The Cincinnati Reds have traded starting pitcher Sonny Gray and minor leaguer Francis Peguero to the Minnesota Twins for pitching prospect Chase Petty.
In his three seasons with the Reds, Sonny Gray went 23-20 with a 3.49 ERA in 68 starts. He threw 366.2 innings, allowed 279 hits – 40 homers – walked 144 batters, and he picked up 432 strikeouts while posting a 136 ERA+. Along with Luis Castillo, Gray was at the top of the rotation over the course of his time in Cincinnati. Prospect Francis Peguero is a 24-year-old reliever who spent the 2021 season in High-A Dayton where he posted a 4.96 ERA in 32.2 innings where he allowed 33 hits, walked just 7 batters, and he struck out 36. He was unranked as a Reds prospect.
Sonny Gray will make just over $10M this year. With the Reds not getting back a big league player, all of that money goes into their pockets. Whether they use that money to put towards the 2022 roster or not is something we’re going to have to keep an eye on over the next week or two. Gray also had a team option in 2023 for $12M.
Coming back to Cincinnati is Chase Petty, an 18-year-old right-handed pitcher who was the 26th overall pick in the 2021 draft by the Minnesota Twins. Last season he only threw 5.0 innings at the Twins complex level team in Florida. Baseball America rated him the 7th best prospect in the Twins organization and gave him the nod for the best fastball in their farm system. In his senior season he touched 102 MPH. Not only does his fastball have big velocity, but it also has good sinking movement to it. He also shows a potential plus slider. Like most young pitchers, his change up lags behind the fastball and the breaking ball, but he’s shown an ability to throw it at times.
Cincinnati is clearly trading the “now” for “the future” in this deal. At best, Chase Petty is going to be in Low-A this season when the minor leagues begin. He is years away from reaching the big leagues. We wrote a bit more about Petty over at RedsMinorLeagues.com if you’re looking for a bit more.
With that said, Sonny Gray’s spot in the rotation is going to be up for grabs. That leaves two spots open for the taking right now. Unless something else happens, it seems that Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle, and Vladimir Gutierrez seem to have spots locked up (Nick Krall said yesterday that the 5th spot in the rotation was there for the competition). With the trade it seems two spots are now open for the young group of potential starting pitchers in camp.
- Graham Ashcraft – RHP
- Hunter Greene – RHP
- Jeff Hoffman – RHP
- Ben Lively – RHP
- Riley O’Brien – RHP
- Tony Santillan – RHP
- Nick Lodolo – LHP
- Reiver Sanmartin – LHP
All of those guys seem to be in a competition to win a spot in the rotation. Hoffman and Lively represent the veteran types who could round out the back end of the rotation if none of the younger guys are determined to be ready in the early part of the season. But there’s plenty of upside with the likes of Ashcraft, Greene, Lodolo, and Santillan as starting pitchers. Reiver Sanmartin performed well in his two big league starts against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the final week of 2021 and gives a very different look than the others.