Dodgers Send Pitching Prospect to Milwaukee to Complete Knebel Trade

On Friday the Dodgers announced their part of the Corey Knebel trade with Milwaukee. The options originally were a player to be named later or cash considerations. LA went with the former. Moreover,  pitching prospect Leo Crawford was sent to the Brewers to complete the deal.

Crawford is a 23-year-old left-hander who signed with the Dodgers out of Nicaragua. He made his pro debut as an 18-year-old in 2015 and posted a 1.41 ERA in 15 games (14 starts). Over 5 Minor League seasons, the lefty has accumulated a 33-26 record with a 3.22 ERA in 107 games, 88 of which were starts.

Never considered a top prospect, Crawford wasn’t without upside. At, Tim Rogers detailed the hurler as part of his unheralded prospects series where he broke down his arsenal.

He’s not blessed with a high-90s fastball is an artist on the mound. He uses deception, some craftiness, and a great changeup to get batters out. … He’s not a guy that the scouts drool over with a high 90s fastball but knows how to get batters out. … What separates him from other pitchers is that he is an old school type pitcher. His pitching mechanics keep batters off balance as he varies his delivery from pitch to pitch. The pitchers he reminds me of is the great Luis Tiant and some Johnny Cueto.

Considering the upside of former NL All-Star Corey Knebel, chances are high that the Dodgers can end up on the winning side of this deal. Knebel is expected to fill the innings left behind by free agents Pedro Baez and Blake Treinen.

NEXT: How the Knebel Trade Was Minutes from Not Happening

Written by Clint Pasillas

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  1. Perhaps they should have sent him to that baseball clinic up in Seattle where Kershaw went to pick up velocity…

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