Twins Send MiLB Infield Haul to Reds for Starter, Tyler Mahle

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The Minnesota Twins have officially bought their way into a playoff run for 2022. Tuesday morning, they traded for the league’s best closer and, in the afternoon, Derek Falvey and Thad Levine sealed a deal with the Cincinnati Reds for right-handed starting pitcher, Tyler Mahle.

The trade cost was steep, including two of the top prospects in the Twins’ system, Spencer Steer (AA–>AAA) and Christian Encarnacion-Strand (A–>AA). Both Steer and CES play in the infield and were surging through the minor leagues this season.

Who is Tyler Mahle?

Tyler Mahle’s numbers are a tale of two ballparks. When pitching in Cincinnati, Mahle’s numbers are pedestrian. But get him pitching away from “The Great American Ballpark“, well-known as one of the most hitter-friendly baseball stadiums in the MLB, and he shines. Mahle’s WHIP on the road is under 1.000 this season and hitters outside the matchbox have a .189 BA (.561 OPS).

Mahle’s success is driven by his fastball. He relies on it a lot and is very effective. If the Twins pitching coaches and employees can help him develop his off-speed stuff, they could unlock another level of Tyler Mahle. He’s coming into the organization as a much more established and polished version of Joe Ryan.

Twins Pay Big Price

Spencer Steer was the Twins’ 7th-ranked organizational prospect ( But his stock has risen, as the year has played out. Steer was one of two Minnesota Twins representatives in the All-Star Futures Game in 2022 and his power (20 HR, .889 OPS) has raised eyebrows league wide.

Spencer may very well be a great MLB player. But there’s little doubt his stock has never been higher. In July, Aaron Gleeman (The Athletic) ranked Steer as the organization’s 6th best prospect.

Christian Encarnacion-Strand, along with Steer, is one of the organization’s hottest young players. Christian was ranked the 23rd best prospect in the Twins’ system, before the season ( Two weeks ago, he was ranked 12th by Aaron Gleeman (The Athletic).

CES is hitting .302 with a .986 OPS and 25 HR in 348 total minor league at-bats this season. After his recent call up to double-A Wichita, the raking has continued (54 AB: .320 BA, .993 OPS, 5 HR).

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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