Prospects in the Kosuke Fukudome Trade
The Chicago Cubs traded outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to the Cleveland Indians for a pair of prospects, outfielder Abner Abreu and right-handed pitcher Carlton Smith. Here is a look.
Abner Abreu, OF: Abreu is from the Dominican Republic. A 21-year-old outfielder signed in 2006, the right-handed hitter has power and speed, as shown by 12 homers and 19 steals for High-A Kinston this year. His overall line is .244/.294/.429, with 22 walks and 102 strikeouts in 336 at-bats. He's got tools and is young, but has very significant issues with plate discipline. Grade C.
Carlton Smith, RHP: Smith was a 21st round pick back in 2004, and has moved through the system slowly. He has a decent arm, with a 90-92 MPH fastball and a good slider, but his statistical performances have been mixed. He's pitching for Triple-A Columbus this year, posting a 4.50 ERA with a 46/20 K/BB in 46 innings with 45 hits allowed. He has a chance to contribute as a middle reliever. Grade C.