Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers have talked trade recently and Trent Grisham could be of interest to the Friars.
The San Diego Padres have a lot of outfield depth, but Ken Rosenthal speculates that the team could be looking for replacements in case they deal Manuel Margot in the coming days. He is rumored to be in a package to the Mets for Noah Syndergaard.
Something to watch: #Padres and #Brewers have been talking, sources tell @dennistlin and @ByRobertMurray. SD needs a LHH and possibly a center fielder if it trades Margot. One name in discussions: MIL’s Trent Grisham, a former first-round pick who has an .875 OPS at Double A.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 29, 2019
Trent Grisham gets on base, and that is exactly what the Padres need. He owns a career .375 OBP in the minor leagues, despite the fact he has struggled up until this 2019 season.
The left-handed hitter was previously described as a below-average hitter with a little bit of power potential. He was a selective hitter who gained the reputation of being timid at the plate. The outfielder was attacked by pitchers and struggled to put the ball in play hard consistently.
In 2019, Grisham has refined his approach and is concentrating on making contact out in front of the plate. The result is a new career-high in homers with 24 between two stops this season in the Brewers’ system. He has also recorded a .973 OPS this season in 365 at-bats.
Grisham’s numbers have climbed since he was promoted to San Antonio in the PCL League a little over one month ago. While with the Missions in Triple-A, he has put up a .357/.454/.698 slash line with a whopping 1.152 OPS. These numbers should be taken with a grain of salt in the notorious hitters league, but they still deserve praise. If the former 1st-round pick in the 2015 draft has figured it out, he could be a very valuable commodity.
Defensively, he has played all three outfield spots but may not have the arm strength to play centerfield at the major league level. That remains to be determined. He has slightly above-average speed and is considered a plus base runner. He stole 38 bases in 2017.
There are a few ways the Padres could help the Brewers in a trade. Kirby Yates makes a lot of sense, but the team will be hesitant to deal their All-Star closer for less than a decent haul. Craig Stammen and some of the younger arms in the Padres bullpen make sense to a lesser degree.
Stay tuned. The hot stove is heating up.