From the Wire … Cubs Trade Tony Campana to Arizona for RHPs Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo

The Cubs traded outfielder Tony Campana to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday for right-handed pitchers Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo. The Cubs designated Campana for assignment on February 10 to make room on the 40-man roster for Scott Hairston.

Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo pitched in the Dominican Summer League last season and both pitchers are just 17 years old. The Cubs feel they acquired two young arms that project to Major League pitchers for Tony Campana.

Erick Leal was 6-2 with a 2.44 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP in 14 appearances, 12 starts. In 70 innings, the 17-year old struck out 70 batters and walked 11. Leal is likely to begin the season in the minor leagues according to Jed Hoyer.

Erick Leal’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Jesus Castillo was 2-4 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP in 14 appearances, eight starts. In 46 2/3 innings, Castillo struck out 41 and walked 17.

Jesus Castillo’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • gary3411

    Can’t find any scouting reports on Leal, but the numbers are LEGIT. Me likey.

  • Ray Ray

    Looks like Leal could be a pretty good arm for a DFA’d player in Campana. 2, 17 year old arms for Campana is a good gamble.

    • Tony_Hall

      Don’t look now Ray, but that was a positive spin on a Cubs transaction and/or activity….

      • Ray Ray

        They traded a dfa’d player. How can there be a negative spin?

        • Tony_Hall

          You usually find a way to see the half empty part of any transaction, but if you need to know the negative side of this one, check out Rip’s responses…

  • Aaron
    • Neil

      Thanks for posting Aaron

    • DWalker

      thanks for the link. as much as I liked to watch Tony C, I gotta applaud this trade. Not only did they get something for a player likely to be picked up on waivers, they got two legit, if low level and high risk. prospects that both have actual potential. who’d a thought it. Good luck to Tony too, I hope he finds a team that can use him.

  • triple

    Of course I’m an optimist, but I like the looks of this trade… which we’ll never really know whether it was a win for another 3 or 4 years.

  • EqDoc

    I was looking over some of the Arizona boards and their fans are pissed! It seems alot of people were really high on Leal.

  • Tony_Hall

    Good luck to Tony Campana. I hope he learns how to get on base, as he is a lot of fun to watch ones he does.

    It sure looks like we got a good return for him, high risk, high reward times 2!

  • Tom U

    A pretty good haul for Campana. It looks as if Leal will join what is shaping up to be a talented staff for the AZL Cubs, while Castillo will join the Cubs’ team in the Venezuelan Summer League.

    • brent carmona


      never noticed we had the VSL, is this the first season for that? i know there was a winter league and the two DSL squads..just curious thanks tom.

      • Tom U

        Brent, the front office changed things for this season, discontinuing one of the DSL teams and adding one in the VSL.

      • Neil

        Brent, the link above has a majority of the coaching staff for the VSL team. I have not seen an announcement for the other position yet.

        • brent carmona

          Thanks guys, now i remember it being mentioned on the site by yall…I try and retain as much info as I can but will forget some things

  • Ripsnorter1

    “No GM wants Campana”….LOL.

    “He’s not on the bubble for the 25 man, he’s on the bubble for the 40 man. He has no value!” …..LOL

    • Tony_Hall

      Not sure who ever said that no GM wants Campana or that he has no value. He hasn’t made the 25 man roster for the Diamondbacks yet, as they have a pretty overloaded OF situation.

      Campana is more suited for a team that can afford to use a roster spot for a pinch runner, which would be a team that is more set at all 3 OF spots versus a team that is looking at using all 5 OF spots for starters in a platoon situation. Not really sure what is so hard to understand.

    • RynoTiger

      hey I can use stats too to support my argument. Dave Sappelt hit .400 against LHP. Gosh that’s pretty dang good to mash lefties like that. It’s almost like he’s good at his role like Campana was good at base stealing. Gosh I guess they both had their roles and did well in them.
      and actually if you like at their minor league stats, Sappelt was responsible for more offense than Campana..particularly if you look at those RBI and Runs scored categories. gosh dang that Sappelt! (sarcasm intended)

  • bluekoolaidaholic

    High risk, high reward. As unlikely as it is for these guys to ever reach the bigs, getting something for Tony Campana is a pretty awesome thing. Kudos to this FO. I fully expected him to get claimed off waivers by someone in our division or the Sox (just as bad). I could just see him returning as a Cub killer to run on us 40 times a year after someone teaches him how to get on base.
    Anyhow, good luck Tony I loved your hustle and skills. Running in that thin desert air should be a snap.

  • Tom U

    Infielder/Outfielder Tim Saunders remains the leader to our minor league poll. Outfielder Reggie Golden, third baseman Christian Villanueva, and RHP Dillon Maples are tied for second.

    • triple

      I wouldn’t mind getting updates for Leal honestly.

      • Theboardrider

        Totally agree on that. I’d like updates on Leal…

  • Jim Canavan

    Great that they got 2 possible arms who may hit Wrigley one day.

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  • Theboardrider

    Getting something for Campana is a feat, getting two young arms that project to be play in MLB is really something. How did they get this done?

  • 07GreyDigger

    It’s sad to see an inspirational story like Campana go, but he had no chance to be a starter on this team with Brett Jackson, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler waiting in the wings.

    Front office did a great job of getting value and sending him somewhere else he might succeed.