Lugnuts shortstop traded for former Cougars infielder

Dawel Lugo during a Lansing Lugnuts game earlier this week. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Shortstop Dawel Lugo during a Lansing Lugnuts game earlier this week. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

The Toronto Blue Jays traded Lansing Lugnuts shortstop Dawel Lugo to the Arizona Diamondbacks for major-league infielder Cliff Pennington, who played for the Kane County Cougars in 2005.

Lugo batted .336 with 2 HR and 23 RBI in 31 games with the 2015 Lugnuts. He also played for the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays this season, batting .219 with 2 HR and 21 RBI in 67 games.

Lugo spent the entire 2014 season with the Lugnuts, batting .259 with 4 HR and 53 RBI in 117 games.

Pennington batted .276 with 3 HR, 29 RBI and 25 SB in 69 games with the Cougars. He made his MLB debut for the Oakland Athletics in 2008. This is his eighth season in the major leagues.

Two other trades involving former Midwest League players were finalized in the past day.

The Diamondbacks traded LHP Oliver Perez to the Houston Astros for minor-league LHP Junior Garcia. Perez pitched for the 2001 Fort Wayne Wizards, going 8-5 with a 3.46 ERA, 98 strikeouts and 43 walks in 101.1 innings (19 starts).

The Boston Red Sox traded first baseman Mike Napoli to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later or cash. He played 149 games with the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2001 and 2002. During that time, he hit .246 with 15 HR and 68 RBI.

Barraclough makes MLB debut

Miami Marlins RHP Kyle Barraclough pitched a perfect 8th inning in his major-league debut Friday. He was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals two weeks earlier.

Barraclough pitched for the 2012 Quad Cities River Bandits and the 2014 Peoria Chiefs. He went 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA, two saves, 21 strikeouts and 13 walks in 17.1 innings for the River Bandits. He went 1-1 with a 1.12 ERA, 10 saves, 60 strikeouts and 23 walks in 40 innings for the Chiefs.

Sampson earns 1st MLB win

Former Fort Wayne TinCaps RHP Keyvius Sampson earned his first major-league win Saturday as his Cincinnati Reds beat the Diamondbacks 4-1. He gave up one run on four hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out four batters.

Sampson went 12-3 with a 2.90 ERA, 143 strikeouts and 49 walks in 118 innings (24 starts) for the 2011 TinCaps.

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