The Milwaukee Brewers busy offseason continued on Friday night when they traded outfielder Khris Davis to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for catcher Jacob Nottingham and pitcher Bubba Derby.
Nottingham, 20, is ranked as the eighth best catching prospect in all of baseball according to MLB Pipeline. A sixth round pick of the Houston Astros in 2013, Nottingham opened last season at Low-A Quad Cities where he dominated Midwest League pitching, batting .326 with ten home runs in 59 games before earning a promotion to High-A Lancaster. He was traded to Oakland last July along with pitcher Daniel Mengden in exchange for pitcher Scott Kazmir and finished out the season with the A’s High-A affiliate in Stockton, California, where he hit .299 in 43 contests.
Derby, 21, was drafted last season by Oakland in the sixth round out of San Diego State University. He made 14 appearances after signing with the A’s between Oakland’s AZL affiliate and Vermont of the New York-Penn League. Derby went 1-1 with a 1.21 earned run average, striking out 47 in 37.1 innings of work.
Davis, the Brewers seventh round pick in 2009 out of Cal State Fullerton, made his major league debut with Milwaukee in 2013 and has appeared in 321 games for the Brewers over the past three seasons, hitting .250 with 60 home runs. Last season, Davis belted 27 homers as Milwaukee’s starting left fielder. His trade frees up an outfield spot for Domingo Santana, who was acquired from the Astros at the trade deadline last season.