The Tampa Bay Rays have traded right-handed pitcher Ryan Garton and minor league catcher Mike Marjama to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league infielder/outfielder Luis Rengifo, minor league left-handed pitcher Anthony Misiewicz, and a player to be named or cash considerations.
Following the trade of Garton, the Rays 40-man roster now stands at 38 players, clearing room for incoming players from the 60-Day disabled list, like RHP Matt Andriese and CF Kevin Kiermaier.
Utility prospect Luis Rengifo, 20, is batting .250/.318/.413 (100-for-400) with 24 doubles, 11 home runs and 44 RBI in 102 games for Class-A Clinton this season. He ranks 27th on the Seattle’s Top-30 prospects on MLB.com:
Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 35 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45
The Mariners signed Rengifo in March 2014 after the Venezuelan native had impressed club officials with his improvement on both sides of the ball leading up to the start of the international signing period. He spent the next two seasons between the Venezuelan and Dominican summer leagues before making the jump stateside to the Rookie Arizona League the next year and advancing to Class A in 2017.
The switch-hitting Rengifo has a short, compact swing from both sides of the plate, with feel for the barrel that enables him to produce consistent contact. He shows some pop from the left side of the plate, albeit mostly to the gaps, but offers little in the way of power as a righty. Rengifo's above-average speed makes him a threat on the basepaths, though he'll need to refine his stealing technique as he climbs the ladder.
Defensively, Rengifo possesses the range and quickness needed to play a slew of infield positions, with the requisite arm strength for either third base or shortstop. He's also seen time in the outfield this season, portending a potential career as a utility player.
Rengifo’s 29 stolen bases are tied for second in the Midwest League. He has made starts at shortstop (30), second base (24), third base (19), left field (17) and right field (2). He was signed by the Mariners as an international free agent in July 2013 and is batting .256/.341/.387 (244-for-953) over parts of four minor league seasons. He will report to Class-A Bowling Green.
Luis Rengifo is an interesting get for the Rays. Could be a really nice utility player. Plus speed, above-average arm. Sneaky pop.— Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB) August 6, 2017
Anthony Misiewicz, 22, is 8-5 with a 4.75 ERA (119.1-IP, 63-ER) and 117 strikeouts in 23 appearances, all starts, this season between Class-A Modesto and Double-A Arkansas. At the time of his July 4 transfer to Arkansas, he ranked seventh in the California League with 85 strikeouts. He is not ranked on the MLB.com Top-30.
Misiewicz was selected by the Mariners in the 18th round of the 2015 June Draft out of Michigan State University and is 18-17 with a 4.40 ERA (323.1-IP, 158-ER) in 66 appearances (59 starts) over three minor league seasons. He will report to Double-A Montgomery.