This transaction has been the worst kept secret in the organization as Malquin Canelo and Rhys Hoskins waited to play in the SAL All-Star game on Wednesday. Second round pick Scott Kingery and fourth round pick Kyle Martin have been waiting in Clearwater for the BlueClaws to get back from break before joining the team. Kingery and Martin will be the first two 2015 draftees to play in full season ball, both have advanced bats and could move through the system quickly. They should man first and second base for the rest of the season. With Canelo to Clearwater and Grenny Cumana to Williamsport, the middle infield in Lakewood was kind of bare so Drew Stankiewicz will join the already demoted Emmanuel Marrero in manning the middle infield with Kingery.
Meanwhile, Canelo and Hoskins represent two of the breakouts in the system so far. Both were outside my Top 30 prospects coming into the year and both are in the conversation for the Top 10 at this point. Canelo is a glove first shortstop who has shown more hitting ability than previously projected. Hoskins has just continued to hit since midseason last year, there are still some concerns, but there is enough there that he has a chance to be a regular long term. Both will join already promoted Carlos Tocci and Ricardo Pinto in the Threshers lineup.