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Todd Frazier Traded in Seven-Player Blockbuster

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Last week the Chicago White Sox bolstered their lineup by acquiring Home Run Derby champion and Cincinnati Reds’ third base All-Star Todd Frazier in a three-team, seven-player blockbuster trade.

The trade, also involving the Los Angeles Dodgers, sends Minor League infielders Jose Peraza and Brandon Dixon and outfielder Scott Schebler from LA to the Reds. The Dodgers receive pitcher Frankie Montas, infielder Micah Johnson and outfielder Trayce Thompson from Chicago.

Frazier will be a free agent following 2017, and will make $7.5 million in 2016. While he is sure to boost the White Sox and is the big name of the trade, let’s take a look at those also involved with whom you may not be as familiar.

The fourth-ranked Dodgers’ prospect last season according to MLB.com, Jose Peraza, 21, also made his MLB debut in 2015. Only playing seven games for the Dodgers, the shortstop, who can also play second base and outfield, was acquired from the Atlanta Braves mid-season, hitting .293 in 118 games across Triple-A Gwinnett and Oklahoma City.

Peraza hit four home runs, drove in 42 runs, stole 33 bags, walked 17 times and only struck out in 45 plate appearances during his Minor League stints. As a fielder, Peraza struggled at second base in the minors, committing 22 errors. He also played 17 games in the outfield and seven at short. Though in limited roles, he put up perfect fielding percentages at those spots.

Brandon Dixon, a 23-year-old second baseman, who also plays at third base and in the outfield, spent time across the Class A-Advanced League and Double-A levels in 2015, suiting up for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and Tulsa Drillers, respectively.

He hit .263 in the minors, and showed off his power to a tune of 19 home runs with 68 RBIs. While getting work primarily at second base, Dixon committed nine errors though 93 games, but only one as an outfielder through 32 games. The young prospect also showed off his base-stealing prowess, swping 26 bases in 32 attempts.

Most recently, Brandon played 16 games in the Arizona Fall League. Over 66 plate appearances, Dixon hit .295 with three home runs and 12 RBIs.

Scott Schebler, a 25-year-old outfielder, also made his MLB debut in 2015, suiting up in 13 games for the Dodgers. Through 121 games at the Triple-A level in Oklahoma City, Schebler put up 13 home runs, 50 RBIs, a .241 average and swiped 15 in 17 chances. Schebler made only five errors over 1,000 innings during the season.

Frankie Montas starts off the players sent to the Dodgers. He started a few games at the MLB level for Chicago, having made the jump directly from Double-A Birmingham of the Southern League. For the Barons, he was 5-5 with a 2.97 ERA in 23 starts. He issued 48 walks, struck out 108 and posted a WHIP of 1.22. Montas only had seven games at the Major League level, walking nine times while striking out 20.

Micah Johnson played in 78 games while at Triple-A Charlotte, and played in 36 games for the White Sox. Posting impressive numbers in Charlotte with the bat—eight home runs, 36 RBIs and a .315 average—Johnson also used his legs as a strength, stealing 28 bases in 35 attempts.

Upon his call-up to the majors, he was three of five on the base-paths, representing a speedy presence for the Dodgers if he can crack the 25-man roster.

Trayce Thompson also saw action at the Major League level. He played in 44 games for the South Siders, hitting .295 with five home runs and 16 RBIs. In 104 games for Charlotte, he hit 13 home runs, and knocked in 39 RBIs with a .260 batting average. After a strong showing in the majors last season, Thompson looks forward to playing with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and will have competition alongside center fielder Joc Pederson.

As Frazier remains the centerpiece of this trade for Chicago, be on the lookout for future stars as these prospects will look to emerge on a full-time basis for their new Major League clubs.

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