Last night, the KC Royals traded right-hander Brooks Pounders to the LA Angels for minor league right-hander Jared Ruxer.
Ruxer was a 12th round pick in 2014 out of Louisville and had Tommy John surgery a few days before he was drafted. This past season, he pitched at both A-ball levels. With Low-A Burlington, he had a 1.44 ERA in 18 games (eight starts) with 54 strikeouts in 62.1 innings. Ruxer moved up to High-A Inland Empire following the July 4th holiday and carried a 5.18 ERA in 11 starts. Opponents hit .306 against him, he walked 18, and struck out 45 in 48.2 innings.
Pounders, a California native, has now become the Angels 13th best prospect after the trade (infielder Ramon Torres jumped into the Royals top 30 according to MLB.com). He made his big league debut on July 5th as a reliever (something he grew into this season). Unfortunately, he only pitched in 12.2 innings in the big leagues, while throwing 80.1 innings with Triple-A Omaha, where he was named Pitcher of the Year. Pounders was also the Storm Chasers representative in the Triple-A All-Star Game.
Wishing you the best of luck with the Angels Brooks!
The trade opens up a 40-man roster spot for the Royals, in the event that they decide to select someone in next week’s Rule 5 Draft or make a deal at the upcoming winter meetings.
- The Royals also officially lost starter Edinson Volquez, as the Miami Marlins made the signing official on Thursday. Volquez signed for $22 million over two years and said at the news conference that he lives in Miami, grew up rooting for the Marlins, and that Miami was his top choice. The Marlins needed an innings-eater and got exactly that.
- The Royals released catcher Tony Cruz earlier in the week, after they designated him for assignment.
- In the deadline’s closing hours, MLB agreed to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The All-Star Game no longer determines home-field advantage in the World Series (the team with the best record gets that). The 15-day DL is now the 10-day DL. Players get two seats on the bus during spring training (do veteran big leaguers even ride the bus in ST?). There are also chefs now in every big league clubhouse. Some of the agreed upon specifics are confusing, especially when it comes to the qualify offers.
Here are some articles that hopefully can help:
Tipsheet: Breaking down MLB’s new CBA St. Louis Post-Dispatch
How MLB’s new labor agreement affects the Royals KC Star (Oh and owner David Glass will NOT increase payroll this year despite the core players becoming free agents following the season)