An MLB trade involving two players with Nebraska ties took place Thursday as former Husker pitcher Dan Jennings was sent from the White Sox to Tampa Bay in exchange for Millard North alum Casey Gillaspie.
The #WhiteSox have acquired switch-hitting 1B Casey Gillaspie from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for LHP Dan Jennings.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 27, 2017
With the trade, fellow former Husker lefty Aaron Bummer has been called up by the White Sox. It's the first time Bummer has been promoted to the majors.
Jennings arrived in the majors in 2012 with the Marlins before being traded to the White Sox in 2015. The reliever from Iowa has a career ERA of 2.86.
Gillaspie was drafted 20th overall by the Rays in 2014 and was considered Tampa Bay's 10th ranked prospect coming out Wichita State. The former Millard North Mustang hit .227 this year with Triple-A Durham. White Sox GM Rick Hahn had this to say about acquiring Gillaspie.
“Casey is a recent first-round pick who has shown a quality approach at the plate with some power throughout his minor-league career.” — RH— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 27, 2017
Casey's older brother Conor was with the White Sox from 2013-2015 but now plays for the Giants.