The Cubs were close to trading Alfonso Soriano last night before the Cubs and Diamondbacks gone, but didn't complete the trade until this morning. It wasn't known who the Cubs had received in return until a bit later when we learned the Cubs got RHP Corey Black.
Black was ranked the 157th best draft prospect prior to the 2012 season and the Yankees selected him with the 157th pick.
John Sickels had Black ranked 12th in the Yankees organization prior to this season.
12) Corey Black, RHP, Grade B-: Got up to 100 MPH after signing out of Faulkner University in the fourth round and command was better than expected in pro ball. Could move very quickly.
Obviously this isn't a guy who can hit 100 regularly or anything, but even getting it up to that speed is impressive.
Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus sees Black as a reliever and he's quite confident about it.
He's a short RHP with a high-effort delivery and a very good FB. I've seen him work 95-plus with ease, showing good late life on the ball. It's a 7 pitch. He's a reliever all the way. I've seen him drop a decent CH before, and I know he had both a CB and SL. He could be a seventh-inning type, but it's a limited ceiling.
He's had some control issues this year and after the trade, he's not ranked in the Cubs system. I'm unsure what he was ranked in the Yankees organization prior to the season.
He's walked a bit over 10% and struckout just above 23% in his short professional career. Prior to this season, he had shown very good control, but it's something he'll have to work on. On top of the increase in walks, he's also hit 7 batters this year and thrown 14 wild pitches.
To get Corey Black for Alfonso Soriano has to be considered a good trade for the Cubs. They gave the Yankees as much money as they did in order to secure a decent prospect and Black is. He'll go to High A Daytona and my guess is that if he can show improved command over a month or so, he could get moved to Tennessee by the end of the year.