Tuesday was a busy day for the San Diego Padres. Not only did they bring back old friend Chase Headley in a trade with the New York Yankees, but also dealt infielder Ryan Schimpf to the Tampa Bay Rays for Minor League infielder Deion Tansel.
Schimpf, 29, was a two-year member of the Padres. As a rookie in 2016, he hit .217/.336/.517 in 276 at-bats with 20 homers and 51 RBIs. He regressed in 2017 though, hitting .158/.284/.424 in 165 at-bats with 14 homers and 25 RBIs.
So despite being only 5’9” and just a .195 career hitter, the left-handed hitting Schimpf certainly has plenty of pop. After one homer every 13.8 at-bats his rookie year, that ratio dipped to 11.8 in 2017, although it was in 111 fewer at-bats. Still, solid power, considering he was playing at Petco Park which isn’t known to be hitter friendly.
Third base was Schimpf’s only position in 2017 after mainly playing at second base the previous year.
Tansel, 23, is a 5’8” shortstop and 32nd-round pick of the Rays in 2016. In 2017, he hit .277/.336/.403 with three homers and 33 RBIs for the Hudson Valley Renegades in the New York-Penn League.
The acquisition of Schimpf came a day after the Rays acquired 27-year-old second baseman Joey Windle from the Oakland Athletics. Windle, like Schimpf, made his Major League debut in 2016, and is a .266 career hitter in 109 at-bats (only 13 in 2017).