Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced the acquisitions of IF Adam Duvall and RHP Keury Mellafrom the San Francisco Giants in exchange for RHP Mike Leake.
Duvall, 26, was selected by San Francisco in the 11th round of the June 2010 first-year player draft. He grew up in Louisville, where he attended Butler High School, and then played at Western Kentucky University, Chipola Junior College in Florida and the University of Louisville.
This season, Duvall hit .279 with 25 doubles, 26 HR and 79 RBI in 99 appearances for Class AAA Sacramento. Entering Thursday’s games, he led the Pacific Coast League in home runs and total bases (218) while ranking among the league leaders in RBI (2nd) and extra-base hits (53, 2nd). Duvall was PCL Player of the Week in April and a mid-season PCL All-Star.
In his minor league career, Duvall was a mid-season all-star twice, player of the week twice, Milb.com organizational All-Star 3 times and post-season All-Star 3 times. In his Major League debut on June 26 of last season, he homered off Leake for his first career hit.
Mella, 21, was signed by the Giants as a non-drafted free agent in September 2011. In his 4-season professional career, in 57 career minor league starts and 1 relief appearance he is 15-12 with a 3.01 ERA and 282 strikeouts in 272.1 innings.
In 16 starts this season at high Class A San Jose, Mella went 5-3 and ranks fourth in the California League with a 3.31 ERA. He was a Cal League mid-season All-Star, was selected to play in this summer’s SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Great American Ball Park and currently is ranked by MLB.com’s MLB Pipeline as the top prospect in the Giants’ organization.
Leake, 27, this season for the Reds posted a 9-5 record and 3.56 ERA in 21 starts.