The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a pair of minor-league prospects; outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda.
Parra is expected to join the team tomorrow in St. Louis.
The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin. “The addition of Parra gives us a veteran player who helps to balance our lineup and also brings Gold Glove defense,” said Melvin. Parra, 27, is batting .259 with 6 HR and 30 RBI in 104 games this season. He has made 98 starts (96g in RF, 2g in CF).
Signing as a non-drafted free agent on 8/30/04, Parra had spent his entire professional career in the Diamondbacks organization. He is a career .274 hitter with 39 HR and 250 RBI in 787 Major League games (2009-14). Known for his exceptional defense, Parra has won National League Gold Glove Awards in left field (2011) and right field (2013). Entering today, his 62 outfield assists since 2009 were tied for second (with two others) in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista (63).
To make room for Parra on the 25-man roster, outfielder Logan Schafer will be optioned to Triple-A Nashville. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Tyler Thornburg was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
Haniger, 24, was selected by the Brewers in the supplemental first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He batted .255 with 10 HR and 34 RBI in 67 games at Double-A Huntsville this season.
Banda, 20, was selected by the Brewers in the 10th round of the 2012 draft. He was 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA and 2 saves in 20 games (14 starts) at Class-A Wisconsin this season.
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that they have signed 21 additional players from the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. With these signings, the Brewers have now signed each of their first six draft selections and 12 of their first 15 selections. Last Friday, the Brewers announced the signings of both of their first-round picks: Clint Coulter and Victor Roache. Today’s draft signings include:
Round / Player / Position / Initial assignment
1A. Mitch Haniger – RF (Wisconsin)
2. Tyrone Taylor – CF (Arizona)
3. Zach Quintana – RHP (Arizona)
4. Tyler Wagner – RHP (Helena)
6. Angel Ortega – SS (Arizona)
7. David Otterman – LHP (Helena)
9. Alex Lavandero – RHP (Arizona)
10. Anthony Banda – LHP (Arizona)
12. Eric Semmelhack – RHP (Helena)
13. Alan Sharkey – 1B (Arizona)
16. Adam Giacalone – 1B (Helena)
17. Alfredo Rodriguez – SS (Helena)
20. Michael Garza – 3B (Helena)
21. Austin Blaski – RHP (Arizona)
24. Michael Turay – C (Helena)
25. Lance Roenicke – OF (Helena)
30. Jonathan Armold – RHP (Arizona)
31. Brent Suter – LHP (Arizona)
33. Austin Hall – RHP (Arizona)
35. Jose Sermo – SS (Arizona)
Undrafted: Taylor Mangum – RHP (Arizona)
The advanced rookie-level Helena Brewers begin their season on Monday, June 18 when they host the Great Falls Voyagers. The rookie-level Arizona Brewers begin their season on Thursday, June 21 when they host the Arizona Dodgers.