According to multiple reports, Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot have been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Blake DeWitt and two minor league pitchers … Brett Wallach and Kyle Smit.
The Cubs sent $2.5 million along with Lilly and Theriot.
Blake DeWitt will be added to the Cubs 40-man roster. With the subtractions of Ted Lilly, Ryan Theriot and Bobby Howry in the past two days, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 38 players. Ted Lilly will return to the organization that drafted him in the 23rd round in 1996.
Updated 1:24pm CDT – Information on the minor league pitchers received in the deal.
Brett Wallach is the son of former Montreal Expo/Los Angeles Dodger, Tim Wallach. Baseball America named Brett the Dodgers 20th best prospect prior to the 2010 season.
Wallach, a 21-year old right-hander (December 2, 1998) was the Dodgers third round pick in the 2009 draft. Wallach has been pitching in the Midwest League (Single A) this season.
Wallach is 6-0 in 17 games, all starts, this season with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. In 84 2/3 innings this season Wallach has struck out 92 and walked 43 while giving up 73 hits.
According to Baseball America, Wallach’s fastball sits in the low 90s and tops out at 94 MPH with good sink. Wallach’s best pitch is his change-up and he throws “an inconsistent” slider.
Wallach was a shortstop in high school and played both first base and short, while hitting cleanup, at Orange Coast Community College. Wallach is still learning how to pitch but his delivery was described as “smooth and easy.”
Baseball America projected Wallach as a number three starter in the big leagues.
Brett Wallach’s Page on Baseball-Reference.com
The Dodgers selected Kyle Smit in the fifth round of the 2006 draft. The 22-year old right-hander (October 14, 1987) was not listed by Baseball America among the top prospects in the Dodgers system prior to 2010.
Smit was recently promoted to Double-A Chattanooga of the Southern League and has not allowed a earned run in three games, three total innings.
Smit posted a 5-3 record in 34 games, one start, in High-A with a 2.49 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.