(September 13, 2011 – Source: Harry How/Getty Images North America)
The Arizona Diamondbacks parted ways with their best outfielder today sending two-time gold glove winner Gerardo Parra to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for a pair of minor league prospects in outfielder Mitch Haniger and pitcher Anthony Banda.
He made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks in 2009 and became the 100th player in MLB history to hit a home run in his very first at bat. He broke out with the club in 2011 when he won his first gold glove in left field as he led the major leagues in left field assists with 12 and batted a respectable .292 with 8 home runs and 46 runs batted in. He won his second gold glove award last year in right field this time once again leading the majors at his position in right field assists with 15. Parra is a career .274 hitter with 39 home runs, 250 RBI and 51 stolen bases over six seasons with Arizona.
One of the prospects the Diamondbacks got in return is a 2012 first round pick, 23-year-old Mitch Haniger whom has hit .263 with 22 home runs and 110 RBI in his three minor league seasons including batting .255 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI for Double-A Huntsville this year.
The other is 20-year-old Anthony Banda, a left-handed pitcher with a minor league career record of 11-13 record with a 4.40 ERA, 171 strikeouts and 87 walks in 186 innings over three seasons. He most recently went 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA with Low-A Wisconsin.
Phoenix Sports-Kings Contributor, Manuel Childs