The Oakland Athletics traded three former Midwest Leaguers to the Tampa Bay Rays for a pair of major-league players Saturday.
To get shortstop Yunel Escobar and utility player Ben Zobrist, the A’s parted with catcher John Jaso and minor-leaguers Daniel Robertson and Herschel Mack “Boog” Powell.
Jaso played in the Midwest League in 2005, for the Battle Creek-based Southwest Michigan Devil Rays. He batted .307 with 14 HR and 50 RBI in 92 games.
Robertson and Powell both played for the Beloit Snappers in recent years. Robertson, a shortstop prospect, batted .277 with 9 HR and 46 RBI in 101 games with the 2013 Snappers. Powell, an outfielder, batted .335 with 3 HR, 17 RBI and 16 SB in 69 games with the 2014 Snappers.
Powell was suspended for 50 games last year after testing positive for an amphetamine less than a month after being named the “Star of Stars” (MVP) of the Midwest League All-Star Game.
He is not related to former Baltimore Orioles All-Star and 1970 American League MVP John Wesley “Boog” Powell.
In other Rays news, the team announced Saturday that they finalized a one-year contract with infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. The eight-year MLB veteran played for the 2005 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, batting .318 with 4 HR and 30 RBI in 51 games.
Coincidentally, according to this Cut4 article, Powell’s favorite MiLB logo is that of the Timber Rattlers because he loves snakes.