Zack Granite — that feisty, fast little outfielder the Twins called up sometimes when Byron Buxton injured himself — is no longer a Twin. News broke Sunday that the organization traded Granite to the Rangers in exchange for minor league pitcher Xavier Moore.
Was this a good move for the Twins? Probably. Although Granite was named the Twins’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2016, he hasn’t really panned out as a top prospect. He’s only seen action in 40 major league games, all in 2017, over which he hit .237/.321/.611. Last year in Triple-A Granite hit .211/.282/.245 over 60 games. He was a likable guy, but yeah. The Twins designated him for assignment last week to make roster space for Marwin Gonzalez. Writing was kinda on the wall.
Granite will probably mostly be remembered for the time he completely failed to touch first base in the 2017 Wild Card game versus the New York Yankees
Zack Granite Completely Missed First Base https://t.co/tVEYvhpMDC— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) October 4, 2017
Good times, am I right?
To my knowledge, the guy the Twins got from the Rangers in return — Xavier Moore — has never completely run over first base and failed to touch it in a playoff game. He pitched at two different levels last year (Rookie Ball and Low-A), posting a 5.30 ERA over 18.2 innings. Kid is only 20 years old, so maybe the front office is just hoping on polishing a turd here. I mean, hey, it could happen.
In any case, I honestly wish Zack Granite the best of luck going forward. Pour out a quart of Ballentine for the kid.