Right before the start of the season, the San Diego Padres made a surprise move in claiming Arizona Diamondbacks OF Socrates Brito off of waivers. Brito is a career .202 hitter and there didn’t seem to be much extra room in the San Diego outfield for him, which left many wondering why the move was made at all.
The #Padres have acquired OF Rodrigo Orozco from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for OF Sócrates Brito.— San Diego Padres (@Padres) April 2, 2019
It turns out to have been a smart move by Padres GM A.J. Preller, who immediately turned Brito around into a prospect from the Toronto Blue Jays.
Orozco spent all of last season at the high-A level of the Blue Jays’ minor-league system, posting a slash-line of .304/.375/.389. That seems to profile the 24-year old as a contact hitter with good patience and almost no power at the plate.
He played most of his games in the corner OF spots last year, favoring RF, but did get in 19 games in CF as well.
It remains to be seen if Orozco ever makes it to the major-league level, but kudos to Preller for getting something out of nothing in these two transactions.