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More info on prospects in Fukudome deal

More info on prospects in Fukudome deal

More info on prospects in Fukudome deal
While no big-name prospects moved in the trade that sent Kosuke Fukudome to the Indians, the Cubs did get a pair of Minor Leaguers for the veteran outfielder. Here's some more information on Abner Abreu and Carlton Smith.

Abner Abreu, OF: Signed in 2006 out of the Dominican Republic, Abreu has some raw tools to work with, though he hasn't been able to tap into them consistently. He has plus raw power, but a lack of strike-zone discipline and an overly-aggressive approach at the plate has led to too many strikeouts and too few walks.

He's played center field and right and could profile well in the corner spot with an above-average arm. He's got good speed, but it isn't plus, though good baserunning ability has allowed him to steal some bases. He uses his speed to get good jumps in the outfield as well. There's still a lot of projectability with Abreu, who fits into the high-risk/high-reward category.


Carlton Smith, RHP: A New Jersey native selected by the Indians from the junior college ranks in the 21st round of the 2004 Draft, Smith made the transition from starting to relief work full-time in 2009. The right-hander has a sinker/slider repertoire with a bit of an across-the-body delivery. He can get his fastball up to 94 mph with good sink, generating ground balls consistently.

His slider has shown some angle and has been effective in getting right-handed hitters out. He also has a splitter, but doesn't use it that much. He hasn't always been consistent with his delivery and the quality of his pitches, causing some issues as he's reached the upper levels. He is durable and has never shied away from taking the ball. The ceiling is limited, but he could provide decent bullpen depth in the big leagues.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.