Topes Notes 12-20-12

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Ely dealt to Astros for Rasmussen

The Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A farm team of the Los Angeles Dodgers, announced Wednesday that the Dodgers traded pitcher John Ely to the Houston Astros.
Ely, who was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year for 2012, was 14-7 with the Isotopes last year and finished with a ERA of 3.20.
He was traded to the Astros for left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen. Rasmussen was in the Astros’ farm system.
Ely, who is 26, was acquired by the Dodgers in 2009 in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. He is 4-13 in the Major Leagues in 25 appearances and has a big league ERA of 5.70.
Rasmussen, 23, is a native of Southern California. The Dodgers actually drafted him out of high school, but Rasmussen elected to play ball at UCLA.
Rasmussen was drafted again in 2010 by the Marlins organization, then traded to Houston in July as part of the deal that sent Carlos Lee to Miami.
In three minor league seasons, Rasmussen is 20-21 with a 3.88 ERA. He went 4-4 at Double-A Corpus Christi last year.

Stubbs is team’s new hitting coach

Franklin Stubbs was named the new hitting coach of the Isotopes earlier this week.
Stubbs, who played for the Albuquerque Dukes in the mid 1980s, comes to the Isotopes from Double-A Chattanooga, where he served as that team’s hitting coach in 2012.
Last year, Chattanooga’s offense was No. 1 in the Southern League in walks (557) and doubles, as well as third in runs scored (621) and total bases (1772).
In his Major League career, Stubbs was a member of the 1988 World Series champion Dodgers team. He played in 10 MLB seasons and hit 104 home runs in his career.
Manager Lorenzo Bundy, who guided the Isotopes to a division championship last season, will return for his third year in Albuquerque, as will pitching coach Glenn Dishman.