By Andrew Hendriks
Canadian Baseball Network
TORONTO -- On Thursday, the Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies finalized a trade that dispatched right-handed reliever Seunghwan Oh to Denver in exchange for a package of prospects highlighted by 1B Chad Spanberger.
In 92 games with the A-ball Asheville Tourists this season, Spanberger, 22, has slashed .316/.364/.580 with 45 extra-base hits, 20 of which have left the yard.
A sixth-round selection in 2017, the left-handed hitting product of Granite City, Ili., is considered to have plus power and has drawn favorable reviews for his defensive ability in the field. That said, limited speed coupled with an aggressive and occasionally exposed approach at the dish have led some to draw comparisons between him and Orioles first baseman Chris Davis.
Prior to Thursday's transaction, the hard-hitting first baseman had been ranked as the Rockies 24th-top prospect according to MLB Pipeline.
Joining Spanberger in Thursday's transaction is OF Forrest Wall and a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Through five seasons in pro ball, Wall, 22, has slashed .276/.353/.413 while splitting time between the outfield and second base. Promoted to double-A for the first time earlier this season, the former first-round draft pick (2014) posted an OPS of .648 through 46 games with the Hartford Yard Goats ahead of Thursday's move.
The Blue Jays will also receive a player to be named later or cash considerations in the deal.
Valued both for his strong vitals and an additional year of team control following 2018 campaign, Oh led all qualified Blue Jays relievers in opponents batting average (.214), WHIP (1.00) and ERA (2.68), while also ranking second in strikeouts (55) and appearances (48) in 2018.
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