The Cubs have acquired 22-year old lefty swinging 1B Anthony Rizzo and 22-year old righty starting pitcher Zach Cates from the Padres for 25-year old righty reliever Andrew Cashner and 20-year old lefty swinging outfielder Kyung-Min Na. The Cubs’ front office loves Anthony Rizzo as he was one of the top Red Sox’ prospects when they worked there. Rizzo came into last season as the Padres’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America. Rizzo played in 93 games in AAA-ball for the Padres last year and he was 118 of 356 (.331 avg, 1.056 OPS) with 64 runs scored, 26 homers, 101 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. But, Rizzo was overwhelmed in his first taste of the majors last year. He played in 49 games for the Padres last year and he was 18 for 128 (.141 avg, .523 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 9 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Rizzo whiffed an amazing 46 times with the Padres as he looked like he had a hole in his bat at times. That being said, Rizzo will have a good shot of winning the starting 1B job for the Cubs in 2012. 22-year old righty starting pitcher Zach Cates came into last season as the Padres’ #21 prospect according to Baseball America. Last season was his first in the minors. He pitched in 25 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Padres last year and he was 4-10 with a 4.73 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.
Andrew Cashner missed most of last season due to a shoulder problem. Cashner pitched in 7 games (1 start) for the Cubs last year and he was 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.66 WHIP. He pitched in 60 games (1 start) in his two years with the Cubs and he was 2-6 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Cashner should do well in San Diego as Petco Park is one of the best pitcher’s parks in all of baseball. Kyung-Min Na played in 83 games in rookie+A+AA-ball last year and he was 72 for 269 (.268 avg, .671 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 0 homers, 22 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.
If Rizzo comes through like the front office of the Cubs’ think he will, this deal will look like a steal in a couple of years.