HOUSTON, TX - The Astros have acquired IF Bobby Borchering and OF Marc Krauss from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for 3B Chris Johnson, General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today.
Borchering, 21, was the D-backs first pick in the 2009 MLB First Year Player Draft while Krauss, 24, was taken in the second round of the 2009 Draft.
Borchering (6-3, 200) has played in 102 games combined at Visalia (A) and Mobile (AA) in 2012, tallying 23 doubles, 20 home runs and 68 RBI. In 2011, he had 29 doubles, 24 homers and 92 RBI for Visalia. Baseball America rated Borchering as the Best Power Hitter in the D-backs organization in 2012 and as the Best High School Power Hitter in their 2009 Pre-Draft Best Tools Rankings while he attended Bishop Verot High School in Florida.
Krauss (6-2, 230) hit .283 in 104 games at Mobile with 15 home runs and 61 RBI with a .416 on-base pct. and a .509 slugging pct. (.924 OPS). Krauss, who was invited to the D-backs Major League camp in Spring Training this year, was a California League All-Star in 2012 at Visalia after hitting .302 in 138 games with 27 doubles, 25 home runs, 87 RBI and a .509 slugging pct. Krauss was named First-Team America by Baseball America in 2009 while attending Ohio University.
Johnson hit .279 in 92 games for the Astros this season with eight home runs and 41 RBI.