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D-backs trade prospects to Rays, complete Souza deal

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, watches his base hit off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Colin Poche during the sixth inning of a spring baseball game in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Completing the trade that shipped outfielder Steven Souza to the Diamondbacks in February, Arizona announced Tuesday it will send prospects Sam McWilliams and Colin Poche to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The three-way trade on Feb. 20 sent Arizona infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees, Arizona starting pitching prospect Anthony Banda to the Rays and Souza to the D-backs. New York additionally traded infielder prospect Nick Solak to Tampa Bay and pitching prospect Taylor Widener to the Diamondbacks.

Arizona owed the Rays two players to be named by May 1.

McWilliams, a 22-year-old right-handed pitcher, is 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA, 32 strikeouts and six walks over five starts for Single-A Visalia this season. He joined the D-backs’ organization as a piece of the deal that sent starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson to Philadelphia in 2015.

Poche, a left-hander, has 23 strikeouts to two walks in 11.0 scoreless innings over nine appearances for Double-A Jackson.

The 24-year-old was a 2016 14th-round pick by Arizona.



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