The Arizona Diamondbacks traded outfielder Gerardo Parra to the Milwaukee Brewers today, receiving outfield prospect Mitch Haniger and pitching prospect Anthony Banda in exchange. Here's a look at the two new Dbacks prospects.
Anthony Banda, LHP: Banda was a 10th round pick in 2012 from San Jacinto Junior College in Arizona. He's pitched decently this year for Wisconsin in the Low-A Midwest League, posting a 3.66 ERA in 84 innings with an 83/38 K/BB and 84 hits allowed.
Banda is a 6-2, 190 pound southpaw born August 10, 1993. His best pitch is his curveball, which is rated as a plus offering. Midwest League observers also report a decent changeup and a fastball in the 88-92 MPH range. His command can be inconsistent but he has been on a good run lately, posting a 2.28 ERA in his last 10 starts for the Timber Rattlers. He projects as a back-end starter or a bullpen option.
Mitch Haniger, OF: Haniger was drafted by the Brewers in the supplemental first round in 2012, 38th overall, from Cal Poly. He hit .250/.323/.396 last year in 88 games for Brevard County in the High-A Florida State League, and has posted a similar .255/.316/.416 mark this season for Huntsville in the Double-A Southern League, with 19 walks and 41 strikeouts in 243 at-bats.
Haniger is a 6-2, 215 right-handed hitter and thrower born December 23, 1990. He has gap power but hasn't developed as much home run pop as scouts hoped when he was drafted, although he does have 10 bombs to his credit this season. He doesn't strike out excessively but also doesn't draw many walks, limiting his OBP to this point of his career. Although his physical tools profile best in right field, he's played center field one-third of the time this year and his instincts make him a decent defender there. He'll need more home run power and/or a higher on-base percentage to start at a corner in the majors.
ANALYSIS: Parra doesn't offer the Brewers much hitting but his glove will be an asset for the stretch run. In exchange the Diamondbacks pick up a pair of Grade C+ pitching prospect and a C+/B- outfielder, which seems a reasonable return to me.