It was a somber Wednesday night for Phillies fans as word came down that long-time second baseman Chase Utley had been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arguably the greatest second baseman in Phillies history now joins former Phillie and double play mate Jimmy Rollins to complete the Dodgers middle infield.
While reports came down on Tuesday from the front office that Chase was likely to remain a Phillie for the rest of the season, the opportunity to play for the Dodgers, the team that Utley grew up following, was to great.
In return, the Phillies received utility man Darnell Sweeney and right-hander John Richy back from the Dodgers, the 13th and 29th ranked prospects respectively in the Dodgers farm system according to MLB.com.
With Sweeney, the Phillies get a 24-year-old utility player who has spent all of the current season at the AAA level. The majority of his playing time this year has come in center field, but over the course of his brief career has played at second base, third base, shortstop and left field as well. Sweeney was a 2012 13th round pick out of the University of Central Florida. This year, in 522 plate appearances, Sweeney boasts a .271 batting average with 9 home runs and 32 stolen bases. The knock on his game though has always been and continues to be his strikeout rate. This season alone he’s struck out 116 times while walking just 42. Phillies fans will get an early look at Sweeney as he will be called up to join the team in Miami as the Phillies start a 4-game series with the Marlins.
Richy, 23, was a 2014 3rd round pick out of UNLV. He’s seen action in 22 games this year with 18 starts for Rancho Cucamonga, the A+ affiliate for the Dodgers. In a little of 124 innings pitched this season, Richy has a 4.20 ERA, pitching to a 10-5 record with 105 strikeouts and only 34 walks.