KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Astros drafted Mike Kvasnicka out of the University of Minnesota with the 33rd overall pick in 2010 with hopes he would blossom into a slugging catcher. On Monday, they traded him to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Minor League pitcher Gonzalo Sanudo.
Kvasnicka, 24, spent the previous two years at Class A Lexington and was a career .245 hitter with 24 homers and 148 RBIs in three years in the organization. He had been moved to third base and even tried in the outfield.
"I've always been a fan of his since the time he was playing college at Minnesota," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "We tried him as a catcher, we tried him at third base, we tried him at various spots. We felt the opportunity to bring in an arm was in the best interest with the way our rosters were shaping up in the Minor Leagues."
Kvasnicka, who was drafted by the Twins out of high school and whose father played in the Minnesota organization, was surprised.
"It's pretty shell shocking to go to the field and get pulled into the office and told you had been traded to the Minnesota Twins," he said. "I've had a good rapport with them in the past and am familiar with the organization and scouts and front office."
Sanudo, who's from Mexico, is a 21-year-old right-hander who is 2-1 with a 3.34 ERA in 27 career games in the Gulf Coast League.