Breaking down May trades

A breakdown on the prospects involved in trades.

Originally Published: May 19, 2004
By Jim Callis | Baseball America

Indians complete Bradley trade
May 19: After initially receiving slugging outfielder Franklin Gutierrez in their April 4 Milton Bradley trade with the Dodgers, the Indians received another quality prospect to complete the deal. Righthander Andrew Brown, who's leading the Double-A Southern League in strikeouts, joined the Cleveland organization on Wednesday.

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  • Brown, a 1999 sixth-round pick out of a Jacksonville high school by the Braves, went to the Dodgers in the January 2002 Gary Sheffield trade.

    A throw-in at the time, Brown had a breakout 2002 season and established himself as a legitimate prospect. He took a huge step back last year, however, pitching just one inning before having season-ending surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow.

    Brown's stuff has returned in 2004, as he's again throwing 93-96 mph fastballs and backing them up with a mix of solid breaking balls and changeups. He was 1-3, 4.02 in eight starts at Double-A Jacksonville, with 58 strikeouts in 40 innings. His control was better than ever (14 walks), and opponents hit .235 with five homers against him.

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