On July 29, the Minnesota Twins traded minor league prospects Wilson Ramos and Joe Testa to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Matt Capps. The Twins also received $500,000 in the deal. Here is some information on each of the three players.
- Testa, a left-handed pitcher, was signed by the Twins in 2008. He started this season at Class AA (the second highest level of the minor leagues) in New Britain. Later, he was sent to Class A (the lowest level) in Fort Myers.
- Ramos, a catcher, was considered to be one of the top prospects in the Twins organization. He began the season at Class AAA (the highest level) in Rochester. Earlier this year, when Twins catcher Joe Mauer was injured, Ramos played a few games with the Twins. This past April, I saw Ramos hit the longest home run ever recorded at the Twins spring training site.
- Capps, a closer (a type of pitcher), began his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005. He was traded to Washington after the 2009 season. Capps also participated in this year’s All-Star Game. The Twins could have Capps through the 2011 season.
I think this trade is good for the Twins. The Twins did not really have a true closer since Joe Nathan got injured this spring and had to have surgery. He will miss the rest of the season. Once Nathan comes back (assuming he does), he might not be at his best. Having Capps gives the Twins a good closer.
Ramos can be a very good player someday, but since Joe Mauer signed that ultra-monumental eight-year contract, Ramos probably wouldn’t get to play for the Twins much.
Written by: Sam Graves