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Diamondbacks Complete Qualls Trade With Matt Gorgen, Stealing Yet Another Young Arm

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Since being traded to the Tampa Bay (Not Devil) Rays, Chad Qualls has continued to be Chad Qualls, putting up these numbers: 6.57 ERA in 12.1 Innings over 16 games.

Most D-backs fans were so ready to get rid of Qualls, they would have been fine paying the Rays to take him and been thrilled with the proverbial bag of balls.

Instead, though, interim general manager Jerry Dipoto managed to get back a real live pitcher to in the form of 23-year-old right-handed Matt Gorgen.

Gorgen has a career ERA of 1.45 five in three years of minor league play, totaling 142.1 innings in Single A and Double A ball.

According to the website Rays Prospects, "his fastball isn’t overpowering, sitting in the 91-92 range, but he throws a good change-up and has flashed plus breaking pitches."

Official Release

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday announced they have acquired right-handed pitcher Matt Gorgen from the Tampa Bay Rays to complete the July 31 trade for right-handed pitcher Chad Qualls, according to D-backs’ interim General Manager Jerry Dipoto.

Gorgen, 23, went 3-2 with 22 saves, a 1.65 ERA (9 ER in 49.0 IP) and a .191 opponents average (34-for-178) with 21 walks and 47 strikeouts over 42 games with Double-A Montgomery this season. He led the Southern League with 37 games finished and tied for the league lead in saves en route to being named a Southern League All-Star. Over parts of three seasons in the Rays farm system, he went 11-4 with 54 saves, a 1.45 ERA (23 ER in 142.1 IP) and a.167 opponents average (83-for-496) with 55 walks and 159 strikeouts in 108 games.

Gorgen will be assigned to Triple-A Reno.