The trade that sent Corey Knebel to the Los Angeles Dodgers has been consummated. Left-handed pitcher Leo Crawford is the player to be named lsyer that is coming back to the Brewers.
Brewers acquired LHP Leo Crawford from Dodgers to complete the December 2 trade for RHP Corey Knebel, Milwaukee announced— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) December 11, 2020
Leo Crawford has had success at the minor league level, covering more than 120 innings in 2019 and producing a sub-3.00 ERA across two levels (A+ and AA). He is noted for a strong change up and unique delivery that affects hitters’ timing.
Stearns said Crawford's success in recent years has been because of increased confidence. "Has learned to use his timing mechanisms to greater effect. His changeup has improved, which is his best off-speed offering."— Tom (@Haudricourt) December 11, 2020
Crawford was available in the Rule 5 draft, but was not picked by another team. The Brewers can now utilize and develop him at the minor league level.
As far as the timing of completing the Knebel trade, Crawford was available in the Rule 5 draft yesterday and when he wasn't selected by another club, it allowed the #Brewers and Dodgers to name him as the player acquired for Knebel.— Tom (@Haudricourt) December 11, 2020
Crawford will turn 24 in February.
Baseball statistics courtesy of Fangraphs