This afternoon the Cincinnati Reds traded RHP Jair Jurrjens to the Colorado Rockies for 1B Harold Riggins. Riggins is 24-years-old and was playing in Double-A Tulsa for the Rockies where he was hitting .263/.351/.447 with 21 walks and 79 strikeouts in 205 plate appearances.

He has shown some power in the past, but both came seasons came in very hitter friendly environments. In Asheville he hit 23 doubles and 19 home runs in 87 games, but the Asheville park is well known as a huge hitter friendly ballpark. Last year he hit 25 doubles and 22 homers in the California League, and we all know how friendly that league is for power.

The first baseman is known as a quality defender. He is also known for his huge strikeout numbers. Over the last two seasons he has struck out 271 times in just 687 plate appearances. That’s a strikeout rate of 39%, which is astronomically high. The Reds current minor league leader in strikeout rate is Nick Benedetto, who is just under 34% on the season.

Coming into the season he was not ranked among the Top 30 prospects in the Rockies organization according to Baseball America. He is a big guy, listed at 6′ 2″ and 240 lbs. He hits and throws right handed. The Rockies drafted him in the 7th round of the 2011 draft. He was drafted in the 35th round out of high school by the White Sox, but chose to head to NC State.

Here is a video of him homering last month for Tulsa.

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