Brewers Deal for OF Parra from Diamondbacks

The Brewers acquired left-handed hitting, outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Diamonbacks in exchange for minor league players Mitch Haniger and Anthony Banda.

The Brewers acquired Gerardo Parra from the Diamonbacks in exchange for Double-A outfielder Mitch Haniger and Low-A left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda.

Parra provides the outfield depth and left-handed bench bat that the Brewers have been seeking. The two-time gold glover is capable of playing all three outfield spots and will spell Khris Davis, Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun throughout the remainder of the season. I believe that Parra will see the most action in place of Davis against tough right-handed pitchers. Parra turned 27-years-old in May and will be controlled by the team through the 2015 season.

To make room on the roster the Brewers sent Logan Schafer to Triple-A Nashville. Moving from Schafer to Parra is an immediate upgrade both offensively and defensively. Parra will see plenty of action the remainder of the season and gives manage Ron Roenicke another weapon off the bench.

In order to make the deal the Brewers had to send outfielder Mitch Haniger and pitcher Anthony Banda to the Diamondbacks. Haniger is the centerpiece of the package. The 23-year old is having a tough year at Double-A Huntsville with a .255/.316/.416 slash line including 10 home runs. Haniger had a very rough April hitting just .193 with a .615 OPS but had picked it up considerably until the injury bug hit him.

Haniger had a great showing in the Arizona Fall League this past season and upped his prospect status. He is a solid player in virtually every aspect of the game, but doesn't do anything that will blow you away. He has some pop in his bat but will be more of a gap hitter than a home run hitter. He can run and throw on defense, but is better suited for a corner role than playing center. There are things to like about Haniger, but overall I don't feel like the Brewers lost a lot giving him up in this deal. With a young, controlled outfield in place at the big league level and prospects like Tyrone Taylor, Monte Harrison and Michael Reed, a player like Haniger is exactly who the Brewers would want to move for help at the big league level.

I had a chance to watch Anthony Banda pitch on Tuesday night. While the left-hander has put up great strike out numbers on the year for Low-A Wisconsin, I view him more as a relief pitcher. Banda features a good looking curveball that he uses as both a get a head pitch as well as a put away pitch. My main problem with the lefty was his fastball location. He struggled with his control throughout the game and when he was in the zone was letting the ball leak up into the nitro zone for hitters. Sitting in the high 80s up in the zone is no way to live for a left-handed starting pitcher.

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