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Nashville Sounds trade Cole Gillespie to Diamondbacks

July 20, 2009

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that Nashville Sound’s outfielder Cole Gillespie has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks and will be assigned to the Reno Aces (triple-A).

Gillespie batted .242, with seven homers and 27 RBIs for Nashville this season.

In exchange, the Sounds get infielder Felipe Lopez.  Lopez started playing professional ball in 2001 with Toronto. He played in 85 games for Arizona this year batting .301.  He has been playing 2B.

In all likelihood, this trade will send Gamel back down to Nashville to make room for Lopez on the roster.

Click here to access all the posts related to Gillespie this year.

Sounds Baseball 287 by kwmcnutt.

Gillespie bats against the O-Royals on May 30th this year.

The Sounds announced:

“Felipe is an accomplished veteran player who gives us versatility at three infield positions,” said Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin. “He has been a very productive player at the top of the order with respect to both batting average and on-base percentage.”

Lopez, 29, entered today’s game batting .305 with 6 HR, 25 RBI and 6 stolen bases in 84 games with Arizona this season. He has made 79 starts (78g at 2B, 1g at DH). He entered the day ranked second in the National League with a .372 on-base percentage from the top spot in the batting order.

Lopez owns a career batting average of .266 with 77 HR, 359 RBI and 115 stolen bases in 957 games during nine Major League seasons with Toronto (2001-02), Cincinnati (2003-06), Washington (2006-08), St. Louis (2008) and Arizona (2009). His best season came during an All-Star campaign in 2005 when he batted .291 with 23 HR, 85 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 148 games with the Reds. He earned the Silver Slugger Award that season as the best offensive shortstop in the National League.

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