The Cincinnati Reds are making all kinds of moves today. No more than 30 minutes after announcing that they had traded Tyler Mahle to the Minnesota Twins for a trio of top prospects, the Reds also traded infielder Brandon Drury. He’s heading to San Diego to join up with Juan Soto and company. Cincinnati will be acquiring shortstop Victor Acosta in the deal.
Brandon Drury signed with the Cincinnati Reds on March 21st. He is making the league minimum. Late start to spring, not making much money (by comparison to his peers), and none of that mattered. Drury took full advantage of the opportunity given to him and the 29-year-old went out and was the best hitter for the Reds to this point in the season. In his 92 games he hit .274/.445/.520 with a team best 22 doubles, 20 home runs, and .855 OPS.
Drury had this to say, according to Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer: “The Padres have a great team. Looking forward to trying to win a ring.”
Looking forward to trying to win a ring. Ouch. But hey, it’s great for Drury to land in a place that is going all-out to try and win baseball games.
Victor Acosta was one of the top players in the 2021 international signing class and inked a bonus of $1,800,000 with the Padres in January of last year. He is currently rated as the #11 prospect in the Padres system by Baseball America, though that farm system has lost a handful of prospects today thanks to their trades (Acosta was rated 11th before the day began).
This season Victor Acosta has spent his season at the complex level out in Arizona with the Padres. The 18-year-ols has hit .243/.346/.360 with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 16 walks, and 30 strikeouts in 131 plate appearances over his 32 games played. He’s got all of the tools you want to see, can remain at shortstop, and he’s a switch hitter. With that said, he’s still very far from the majors and hasn’t made it out of rookie-ball yet, so anything could happen along the way in his development. He’s a lottery ticket, but it’s a lottery ticket that has a high payout if you win.