A trade that hasn't really gotten much attention during the season from New York Mets fans was a move they made back in November when the Mets acquired two arms in Jeff Brigham and Elieser Hernández in exchange for minor league outfielder Jake Mangum and right-handed pitcher Franklin Sanchez.
Initially, the trade didn't go over well with Mets fans with the loss of Jake Mangum as he was later added to the trade as a player to be named later. Mangum had somewhat become a minor league folk hero with his performances down in the minors last year and many were clamoring for him to be a favorite as a potential fourth outfielder for the Mets this season.
The two minor league players the Mets traded in November are having wildly different seasons in the Marlins farm system
Checking in on Mangum this season, he has been entrenched as the starting center fielder in Triple-A New Orleans for the Marlins and has put up some intriguing offensive numbers. Through 88 games Mangum holds a .313/.359/.453 slash line with a .812 OPS to go along with 4 home runs and 39 RBIs.
Those numbers reflect the strong season he had in 2022 while in the Mets system as he slashed .306/.363/.441 with a .804 OPS across three levels. It's fair to wonder if Mangum has reached his ceiling at this point, as he is now 27 years old and still awaiting to get his foot in the door at the Major League level. The potential however is still there and I'm sure many Mets fans would still wish to have him as a potential option in the outfield right now.
Right-hander Franklin Sanchez has not had the same success in the minors for the Marlins this season. Sanchez is currently pitching in High-A Beloit and over 26 appearances across 2 different levels he holds a 6.75 ERA to go with more walks than strikeouts, as he has a 33/36 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Sanchez also has a ghastly 2.29 WHIP to go along with those crooked numbers.
While Sanchez is still only 22 years old he has taken a significant step back from his 3.79 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 2022 with the Mets. While the Mets haven't found much success on their end of the deal, the jury is still out on how the Marlins' side will pan out moving forward over the next couple of years.