Diamondbacks, Reds Swap Prospects

Teams usually don’t make trades during the playoffs, but the Diamondbacks and Reds did so on Friday. Arizona didn’t figure to reinstate Double-A Southern League home run champ Jerry Gil to its 40-man roster this offseason, so it shipped him to Cincinnati for high Class A righthander Abe Woody. The Reds added Gil to their 40-man roster.

Gil, who turns 24 tomorrow, signed for $767,500 out of the Dominican Republic in 1999. He has very impressive physical tools, including top-of-the-line arm strength and above-average speed (though he has slowed down as his body has gotten thicker). After totaling just 30 homers in his first six pro seasons, Gil exploded for 26 to lead the SL. He opened the season at Triple-A Tucson and hit just .128 in 16 games before being demoted to Tennessee, and he put up .256/.288/.501 numbers with 27 homers and 89 RBIs between the two stops. Gil is too undisciplined at the plate, and his 126-18 K-BB ratio this year is typical of his career. A shortstop earlier in his career, Gil spent much of 2006 in center field but still is capable of manning any infield position. His only taste of the majors came in 2004, when he batted .174/.182/.221 with no homers and eight RBIs in 29 games. Gil’s hopes of getting back there hinge on showing enough offensive consistency to carve out a role as a utilityman.

Woody, 23, has more upside than his draft status (31st round out of Baylor in 2005) might indicate. He has good sink and run on an 88-92 mph fastball, and backs it up with a decent slider. In 49 games at high Class A Sarasota this year, he went 5-5, 2.92 with 12 saves. He had a 62-38 K-BB ratio, .256 opponent average and just one homer allowed in 83 innings.

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