The Astros have announced that they have acquired OF D’Andre Toney from the Kansas City Royals as the player to be named later in the March 20 trade that sent Humberto Quintero and Jason Bourgeois to the Royals. The Astros had already received LHP Kevin Chapman when the deal was first consummated. Toney was a 14th round pick in last year’s draft and was not eligible to be traded until one year after he had been signed to a contract. Toney signed his deal with the Royals on June 9, 2011.
Toney, 20, had been playing at Extended Spring Training for Kansas City. He hit .340 with 12 doubles, 5 triples, 5 HR, 29 RBI & a .432 OBP in 43 games last year with the AZL Royals. He will finish the year out at rookie level Greenville. Rany Jazayerli, a Royals beat writer, had this to say on twitter about the trade from a Royals perspective. So in return for a backup catcher and fourth outfielder, the Astros have received a young, speedy outfielder with some pop in his bat and a live, electric southpaw. I’d call this trade a win for the Astros. They have now added two more young players to an already improving farm system.