Rangers, Bosox Swap Minor Leaguers




The Deal
Daniel Haigwood rated as one of the White Sox' best pitching prospects before they traded him for Jim Thome, but his stock has dropped since then. Designated for assignment when the Rangers promoted Jamey Wright to the majors, Haigwood moved on to the Red Sox Thursday in exchange for Double-A righthander Scott Shoemaker and cash.
The Prospects
Haigwood, a 23-year-old lefty, signed as a 16th-round pick in 2002 after going 43-1 during his high school career in Arkansas. He went 32-11 in the White Sox system before getting dealt to the Phillies in November 2005 and the Rangers (for Fabio Castro) in June 2006. Haigwood, who has yet to pitch in 2007, went 3-7, 3.57 in 27 Double-A starts last year, with a 142-86 K-BB ratio, .252 opponent average and 11 homers allowed in 146 innings. His stuff is unremarkable, as he features a high-80s fastball and tends to rely too much on his sharp curveball and effective changeup. Boston assigned him to Double-A Portland.

Shoemaker, 25, signed as a fifth-year senior out of San Diego State just before the 2004 draft. His fastball and slider are decent if not plus pitches, and he throws them for strikes. In two appearances at Portland this year, he had a 10.80 ERA.
Quick Take
Neither player has much of a ceiling, so it's unlikely this trade will register a long-term impact.

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