After moving from an organization on one coast to the other three years ago, Reymond Fuentes is headed to America's heartland.
With just hours to go until Thursday night's 40-man roster deadline, the Padres traded their No. 14 prospect to the Royals in exchange for left-handed relief pitcher Kyle Bartsch.
Fuentes, a 2009 first-round pick of the Red Sox out of high school in Puerto Rico, split 88 games between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso this summer. The outfielder batted .294/.363/.416 across the two levels and swiped 25 bases in 28 attempts.
Acquired by San Diego in the deal that sent Major League first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to Boston after the 2010 season, Fuentes put together a breakout season in 2013. The Orlando-born outfielder batted .330/.413/.448 for San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson, earning a spot in the Futures Game and debuting at the big league level on Aug. 26 that year. Fuentes hit .152 in 23 games for the Padres in 2013.
Bartsch was a seventh-round pick of the Royals in 2013 out of the University of South Alabama and has pitched at two levels in two seasons in the Kansas City system. Most recently, the southpaw went 5-5 with a 2.29 ERA in 41 appearances for Class A Advanced Wilmington this summer.
In 2013, Bartsch went 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 21 outings for Rookie-level Idaho Falls.
The move cleared a spot on San Diego's 40-man roster while Fuentes joined Thursday additions shortstop Orlando Calixte and outfielder Jorge Bonifacio on Kansas City's roster.