The Chicago Cubs traded catcher Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers this evening, receiving minor league pitching prospect Jacob Brigham in return. Let's see what the Cubs have in Brigham.
Jacob Brigham, RHP: The Rangers drafted Brigham in the sixth round in 2006, from high school in Ococee, Florida. He has moved slowly but steadily through the Rangers system, struggling at times but showing enough to stay somewhere in the picture as a prospect, albeit not an elite one. He's having a decent campaign in Double-A this year, with a 4.28 ERA and a 116/46 K/BB ratio in 124 innings for Frisco in the Texas League, allowing 122 hits and 19 homers.
Brigham is a 6-3, 210 pound right-handed hitter and thrower, born February 10, 1988. He's been clocked as high as 97 MPH and has consistent low-90s heat. Issues with his secondary pitches have kept him off top prospect lists. At various times he's worked with a curve, slider, changeup, and splitter, but has relied primarily on a slider and curve this year to go with his fastball. None of his secondary pitches are consistently reliable, but they flash potential. As a big guy with a good arm but inconsistent command, most sources project him as a reliever.