The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Toronto Blue Jays made a post-waiver deadline trade Saturday night. Arizona sent veteran infielder Cliff Pennington to Toronto in exchange for infield prospect Dawel Lugo. Here's a quick look at Lugo.
Dawel Lugo, SS: The Blue Jays signed Lugo out of the Dominican Republic in 2011, giving him a robust $1,300,000 bonus. He played all of 2014 with Lansing in the Low-A Midwest League, hitting an anemic .259/.286/.329 but with decent reviews for his defense. Promoted to Dunedin in the High-A Florida State League to open 2015, he scuffled with the bat and hit just .219/.258/.292 in 67 games. He was sent back to Lansing in early July and has hit .336/.358/.451 through 31 contests.
Lugo is 6-0, 190 pounds, a right-handed hitter born December 31, 1994. Scouting reports indicate that he has some power potential and pop in his bat, but is an over-aggressive hitter who has serious trouble against breaking pitches. High-A pitching was too much for him this year but he's looked better during a refresher course in Low-A, though his BB/K ratio remains weak.
On the positive side, Lugo has the arm strength and range to be a solid shortstop and has made good progress cutting back on errors this year. Although some scouts project a long-term move to third base, he's done well enough at shortstop to remain there for now.
Lugo's bat is a question-mark but he is quite young and represents good potential return for a utility infielder like Pennington. Here's some video from MLBProspectPortal.