A trade between the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers resulted in prospect Isaac Paredes moving up 11 games in the Midwest League standings.
Paredes, who mainly played shortstop for South Bend this season, was assigned to West Michigan on Monday. The Whitecaps are in first place in the Midwest League Eastern Division, and have an 11-game lead over the Cubs.
The 18-year-old Mexico native batted .264 with 7 HR and 49 RBI in 92 games with South Bend this season. He also played three games with the team at the end of last season.
The Tigers acquired Paredes and former Kane County Cougars third baseman Jeimer Candelario (and a player to be named later or cash) from the Cubs for left-handed reliever Justin Wilson and former Whitecaps catcher Alex Avila.
Candelario played 193 games with the 2013-14 Cougars, batting .254 with 17 home runs, 54 doubles, and 94 runs batted in. This year he played 81 games in Triple-A and 11 games at the major-league level, cumulatively batting .253 with 13 homers, 29 doubles, and 55 runs batted in.
Avila played for the Whitecaps in 2008, batting .305 with one homer, 14 doubles, and 22 runs batted in. This year he batted .274 with 11 homers, 11 doubles, and 32 RBI in 77 games with the Tigers.
Whitecaps record 20th shutout
The Whitecaps set a new team record Saturday when they beat the Lake County Captains 3-0. It was West Michigan’s 20th shutout of the season, eclipsing the previous franchise high of 19 shutouts pitched by the 2000 team.
The Midwest League record for shutouts by a team is 23, done by the 1974 Quad City Angels. Two hurlers from that team — right-handers John Verhoeven and Gary Wheelock — went on to pitch in the major leagues. Both were relievers in the Midwest League. Among the team’s pitchers who threw complete-game shutouts, right-hander Francis Panick led with six in 13 starts. He reached Triple-A in his final season, but did not pitch in the majors.