The Chicago Cubs on Monday traded outfielder Tony Campana to the Arizona Diamondbacks for two 17-year old pitching prospects. Campana was designated for assignment when the Cubs officially announced the signing of outfielder Scott Hairston. The pitching prospects the Cubs received in return for Campana project to the Major League level.
The Diamondbacks sent pitchers Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo to the Cubs in exchange for Campana. Both Leal and Castillo are from Venezuela. With the Diamondbacks rookie league affiliate in 2012, Leal posted an ERA of 2.34 (FIP of 2.05) in 73 innings pitched. Meanwhile, with the same team, Castillo posted an ERA of 5.40 (FIP of 3.50) in 46.2 innings pitched.
There is no question that Campana had considerably greater trade value than anyone would have suggested. While it is still early in their careers, both Leal and Castillo appear to be promising pitchers for the Cubs’ organization.