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Sky Sox 9, Express 2: Two trades in the past year jarring for young Sky Sox reliever Corey Knebel

April 14, 2015 Updated: April 14, 2015 at 8:49 am
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photo - This is a 2015 photo of Milwaukee Brewers' Corey Knebel. This image reflects the Brewers' active roster as of Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, when the photo was taken in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
This is a 2015 photo of Milwaukee Brewers' Corey Knebel. This image reflects the Brewers' active roster as of Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, when the photo was taken in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) 

Corey Knebel went to the Detroit Tigers with the 39th pick in the 2013 draft. He was pitching in Comerica Park 11 months later.

Two months after that, he was traded.

"I kind of felt like, 'Man, the Tigers don't want me. What is that? What's going on?'" said the 23-year-old right-hander, now pitching out of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox bullpen.

If major league teams are looking for short-term rentals, like Detroit was when it shipped Knebel to Texas as part of a deal for veteran Joakim Soria, the most commonly accepted form of payment is a prospect.

For one of those prospects on the move, however, it can be a scary proposition to leave the team that scouted you, drafted you and, in the case of Knebel, set you on a quick path to the major leagues.

It was veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler who pulled Knebel aside on his way out of Detroit to offer some assurance that would prove valuable again a few months later when he was dealt again as part of a prospect package sent to Milwaukee from Texas in exchange for Yovani Gallardo.

"I remember he said, 'Don't think of this as they don't want you, think of it as the team that got you does want you. So you're still wanted,'" Knebel said. "Ever since then I've kept that in mind."

He's not alone in his situation. Luis Sardinas, the Sky Sox infielder who was among the youngest players in the majors last year when he debuted at age 20, came over from Texas with Knebel in the Gallardo deal.

Catcher Juan Centeno was among the New York Mets top prospects through last season and appeared in the majors in 2013 and '14, yet he was left available on waivers and acquired by Milwaukee.

Nearly half the Sky Sox roster played for other franchises last year, but there's a distinct difference when comparing the paths of prospects under club control and veterans who can - at least to some degree - pick and choose their best path.

But in the case of Knebel, Centeno and Sardinas - they are still considered prospects and they are on the Brewers' 40-man roster. In short, they are with an organization that clearly wants them.

Sox roll

Jason Rogers collected three hits, drove in a pair of runs and helped his infield teammates with three digs at first base as the Sky Sox topped Round Rock 9-2 to open a four-game series on Monday.

Shane Peterson and Elian Herrera also had three hits apiece as the Sky Sox collected 16 hits. They broke the game open with three runs in the first and four in the third.

Tyler Cravy earned a win in his first Sky Sox start, as he went six two-run innings.

The Sky Sox had given up 33 runs over the previous three days before Cravy, the Brewers' No. 24 prospect, set a quick pace in a game that lasted just 2 hours, 36 minutes.

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