The Milwaukee Brewers traded former Wisconsin Timber Rattlers outfielder Khris Davis to the Oakland Athletics for former Quad Cities River Bandits catcher/first baseman Jacob Nottingham and probable future Timber Rattlers pitcher Bowdien “Bubba” Derby.
Davis played for the Timber Rattlers in 2010, batting .280 with 22 HR, 72 RBI and 17 SB in 128 games. His 22 home runs set a Timber Rattlers record for most in a single season; that record has since been tied twice, by outfielder Victor Roache (2013) and catcher Clint Coulter (2014).
Davis made his major-league debut for the Brewers in 2013. He briefly returned to the Midwest League on a rehab assignment in 2015; in six games, he went 2-for-20 with two RBI and three walks.
Nottingham played with the River Bandits in 2015. He batted .326 with 10 HR and 46 RBI in 59 games before being promoted to High-A; the Houston Astros later traded him to the A’s in a midseason deal for LHP Scott Kazmir.
After making two rookie-level starts in the Arizona League, Derby excelled for the Vermont Lake Monsters of the short-season New York-Penn League last year. The righty went 1-0 with a 0.78 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 10 walks in 34.2 innings (12 games/eight starts). He likely will pitch for the Timber Rattlers sometime this year.