The Detroit Tigers have made their first trade of the deadline, trading SP Michael Lorenzen to the Philadephia Philles, per MLB Network's Jon Morosi. Coming back to Detroit is INF prospect Hao-Yu Lee, the No. 5 prospect in the Phillies organization according to MLB Pipeline.
There was a lot of buzz on Lorenzen, but in the end, he ends up in Philly. This is, of course, the second time Scott Harris has dealt with the Phillies and Dave Dombrowski since taking over as Tigers president. They collaborated on the Gregory Soto trade in January.
Lee is 20 years old and a native of Taiwan. He's speng this year in High-A, where he has slashed .283/.372/.401 with five home runs, 14 stolen bases, and a 115 wRC+. He has a 10.6% walk rate and a 18.6% strikeout rate, which fits the profile that Scott Harris is looking for.
Should Lee ever make the big leagues, he would be just the third-ever Taiwanese player to play for the Tigers, joining pitchers Ni Fu-Te and Shao-Ching Chiang.
Here's what MLB Pipeline has to say about Lee as a hitter:
"The 5-foot-10 infielder has the chance to be a very good hitter, with a clean swing and an advanced approach at the plate. Lee is a baseball rat who loves to work on his hitting and makes a ton of contact, striking out in just over 19 percent of his 2022 plate appearances while walking 12.3 percent of the time. There’s power in that compact frame and he’s added 10 pounds of muscle to it, which should help him impact the ball even more moving forward."- MLB Pipeline
As of right now, he has just a .115 ISO on the season, so there isn't much power. The overall approach seems solid. If he turns into someone like Ha-Seong Kim of the Padres, the Tigers would be pretty happy.
For two months of Michael Lorenzen, you could do a lot worse than Lee. He's a solid prospect.
This is the first move of the day. We've got about two gours left until the deadline, and as of this article's writing and publishing, Eduardo Rodriguez is still a Tiger. If he or anyone else gets moved, we'll be here to break it all down.