The Prairie Dogs announced Wednesday they have traded Mickey Jannis to the Crushers in exchange for Thomas Campbell. This marks the second time this offseason Jannis has been traded.
Jannis was originally traded to Abilene from the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League on February 13 in exchange for future considerations. On February 28 the Prairie Dogs completed the transaction by sending catcher Michael Surina to Washington.
Now Jannis is returning to the Frontier League without ever putting on a Prairie Dogs' uniform.
Jannis played all of last season in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He began 2011 with the Class High A Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League, and finished it with the Class Low A Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League. Between the two clubs, Jannis went 4-3 with a 2.92 earned-run average in 18 games and two starts.
The 24-year-old was drafted by the Rays in 2010. He is entering his third pro season with a 7-4 career record, and a 3.00 earned-run average in 34 games and two starts.
Campbell began last season with the Frontier League's Southern Illinois Miners, and finished it with the Crushers. Between the two clubs, he went a combined 4-3 with a 2.53 earned-run average in 21 games and 13 starts.
At Lake Erie, Campbell struck out 37 batters, while allowing just 30 hits. The 23-year-old righty is entering his second professional season.
The Abilene Prairie Dogs are a member of the North American Baseball League who will play their first season in 2012. Season ticket plans are on sale now, and are available by calling the Prairie Dogs front office at (325) 437-6555.