Saturday Links: Austin Kearns trade breakdown

Major League Baseball

Austin Kearns; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Reaction to the Friday trade of Lafayette High School alum Austin Kearns from the Cleveland Indians to the New York Yankees:

  • Kearns tells John Paul Morosi of MLB.com that this trade was easier for him that when he was traded from Cincinnati to Washington because his family could drive from Lexington Cincinnati to watch him play. About living in New York City, Kearns said, “I’m sure it’ll be a little different speed for me. But I’ll make the adjustment.”
  • Joel Sherman and Tim Bontemps of the New York Post report Kearns will serve as a right-handed bat off the bench. When a left-handed pitcher is starting Kearns will start in left field with Curtis Granderson moving to the bench.
  • Indians manager Manny Acta told James Hall of MLB.com of Kearns, “We wish him the best. I think this guy has paid his dues and he deserves to go to a contender at this time in his career and maybe a chance to win a ring.”
  • Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that Kearns’ veteran presence will be important for the Yankees, who have been counting on many youngsters in bench roles.

BA: Collin Cowgill is D’Backs ninth best prospect

Minor League Baseball

Colling Cowgill; Photo: UK Athletics

Baseball America has stepped away from the Winter Meetings madness long enough to release its top ten Arizona Diamondbacks prospects, and UK alum Collin Cowgill checks in at number nine on the list. Cowgill originally was slotted at ten, but he moved up a spot after the D’Backs shipped Daniel Schlereth to the Yankees in the Curtis Granderson blockbuster.  Arizona, who’s best pitcher and offensive player were both born in the Bluegrass state, is positioned to become Kentucky west with Cowgill and former UK teammate Sean Coughlin moving through the system. (Full List)

Here’s a look at Cowgill’s injury-shortened 2009 season and a snippet of BA analysis:

#9 — OF Collin Cowgill — High A Visalia — UK

  • .277, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 61 games
  • .277/.373/.445
  • BA: “Cowgill earned the right to open 2010 in Double-A after hitting well in his two months at Visalia. On a contender, he profiles as a fourth outfielder who can provide righthanded pop and constant energy.”