I enjoyed Hunter Pence‘s short stint in Philadelphia, but was never totally on-board with giving him a five-year/$90 million deal, which was the deal he ultimately got in San Francisco. So at the time of his July 2012 trade, I didn’t react drastically either way, but I wasn’t necessarilly pissed to see Pence moved.
In fact, if the Phillies had moved more players like Pence, prior to them getting expensive, they might not be in the situation that they are currently in. But because, like the Cliff Lee to Seattle deal, the Phillies got literally nothing in return, the foresight that the Phillies displayed, turned into just another strike against Ruben Amaro and this current regime.
Tommy Joseph, a minor league catcher who was the key piece in the Pence deal, is still yet to even reach Triple-A. And according to CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury, Joseph won’t get there this season.
Phillies catching prospect Tommy Joseph will have season-ending wrist surgery Tuesday.
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) August 3, 2014
The now 23 year-old had batted .282 with four homeruns and 19 runs batted in 87 plate appearances in 2014 prior to injuring his wrist.
That type of production isn’t off the charts, but it was encouraging enough to think that Joseph, who missed just about all of 2013 due to reoccurring concussion problems, had turned the corner health-wise, and was en route to reaching his once-promising potential. While Joseph should be good to go for Spring Training next year, losing out on three-quarters of another season, doesn’t help his progression.