Macondoans, our long local nightmare is over. The purgatory of J T Realmuto ended yesterday when he was traded to the land of horrible horsemeat and Velveeta™ sandwiches, or, from a more positive perspective, to a genuine contender. Yes, he’ll have to adjust to the culture shock of large audiences and the excitement of fighting for a playorf spot, but he’s such a gamer I don’t think he’ll have much trouble. Best of all, he won’t have to put on Beep Beep’s insipid new uniform this spring.
I think the best part of the trade for the Feesh was rookie catcher Jorge Alfaro. He had a fine rookie season with Feelie, slashing .262 /.321/.427/ .748 with ten home runs and 37 RBI in 344 at-bats. From everything I’ve read he’s got power reserves he hasn’t tapped yet. His defensive skill set is very advanced for his years. He’ll be back to eating tostones, morcilla and ceviche after a year of those horrible horsemeat and Velveeta™ sandwiches in Feelie, so it will be interesting to see how his Colombian psyche responds to the comforts of Little Havana. I don’t think PETA would let the franchise supply him with his Easter Capybara, though. Anyway, young ballplayers like Alfaro often take a step or two backwards in their sophomore seasons but I think it’ll pay to be patient with him. This was about as good as the Feesh were gonna do in making up for the loss of Realmuto.
As far as A-ball pitcher Sixto Sanchez who’s gotten most of the attention in this trade, he’s a gas bomb with a vicious fastball, a heavy curve and a work in progress changeup. As exciting as he is on paper, though, the main thing not to like is his likelihood to blow out his elbow. He’s already had issues with it. He doesn’t have to hit triple digits to be effective but if he makes the radar gun the window to his ego there’s gonna be TJS in his future.
I think the Feesh did about as well as they were going to do in this trade, especially since it was ace blunderer Mike Hill pulling the throttles. But at my age, I think it’s still a crapshoot I’ll live long enough to see these guys play in October.