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Rays Trade Kyle Lobstein to Tigers for Curt Casali

Kyle Lobstein will not be returning to the system after all, as the Rays have traded his rights to the Tigers for catcher Curt Casali.

Casali is a better prospect than you’d expect to get in exchange for a Rule 5 pick. Selected by Detroit in the 10th round of the 2011 draft out of Vanderbilt, Casali has a shining defensive reputation. He receives solid-to-good marks in receiving, throwing, and handling a pitching staff—though it is worth noting that his once plus arm has lost luster since undergoing Tommy John surgery while in college. At the plate Casali has a good feel for the strike zone and some gap power. It’s a package that seems capable of backup duty, though Mark Anderson recently ranked  (sub) Casali as the 21st-best prospect in Detroit’s system and, while praising Casali’s leadership skills, suggested he could turn into a fringe starter if all goes well.

The 24-year-old Casali will not be Rule 5-eligible until after the 2014 season. By then the Rays should have a good feel for whether he’s a big-league-quality talent or not. Expect him to start the season either in High-A (where he spent some time last year) or Double-A.



2 Comments

  1. merrillfraz wrote:

    Should we just come to terms with the idea that the Rays may never having a name brand catcher? Just seems like every year we’re settling for a catcher that is good or better-than-average.

    Or am I just being selfish and I should realize that this is what we should expect from the catching position, with the outliers being the Buster Posey’s and Joe Mauer’s.

    • R.J. Anderson wrote:

      Unless they hit the lottery in the draft or in a trade it’s probably best to assume that out of most positions.

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