SAUGET — The Gateway Grizzlies have traded pitcher Brett Zawacki and infielders Jerod Yakubik and Nate Wilder to the Joliet Slammers for pitcher Rey Cotilla, a 2013 first round draft pick and future considerations.
"It was more of a business decision than anything," Grizzlies manager Phil Warren said. "I would've loved to keep Brett, Jerod and Nate, but it doesn't always work out that way. I wish them nothing but the best in Joliet. I appreciate what Brett and Jerod brought and did for us last season.
"They were a big part of our postseason run. I know they are in good hands with Mike (Slammers manager Mike Breyman). In return, we got a good pitcher who we are thrilled to add to our roster and two future players through the draft and future considerations."
Cotilla, a 24-year-old right-hander, went 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 14 appearances between Rio Grande Valley (North American Baseball) and Joliet in 2012. He struck out 15 batters in 17 innings, while collecting four saves. Cotilla, a North Carolina State product, was drafted in 2007 (15th round Pirates), 2008 (32nd round Royals) and 2009 (48th round Brewers).
"Rey is an exciting young pitcher who we feel can contribute for us in the bullpen," Warren said. "He has a ton of talent and has shown that he can be an elite pitcher when he's healthy."
Yakubik, a 25-year-old first baseman, batted .269 with four home runs and 56 RBI in 90 games with the Grizzlies during the 2012 season.
Zawacki, a 23-year-old right-handed pitcher, went 2-2 with a 4.69 ERA in eight starts for Gateway last season.
Wilder, 22, never appeared for Gateway. He spent the 2012 season with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association, where he batted .162 in 36 games.
The Grizzlies 2013 home opener will be May 21 when they take on the Joliet Slammers in the friendly confines of GCS Ballpark. Season and group tickets are on sale now. For more information call 618-337-3000.