According to the Atlanta Braves beat writer Mark Bowman, the Chicago Cubs have sent SP Ryan Dempster to the Braves:
Confirmed Ryan Dempster is coming to the Braves.Still trying to confirm details but Delgado could be on the other end of the deal— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 23, 2012
The Cubs had been shopping Dempster for several weeks, and they appear to have acquired at least SP Randall Delgado in return.
The 22-year-old Delgado ranked as one of the team's top prospects heading into the 2012 MLB season, but has scuffled a little at the major league level -- through 17 starts and 91 and 2/3 innings pitched, Delgado has a 4.42 ERA and 4.11 FIP.
According to prospect analyst Marc Hulet, Delgado has the potential to become a middle-of-the-rotation starter:
Delgado has a big, strong pitcher’s frame and has provided at least 120 innings in each of his three full seasons. He has a little work to do with his control and overall consistency before he becomes a workhorse No. 2 or 3 starter for the Braves ... His repertoire includes a low-90s fastball that can hit the mid 90s. Both his curveball and changeup have the potential to be above-average weapons.
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