The Houston Astros traded CF Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs today for a pair of former Midwest League players, INF Luis Valbuena and RHP Dan Straily.
Fowler played six seasons with the Colorado Rockies before spending 2014 with the Astros. He led the National League with 14 triples in 2010, and also posted double-digit totals for triples in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
Valbuena has played in the major leagues the past seven seasons. He made his MLB debut for the Seattle Mariners in 2008 and spent three seasons with the Cleveland Indians before joining the Cubs in 2012.
As a Mariners farmhand in 2006, Valbuena batted .286 with 3 HR, 38 RBI and 21 SB in 89 games with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He also made a one-game rehab appearance with the Kane County Cougars in 2013, going 1-for-3 with a walk.
Straily pitched for the Cougars in 2010, going 10-7 with a 4.32 ERA and 149 strikeouts in 148 IP. He made his MLB debut for the Oakland Athletics in 2012. He pitched for the A’s until being traded to the Cubs last July.
Torres likely to start season in MWL
Jason McLeod, senior vice president of scouting and player development for the Cubs, said Sunday that prospect Gleyber Torres is likely to start the 2015 season with the South Bend Cubs.
Torres batted .297 with 2 HR, 33 RBI and 10 SB in 50 games split between two short-season teams last year. The Venezuelan shortstop turned 18 last month.