seem to have taken that, along with two other live arms, as a good opportunity at the moment for the market.