February 25, 2008

San Antonio Calzones of Laredo and Canton Longshoremen

July 31st, 2007

Canton receives:
1B Jing Duan (22, ML) - $1.6/$1.7/$1.8
SP Ryuichi Yamauchi (22, AAA) - minor league contract
MR Sadao Ichihara (20, AAA) - $0.94/$1.5/$0.38/arbitration/arbitration/arbitration
San Antonio's 2nd round 2008 draft pick (LF Bill Rice - 17th pick)

San Antonio receives:
1B Juan Otero (27, ML) - $3.9
C Donald "Awesome" Hawkins (19, A) - minor league contract

Since Then:
Otero played horribly for San Antonio. He was released in the offseason after batting .193 in 32 games (10/04/07). He played 2 All-Star caliber seasons for Bani Depredadoras del Peravia of the Liga Dominicana de Béisbol Invernal League. He led his team to win the 2008 Liga Dominicana de Béisbol Invernal Serie de Dominicana Final. In '09 he found his way back to PEBA signing a 1 year deal with Bakersfield.
Hawkins has been a great defensive catcher throughout his young career. He serves as San Antonio's backup catcher in the '09 season. He appears destined to be a career backup or AAA catcher.

Duan performed well for Canton during the '07 season hitting .279 with 25 RBIs in 57 games. He was claimed off waivers by Reno on 7/15/08. Since then, he has played for several PEBA teams as well as teams from the League of the Rising Sun. As of '09, he has played for Canton, Reno, Niihama-shi, and Shin Seiki.
Yamauchi, a decent prospect, was traded to Aurora on 11/02.07. He has established himself as a big leaguer after being traded to Manchester (7/31/08). He threw a No-Hitter in a 3-0 win against Florida on 4/29/09.
Ichihara was traded to Bakersfield 8 months later (3/18/08) where he has established himself as a reliable middle reliever.
Rice remains in Canton's farm system and projects to be a big leaguer one day. He ranks as the #32 prospect in PEBA as of 4/06/09.

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