D-backs acquire prospects Haniger, Banda for Parra
PHOENIX — The rapid ascension of newcomer David Peralta created a logjam in the Diamondbacks’ outfield that they alleviated it Thursday by trading two-time Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra to the Milwaukee Brewers for a pair of prospects.
The D-backs acquired outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda.
The D-backs were still working the phones on other possible deals as the 1 p.m. trade deadline approaches.
Haniger was a sandwich pick in the 2012 draft and to start the season was considered the No. 3 prospect in the Brewers’ system by Baseball America. Haniger was playing at Double-A Huntsville of the Southern League this season. Haniger, 23, hit .280 with an .834 OPS, four home runs and 24 RBIs in 25 games for Surprise in the prospect-heavy Arizona Fall League last year.
Banda, 20, is 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA in 20 games at Wisconsin this season. He was the D-backs’ 33rd pick in 2011 but chose to attend San Jacinto junior college before being taken in the 10th round in 2012. He is 11-13 with a 4.40 ERA in three minor league seasons, with 171 strikeouts in 186 innings.
Parra was hitting .259 with six home runs ands 30 RBIs this season, and his peripherals were down. He was hitting .212 against left-handers and .165 with runners in scoring position this season, and some scouts believed he lost a step in the outfield after winning the NL Gold Gloves in left field in 2011 and in right field in 2013, his first season there after replacing Justin Upton.
Parra, 27, also is about to get expensive — he could earn between $6 million and $7 million in his final year of arbitration in 2015 before hitting free agency the following year.
Parra told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel he was "a little bit surprised" to be traded but he looked forward to the chance to play for a first-place team.
"This is a good opportunity to play for Milwaukee," Parra said. I will do my best to help them win. I’m happy. The Diamondbacks were not playing well but I say thank you to them for my opportunity. But I’m happy to play for a team in first place."
Thanks to the brew crew for everything. Pumped to be heading to the DBacks! Gonna miss all the great friends I've made the past 2 years!
— Mitch Haniger (@M_Hanny19) July 31, 2014
Peralta is hitting .313 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 47 games since his promotion from Double-A Mobile on June 1, and he started in right field three times on the team’s recent road trip.
Ender Inciarte also can play right field, and with center fielder A.J. Pollock expected back in the two weeks or so, the D-backs will have a full complement of outfielders to go with left fielder Mark Trumbo.
Haniger, 23, missed most of the 2012 season after suffering a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament on a collision at the plate at Low-A Wisconsin, an injury that occurred about three weeks after he signed for a $1.2 million bonus. He slashed .264/.348/.431 with 36 doubles, 11 home runs and 68 RBIs in two Class A stops in 2013 and is .255/.316/.416 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs at Hunstville.
Haniger did not need surgery to repair his knee injury.
"I was just blessed that I didn’t need surgery and I could come back within two or three months," Haniger said during the Fall League last season. "I just looked at the positive things instead of reflect on the negative side, and I was happy that it wasn’t too serious. Technically, if your knee is strong enough, you don’t need your PCL, so my right knee doesn’t have a PCL."
The D-backs 40-man roster is at 36.