By Sam Cowan
The Reds and Giants finalized a trade Thursday night that sent starting pitcher Mike Leake to San Francisco in exchange for two minor league prospects.
The 27-year-old Leake had been the subject of trade discussions most of the season due to his impending free-agency at the end of the season.
The trade is the second for the Reds this week after trading Johnny Cueto to the Royals for three prospects on Saturday.
In return for Leake, the Reds received infielder Adam Duvall and right-handed pitcher Keury Mella.
Here is a quick look at the prospects and what their role in the Reds organization might be in the next couple of months.
Duvall was drafted by the Giants in the 11th round of the 2010 draft.
Over the last six seasons, Duvall had been working his way up the Giants organization, experiencing success with their minor league teams and demonstrating solid power along the way.
In 2014, Duvall made 28 appearances in the majors, but failed to impress with a batting average of .192, three home runs and just five RBIs.
So far in 2015, Duvall has looked promising in AAA, batting .276 with 26 home runs and 79 RBIs. He will likely stay in AAA at least until the Reds finalize their roster moves.
The big question is where he could play when he gets to the majors again.
The 26-year-old has played at both second base and third base this year, but those spots in the lineup are currently filled through at least 2016 with Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier, respectively.
If Jay Bruce or Marlon Byrd end up getting traded, it is possible the Reds will convert him into an outfielder to fill that hole.
For now, expect to see Duvall spend some time at AAA Louisville.
Mella was signed by the Giants in 2012 out of his home country, the Dominican Republic.
The 21-year-old was considered a top prospect for the Giants coming into the 2015 season and has shown a lot of promise over the years.
In his time with the Giants, Mella had a career ERA of 3.01 over the span of 58 appearances and averaged more than nine strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
However, with no experience at the AA or AAA level to this point, Mella should not be expected to make the major league roster for at least another year or two.
Mella will likely stay at Class high-A for now, but he can be expected to make the transition to AA soon, especially if the Reds want to try and fast-track him to the majors for next season.
The MLB trade deadline is Friday at 4 p.m. There is still a possibility of the Reds making more moves before that deadline.
Come back on Monday for analysis of any additional moves that are made and final thoughts on what these trades mean for the future of the Reds organization.