Cueto Traded to Royals

July 26, 2015

The Cincinnati Reds have traded their ace pitcher Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals for pitching prospects Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb, and Cody Reed. The trade should help the Royals extend their lead over the rest of the AL Central division. They already have a seven and a half game lead over their nearest competitors, the Minnesota Twins, and they currently have the highest win percentage (.608) in the AL.

Cueto led the NL in strikeouts last year with 242 and he's on his way this season to another good year. In 19 games, he has a 2.62 ERA with 7 wins to 6 losses. He won his last game, on July 25th, by pitching 8 strong innings and giving up 4 hits and no runs.

Cueto first signed with the Reds in March, 2004, as an amateur free agent. He made his first major league appearances in 2008, pitching in 31 games with the Reds.

Of the three prospects that the Reds acquired in the trade, only one has had major league experience. Brandon Finnegan, who was drafted by the Royals in 2014, was first called up to the team on September 1, 2014. This year, he pitched 24.1 innings in 14 games with the Royals and he has a 2.96 ERA in those games.

John Lamb, the oldest of the three prospects at age 25 (the other two are 22), has been with the Royals since 2008 but he's only seen playing time in the minors. In 122 games in the minor leagues, he's pitched 605.2 innings and he has a 3.70 ERA with 38 wins to 38 losses.

Cody Reed was drafted by the Royals in 2013 and he's pitched in their minor league system since then. In 52 games, he's won 10 and lost 17 and he has a 4.21 ERA.

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Sources for Information
Baseball Reference