This past off-season the biggest move for the Sox was the three-way trade between the White Sox, Dodgers, and Royals. The Sox sent minor league infielder Jake Peter to the Dodgers. As a result of the three-way trade, Chicago received closer Joakim Soria and left-handed relief pitcher Luis Avilan as well as cash considerations. Looking back at the Jake Peter trade, let’s take a look at where they are now.
Looking Back At The Jake Peter Trade:
Traded: Joakim Soria
The most notable name from the Jake Peter trade, Joakim Soria, pitched a solid start to the season with the White Sox. He pitched really well from May 21 to July 26, the day of the trade. Over that period of 23 games, he posted an ERA of 0.74 with 32 strikeouts.
In an attempt to push for the playoffs, the Brewers traded for Soria to strengthen their bullpen. Soria has been used as a middle relief pitcher for Milwaukee. Although he has pitched pretty well with the Brewers, he has only appeared in seven games due to injury.
He has posted a 1.59 ERA over 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and three walks. Not bad work, but unfortunately for the Brewers and Soria, he was put on the disabled list for a quad injury. He was reinstated on Friday the 24.
Received: Kodi Medeiros and Wilber Perez
The White Sox received left-handed pitcher Kodi Medeiros, who was the Brewers’ number 13 ranked prospect. However, in the White Sox system, Medeiros ranks 19.The 22-year-old lefty is a former first-round draft pick in 2014 that throws a fastball, slider, and changeup with his slider being his best pitch.
He has struggled to put things together so far in his minor league career, but he has plenty of upside. His biggest issue is his control, even so, he has reduced his walk rate in 2018. Scouts disagree on whether he can stay a starter or if he will need to move to a relief role in the future.
Perez has only pitched in the Dominican summer league so far. He has posted a 1-2 record with a 1.80 ERA with 28 strikeouts so far. He is only 20 years old and will continue to develop in the Sox system. Whether he becomes a breakout prospect or not will be seen in years to come.
Traded: Luis Avilan
The Sox received Luis Avilan from the Dodgers in the Jake Peter trade. He is a 29-year-old lefty that the White Sox have also traded. The Sox moved Avilan to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league right-hander Felix Paulino.
Luis Avilan had pitched a decent season with the Sox, but nothing special. He posted a 2-1 record and a 3.86 ERA out of the pen. He had 39.2 innings pitched with 46 strikeouts and 14 walks with Chicago. At the time of this article, he has only had one pitching appearance with Philliedelphia.
Received: Felix Paulino
Paulino is not a big name, he has been playing in the minor since 2014. In 2018 so far, he has posted a 3-1 record with a 5.46 ERA over 6 games in Double-A. He made great strides from 2017 to 2018 but has since slowed down in Double-A.
He is yet to pitch a game in the Sox system, but this trade adds depth to the farm system and adds another young pitcher with good potential.
Looking Back At The Jake Peter Trade: Verdict
Well, the White Sox received two major league level pitchers and cash for Jake Peter, at the time a minor league infielder. The Sox have since flipped Soria and Avilan for three minor league pitchers.
Both Medeiros and Perez have decent upsides and Paulino is a solid addition to the minor league system. So not bad moves for the Sox as neither Avilan or Soria seemed to have a place at the end of the White Sox rebuild, so all good right?
But Wait! What about Jake Peter? The infielder the White Sox traded away. Well, Peter is still in Triple-A Oklahoma City. He is hitting .239 with six homers and 31 RBIs. This is not the performance the Dodgers were looking for from Peter.
That’s not to say Peter won’t become a major league level talent, but at the moment this trade is looking pretty good for the Chicago White Sox.
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