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White Sox acquire pitchers A.J. Puckett and Andre Davis from Royals in exchange for Melky Cabrera and cash considerations

The Chicago White Sox have acquired right-handed pitcher A.J. Puckett and lefty Andre Davis from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for outfielder Melky Cabrera and cash considerations.
 
Puckett, 22, is the No. 13 ranked prospect in the Kansas City system according to MLB.com. He is 9-7 with a 3.90 ERA (47 ER/108.1 IP) and 98 strikeouts over 20 starts this season with Class A Wilmington. Puckett was named to the Carolina League All-Star Team and ranks among the league leaders in wins (T2nd), starts (T3rd), strikeouts (7th) and IP (7th).
 
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Puckett has allowed two runs or less 10 times in 2017, and is 3-0 with a 2.91 ERA (10 ER/31.0 IP) over his last five starts. He was a non-roster invitee to spring training with the Royals this season.

Puckett, a native of Danville, Calif., has gone 10-11 with a 3.80 ERA (68 ER/161.0 IP) and 140 strikeouts in 32 starts over two seasons (2016-17) in the Royals organization. He originally was selected as the Royals first pick (second round, No. 67 overall) of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Pepperdine University. Puckett was named West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year as a junior in 2016.
 
Davis, 23, is 5-4 with a 4.83 ERA (46 ER/85.2 IP), 87 strikeouts and one complete game over 18 starts this season with Class A Lexington. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Davis is averaging 9.1 strikeouts per 9.0 IP with a season high of 11 on May 28 vs. Columbia. He was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for the period of April 17-23 after throwing 7.0 scoreless IP with three hits allowed, no walks and eight strikeouts in a victory at Columbia on April 20.
 
Davis, a native of Castro, Calif., has gone 9-8 with a 5.27 ERA (83 ER/141.2 IP) and 147 strikeouts in 36 games (24 starts) over three minor-league seasons. He originally was selected by the Royals in the eighth round of the 2015 draft out of Arkansas Pine-Bluff.
 
Cabrera, 32, is hitting .295 (117-397) with 17 doubles, 13 home runs, 56 RBI and 54 runs scored in 98 games this season. He is tied for the major-league lead with nine outfield assists. Cabrera batted .297 (464-1,617) with 95 doubles, 39 homers, 219 RBI and 194 runs scored in 407 games over three seasons with the Sox after signing as a free agent on December 16, 2014.
 
Following the trade, the White Sox 40-man roster is at 35.

The Chicago White Sox have acquired right-handed pitcher A.J. Puckett and lefty Andre Davis from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for outfielder Melky Cabrera and cash considerations.
 
Puckett, 22, is the No. 13 ranked prospect in the Kansas City system according to MLB.com. He is 9-7 with a 3.90 ERA (47 ER/108.1 IP) and 98 strikeouts over 20 starts this season with Class A Wilmington. Puckett was named to the Carolina League All-Star Team and ranks among the league leaders in wins (T2nd), starts (T3rd), strikeouts (7th) and IP (7th).
 
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Puckett has allowed two runs or less 10 times in 2017, and is 3-0 with a 2.91 ERA (10 ER/31.0 IP) over his last five starts. He was a non-roster invitee to spring training with the Royals this season.

Puckett, a native of Danville, Calif., has gone 10-11 with a 3.80 ERA (68 ER/161.0 IP) and 140 strikeouts in 32 starts over two seasons (2016-17) in the Royals organization. He originally was selected as the Royals first pick (second round, No. 67 overall) of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Pepperdine University. Puckett was named West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year as a junior in 2016.
 
Davis, 23, is 5-4 with a 4.83 ERA (46 ER/85.2 IP), 87 strikeouts and one complete game over 18 starts this season with Class A Lexington. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Davis is averaging 9.1 strikeouts per 9.0 IP with a season high of 11 on May 28 vs. Columbia. He was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for the period of April 17-23 after throwing 7.0 scoreless IP with three hits allowed, no walks and eight strikeouts in a victory at Columbia on April 20.
 
Davis, a native of Castro, Calif., has gone 9-8 with a 5.27 ERA (83 ER/141.2 IP) and 147 strikeouts in 36 games (24 starts) over three minor-league seasons. He originally was selected by the Royals in the eighth round of the 2015 draft out of Arkansas Pine-Bluff.
 
Cabrera, 32, is hitting .295 (117-397) with 17 doubles, 13 home runs, 56 RBI and 54 runs scored in 98 games this season. He is tied for the major-league lead with nine outfield assists. Cabrera batted .297 (464-1,617) with 95 doubles, 39 homers, 219 RBI and 194 runs scored in 407 games over three seasons with the Sox after signing as a free agent on December 16, 2014.
 
Following the trade, the White Sox 40-man roster is at 35.

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