The Milwaukee Brewers traded veteran infielder Aaron Hill to the Boston Red Sox last night. In return the Brewers receive a pair of prospects: infielder Wendell Rijo and right-handed pitcher Aaron Wilkerson. Here's a quick take.
Wendell Rijo, 2B: Rijo is from the Dominican Republic, signed for $575,000 in 2012. He hit .260/.324/.381 last season in High-A but got off to a slow start this year with Double-A Portland, hitting just .186/.245/.266 in 51 games. He was recently sent back to High-A and was hitting .270/.364/.324 in his first 11 games.
Rijo is a 5-11, 170 pound right-handed hitter born September 4, 1995. Although his struggles with Portland this year were disappointing, he's only 20 years old and has been pushed quickly. His best tool is physical tool is above-average running speed although he's not aggressive as a stealer at this point and is just 4-for-8 in steal attempts this season. He has wiry strength and in my opinion there is some power potential in the bat, although he hasn't tapped it yet. He has the physical tools to be a solid defender but is still ironing out his fundamentals.
Aaron Wilkerson, RHP: Wilkerson was a successful college pitcher at Cumberland University but was undrafted coming out of college in 2011 due to Tommy John surgery. The Red Sox signed him as a free agent after he pitched well in the independent American Association in 2014. He's been excellent ever since, posting a 2.52 ERA in 275 innings in the Sox system with a 293/75 K/BB, including a 2.44 ERA with a 54/11 K/BB in 48 innings in Triple-A.
Wilkerson is 6-3, 190, born May 24, 1989. His fastball is right at 90 but plays up because he mixes it efficiently with his curveball and change-up. All of his pitches are fringy on their own but the combination works well due to his pitching instincts and command. He could be a back-end starter or bullpen asset.