Of the two players the Blue Jays sent to the Padres in exchange for Yangervis Solarte, much more ink has been spilled about Edward Olivares than Jared Carkuff. Rated the Jays’ number 18 prospect by mlb.com before the trade, Olivares is now listed number 24 in his new organization. “Toolsy,” just like Padres general manager AJ Preller likes ‘em, the nearly 22-year-old outfielder had a breakthrough 2017 at two levels of A-ball after missing most of 2016.
Since I didn’t know anything about the guy before a couple hours ago, I’ll just turn things over to people who did.
This is a nice grab by the #Padres. A lanky 6'2, 186 pounds who shows some nice pop during my viewings of him with Class A Lansing. 17 HR, 72 RBI and 20 SB combined between Class A & High-A in 2017. Sharp kid with a lot to like. @Padres https://t.co/bHRczNZF4M— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) January 6, 2018
New #Padres prospect Edward Olivares: The young OFer ranked impressively in statistics in the Midwest League: 2Bs: 6th, 3Bs: 3rd, HRs: 7th, AVG: 12th, SLG: 3rd. Olivares is athletic & his breakout season is even more impressive if you consider that he missed almost all of 2016.— Marc Hulet (@marchulet) January 6, 2018
More on Edward Olivares: He has 20-20 potential and his biggest need is to become more selective at the plate. He has the skill to be a center-fielder in the Majors but also the strong arm for right-field (He led the league in assists at 14).— Marc Hulet (@marchulet) January 6, 2018
Much less has been tweeted about Jared Carkuff, a 24-year-old reliever who was Olivares’ teammate in both Dunedin and Lansing last season. Since being selected out of Austin Peay in the 35th round of the 2016 draft, Carkuff has struck out nearly a batter per inning, walked just two batters per nine innings, and allowed only four homers in 89 and two-thirds innings across five minor league stops.