The Los Angeles Angels made a pair of transactions involving former Midwest Leaguers on Saturday, trading for a former Quad Cities pitcher and releasing the son of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.
The Angels traded cash to the Houston Astros for right-hander Troy Scribner, who briefly pitched for the River Bandits in 2014. Scribner made three starts and two relief appearances for Quad Cities, going 1-2 with a 3.52 ERA, one save, 35 strikeouts and 10 walks in 23 innings. Last season he pitched for the Lancaster JetHawks (Houston’s High-A affiliate in the California League), going 2-6 with a 5.49 ERA, one save, 111 strikeouts and 57 walks in 100 innings (29 games/13 starts).
The Angels also released outfielder Trevor Gretzky, who hasn’t played above Class A during his four-year career. He played in 142 Midwest League games in the last three seasons, and appeared in 73 games for teams in lower-level leagues from 2012 to 2014.
He was a Chicago Cubs farmhand in 2013 when he batted .306 in 14 games with the Kane County Cougars. He was traded to the Angels for Matt Scioscia, son of Angels manager Mike Scioscia, in March 2014.
Gretzky played for the Burlington Bees in 2014 and 2015. In 2014 he batted .201 with 3 HR and 12 RBI in 50 games with the Bees. In 2015 he batted .242 with 2 HR and 21 RBI in 78 games.