Two current Lansing Lugnuts, catcher Carlos Perez and LHP David Rollins, were involved in a 10-player trade between the Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays today.
The Astros traded RHP Brandon Lyon, LHP J.A. Happ and RHP David Carpenter to the Blue Jays for RHP Francisco Cordero, OF Ben Francisco and four prospects — RHP Asher Wojciechowski, RHP Joe Musgrove and the two Lugnuts players — and a player to be named later.
For analysis of the trade, here are links to articles from Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. In the latter article, BP’s Kevin Goldstein says “Perez might be the most intriguing player in the deal.”
In 71 games with the Lugnuts this year, Perez hit .275 with 5 HR, 40 RBI, 35 BB, 38 Ks and a .358 OBP. That’s an improvement over last year when Perez hit .256 with 3 HR, 41 RBI, 37 BB, 74 Ks and a .320 OBP in 95 games with the Lugnuts.
Rollins started 18 games for the Lugnuts this year, going 6-1 with a 2.78 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 77.2 IP.
Of the four other players leaving the Blue Jays organization, only Cordero played in the Midwest League. He pitched for the 1997 West Michigan Whitecaps, going 6-1 with a 0.99 ERA, 35 saves and 67 strikeouts in 54.1 IP.
Of the three players traded by the Astros, only Carpenter played in the Midwest League. He went 5-3 with a 4.28 ERA, 12 saves and 77 strikeouts in 67.1 IP for the 2009 Quad Cities River Bandits.