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A's send Friars pitcher to complete Blanks trade

A's send Friars pitcher to complete Blanks trade

PHOENIX -- The Padres didn't wait long to complete their May 15 deal with the A's that saw them send first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks to Oakland for Minor League outfielder Jake Goebbert.

The team announced on Wednesday that it received 19-year-old right-handed pitcher Ronald Herrera from the A's as the player to be named in the deal.

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Herrera, 19, was 3-4 with a 3.38 ERA in nine starts for Oakland's Class A affiliate in the Midwest League, striking out 35 batters in 50 2/3 innings while issuing just 10 walks.

The Venezuelan was originally signed by the A's in December 2011 for $20,000 and posted a 3.36 ERA in three seasons in their system.

Herrera will report to the Padres' low-A affiliate, the Fort Wayne TinCaps, of the Midwest League and will likely start there on Friday.

In parts of three seasons with the A's, Herrera was 12-12 with a 3.36 ERA in 187 1/3 innings. He had 145 strikeouts and just 43 walks over that stretch.

"We targeted him as a guy we saw in the Arizona rookie league and in the Midwest League," said Padres assistant general manager A.J. Hinch. "He's a good athlete with a good arm and has a good feel for what he's doing. We like the arm and his ability to command the fastball."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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