The Milwaukee Brewers traded outfielder Carlos Gomez and RHP Mike Fiers to the Houston Astros for four prospects, including three who played with the Quad Cities River Bandits.
Both Gomez and Fiers also played in the Midwest League, albeit briefly, for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
Gomez did a four-game rehab stint with the Timber Rattlers in 2011, and played four more games with the team in 2012. He went 4-for-12 with a walk and three stolen bases in 2011. He went 2-for-13 with a walk, a home run, and three RBI in 2012.
Fiers made three appearances for the Timber Rattlers in 2009, earning a save, striking out eight and walking two in six innings.
In exchange for Gomez and Fiers, the Astros traded outfielders Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, LHP Josh Hader and RHP Adrian Houser. All but Santana played for the River Bandits.
After playing 12 games with Quad Cities in 2013, Phillips played 103 games with the River Bandits in 2014, batting .302 with 13 HR, 58 RBI and 18 SB. Baseball America ranked him No. 6 among Astros prospects in its preseason rankings.
Hader briefly pitched for the River Bandits in 2013, going 2-0 with a 3.22 ERA, 16 strikeouts and 12 walks in 22.1 innings (five starts). He also pitched for the River Bandits during the 2013 postseason. Baseball America ranked him No. 10 among Astros prospects in its preseason rankings.
Houser spent the entire 2014 season with the River Bandits. He went 5-6 with a 4.14 ERA, 93 strikeouts and 37 walks in 108.2 innings (25 appearances/17 starts). Baseball America ranked him No. 21 among Astros prospects in its preseason rankings.