May 31, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Sam Houston State Bearkats pitcher cody Dickson pitches during second inning against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns during the Baton Rouge regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Alex Box Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

PTBNL is the key to the Ike Davis trade - who could it be?

While right-handed reliever Zack Thornton has been announced as part of the Ike Davis trade, the player to be named later is reportedly both a significant piece and the key to the deal.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (and many others), the player to be named later is almost certainly a pick from the 2013 first-year player draft.

Per major league rules, draftees are not allowed to be officially included in trades until one year after their signing date – thus the “player to be named later” designation.

In all likelihood, the player to be named later has already been determined.

However, while Sandy Alderson may know the identity of the player, it’s something that can’t be announced until the middle of June at the earliest.

Since the player to be named later is reportedly both significant and a 2013 draft pick, it’s reasonable to believe that it’s a player who is considered one of Pittsburgh’s top prospects. The players who fit that criteria are:

LHP Cody Dickson, IF/OF JaCoby Jones, OF Austin Meadows, C Reese McGuire, and LHP Blake Taylor.

Both Meadows (9th overall pick) and McGuire (14th overall pick) can almost certainly be crossed off the list.

That leaves Taylor (second round), Jones (third round), and Dickson (fourth round) as the likely return.

Here are reports on each:

Scouting report on LHP Blake Taylor, 2013 second round pick (51st overall), 18 years old -

Taylor has a good fastball with the frame to add velocity and one day sit in the low-to-mid 90s. He has the makings of a plus curveball to pair with that fastball. He’s going to need work on his fastball command and changeup…If he can improve in those two areas, he’s got the upside to at least be a middle of the rotation starter.

Scouting report on IF/OF JaCoby Jones, 2013 third round pick (87th overall), 21 years old -

Legit five tool potential…his speed is either plus or plus-plus, depending on who you ask, so he’s got the raw ability…he really hasn’t found a home in the field yet, though his tools suggest the outfield might be best. It’ll be a while before he learns how to play well enough to really take advantage of his toolset, but if he develops as expected, he could be an all-around All Star quality player one day.

Scouting report on LHP Cody Dickson, 2013 fourth round pick (119th overall), 21 years old -

Dickson is a tall, projectable lefty who throws his fastball mostly in the low 90s, but he could see an uptick of velocity with added weight. He has a very good three-pitch mix that includes a changeup that has the chance to be plus. He goes right after hitters and has a very good feel for pitching…Dickson has, however struggled with command at times.

Each of the three players above are intriguing in their own way.

Taylor is probably the safest bet of the three – with a chance to have higher upside if his velocity ticks up. Dickson seems a bit like Mets lefty Steven Matz, who is currently dominating in High-A, and Jones seems like the wild card of the bunch – high upside but low floor.

Still, whoever the Mets get as the second piece for Ike Davis – assuming it’s either Taylor, Jones, or Dickson – will be a very good get.

 

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