Two former Midwest League pitchers and a 2015 Lansing Lugnuts hurler are part of the six-player trade between the Colorado Rockies and the Toronto Blue Jays.
The biggest name involved in the trade is All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who batted .299 with 188 HR and 657 RBI in 1,048 games with the Rockies over the past 10 years. He and 42-year-old reliever LaTroy Hawkins go to Toronto in exchange for veteran shortstop Jose Reyes and three right-handed pitching prospects: Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco.
Hawkins, the oldest active MLB player, pitched for the Fort Wayne Wizards in 1993. He went 15-5 with a 2.06 ERA, 179 strikeouts and 41 walks in 157.1 innings. He pitched four complete games, including three shutouts, and gave up only five home runs.
Castro started four games for the 2014 Lugnuts, going 1-1 with a 3.74 ERA, 20 strikeouts and seven walks in 21.1 innings. He made his major-league debut on April 6, and has split this season between the Blue Jays and their Triple-A team, the Buffalo Bisons.
Tinoco has spent this entire season with the Lugnuts. He made 15 starts, going 2-6 with a 3.54 ERA, 68 strikeouts and 22 walks in 81.1 innings.
Ex-Cougars pitcher in Zobrist trade
The Kansas City Royals acquired utility player Ben Zobrist and cash from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Aaron Brooks and LHP Sean Manaea.
Brooks pitched for the Kane County Cougars in 2012. He went 9-12 with a 4.98 ERA, 120 strikeouts and 26 walks in 153.2 innings. He made his MLB debut for the Royals on May 3, 2014, and has made four major-league appearances.