A few weeks back reader John Hazen approached me about some extra Bowman cards he had. Being a fan of the prospect cards I took him up on his offer.
When the Pirates decided to trade Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox the Pirates threw in Holt in the deal. The centerpiece of the deal for the Pirates were prospects Jerry Sands and Stolmy Pimental. The extra guy the Pirates received was Mark Melancon!
It is funny how trades work out sometimes. Hanrahan was suppose to sure up the back end of the Sox pen when Andrew Bailey begun his meltdown and Melancon struggled. Joel would go on to barely throw a pitch because of injury. Brock Holt on the other hand turned himself into a super utility player and even made an All Star team.
For the Buccos none of the prospects panned out, but Melancon would regain his form he had in Houston and had three outstanding seasons with the Pirates.
Pedro Alvarez makes me sad. So much hype, but just could never put it all together. His power tool is legit so he'll continue to find work, but for a guy that was supposed to be a franchise altering talent he is considered somewhat of a bust. I still chase his cards, so it was nice to see this Vanderbilt card come my way.
Thanks for all the cards John! I'll hit you back soon.