D-Backs trade OF Perales for LHP Coutlangus

The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded outfielder Daniel Perales, who played with South Bend last year, to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jon Coutlangus.

Jon Coutlangus
The Arizona Diamondbacks had purges their system of nearly all promising left-handed pitching prospects this winter.  The ballclub finally addressed this deficiency by trading for southpaw Jon Coutlangus, who was designated for assignment by Cincinnati on March 31. .  The former Giants farmhand appeared in 64 games out of the bullpen last season for Cincinnati, going 4-2 with a 4.39 ERA (20 ER in 41.0 IP), 27 walks and 38 strikeouts as his 64 appearances ranked third among all National League rookies. His best month came in July when he posted a 1.08 ERA (1 ER in 8.1 IP) in 15 appearances.

Originally selected by San Francisco in the 19th round of the 2003 draft, Coutlangus was claimed off waivers by the Reds on March 31, 2006. He converted from an outfielder to a pitcher after hitting just a buck-ninety-four in 2004. In 2006, he was selected to participate in the Southern League All-Star Game while playing for Chattanooga (AA), converting 9 of 10 save opportunities. 

Coutlangus is undefeated in his minor league pitching career (6-0) with 151 strikeouts, 69 walks, and a 3.15 ERA.  He joins Leyson Septimo among Diamondbacks southpaw prospects who have converted from outfield to the pitching mound.

Daniel Perales is beginning the 2008 season on the disabled list after a 2007 campaign that saw him hit .282 (156-for-554) in 136 games for South Bend. Perales was the D-backs' 22nd round selection in the 2006 draft from the University of Southern California and led the organization with 92 RBI for the Silver Hawks last season. Those 92 RBI were also good for second in the Midwest League.  He led that league in hits (156) and extra base hits (58), while finishing fifth in doubles (32) and third in both triples (10) and runs scored (80).

The USC Alumnus ranked as the 46th-best overall prospect on FutureBacks.com's recent Top 50 Diamondbacks Prospect list.  You can read more about Perales in our free Prospect Profile of the promising outfielder.

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