(GAME DATE — July 30, 2020) — Sometimes a change of scenery can be a beneficial to a baseball player. That is the hope in Ohio and Pittsburgh as the teams came to an agreement today which sends 24-year-old 1B Bobby Leach and 20-year-old minor league 1B Paul Campeau to the Iron Pigs and 29-year-old RHP Marc Garland and 33-year-old LHP Josh Moore to the Oxen. “Only time will tell if this is the right move for everyone,” stated the Pittsburgh GM.
Leach is hitting .188 this year with 2 home runs, 3 RBIs and 4 runs scored. He has 6 hits in 32 at-bats, 2 walks and a .235 on-base percentage. Leach has played in 9 games.
Checking out his stats for the season, Moore has registered 9 wins and 7 losses in 20 starts, 5.13 ERA and struck out 88 batters in 145.2 innings.
Both teams have been struggling through much of 2020, with Ohio currently in last place in the LL West with a 49-58 record, 16 games behind the division leading Minneapolis Ravens, and the Pittsburgh Iron Pigs have the same record, but are in 4th in the LL East, ahead of the Montreal Metros.
Ohio has been desperately searching for solutions to their pitching woes. Garland, a hard-throwing cutter/changeup righty with great stuff but a lack of control, could deliver solid innings out of the bullpen over short stints. Moore, a lefty sidearm thrower who tosses a fastball with some movement throws low in the zone and is considered a good groundballer, but may need to shift out of his customary starter role and into the bullpen to be effective.
Going the other way, Pittsburgh picks up a viable power hitter in Leach, who is defensively a marvel at first base. Campeau, a native of Toronto, projects for high contact and a good knack for getting on base, but his lack of speed limit him offensively and defensively. Campeau, 20, will likely be assigned to Short Season A or A level after the trade.