The Miners beefed up their already-strong starting rotation Thursday by acquiring 2017 Frontier League All-Star righthander Chase Cunningham from the Washington Wild Things in exchange for lefty reliever Nick Durazo.
The 25-year old Cunningham went 7-6 with a 4.45 earned run average last year in 20 starts and 117 2/3 innings, helping Washington reach the league championship series before losing to Joliet.
Cunningham went 24-19 in three years with the Wild Things, posting a 4.02 ERA and logging 347 innings over 59 starts.
Durazo pitched well for Southern Illinois after being signed in June, making 23 appearances and recording a 2.01 ERA over 22 1/3 innings with 24 strikeouts and 13 walks. His ERA was the second-lowest on staff.
Cunningham joins a rotation that will return Geno Encina and mid-season trade acquisition Steven Ridings from last year.
-- The Southern