The Baltimore Orioles have acquired outfield prospect Jaycob Brugman from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.
Brugman saw some action in the majors with the Athletics last season, playing in 48 games and slashing .266/.346/.343 with three home runs, 12 runs, and 12 RBIs.
Last season was the first major league action Brugman has seen in his career so far, and at 25 years old, still has room for development. Brugman was drafted by the Athletics in the 17th round of the 2013 June Amateur Draft.
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Brugman projects as a solid, if fairly unremarkable outfielder. He’s all-around good in just about every tool without being exceptionally good in any of them. He’s a fairly average hitter who’s likely to bat in the .260s with fairly average power (think like 10-15 home runs) and decent speed (potentially 5-12 steals a year).
Brugman has had some success in the minors throughout his career. In 2016, he slashed .295/.352/.438 with seven home runs, 50 runs, 67 RBIs, and five stolen bases through 94 games with the Athletics’ Triple-A affiliate.
Brugman is a left-handed hitter and an outfielder, two things that the Baltimore Orioles are in need of this offseason. We previously looked at 10 potential free agent left-handed hitters the Baltimore Orioles could pursue this offseason, and it’s no surprise that they would be pursuing exactly that, given how right-handed their lineup currently is.
While Brugman isn’t necessarily a big name player, the Baltimore Orioles didn’t exactly give up much for him either, and if he turns out to be a useful outfielder or even a solid bench player, then it will have been a worthwhile trade.