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Prospect in the Jerry Hairston, Jr., Trade

Jerry Hairston, Jr., traded from the Washington Nationals to the Milwaukee Brewers on July 30th, 2011 (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Jerry Hairston, Jr., traded from the Washington Nationals to the Milwaukee Brewers on July 30th, 2011 (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Prospect in the Jerry Hairston, Jr., Trade

The Washington Nationals traded veteran Jerry Hairston, Jr., to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, July 30th, in exchange for outfield prospect Erik Komatsu. What kind of player is Komatsu?

Eric Komatsu, OF: The Brewers drafted Komatsu in the eighth round in 2008, from Cal State Fullerton. He missed most of 2009 with injuries to his hamstring and wrist, plus complications from a concussion, but returned to health in 2010 and hit .323/.413/.442 for High-A Brevard County, with 68 walks and 28 steals. This year he's hitting .294/.393/.416 with 53 walks, 44 strikeouts, and 13 steals for Double-A Huntsville. A 23-year-old left-handed hitter, Komatsu lacks power but has decent speed. He has excellent strike zone judgment and is a very polished hitter, but as a tweener-type who lacks big power, he'll likely fit best as a reserve outfielder. I gave him a C+ pre-season but he's probably more on the upper edge of a straight Grade C as a useful future role player.