Cubs Trade Prospect Blevins to A's

The Cubs parted ways with minor league pitcher Jerry Blevins on Monday. Blevins, a 23-year-old left-hander, had enjoyed his finest season to date in the Cubs' farm system with Class AA Tennessee this season.

In 23 games with Tennessee, Blevins posted a 1.53 ERA in 29 1/3 innings in relief. He struck out 37, walked eight, and posted a .215 average against.

Monday, he was traded to Oakland in exchange for catcher Jason Kendall, although it had been initially reported by Major League Baseball's official website that the trade involved Cubs pitcher Sean Marshall.

Instead, the A's acquired Blevins and catcher Rob Bowen. Bowen had been designated for assignment by the Cubs earlier in the day while Blevins last pitched for Tennessee on Sunday. He faced five Mobile batters and yielded a home run to top Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Justin Upton.

"He throws three pitches – an above-average fastball, a real good straight changeup that he can throw to left-handers or right-handers, and a pretty good curveball," Tennessee pitching coach Dennis Lewallyn said when describing Blevins. "He did a great job for us here."

Blevins began the year at Class A Daytona, where he was moved up after yielding just one run in 23 2/3 innings – good for a 0.38 ERA. The southpaw was selected in the 17th round of the 2004 draft from Dayton University.

For his part, the 33-year-old Kendall batted .226 with two home runs and 22 RBIs in 80 games for Oakland. He is expected to be in uniform for Tuesday's game against San Francisco at Wrigley Field. The game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (CDT) and can be seen on Comcast Sports Net.

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