Khris Davis has been sent to Oakland for a pair of prospects C Jacob Nottingham and RHP Bubba Derby. The latest of Stearns move in the rebuilding process for the Brewers. Derby 21 posted a 0.78 ERA in twelve starts for Class A Beloit last season after being promoted from Rookie Ball. Nottingham meanwhile hit .316 with 17 homers and 82 RBI in 119 games with three different A-Ball teams.
In a release from David Stearns, he stated that “In Jacob Nottingham, we are acquiring one of the premier catching prospects in baseball, Jacob has an advanced feel for hitting and has demonstrated consistent power throughout his minor-league career.”
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Nottingham was ranked 66th in the baseball prospectus Top-101 list. He was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2013 draft by the Houston Astros but was sent to Oakland over the summer in the deal that sent Scott Kazmir to Houston.He is a career .248 hitter with 23 HR and 130 RBI in 211 games between Rookie ball and the Class-A Level. Last season he batted .316 with 33 doubles, 17 HR and 82 RBIs between three different Class-A teams(Quad-Cities, Lancaster, and Stockton).
Bubba Derby meanwhile was drafted in the 6th round of the 2015 draft out of San Diego State. With Low-A level Vermont he impressed going 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA allowing 19 hits and striking out 45. Between Vermont and the Arizona league last year he went 1-1 with a 1.21 ERA in 14 games with 47 strikeouts in 37.1 IP.
Stearns adds on to his already notable list of trades for prospects, acquiring Isan Diaz, Javier Betancourt, Trey Supak, Daniel Missaki, Carlos Herrera and Freddy Peralta and he’s not showing any signs of slowing down yet. The acquisition of Nottingham also shows that Milwaukee is putting in the pieces to replace Lucroy and possibly allow for Lucroy to be traded away. Before Nottingham the Brewers lacked a catching prospect in their farm system.