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A Closer Look at the Prospects Sent to New York In Exchange for Gary Sheffield
By mvyb, 11.11.2006, 17:24

Yesterday, the Yankees sent Gary Sheffield to Detroit, and in return, received three minor league prospects. I know a lot of Yankee fans questioned this deal- could the Yankees have gotten more for Sheff? ( Maybe some bullpen guys or a starting pitcher. ) Did Brian Cashman make a good deal here or was he too eager to dump Sheffield?
To answer these questions, I dug up some info on the prospects headed to New York.
1. Humberto Sanchez
 Year  League  W  L  ERA  G  CG  IP  H  HR  BB  K  WHIP
2002  A 2 2 3.62 9 0 32.1 29 1 21 26 1.55
2003  A 7 7 4.42 23 0 116 107 3 78 96 1.59
2004  A 7 11 5.21 19 3 105.1 103 9 51 115 1.46
   AA 1 0 2.13 2 0 12.2 10 1 6 15 1.26
2005  AA 3 5 5.57 11 0 64.2 72 10 27 65 1.53
2006  AA 5 3 1.76 11 0 71.2 47 2 27 86 1.03
   AAA 5 3 3.86 9 0 51.1 50 2 20 43 1.36
During the first three years of Sanchez' minor league career, we see nothing really impressive. But since coming up to Double A at the end of the '04 season, he has been really, really good. Sanchez's ERA has been low, his strikeouts have always outnumbered his walks, and his home run totals are excellent.
Scouting Report: It's doubtful the big-budget Yankees slot Sanchez as a starter out of spring training, but he can certainly serve the Zumaya role in the early going and elevate into the rotation later on. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound flame-thrower had issues with a tender elbow -- which young pitcher in his first extended pro test hasn't? -- so he will have to prove healthy in spring. Watch him closely for possible huge rewards.
Aside from the possibilty of an elbow injury, this is good stuff. Sanchez has the overpowering stuff allowing him to be the Zumaya-type reliever, and, if necessary, to jump into the starting rotation.
Did I mention Sanchez is a Bronx native? That's always good...
2. Kevin Whelan
 Year  League  W  L  ERA  G  GS  SV  IP  H  HR  BB  K
2006  A 4 1 2.67 51 0 27 54 33 1 29 69
All I could find were Whelan's 2006 numbers, which are very solid. Only 33 hits allowed in 54 innings of work.... and check out Whelan's strikeout to walk ratio...
Scouting Report: Whelan came to the Tigers as a 4th round draft choice in the 2005 amateur draft, out of Texas A&M University...Kevin had some growing pains during his first season as a pitcher, but worked hard and improved his craft dramatically heading into his third season.After signing with the Tigers for $265,000, Kevin went on an absolute tear, dominating both New York-Penn league and Midwest League hitters. Kevin’s totals during his brief professional debut included a net 1.48 ERA, 15+ K/9, 5:1 K:BB, and 15 saves in 25 appearances.
Whelan may be setting up for Mariano by 2008...
3. Anthony Claggett
 Year  League  W  L  ERA  G  GS  SV  IP  H  HR  BB  K
2006  AAA 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 2
   A 7 2 0.91 51 0 14 59.1 35 0 20 58
Not much out there on Claggett, but what I did find, looks impressive. The 22-year old held a sub-1.00 ERA over 51 appearances this year.
Scouting Report: Claggett's free and easy throwing motion makes his pitches that much more of a surprise: his fastball touches the mid-90s, and his slider crosses the plate in the low 80s.
Wish I knew more about this guy, but I don't...
Now that I've shown you the stats and scouting reports, what do you think of the trade? Will Sanchez, Whelan, and Claggett live up to the value we hope they will? Or did Cashman just give away an All-Star slugger? Let's hear your thoughts...

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