How ex-Cubs prospects are faring elsewhere: Jeferson Mejia, Dan Vogelbach, more


Facing Scott Feldman and Chris Archer during a four-game span resurrects memories for the Cubs, who likely will need to trade upper-echelon prospects for pitching help to bolster their playoff chances.

That became a somewhat painful but necessary policy last July, when infielder Gleyber Torres became the centerpiece of a five-player trade that landed closer Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees.

Here’s a look at how some former Cubs prospects have fared since being dealt:

Zack Godley, RHP, Diamondbacks: Acquired as part of the Miguel Montero deal in December 2014, Godley is 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 10 starts after a brief stint at Triple-A Reno. Godley, 27, was a 10th-round pick in 2013.

Jeferson Mejia, RHP, Class-A Kane County: Also part of the deal that brought Montero to Chicago, the 6-foot-7 Mejia, 22, has struck out 20 but walked 17 in 20 innings. Mejia signed an $850,000 bonus out of the Dominican Republic in 2013.

Billy McKinney, OF, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre: A part of the Chapman trade, McKinney recently was promoted from Double-A Trenton, where he batted .250 in 69 games. McKinney joined the Cubs in the Jeff Samardzija trade with the A’s in 2014.

Rashad Crawford, OF, Double-A Trenton: Playing above Class-A for the first time in six seasons, Crawford, 23, is batting .232 with 25 RBIs and eight steals in 59 games. Crawford, 23, was an 11th-round pick in 2012 and sent to the Yankees in the Chapman trade.

Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Triple-A Tacoma: Vogelbach is 1 for his last 12 but is batting .285 with nine homers and 44 RBIs with a .385 on-base percentage in 68 games with Tacoma after a 3-for-17 stint with the Mariners. Vogelbach, a second-round pick in 2011, was dealt to the Mariners in last July’s trade for Mike Montgomery.

Paul Blackburn, RHP, A’s: Also part of the Montgomery deal, Blackburn, 23, pitched six innings of three-hit ball Saturday against the Braves in his major-league debut. Blackburn, a compensation pick after the first round of the 2012 draft, was dealt by the Mariners to the A’s last November.

Donnie Dewees, OF, Double-A Northwest Arkansas: Dewees, 23, has driven in 38 runs and stolen 14 bases in 75 games after being dealt to the Royals organization for pitcher Alec Mills, who has been limited to three starts at Triple-A Iowa due to injuries. Dewees was a second-round pick in 2015.

James Farris, RHP, Triple-A Albuquerque: Farris, 25, a ninth-round pick in 2014, has a 5.27 ERA in 11 appearances after starting the season at Double-A Hartford. Farris was dealt to the Rockies for pitcher Eddie Butler in February.

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