Today, the Tampa Bay Rays have traded away versatile pitcher Matt Andriese to the Arizona Diamondbacks for catcher Michael Perez and right-handed pitcher Brian Shaffer, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Randall Delgado was designated for assignment to make room for Andriese on the 40-man roster.
The return the Rays got for Andriese is impressive. A catcher that is MLB ready and a young arm that will fly through the system.
First off, Michael Perez is a left-handed hitter that shows nice gap-to-gap pop, which has led to a solid .286 batting average and .759 OPS in 58 games (218 at-bats). He has piled up six homers and 29 RBIs.
He has thrown out 35 percent of base runners (16 were caught out of 30 attempts). He has made a few errors but recorded a .994 fielding percentage and an 8.74 RF/G (Range Factor per Game) in nearly 500 innings. He has only allowed two pass balls all season long in Triple-A Reno.
In addition, he will potentially end up being the Rays starting catcher next year and for many years to come, as Wilson Ramos is a free agent after this season, but expect him to be traded if he clears the trade waiver after coming off the disabled list past the trade deadline.
Perez was blocked by Alex Avila in Arizona and now in Tampa for now (Ramos).
Next, Brian Shaffer (Diamondbacks 23rd best prospect) has a hell of an arm. This kid has an arsenal of pitches that includes a 94-mph fastball that sinks due to his 6-foot-5 frame. He records tons of ground balls. Also, his slider is currently his best pitch. His changeup is improving.
Shaffer has great command of his pitches and throws consistent strikes. The 2017 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honors (Maryland) has a great feel for pitching and the game, plus advanced pitching skills.
Lastly, the righty is currently in High Single-A and will most likely finish this year off in Double-A due to his successful season so far. He has recorded a 7-5 record, 2.70 ERA, 109 strikeouts in 106.2 innings of work (19 starts).