Cubs Get Hendricks and Villanueva From Rangers; Player Spotlights

All things considered the Cubs got a pretty good deal from the Rangers.  Because of Dempster nixing a deal to the Braves for Randall Delgado the Cubs had to go elsewhere, everyone thought that meant the Dodgers.  The two best things to happen to the Cubs today were the Rangers and the Yankees.  If those teams don’t jump in after Dempster the Cubs would have been forced to take a low, low ball deal from the Dodgers or keep Dempster.  What it came down to is the Rangers needing to answer the acquisition of Zack Greinke by the Angels with a pitcher of their own, Demspter.  Here’s a bit more on the two players the Cubs received from Texas.

Christian Villanueva – 3B;  DOB: 6/19/91 (21 years old)

Love this prospect.  Villanueva was ranked the 100th best prospect in baseball prior to the 2012 season.  Villanueva has a quick, compact swing that has produced some power but his power potential is up in the air right now.  This season Villanueva was playing at A+ level Myrtle Beach in the Rangers organization.  In 100 games this year Villanueva has hit .285 with 10 home runs, and 59 RBI’s, he’s walked 24 times and struck out 83 times in 425 plate appearances.  Villanueva has struggled with the glove at third base, recording 15 errors this season with a .938 fielding %.

Kyle Hendricks – RHP; DOB 12/7/89 (22 years old)

This is your typical mid range young arm that has room to grow and a solid upside.  Hendricks is a strikeout pitcher with absolutely tremendous command.  So far this season Hendricks has made 20 starts for Myrtle Beach, he is 5-8 with a 2.82 ERA and two complete games.  The extended stats are impressive, in 130.2 innings Hendricks has struck out 112 guys and walked 15, that’s a tremendous strike out to walk ratio.  Here is a solid baseball america article on Hendricks, definitely worth the read.

All in all, an adequate return for Dempster, not as good as Randall Delgado but better than what they would have received from the Dodgers.  Let’s all relax for a little bit now, thanks for following our trade deadline coverage!

- George

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