The Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics recently completed a four-player trade involving two former Midwest Leaguers.
The Royals acquired right-handed pitchers Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer in exchange for left-handed pitcher Ryan Buchter, designated hitter/first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss, and cash considerations. Buchter and Fillmyer played in the Midwest League.
Buchter was a Chicago Cubs farmhand when he pitched for the Peoria Chiefs in 2009. He went 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA, five saves, 79 strikeouts and 34 walks in 61 innings/38 games. He split last season between the Royals and the San Diego Padres, cumulatively going 4-3 with a 2.89 ERA, one save, 65 strikeouts and 26 walks in 65.1 innings/71 games.
Fillmyer pitched for the Beloit Snappers in 2015. He went 3-13 with a 4.98 ERA, 77 strikeouts and 56 walks in 99.1 innings (23 games/22 starts). He spent last season in Double-A, where he went 11-5 with a 3.49 ERA, 115 strikeouts and 51 walks in 149.2 innings/29 starts for the Midland RockHounds.
Some other recent deals involving former Midwest Leaguers:
Third baseman Todd Frazier signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the New York Mets. He batted .321 with 9 HR and 25 RBI in 36 games with the 2007-08 Dayton Dragons. He split last season between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees, cumulatively batting .213 with 27 HR and 76 RBI in 147 games.
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed catcher Alex Avila to a two-year, $8.25 million contract. He batted .305 with 1 HR and 22 RBI in 58 games with the 2008 West Michigan Whitecaps. He split last season between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers, cumulatively batting .264 with 14 HR and 49 RBI in 112 games.
The Texas Rangers signed infielder Darwin Barney to a minor-league deal with an invite to major-league spring training. He played for Peoria in 2007, batting .273 with 2 HR and 21 RBI in 44 games. (Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg managed the Chiefs that season.) Last year Barney played for the Toronto Blue Jays, batting .232 with 6 HR and 25 RBI in 129 games.
The Diamondbacks signed RHP Neftali Feliz to a minor-league deal with an invite to major-league spring training. He went 6-3 with a 2.52 ERA, 106 strikeouts and 28 walks in 82 innings/17 starts for the 2008 Clinton LumberKings. He split last season between the Royals and the Milwaukee Brewers, cumulatively going 2-5 with a 5.48 ERA, eight saves, 37 strikeouts and 23 walks in 46 innings/49 games.
The Tigers signed LHP Travis Wood to a minor-league deal with an invite to major-league spring training. He pitched for Dayton in 2006, going 10-5 with a 3.66 ERA, 133 strikeouts and 56 walks in 140 innings/27 starts. He split last season between the Royals and the Padres, cumulatively going 4-7 with a 6.80 ERA, 65 strikeouts and 45 walks in 94 innings (39 games/14 starts).