The Toronto Blue Jays reportedly have traded two Lansing Lugnuts to the Los Angeles Dodgers for money that can be used for international player signings.
Both players — right-handed pitcher Chase De Jong and second baseman Tim Locastro — did well for Lansing this year. De Jong went 7-4 with a 3.13 ERA, 77 strikeouts and 18 walks in 86.1 innings (14 starts). Locastro batted .310 with 5 HR, 25 RBI and 30 SB in 70 games, and set a single-season Lugnuts record for number of times hit by a pitch (21).
De Jong was promoted to High-A last week, but he hasn’t pitched at that level yet. Locastro could be assigned to the Great Lakes Loons, who are the Midwest League affiliate of the Dodgers, or be sent to High-A.
The Lugnuts and the Loons are scheduled to play a two-and-two series (two games at home, two away) next week.
In other Blue Jays news, the team signed international prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., son of former MLB All-Star outfielder Vladimir Guerrero. It is possible Vlad Jr., a 16-year-old outfielder, will play for the Lugnuts someday.
Vlad Sr. didn’t play in the Midwest League, but his nephew Gabriel “Gabby” Guerrero did in 2013. Gabby batted .271 with 4 HR, 50 RBI and 12 SB in 125 games with the Clinton LumberKings.