Comer? I just met her!
According to a tweet from Joe Musgrove, who went from the Jays to Houston in the deal that brought JA Happ, David Carpenter, and the ability to watch Brandon Lyon for two months, instead of Francisco Cordero, it sure looks like Kevin Comer, 57th overall pick in 2011, is going to be the Player to Be Named Later going to the Astros.
— Joe Musgrove (@musgrove23Stros) August 16, 2012
I’m also being told that all the Bluefield players were saying goodbye to Comer on Twitter, so… it sounds like this is a thing. And… holy fuck, either they soured on Comer ridiculously fast– they gave him a $1.65-million bonus a year ago– or… they paid a ridiculously steep price for not a whole lot. It really pushes the deal from I guess I can kinda understand why they might do that territory to something more along the lines of holy fuck, is that seriously the best they could have got??!!?!
I don’t even dislike JA Happ as much as a lot of fans, but… seriously, wow. The players the Jays received are just not that good. I mean, I understand that there are a finite number of potential roster spots down the line, that waves of prospects keep coming and may have been passing the likes of Comer, Musgrove and Asher Wojciechowski, but… whatever has changed in the last year, those are some of their higher profile prospect names, and I just can’t see how that’s seriously the price for what may amount to a pair of relievers.
But hey, if you’re into silver linings, at least it’s a signal that Alex Anthopoulos doesn’t always horde prospects and years of control above all else, and that he’s starting to be willing to move some of the prospect capital the club has built up in his tenure to get actual Major League talent– or “talent,” as it were– even if it doesn’t appear he’s done so… y’know… smartly. But I suppose that, like the Travis Snider deal, we could have another case of the club getting value in return for guys who were about to lose theirs in a big way, which, obviously, we can’t entirely be sure of [Note: Or can we? See below]. But, shit, at this point I’m OK with making things murkier than they might seem on first blush, because I’m pretty sure if you’d told me eight months ago that the Jays made this trade I’d have puked my fucking guts out.
Update: Keith Law confirms, via Twitter, that it is indeed Comer as the PTBNL, and gives us a reason why the organization may have soured on him so quickly, noting that his velocity is “down to upper 80s this year.” Not a good sign, nor is the 6.02 K/9 through 43.1 innings in Bluefield. So… starting to calm down a little here.
“Comer’s go-to pitch is a four seam fastball. The pitch regularly clocks in the low 90’s, and touches 94-95 mph,” wrote Kyle Matte at Hypocritical Sports Fan earlier in the year, but in the same piece he noted that “Comer lost some fastball velocity late in his high school career, which is something that should be monitored once he gets underway in 2012.”
In July at Baseball America, Jim Callis answered a question about the Jays’ pitching prospects, listing the top ten (prior to the 2012 draft class), among which Comer was 10th. “It’s possible to dream on all of these guys and envision them becoming at least No. 3 starters,” he wrote, “though Nicolino and Comer will have to add more velocity to profile that well.”
Yep… starting to make a lot more sense.
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