The A’s announced this morning that LHP Marc Rzepczynski (1-0, 3.00) was traded to the Nationals, along with cash, for minor league 2B Max Schrock.
TRANSACTION: The A's have traded LHP Marc Rzepczynski and cash to Washington for minor league infielder Max Schrock.— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) August 25, 2016
Max Schrock, age 21 and taken out of South Carolina in the 13th round last year, seems like a weirdly excellent pickup. He’s the Nationals’ #17 prospect according to MLB.com, which sounds about right for a reliever trade in late August, but he’s having an incredible debut season.
Across Low-A and High-A this year, he’s hit a combined .333/.378/.456 with 9 homers and 22 stolen bases over 543 PAs. He’s struck out at a minuscule 7.7% rate, and actually walked more than he struck out in Low-A. For a kid in his first pro baseball season, that’s impressive.
If you really want to get excited about this trade, Carson Cistulli over at Fangraphs has been obsessing over Schrock for the past year.
Or, as Cistulli calls him, future MVP Max Schrock.