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Jacob Stallings Heading To Miami

(Photo by Austin Friedline)

Jacob Stallings is on the way to Miami. He is a catcher. Miami traded Right-Handed Pitcher Zach Thompson, Minor Leaguers Kyle Nicolas(Right-Handed pitcher), and Outfielder Connor Scott.

Jacob is a National League Gold Glove winner. He tied the MLB lead saving 21 defensive runs. In 104 games, he is the only catcher behind the plate who has not allowed a passed ball. His frame rate is 8.8. In 2021 his WAR was 3. Stallings became the backup catcher for Elis Diaz and Francisco Cervelli(Miami and Pittsburgh). He got his chance to show his skills in the big leagues. In 154 games, his OPS+ is 92.

He caught a pitching staff with little experience as one of the worst in Major League Baseball.
As a hitter, he hit .246, eight home runs, and 53 RBIs in 112 games.
Hitting, he is more productive at the bottom of the lineup; his numbers being .251, .331, .374.

Stallings did not start in the Major Leagues until last year. This year he appeared at the plate 250 times.

Zach Thompson

Right Handed pitcher Zach Thompson is going to the Pirates; he could potentially start games. Zach was in the starting rotation when the season began, then moving to the bullpen in September. He pitched 75 innings, was 3-7, and had a 3.24 ERA. He throws cutters.
Zach can switch between being a starter and being in the bullpen.

Kyle Nicolas

Kyle Nicolas, Right-Handed Pitcher, is going to the Pirates. He appeared in 21 games combined between High-A and Double-A, striking out 136 batters this season, promoted from High-A Beloit to Double-A Pensacola in 2021. Kyle ended the season with the Blue Wahoos with an ERA 2.52 in 8 games. He throws a fastball with excellent velocity(93-95 mph and can get up to 97 mph). Kyle also throws a curveball, slider, changeup, and breaking balls. He could use improvement with his control.

Connor Scott

Outfielder Connor Scott is going to Pittsburgh. In 2021, he hit .276, with 25 doubles, six triples, and ten home runs in 96 games with High-A Beloit. Connor Scott is known for his defense. He is a left-handed hitter.

Pros And Cons Of The Trade

Trading has pros and cons.

Miami has young talented pitchers, so adding a catcher with phenomenal defensive skills is an excellent decision.
They can move away from primary Catcher Jorge Alfar.
Stallings will not see free agency until 2025. Jacob will add defensive depth behind the plate and a good hitter at the bottom of the order.

Miami kept their top starting pitchers and prospects.
Jacob Stallings could take over for Jorge Alfar as the starting catcher.

Losing RHP Zach Thompson has pros and cons. He had a good ERA, pitching 75 innings. Winning three games out of the seven he pitched in. Trading him was a good move. Zach can continue to improve with Pittsburgh.

Trading RHP Kyle Nicolas has cons and pros. He does have great pitches and ERA, and can continue to improve with Pittsburgh. Kyle was close to being ready to play in the big leagues, so that is a con of his trade.

Trading Connor Scott has pros and cons. Miami will miss his defense in the outfield. Connor is also close to jumping to the big leagues.

Trading always has pros and cons. Each guy has their own unique talent, and can improve wherever they are called to play. Miami will miss the guys they traded, but will benefit from the trades. Miami needed another catcher to help with defensive efforts behind the plate.

Conclusion

Jacob Stallings heading to Miami. He will help out Miami with his defense behind the plate, and his bat. Trading has pros and cons. The guys being traded will benefit along with the team they are playing on. Each guy is talented in their own way, and will improve and help out their team.

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