May 2, 2008

New Jersey Hitmen and Tempe Knights

December 12th, 2007

New Jersey receives:
SP Clancy O'connell (24, ML) - $3.2/arbitration
SP Ross Hanlon (24, AAA) - minor league contract

Tempe receives:
LF Brian Patton (23, ML) - $0.38/$0.38/$0.38/arbitration/arbitration/arbitration
MR Vaughan Farris (23, ML) - $1.2/arbitration
SP Patrick 'Cosmos' Hunter (21, A) - minor league contract
SP Barney Sharp (21, A) - minor league contract

Since Then:
O'connell went 14-10 with a 4.36 ERA in 33 starts with New Jersey in '08. He remains with New Jersey in '09 and rates as a top tier middle rotation starter.
Hanlon was traded back to Tempe by midseason after spending all of the season at New Jersey's AAA affiliate (6/28/08). He appears to not be much of a big league talent.

Patton spent the majority of ;08 in Tempe's minor league system. He remains with Tempe in '09 and has been a fringe big league player. Overall he is 5th or defensive outfielder at best in the big leagues.
Farris went 1-4 with a 4.18 ERA in 37 relief appearances with Tempe in '08. He was traded to Charleston at the '09 trading deadline (7/31/09). He grades out as an average solid middle reliever.
Hunter quickly moved through Tempe's minor league system in '08. Promoted to Tempe in '09, he has struggled throughout the season. According to Baseball America, he ranks as the #24 prospect in PEBA (4/06/09). Overall, Hunter is a tremendous talent and still could potentially be a frontline starter one day. Some minor league seasoning could help Hunter in achieving his potential.
Sharp was traded to San Antonio midseason (6/28/08). Possessing top notch movement on his pitches, Sharp projects to be a number 2 or number 3 starter one day.

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