D-backs send Thatcher, Campana to Angels for two minor leaguers

Joe Thatcher had a 3.78 ERA and .273 opponents average with nine walks and 32 strikeouts in parts of two seasons with the D-backs.

Matt Kartozian

PHOENIX — The Diamondbacks on Saturday acquired minor league outfielder Zach Borenstein and right-handed reliever Joey Krehbiel from the Los Angeles Angels for left-handed pitcher Joe Thatcher and Triple-A Reno outfielder Tony Campana.

Borenstein will report to Double-A Mobile, while Krehbiel will be assigned to High-A Visalia.

In a corresponding move, the D-backs recalled left-hander Eury De la Rosa from Reno.

Borenstein, 23, entered this season as the Angels’ ninth-best prospect as rated by Baseball America and was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training. In 2013, he was named the Angels’ Minor League Player of the Year and California League Most Valuable Player after hitting .337 with 28 homers, 95 RBI and a 1.034 OPS at High-A Inland Empire. Among all minor leaguers, he ranked second in slugging percentage (.631) and OPS (1.034) and fifth in batting average (.337).

The 6-foot, 225-pounder hit .262 (79 for 301) with 17 doubles, two triples, seven homers, 50 RBI and a .718 OPS in 78 games between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake. He was most recently with Arkansas, where he appeared in 48 games and hit .266 (49-for-184) with 13 doubles, two triples, five homers and 28 RBI. In 30 games at Salt Lake, he hit .256 (30 for 117) with four doubles, two homers and 22 RBI.

Over parts of four seasons in the Angels system, Borenstein hit .292 (325-for-1,114) with 70 doubles, 16 triples, 48 homers, 216 RBI and .876 OPS in 300 games. He was the Angels’ 23rd-round pick in the 2011 draft out of Eastern Illinois University.

Krehbiel, 21, has held opponents scoreless in 14 of 17 relief appearances between Low-A Burlington and High-A Inland Empire while recording five saves and a 2.00 ERA (4 ER in 18.0 IP) with 10 hits, seven walks and 23 strikeouts. Most recently, he pitched for Inland Empire and in four games, had a 2.25 ERA with two hits, one walk and six strikeouts. In 13 games at Burlington, where he opened the season, he had a 1.93 ERA with eight hits, six walks and 17 strikeouts.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder spent parts of 4 seasons in the Angels system and went 8-7 with six saves, a 3.85 ERA (52 ER in 121.2 IP), 47 walks and 133 strikeouts in 92 games. He was the Angels 12th-round selection in the 2011 draft out of Seminole High School in Seminole, Fla.

De la Rosa, 24, has 36 relief appearances for the Aces this season and is 2-4 with two saves, a 2.52 ERA (11 ER in 39.1 IP) and a .224 opponents average with 20 walks and 36 strikeouts. He has held lefties to a .150 average (8 for 60) with eight walks and 19 strikeouts. Last season for the D-backs, he made 19 relief appearances. He wears No. 56.

Thatcher, 32, made 59 relief appearances over parts of two seasons for the D-backs and was 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA (14 ER in 33.1 IP) and .273 opponents average with nine walks and 32 strikeouts.

Campana, 28, spent parts of two seasons with the D-backs and hit .198 (21-for-106) with a double, two triples, three RBI and 12 stolen bases.

The D-backs 40-man roster is now at 38.