The Gary SouthShore RailCats traded infielder Garrett Copeland to the Milwaukee Milkmen on Friday for a player to be named later or cash, acquired outfielder John Price Jr. from the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League to complete the Chuck Weaver trade from May 30 and acquired right-handed pitcher Steve Pastora from the Wichita Wingnuts to complete the Tyler Sullivan trade from July 27, 2017.
Price Jr. slashed a career-best .266/.311/.460/.771 with 16 runs, 33 hits, one triple, five home runs, 16 RBIs, five walks, three hit by pitches and three sacrifice hits in 36 games (34 starts) between the Gateway Grizzlies and the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League. Price Jr. began the 2018 season with Gary, slashing .217/.213/.304/.517 with four runs, 10 hits, two doubles, one triple and one RBI in 13 games before getting traded to Gateway for future considerations on July 4.
Pastora signed his first professional baseball contract with Wichita on Aug. 25 and finished without a record and didn’t allow a run in three relief appearances. In three innings, the right-hander yielded two hits and hit two batters, walked none and struck out three.
Copeland slashed .193/.304/.294/.598 with 27 runs, 38 hits, seven doubles, two triples, three home runs, 20 RBIs, 29 walks, three hit by pitches, five sacrifice hits and three stolen bases over 66 games (55 starts) in his first season of Independent Professional Baseball. Copeland went 4-for-4 with an RBI double, a walk and a run in his first IPBF start on May 19 vs. the St. Paul Saints.
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