I emailed Bryan Murphy, of McCovey Chronicles to ask for scouting reports on the 3 players we picked up in the Pillar trade and this is what he sent back:
Derek Law stalled out with the Giants even before Farhan Zaidi took over as President of Baseball Operations. He was at one point considered to be the closer of the future, but very soon after a very nice first season in 2016, he lost his command and then his spot on the 25-man roster before finally being removed from the 40-man this past spring. Was sold on the basis of a power fastball and hook of a curveball -- the former pitch really operates more in the 92-94 mode and doesn’t overpower while the hook can’t find the zone.
Alen Hanson has some pop off the bench and his speed and enthusiasm led to this remarkable play against the Cubs:
He had an .817 OPS in the first half last season, but after a .558 second half and a very bad spring, the Giants deemed him expendable. Plays an okay-ish second base and short stop. Just 26, so could still become something, especially with the power in his bat.
Juan De Paula was part of the Andrew McCutchen trade last fall and projects to be a bullpen piece down the line. The Giants’ system is so terribly thin that he was in their top 15 after being acquired. Sort of a lottery ticket type arm -- mid-90s fastball.
Kevin Pillar was very emotion talking about the trade:
We sometimes forget that these are people whose lives are shaken up in these deals.
The Giants say he is expected to be in uniform for them tonight.
And there are a whole bunch of tweets telling us how things are going to shake out:
Atkins: Brito is an outfielder who hits left-handed and is one of the fastest runners in the game. Volatility is there. He could potentially come up and contribute as much as Pillar. And with volatility comes upside. #Bluejays— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) April 2, 2019
Where Hanson fits:
Atkins: Hanson is very close to being a super-utility player. Switch-hitter, good speed, multiple positions. He’ll report to the major-league team, joining tomorrow in Cleveland. Law is likely to go to Buffalo. #Bluejays— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) April 2, 2019
I’d imagine Urena will be going to Buffalo, but I guess we’ll see.
Atkins: Trading Pillar was a difficult decision, but you have to make difficult decisions in the best interests of the team. I let him know how much we appreciated his steadiness and consistency. #Bluejays— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) April 2, 2019
What do Kevin’s teammates think about him:
Meeting with reporters, Justin Smoak teared up when asked about what kind of teammate @KPILLAR4 is: “He’s a guy you want on your team. Sorry for getting emotional...it’s tough, he’s a great guy.” #Bluejays— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) April 2, 2019
One last one: