Why the Chicago Cubs Got a Huge Pitching Prospect Steal in Arodys Vizcaino

August 7, 2012 by  

With a little more than 12 hours remaining until the end of the Major League Baseball trade deadline, the Atlanta Braves acquired OF Reed Johnson and LHP Paul Maholm from the Chicago Cubs, adding depth to both their starting rotation and bench.

In return, the Cubs received a pair of pitching prospects headlined by RHP Arodys Vizcaino, who underwent Tommy John surgery in March and has subsequently missed the entire 2012 season.

Prior to the injury, though, Vizcaino, 21, was widely regarded as the Braves’ third-best prospect—and appeared on most writers’ Top 100 preseason rankings—behind fellow r...

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