Posted by: portersprospectreport | July 27, 2008

Casey Blake Traded to L.A. Dodgers for Carlos Santana and Jonathan Meloan

The deals just keep on coming.  Yesterday the Cleveland Indians sent utility infielder Casey Blake to the L.A. Dodgers for Single A catcher and minor league RBI leader Carlos Santana and RHP Jon Meloan.  Blake has had a solid season for the Indians hitting .292 with 11 HR and 58 RBI.  Jon Meloan has struggled this year at AAA Las Vegas 5-10 4.97 ERA 99K/105IP after dominating over two levels last season.  Meloan would be a better fit for the bullpen as he struggles with his control from time to time but has good velocity on his fastball and a wicked slider.  With Cleveland’s bullpen woes, Meloan may get pressed into late inning action upon arrival.

The real intriguing part of this deal to collectors is Carlos Santana.  Santana, to say the least, has had a breakout season slugging .323 with 14 HR and 96 RBI!  Additionally, he has walked 69 times versus 59 K’s.  This move puts the switch-hitting Santana on the fast track as he is no longer blocked by all-star Russell Martin.  His move to Cleveland paves a clearer path to the major leagues as the Indians have had injury struggles with their own all-star backstop Victor Martinez.  Santana may get bumped up to AA this season, his bat sure has earned him the promotion, but he is still defensively raw (but talented).  He is a couple seasons away from an MLB debut, but he is one to watch now.  Further, Santana’s first cards come out in the 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects set scheduled to be released August 13th.  Given his outstanding season and recent move, it makes sense that his cards will be popular.  I would expect that his early releases will be selling on Ebay in the $2.00-2.50 range.

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Responses

  1. Nice assessment. While Meloan may prove to be an effective arm out of the bullpen at some point, it isn’t know and may never be. The Victor Martinez struggles are very strange. Santan is certainly a very intriguing prospect, but it will be key to see how he handles AA pitching. He is still a while from the majors (2010/11 ETA).

  2. Thanks Mike! V-Mart’s O HR’s has to go down as one of the biggest shocks of the season. I think the Tribe will be very happy with this deal in a few years.

    Now if my M’s would stop sitting on their thumbs….


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