The Philadelphia Phillies have moved their top trade piece in reliever Pat Neshek to the Colorado Rockies for three minor league prospects, per Ken Rosenthal.
Neshek has posted a 1.12 ERA in 40.1 innings of work out of Philadelphia’s bullpen to this point in 2017. Neshek has struck out forty-five batters and accumulated an efficient WHIP of 0.82. The unorthodox righty is only a rental as he’s slated to hit the open market this offseason.
How Neshek can help:
Neshek can be a rock out of Colorado’s struggling pen (no pun intended), currently ranked 25th in all of baseball with a 4.53 ERA. The acquisition of Neshek makes the Rockies (58-44) and their fans feel much more comfortable with a lead in the later innings, especially while currently in a tight battle for an NL Wildcard spot with the Arizona Diamondbacks (58-43) and the fading Milwaukee Brewers (54-49).
For giving away Neshek, the Phillies receive not one, not two, but three minor league prospects from Colorado, most notably infielder Jose Gomez, the 21st ranked prospect in Colorado’s system, according to MLB Pipeline. In 81 games this year, Gomez has posted a .324 batting average with 18 stolen bases. The Phillies also snagged two minor league pitchers in J.D. Hammer and Alejandro Requena. In 36 games this year, Hammer has posted an above average 2.36 ERA, while Requena has posted decent 2.85 ERA in 19 games.
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