Late Friday night, the Cincinnati Reds officially traded starting pitcher Luis Castillo to the Seattle Mariners. The right-handed starter was perhaps the best player on the trade market and Seattle’s comeback was considerable. The Reds acquired shortstops Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo, as well as right-handed pitchers Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore.
The two acquired shortstops were the Mariners’ top two prospects. In the most recent list of Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects that was updated last week, Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo were both in the top 50. Marte ranked 47th and Arroyo was directly behind him and is ranked 48th. Both pitchers were ranked among the Mariners organization’s top 30 prospects, with Levi Stoudt ranked 10th in the midseason update and Andrew Moore ranked 26th on the list.
Noelvi Marte Recognition report
Height: 6′ 1″ | lester: 187 pounds.
Born: October 16, 2001
A big bonus leaving the Dominican Republic in 2018, Noelvi Marte has worked his way up to High-A in recent seasons. The 20-year-old has hit hard in Everett, posting a .275/.363/.462 line this season with 19 doubles, 15 homers and 13 stolen bases in 85 games. He walked 42 times and has 84 strikeouts in 394 plate appearances.
He has above-average striking tool and plus-to-plus raw power, a rarity coming from a potential future shortstop. There are concerns that he may have to move to third base down the line as his body matures, as he has already grown quite a lot in size over the years and he still only has 20 years. That won’t be too much of a concern, though, as his arm will play third base easily if he has to slip and his bat has more than enough potential to stand out if he’s able to continue his development.
He’s been on fire the last five weeks in Everett. Since June 22, he’s hit .365/.440/.669 with 15 walks and 20 strikeouts in 134 plate appearances. You can see his career stats here.
Edwin Arroyo reconnaissance report
Height: 6′ 0″ | Lester: 175 pounds.
Born: August 25, 2003
Last year’s 2nd round pick for the Mariners, Edwin Arroyo crushed the ball this season for Low-A Modesto when he was just 18 years old. He hit .315/.384/.513 with 18 doubles, 7 triples, 13 homers, stole 21 bases, walked 34 times and was struck out 89 times in 410 plate appearances. The switch hitter has been best on the left side this season, hitting .329/.396/.520, but has also hit well on the right side of the plate, posting a .276/.351/.494 line in 97 appearances of plate.
Unlike Marte, there doesn’t seem to be any concern about Arroyo overtaking the post. He is considered a more shortstop defenseman with one more arm. It shows above-average raw power and above-average punching tool. Arroyo also had great success on bases where he used his above-average speed well. You can see his career stats here.
Levi Stoudt reconnaissance report
Height: 6′ 1″ | Lester: 195 pounds.
Born: December 4, 1997
2019 3rd round pick Levi Stoudt did not pitch in a pro game that counted until 2021. He underwent Tommy John surgery after the draft and with the cancellation of the 2020 season there had no games there for him when he was set to return to the mound until the start of the 2021 season. He has struggled to find some consistency this season, and after a strong start to the year over the first two months, he posted a 6.98 ERA since early June, raising his season ERA to 5.28 in his 87.0 innings. He kept the walks low, handing out just 22 free passes to go along with his 82 strikeouts.
Fastball: The pitch runs in the mid-90s and has consistently hit the upper 90s this season.
Separator: Arguably his best offer is an above average pitch in the low 80s to the middle of this good move.
Slide: An average bid in the mid-80s most of the time, it will flash above average occasionally.
curve ball: A marginal offer that works in the mid-70s.
There’s good control from Stoudt, but the command isn’t always there and when he missed this year, the hitters didn’t let him off the hook. There are advantages here with the potential for three above average shots with good control and the fallback option could be a high leverage relief. You can see his career stats here.
Andrew Moore scouting report
Height: 6′ 5″ | Lester: 205 pounds
Born: August 11, 1999
Not to be confused with Andrew Moore who pitched in the big leagues for Seattle a few seasons ago, this Moore was selected last season in the 14th round from Chipola Junior College (the same school Cam Collier attended this season) . In 2021, he struggled with his control once he turned pro, walking 18 batters with 16 strikeouts in 19.1 innings — mostly in Low-A Modesto. This season, he’s returned to it, and while he still walks a little too much on hitters, he’s been outplayed otherwise. In 32.1 innings, he posted a 1.95 ERA and allowed 25 hits, 17 walks and struck out 58 of 133 batters he faced.
Fastball: Runs in the mid 90’s and hit 100 MPH.
Slide: An above average offering that runs into the upper mid-80s.
He will have to keep working to improve his control as he climbs the ranks, but things will play out. You can see his career stats here.
I hate this job but think it was a good comeback. How does this sentence make sense? Well, I’ll do my best to explain it.
Baseball is organized in such a way that you no longer have to try to win baseball games to earn money. Before it was like that. Teams needed gates big enough to cover all their expenses, as media deals and sponsorship deals just weren’t big enough to bring in much of the revenue, but those days are long gone. Now teams are making a lot of money between TV deals locally and nationally and that means ticket sales are a much smaller percentage of their revenue. This means that winning and losing mean less to making money. Cincinnati is currently in its second rebuild in the past decade, and the current financial setup makes that palpable. This is why I hate trading. The Reds have traded one of the best starting pitchers they’ve had in the past three decades because it makes more sense for them to try not to win next season.
With that rant out of the way, in the market as it stands in baseball today, it looks like the four prospects the Reds got in that deal were a quality return and probably more than many let it be. would have planned. Getting two of baseball’s top 50 prospects would have been a deal that I would have considered a bit better return than I expected given the market over the past few years. That they got this, along with two other living weapons, seems like a good idea at the current time of the market.