The Phils completed the most inevitable of scenarios Wednesday night as they traded Pat Neshek to the Rockies for 3 minor leaguers. The side-armed righty, along with his 1.12 ERA will now be tested in Coors Field. After not using Neshek in the Phils 9-0 win over the Astros on Wednesday, Neshek had an idea and Pete Mackanin called him into his office after the game to meet with he and Matt Klentak to confirm his thoughts.
So…what did they get? The Phils received 3 single A players, a shortstop and two right handed pitchers (a starter and a reliever) in return and will now need to fill a spot on the 40 man roster to take Neshek’s place.
Jose Gomez- a 20 year old SS who is currently hitting .324/.374/.437 at low-A Asheville. Gomez also has 4 HR’s, 33 RBI, 54 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. He is the only one of the 3 players currently rated in the top 20 of the Rockies farm system (18). He will need to be added to the 40 man roster or face exposure to the Rule 5 draft.
Alejandro Requena- a 20 year old starter also at Asheville. With 19 starts under his belt, he has a 2.85 ERA with a 97-25 K-BB ratio in 117 innings.
J.D. Hammer- a 23 year old reliever, currently at high-A Lancaster has a 2.36 ERA with a 65-14 ratio in 42 innings between low and high A (he was promoted in June).
Neshek will now get to play for a contender as the playoff races heat up. The Rockies are currently 13.5 out of the division but are in the 2nd Wild Card spot as of right now with a 4 game lead over the Brewers. Despite the teams record, Neshek spoke to reporters and indicated a willingness to return: “It’s probably one of my favorite places that I’ve been and I would love to come back. It might sound weird with our record, but I see a lot of good things happening here. My family loved it and I felt comfortable.”
The focus now turns to the remaining players with trade potential, Jeremy Hellickson, Howie Kendrick, Daniel Nava. Kendrick was hit in the hand with a pitch and left Wednesday’s game. Although the indication is there are no breaks, Kendricks injury problems this year could make it difficult to find a suitor despite his production when he has been on the field. Nava (just added to the DL) is a serviceable bat and fielder but will not bring any kind of haul back for the Phils. Overall, anyone traded at this point will be a salary dump and another attempt to restock the farm system.
Stay tuned as Monday’s non-waiver deadline nears on Monday.