Philadelphia Phillies: Pat Neshek traded to Colorado Rockies

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 25: Relief pitcher Pat Neshek
PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 25: Relief pitcher Pat Neshek /

Minutes after shutting the Houston Astros out at home, the Philadelphia Phillies traded All-Star relief pitcher, Pat Neshek, to the Colorado Rockies.

This should shock literally no one.

Pat Neshek has been a bright spot on a historically bad Philadelphia Phillies team. The sidearmer has put up career numbers since joining the club. He boasts a 3-2 record with a 1.12 ERA (the lowest of his career) and 45 strikeouts. The guy’s been lights out all season long.

The Phillies received three minor league players in return for their prized reliever. Two right handed pitchers: Alejandro Requena and J.D. Hammer. The third player is an infielder, Jose Gomez.

Requena projects as a starting pitcher. The 20 year old is currently in A-ball, where he has thrown 117 innings, boasts an 8-3 record, has a 2.85 ERA, and has 97 strikeouts. Hammer, on the other hand, is a relief pitcher who has been the closer for the single-A Asheville Tourists. He has thrown 42 innings, collected 13 saves, 65 strikeouts, and a 2.36 ERA. It’s worth noting that J.D. Hammer is 23 years old.

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The “prize” of the Pat Neshek trade is 20 year old Jose Gomez. He is the 21st ranked prospect in the Colorado Rockies farm system. In 81 games for the Tourists he is slashing .324/.374/.437/.811. Add in 20 doubles, 33 RBIs, 18 stolen bases, and four homeruns, and it appears like the Philadelphia Phillies might have found a diamond in the rough.

This is one of the rare cases when the best case scenario actually plays out. I’m 110% positive this is what Matt Klentak and the Philadelphia Phillies front office was hoping for when they traded for Pat Neshek last off season. They wanted to buy low and sell high and it’s about time something worked out in our favor.

We, as a fan base, owe a big thank you to Pat Neshek. He’s been fun to watch all season long, has been virtually unhittable, and netted us some decent prospects. When J.D. Hammer records the final out in a World Series and gets tackled by Jorge Alfaro (a la Brad Lidge and Chooch) we’ll have Pat Neshek to thank.

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But seriously, we at Section 215 wish Pat Neshek nothing but the best out in Colorado. We’ll miss your delivery in Philly for sure. On the other hand, we would like to give a warm welcome to our three “Tourists”, Alejandro Requena, J.D. Hammer, and Jose Gomez! We’re happy to have you in the City of Brotherly love.