Royals trade Whit Merrifield to Toronto

According to reporter Mark Feinsand, the Royals have traded Whit Merrifield to the Toronto Blue Jays for

infielder/outfielder Samad Taylor and pitcher Max Castillo. Taylor was ranked #16 prospect in the Blue Jays 

farm system according to MLB Pipeline, #23 by Baseball America, and #33 by FanGraph. The 24-year-old could

play second base or outfield and was hitting .258/.337/.426 in Triple-A with 9 home runs and 23 stolen bases

 in 70 games. He has posted a solid 10 percent running rate in the minors and has shown good pop with 16 home runs in Double-A last year.

MLB Pipeline writes: With a combination of pace and some power for the second baseman, Taylor excites the organization with his natural bat pace.

The next step would be to rely on the speed of that bat, allowing the pitches to be slightly more profound in the field before being committed.

His overall approach and in-game adjustments will also be part of this next phase, but the basic equipment remains tantalizing.