According to Ken Rosenthal, the Cincinnati Reds will receive Wilkin Castillo and Micah Owings from the Arizona Diamondbacks as the players to be named later in the Adam Dunn trade. The first player included was Dallas Buck, a right-handed pitcher now pitching in the Florida State League for the Sarasota Reds.
Buck, a former collegiate All-American who helped push Oregon State to the College World Series, recently began throwing again earlier this summer after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2007. The former third-round pick has excellent stuff when healthy, but has a long way to go. He has made some progress since returning, posting a 3.55 ERA and 28-to-11 K/W ratio in 50.2 innings pitched combined between the Midwest and California League.
Castillo, 24, was ranked by Baseball America as the 14th-best prospect in the Arizona organization before the season. He is a strong-armed catcher who can help control an opponents’ running game. His offensive output, however, does leave a bit to be desired. He was hitting .254/.305/.358 in 104 games in the Pacific Coast League at the time of the trade. With his defense, he will get a shot in the majors some day. Still, he clearly needs to improve his approach at the plate, as his current set of on-base skills and plate discipline (54 strikeouts, 24 walks) are a cause for concern.
Owings, who may not be traded until the offseason and has yet to be officially announced, is perhaps best known for how well he can handle a bat. The former two-way star at Tulane was recently demoted to Triple-A, though, after going 6-9 with a 5.93 ERA in 18 starts with the Diamondbacks. He is still a nice player to grab who can turn into a solid back-end starter.
Since Arizona is only getting around seven weeks of Dunn, this seems like a strong package for Walt Jocketty and the Reds, even though the club did not receive any high-impact players in return. Although they would have received two compensation picks when the slugger left for free agency, this group of players—especially Buck, who has perhaps the highest ceiling—adds three guys who are closer to making an impact in the majors.
For my take on the Diamondbacks' side, click here.