01/10/2007 3:23 PM ET
Royals acquire right-handed pitcher Russ Haltiwanger from Reds for Keppinger
KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals acquired minor league right-handed
pitcher Russ Haltiwanger from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for infielder Jeff Keppinger. Keppinger was
designated for assignment by the Royals on Jan. 2.
Haltiwanger, 22, has pitched the past two seasons in the Reds minor league system after being drafted in
the 29th round in 2005. He has a 2-8 career record with three saves and a 3.53 ERA in 57 games (11 starts). In
132.2 innings, he has allowed just 111 hits while striking out 117.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder right-hander spent a majority of the 2006 season at Class A Dayton, recording a
0-4 record with one save and a 4.15 ERA in 40 appearances, including five starts. In 82.1 innings with Dayton,
he allowed 72 hits, 46 runs and 38 earned runs while walking 45 and striking out 78. He finished the season at
Class A Sarasota, making one start and allowing just one run on one hit in four innings. In his 86.1 combined
innings last season, opponents hit just .227 (73-322) against him.
Born in Augusta, Ga., he graduated from Hillcrest High School in Greenville, SC, before attending Newberry
(S.C.) College. He currently resides in Simpsonville, S.C.
Keppinger, 26, was acquired by the Royals on July 19 from the New York Mets in exchange for Ruben
Gotay. He hit .267 (16-60) with two doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in 22 games for the Royals following
his Aug. 25 recall.