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Phillies Acquire Three Expectation-Defying Prospects for Pat Neshek


The Philadelphia Phillies finally cashed in their biggest trade chip, and it netted them … the Colorado Rockies 21st best prospect and two low-A ball pitchers?

Here’s the breakdown:

Phillies receive SS Jose Gomez, P Alejandro Requena, and P J.D. Hammer.

Rockies receive: P Pat Neshek

Gomez ranks as the Rockies ’21st best prospect according to Requena and Hammer do not project on their list. All three are enjoying fine seasons down in low-A ball.

On the surface, this appears to be a solid trade for both sides. Neshek is a cost-effective, impact reliever this season, and pitched in one of the most hitter-friendly parks in baseball. The Phillies build upon on their already deep farm system.

However, the success of this trade is built upon all three prospects defying expectations. Gomez projects as a utility player, while Requena and Hammer are not projected to hit the big leagues at all.

This deal represents GM Matt Klentak going out of his comfort zone. He’s played it safe in previous trades, opting for major league ready talent over developmental prospects (taking Mark Appel over Brett Phillips in the Ken Giles trade, for example.)

Klentak, on the other hand, is responsible for the Phillies looking like a complete mess at the moment. This deal won’t help the Phillies in the immediate future and doesn’t solve any of the Phillies’ current issues (such as getting Rhys Hoskins up to the big club).

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