On Wednesday, July 26, the Colorado Rockies acquired right-handed relief pitcher Pat Neshek from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for prospects Jose Gomez, J.D. Hammer, and Alejandro Requena.
Neshek is a veteran reliever who is having an excellent season so far with a 1.12 ERA in 43 appearances and 40.1 innings. He represented the Phillies in the All-Star Game this season and was certainly warranted in doing so. He was definitely one of the relievers most widely assumed to be traded by the deadline so this comes at no surprise. The Rockies needed help in the bullpen, especially someone to fill the right side of a setup role alongside Jake McGee. Neshek will fill that void very well and it didn’t cost much to acquire him.
In return for Neshek, the Phillies get a package of three lower end prospects. Jose Gomez is a 20 year old utility infielder currently in A ball, where he is hitting quite well, with a .324/.374/.437 slashline in 81 games. J.D. Hammer is a right-handed pitcher who was taken in the 24th round of last year’s draft. He is currently in High A after playing most of the season in A Ball, and has struggled in his 12 appearances since his promotion. Finally, the Phillies get Alejandro Requena, a 20 year old right handed starter currently in A Ball, where he is pitching well. He currently has a 2.85 ERA in 19 starts and 117.0 innings. This is a pretty decent return for the Phillies, a team looking to add to their farm system.