Player Name: Jake Batchelor
Current Club: Richmond
Potential Clubs: Hasn’t been any specific interest, with the likelihood that it would be a push move elsewhere as part of a trade for another player. The Tigers are set to play a major role at the trade table and Batchelor is one of a number of players who they will be prepared to offer.
The Original Price: Batchelor came to the Tigers at pick no.30 at the 2010 AFL Draft. The Tigers first round pick that day was Reece Conca, who also looks destined for elsewhere in this trade week.
The Good: There have been games where Batchelor has performed very well as a shutdown player on a medium/small sized forward. Had his best season in 2015 when he played every game.
The Bad: Batchelor has rarely stood out in his 83 games. His role is fairly simple, he shuts down the opposition’s third best forward. But he rarely does any damage with the ball in his hand. The other major query is that he had shoulder surgery in August which would diminish his value among any possible suitors.
What his club wants: The Tigers have to clear the decks and will be happy to get anything around a third or fourth round pick. The likelihood is more that he goes somewhere else as a value-add in another deal. He is uncontracted.
What he’s worth: Assuming the medical reports are good on his shoulder, he does have some value. He’s only 24. However, because he is uncontracted and not exactly a rare commodity, that value diminishes.
What we’d pay: As an experienced player, we’d give a mid-third round pick for him (40-45).
Possible Trade Scenarios: The Tigers are set to be involved in many trades, so the possibilities are many. For a straight pick for player swap, these could work.
1 – Batchelor for Collingwood’s third round pick (43)
2 – Batchelor for Port Adelaide’s third round pick (45)
3 – Batchelor for Brisbane’s third round pick (47)
The Verdict: The shoulder surgery and the fact he has also had hamstring injuries this year are a concern for any potential suitor. He might be a chance to find a new destination if he was fully fit, but will probably slip off the radar and find himself back in the system through other methods.
Star Rating: 2.5/5 – A depth pick, he could be a useful addition to a club looking to challenge in the next few years or one undergoing a re-build.