Three trades made by MLB teams Wednesday involve former Midwest League players.
The Atlanta Braves traded C/LF Evan Gattis and RHP James Hoyt to the Houston Astros for RHP Mike Foltynewicz, 3B Rio Ruiz and RHP Andrew Thurman. Ruiz and Thurman played for the Quad Cities River Bandits, in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Ruiz batted .260 with 12 HR, 63 RBI and 12 SB in 114 games with Quad Cities. He hit a solo homer in the decisive game of the 2013 Midwest League Championship Series, which was won by the River Bandits.
Thurman went 7-9 with a 5.38 ERA, one save, 107 strikeouts and 40 walks in 115.1 IP (26 games/20 starts) for the River Bandits.
The Seattle Mariners traded former Clinton LumberKings RHP Lars Huijer to the Chicago Cubs for LHP Mike Kickham. Huijer, a Netherlands native, spent half the 2014 season with Clinton, going 4-5 with a 4.02 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 34 walks in 71.2 IP.
The Oakland Athletics traded INF Yunel Escobar to the Washington Nationals for RHP Tyler Clippard, who saved 32 games for the Nationals in 2012. Clippard is the only reliever to appear in more than 70 games in each of the last five seasons (2010-2014).
Drafted by the New York Yankees in 2003, Clippard spent the 2004 season in the Midwest League. He went 10-10 with a 3.44 ERA, 145 strikeouts and 32 walks in 149 IP for the Battle Creek Yankees.
Oakland had acquired Escobar and utility player Ben Zobrist from the Tampa Bay Rays in a five-player trade earlier this month. The A’s gave up three former Midwest League players (catcher John Jaso, SS Daniel Robertson and OF Herschel Mack “Boog” Powell) in that trade, which I wrote about here.