KANSAS CITY -- Tuesday's trade that sent Jonathan Broxton to Cincinnati brought the Royals a pair of pitching prospects in return. Though their names are not familiar to most, they were familiar to general manager Dayton Moore. And he liked the way they sounded.
The two pitchers -- right-handed starter J.C. Sulbaran and left-handed reliever Donnie Joseph -- were ranked the No. 5 and No. 7 prospects, respectfully, in the Reds organization before the season by MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo.
"Sulbaran is a guy that we'd seen out of high school, actually at [first baseman Eric] Hosmer's high school. We have a history with him," Moore said. "He's got 111 strikeouts in 104 innings at Double-A, started the year 22 years old pitching in Double-A. He's had a lot of success, very good curveball. I think he was in the Futures Game a couple years ago. So he's been somebody that has been regarded as one of a group of quality young pitchers in Minor League baseball.
"Donnie Joseph is a left-hander who [scouts] had seen play consistently," Moore said. "A dominant left-handed pitcher, big kid with good angle, power to his stuff. Statistics speak for themselves. He doesn't walk a lot of guys and strikes a lot of guys out. As a bullpen pitcher, the thing you want them to be able to do more than anything is come in and get the first guy out and execute pitches. And he's demonstrated he can do that at Double-A and Triple-A."