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Rangers trade Castro

The Rangers have traded Fabio Castro to the Phillies for Daniel Haigwood.

Interesting deal...Haigwood came over to the Phillies in the Jim Thome trade. This is what BA said about him at the time:

Haigwood, 22, was a 16th-round pick in 2002 out of Midland High in Pleasant Plains, Ark., where he won his first 43 decisions before losing his finale. He has been a consistent winner as a pro as well, going 32-11. He went 14-3, 2.82 in 26 starts this year between Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. In 144 innings, he had a 160-64 K-BB ratio, a .223 opponent average and eight homers allowed. He doesn't overwhelm hitters so much as keep them off balance. His curveball is his best pitch, his changeup has improved and he throws both two-seam and four-seam fastballs. His sinker is better than his four-seamer, which ranges from 88-92 mph.

You can see his historical minor league numbers here, and his 2006 minor league numbers here.

A 3.54 ERA for the Phillies' AA affiliate so far, with a strikeout per inning, but a high walk rate. Still, he's a 22 year old lefty, a guy who seems to be an okay prospect. I'm guessing he'll head to Frisco.

I'm going to have to read up a little more on Haigwood, to get a handle for how I feel about this trade overall.

But I don't think this is a terrible return for Fabio Castro, and the net result -- get Haigwood for Esteban German -- ends up being pretty good.

Update [2006-6-29 14:27:40 by Adam J. Morris]: -- John Sickels' comments on Haigwood when the Thome trade went down can be found here, and his review of the Phillies top 20 pre-season prospects (which had Haigwood ranked #3) can be found here.