The March trade that sent infielder Jeff Keppinger to the Astros was completed on Thursday when the Reds received infielder Drew Sutton as the player to be named.
Sutton, 25, will report to Triple-A Louisville. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, Danny Richar was sent outright to Louisville.
Last season with Double-A Corpus Christi, Sutton batted .317 with 20 home runs and 69 RBIs and was his team’s Most Valuable Player. He led all Astros Minor Leaguers in batting average, hits (165), runs (102), walks (76), doubles (39) and extra-base hits (63).
With Triple-A Round Rock, Sutton was batting .267 (4-for-15) with a .389 on-base percentage in five games. He was the 15th-round selection by the Astros in the June 2004 First-Year Player Draft.
Here’s what Baseball Prospectus has to say about Sutton, who is listed as a 2B:
Sutton gave a nice enough performance, but it came from a player way too old to still be at Double-A. Sutton is willing and able to play anywhere on the field, but his range and arm are both weak; for any lengthy usage, he’s limited to second base. Houston’s roster moves do seem to imply a competition between him and Chris Johnson for a major league spot; Sutton has a good chance of winning that.
Thoughts? Would you rather have Keppinger?