Traded LHP Cliff Bartosh to the Chicago Cubs for RHP Bear Bay
Not a bad return for someone that Shapiro had to trade or lose. Bay isn’t much of a prospect, but like Tom Mastny, he’s an semi-interesting player. He’s shown good control over his brief professional career (1.68 W/9), though that control may be all that’s separating his 3.10 ERA last year from a much higher one, as evidenced by his hit rates. Bay should join Mastny in the Kinston rotation.
As for Bartosh, I think he can carve out a major-league career for himself, especially now that he’s made a roster. But I thought the same of Carl Sadler and Alex Herrera, so take my opinions on young LOOGYs with a very large grain of salt.