December 4, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks have dealt a former rookie of the year for the top pitcher in the independent Golden League.
The RiverHawks announced Thursday that they have traded outfielder Tony Gonzalez and a player to be named later to the Chico Outlaws for left-handed pitcher Trevor Caughey. Caughey was the Golden League’s Pitcher of the Year and was also named by Baseball America to the magazine’s All-Independent Leagues first team.
Gonzalez, who was the independent Can-Am League Rookie of the Year for Brockton in 2007, was signed by the RiverHawks in July and batted .312 with five home runs and 26 RBI in 46 games.
Caughey was 8-5 with a league-leading 2.51 earned-run average – nearly a run better than anybody else in the Golden League – and 81 strikeouts to 33 walks in 108 innings with Chico.
Baltimore took Caughey in the ninth round of the 2002 draft and he spent nearly five seasons with that organization. Since his release in 2006, he has pitched for four teams in three different indy leagues.
The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 17th season in 2009. The RiverHawks will begin their eighth season at 7:05 p.m. May 21 at Windy City and host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game at 7:05 p.m. on July 15. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.