|The Brewers acquired reliever Burke Badenhop from the Rays for raw, 19-year-old Rookie-level right fielder Raul Mondesi Jr. Milwaukee sought bullpen help after its relievers posted the highest ERA (4.46) in the majors last year.|
|Raul Mondesi Jr., rf
Age: 19. Born: Aug 23, 1992 in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic.
Ht.: 5-10. Wt.: 180.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as nondrafted free agent by Brewers, June 23, 2010.
Mondesi, whose father Raul Sr. spent 13 years in the big leagues, is a marginal prospect who hasn’t shown much with the bat since signing. He’s a .243/.305/.371 hitter over his three minor league seasons, and he led the Pioneer League with 87 strikeouts in 2012. Raul Jr.’s brother Adalberto is a promising shortstop prospect in the Royals organization.
|Burke Badenhop, rhp
Age: 29. Remaining Commitment: Arbitration-eligible for 2013-14 seasons ($1.075 million salary in 2012).
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.
Badenhop throws a sinking fastball in the 89-91 mph range along with an 80-81 slider. His best asset is his control. Of all pitchers with at least 60 innings in 2012, Badenhop allowed the fourth-fewest walks.