Looking for a lefthanded hitter for their outfield, the Brewers acquired defensive standout Gerardo Parra from the Diamondbacks for Double-A corner outfielder Mitch Haniger, their No. 3 prospect entering the season, and low Class A lefthander Anthony Banda.
“The addition of Parra gives us a veteran player who helps to balance our lineup and also brings Gold Glove defense,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told reporters.
Anthony Banda, lhp
Drafted out of San Jacinto (Texas) JC in 2012, Banda has worked as a starter and reliever since signing out of the 10th round. He tops out near 90 mph and throws a curveball that flashes above-average break and also a changeup from a clean, repeatable delivery that helps his secondary stuff play up.
Mitch Haniger, rf
Age: 23. Bats: R
A supplemental first-rounder from Cal Poly in 2012, Haniger combines at least average power, solid contact skills and good command of the strike zone. If he develops 20-homer power, as some with the Brewers project, then he could profile as starter in right field. If not, he doesn't have the supporting tools to start on a contender. Haniger has played only sporadically in June and July while spending ample time on the disabled list.
Gerardo Parra, rf
Age: 27 Bats: L
Various advanced defensive metrics indicate that Parra, a two-time Gold Glove winner, has seen his defensive range proficiency decline in 2014. (Just note that those metrics require multiple season to stabilize.) At the same time, his offense has slipped from a year ago and he’s beginning to get expensive—he reaches his third arbitration year after the season.
Parra’s average, slugging and on-base percentage are all career lows, while one evaluator says his speed has declined in the past year.