With the MLB trade deadline right around the corner, the Philadelphia Phillies dealt reliever Pat Neshek Wednesday night to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for three prospects and cash considerations.
Neshek, who became a Phillies trade candidate the second Philly acquired him from the Astros last November, was excellent for an awful Philly club. The 36-year-old was the Phillies’ lone representative in this summer’s All-Star game.
He is 3-2 with a 1.12 ERA, five walks and 45 strikeouts in 43 relief appearances. He’s averaging 10 strikeouts per nine innings against just 1.1 walks.
“There was a lot of interest in Neshek,” general manager Matt Klentak said late Wednesday night. “Just about every team in contention lobbed a phone call to touch base about Neshek, some more seriously than others. The Rockies were interested from Day 1.”
In exchange for Neshek, Colorado gave up infielder Jose Gomez, right-handed pitcher J.D. Hammer and righty hurler Alejandro Requena, who were all playing at low level A ball in the Rockies’ system.
The Phillies (35-64) were reported to be moving Neshek with the July 31st deadline looming and their were several teams interested in his services.
The Rockies needed to bolster their bullpen and were wise to make the move.
Colorado (58-45) is currently the second wildcard team coming out of the National League.
Philly’s management seemed excited about the prospects they got back in return.
“We’re excited about all three of the kids that we got,” Klentak added. “Our scouting group really did a good job running all over the country, trying to get extra looks at these players. We’re really excited to pull this off.”
Requena is 20-year-old right-handed starting pitcher from Venezuelan, who posted a 8-3 mark this season with a 2.85 ERA in 19 starts for Low A Asheville. He struck out 97 batters against 25 walks in 117 innings work, holding opposing hitters to a .239 batting average.
Hammer, a 24th-round draft pick in 2016, started the season at Asheville before being promoted to High A Lancaster towards the end of June.
In 2017, he is 4-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 13 saves in 36 games overall.
He has a very impressive 65 strikeouts, while holding hitters to a .182 batting average in 42 innings.
Gomez, a 20-year-old shortstop can also play second and third base, and has speed. He scored 54 runs, while swiping 18 bases in 81 games at Low A.