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MLB trade winds blow away ex-Suns

July 31, 2000

MLB trade winds blow away ex-Suns



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


While the Major League trade winds blew furiously back and forth across the country on Monday, some of the breeze rippled through the Hagerstown Suns alumni association.

Three former members of the Suns were involved in separate deals as pieces of moves that are calculated to reshuffle the American League pennant race for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners.

The Blue Jays pulled the trigger on a deal designed to shore up their pitching for the stretch drive by acquiring pitchers Steve Trachsel and reliever Mark Guthrie for former Suns second baseman Brent Abernathy and a player to be named later.

Then Toronto sent ex-Suns starting pitcher John Sneed to Philadelphia to complete last week's deal for outfielder Rob Ducey.

The Mariners followed by securing the left fielder they needed by dealing first baseman-outfielder John Mabry and former Suns pitcher Tom Davey to San Diego for Al Martin.

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HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In Abernathy, Toronto loses its top second base prospect and its second second base candidate in a week. Abernathy was hitting .296 with four home runs and 35 RBI for Triple-A Syracuse. He had 106 hits, including 21 doubles, along with 14 steals and a .399 slugging percentage.

Abernathy played in Hagerstown in 1997, hitting .309 with one homer and 26 RBI and 27 doubles.

Last week, Toronto also dealt former Sun Mike Young to Texas in the Estaban Loaiza trade.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Sneed was named Baseball America's Minor League Pitcher of the Year when he played for Hagerstown in 1998. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound right hander finished 16-2 in Hagerstown and 14-3 while spliting time in Single-A Dunedin and Double-A Knoxville in 1999. Sneed was 36-6 with a 2.81 ERA in his first three years in the minors, allowing 305 hits while striking out 460 batters in 385 innings.

But Sneed struggled in his first full season of Double-A, going 5-9 with a 4.54 ERA in 21 starts for Tennessee. He has allowed 124 hits and 56 walks while striking out 100 in 121 innings.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Davey continues to make his way around the Majors, looking for an opening to get on a staff.

Davey went to the fourth team of his career since pitching for the Suns in 1996, when he won 10 games and had a 3.87 ERA with 98 strikeouts and 91 walks in 155 2/3 innings.

Davey spent time with Baltimore before being sent back to Toronto by the Orioles. The 6-foot-7, 230-pound right-hander was dealt to Seattle with pitcher Steve Sinclair, another former Sun, for David Segui on July 28, 1999.

Davey has been assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas after going 8-6 with two saves and a 4.61 ERA for Tacoma in 28 appearances, including 12 starts. He has a career record of 2-1 wiht a 4.71 ERA in 45 appearances for Toronto and Seattle.

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