Trent Grisham, OF, Double-A
The Milwaukee Brewers selected Trent Grisham in the middle of the first round in 2015. He played well in Rookie ball after being signed in 2015, but followed that with three straight seasons of mediocrity from 2016-18.
He’s back in Double-A in 2019 and he’s playing a lot better. After posting a .228 batting average over the past three seasons combined, this year he has a .262 batting average with a .897 OPS and 13 home runs. Grisham had 17 homers combined over the last three seasons in what could be a breakout year.
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Grisham is finally showing flashes of that potential the Brewers saw in him four years ago when they drafted him. This is a make-or-break season for Grisham and he appears to be making it. But, as an outfielder, Grisham is stuffed way down on the depth chart and there are a lot of outfielders ahead of him.
But he’s starting to realize his potential and his value is trending upwards. After three straight seasons getting little offensive production out of Grisham, this seems like the perfect time to trade him. His value hasn’t been this high since they drafted him four years ago.
The Milwaukee Brewers had some whiffs in the early rounds of the draft during the early-mid 2010s. Grisham for the longest time looked like one of those whiffs, and he might still be. His numbers this year are not eye-popping, they aren’t stellar, but they are much better than what we’ve seen out of him.
Perhaps he’s built up his value high enough for another team to want to take him and give him a chance in their organization. There are just too many outfielders ahead of him with a better track record to warrant protecting him from the Rule 5 Draft on the 40 man roster this winter, and he is eligible to be selected in December.
So trading him now and getting something for him makes more sense than losing him for nothing in December.