The Phillies decided they did want to wait until the trade deadline to deal reliever Pat Neshek and the team announce following tonight’s 9-0 victory over the Astros, they had shipped Neshek off to the Colorado Rockies for three minor leaguers. The Phillies acquired shortstop Jose Gomez, right-handed pitcher Alejandro Requena, and right-handed reliever J.D. Hammer.
Gomez, 20, is the only player in the deal featured on the Rockies top 30 prospects list, coming ranked as their 21st best prospect. Gomez was in Single-A ball, slashing .324/.374/.437 with 20 doubles, four home runs, 33 RBI’s, and 18 stolen bases in 81 games. He is viewed as being a utilityman with a solid bat at the major-league level with a chance to maybe be a starting second baseman.
Requena, 20, was also in Single-A as starter, going 8-3 with a 2.85 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 117 innings pitched. Requena has above-average control for a pitcher his age, boasting a walk rate of just 1.9 per game, which has allowed him to go deep consistently into games because he’s always around the strike zone. He has the potential to become a quality starter if he can develop a strikeout pitch and he’s likely to be a three or four starter.
Hammer, 23, has spent time between low Single-A and advanced Single-A, posting a 2.36 ERA with 13 saves in 36 appearances. What’s impressive about him is his strike0ut rate, mowing down hitters just below 14 per nine innings. He has a good slider that can get hitters out and his strikeout rate, profiles him as a future backend of the bullpen type guy with some closer potential.
As for the Rockies, they get a pitcher in Pat Neshek, lone Phillies representative at this year’s All-Star game, who can get both righties and lefties out, holding both sides to miniscule averages against him. Rockies viewed adding someone like Neshek as a must for the long run because they didn’t want to run the risk burning out Jake McGee and MLB saves leader Greg Holland before they got to the most crucial games of the season. They were also able to pull off the deal without giving really up any of their most notable prospects.
There isn’t much to say about the Phillies return for Neshek just yet, other then it was good they were able to get three players for him and just continue to add depth to their farm system. The Rockies are not messing around, strengthen what already is one of the stronger bullpens in the league and Neshek just gives them whole another layer due to his ability to get both righties and lefties out effectively.