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Cincinnati Reds Aquire Minor Leauger Drew Sutton to Complete Keppinger Trade

KISSIMMEE, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Infielder Drew Sutton #58 of the Houston Astros poses during photo day at Astros spring training complex on February 21, 2009 in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Nathan DunnoCorrespondent IApril 17, 2009

The Houston Astros and Cincinnati Reds have announced they have completed the Jeff Keppinger trade by sending minor league infielder Drew Sutton the the Reds.

Drew Sutton was ranked the eighth overall best prospect by Baseball America in 2008.

Sutton played for Double-A Corpus Christi and batted .317 with 20 home runs and 69 RBI's last year. Drew Sutton was also named the team’s MVP for last season.

Sutton was the leader in many of the Astros minor's categories including batting average, runs (102), hits (165) doubles (39), walks (76) and extra-base hits (63).

Drew Sutton was currently playing at Triple-A Round Rock and was batting .267 (4-15).

Danny Richar was taken off the 40 man roster to (outright Louisville) make room for Sutton and he will report to Triple A Louisville.

The Reds traded Jeff Keppinger to Houston for a player to be named later on March 31 deciding to go with ultimately back up infielder Paul Janish.

Keppinger is currently hitting .467 with a six game hitting streak so far for the Astros.

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