The Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals made a trade three months ago, in which the Astros sent Jason Bourgeois and Humberto Quintero to the Royals in exchange for Kevin Chapman and a PTBNL. Well, that PBTNL has finally been named, according to Alyson Footer.
Trade completed: Astros acquire OF D’Andre Toney from Royals as player to be named in the 3/20 trade that sent Bourgeois and Quintero to KC.— Alyson Footer (@alysonfooter) June 10, 2012
I wrote about this trade when it happened, and speculated on the what players the Astros could be receiving in the form of PTBNL. D'Andre Toney was one of those players:
Draft: 14th rounder from JUCO
Tools: Above average speed, potential to be "plus" power hitter, good arm in CF
Stats: .587 SLG and .247 ISO in 176 PAs in rookie ball show power potential, also hit .340 (.390 BABIP), stole seven bases, posted a BB rate of 8% and K rate of 16%.
Ranks: 30th (Royals Revival)
My first choice would probably be Gore, followed by Toney, then Lopez.
Toney came from the same JUCO as Gore and is also a good athlete, but raw. He put up huge power numbers in rookie ball.
Toney put up monster numbers in rookie ball last season. He hit for power, hit for average, walked at a decent clip, stole bases and struck out at a respectable rate. He's a young athlete and a great get for Jeff Luhnow and the Astros.
As I wrote back in March, this trade was already a huge win for Luhnow. He turned two veteran, replaceable players into two legitimate prospects from the loaded Royals organization.
Chapman – the reliever acquired in the deal – is 3-2 with a 2.30 ERA in Double A, Courpus Christi this season. He's struggled a bit with his command (23 walks in 27.1 innings), but he's striking out batters at a nice clip (31). The 24-year-old is likely to become a 6/7/8 inning reliever for the big league club within the next few years.
And Toney is a 20 year old toolsy outfielder, who's off to a great start in the minors. He'll start the season in Greenville, according to Zach Levine.
What more is there to say about Jeff Luhnow, folks? The Jed Lowrie trade. This trade. The 2012 draft class. It's a great time to be an Astros fan.