The first domino has fallen: The Rockies acquire reliever Pat Neshek
The Colorado Rockies announced that they acquired right-handed reliever Pat Neshek from the Philadelphia Phillies for three minor leaguers.
The first domino in the Rockies trade deadline plans has fallen as they announced on Twitter that they just acquired right-handed reliever Pat Neshek from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor leaguers J.D. Hammer, Jose Gomez, and Alejandro Requena. To give Neshek a 40-man roster spot, left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Neshek in 2017
Neshek has pitched very well as he was an All-Star for the National League and he has a 3-2 record with a 1.12 ERA in 43 games. He has only given up five runs. His WHIP is 0.818 and he’s averaging 10 strikeouts and only 1.1 walks per nine innings.
Neshek in the postseason
Neshek has extensive postseason experience as he has pitched in parts of four postseasons in 2006, 2012, 2014-15 (with the Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, and Houston Astros).
Neshek at Coors Field
He has only pitched in four games in his career at Coors Field and it has not been great. He has pitched in 3 2/3 innings and he has given four hits, four runs (all earned), three walks. Of the four hits, they were two doubles, one home run, one single. His opponent’s slash line is .267/.389/.600 so that is not very good either but in obviously, it is in a limited sample size.
He is owed a little under $2.5 million for the remainder of the season since for 2017 as a whole, he will make $6.5 million. He is only signed through the end of the season.
The minor leaguers traded to Philadelphia: Jose Gomez
Gomez was the #21 top prospect in the Rockies. He is only 20 years old and in 2017, he has played 81 games for Low-A Asheville and has batted .324 with 54 runs, 20 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 33 RBI, 18 walks, 57 strikeouts and 18 stolen bases. He was an All-Star this season as well.
Gomez was originally signed as a non-drafted international free agent on July 2, 2013.
In his minor league career, he is batting .316 with 179 runs, 60 doubles, six triples, nine home runs, 130 RBI, 74 walks, 139 strikeouts and 73 stolen bases across four Minor League seasons.
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Hammer is 23 years old in 2017, he has made 36 relief appearances between Low-A Asheville and High-A Lancaster. Combined, he has gone 4-2 with a 2.36 ERA (42.0 IP, 11 ER), 14 walks and 65 strikeouts. Like Gomez, he was named a All-Star with Asheville after going 4-1 with a 1.20 ERA (30.0 IP, 4 ER), five walks and 47 strikeouts in 24 games prior to his June 22 promotion to Lancaster. He was originally selected by Colorado in the 24th round of the last year’s First-Year Player Draft.
In his pro career, he is 4-4 with a 3.15 ERA (85.2 IP, 30 ER), 25 walks and 117 strikeouts in two Minor League seasons across three levels.
Requena is 20 years old and he was also named a Mid-Season All-Star with Asheville. He has gone 8-3 with a 2.85 ERA (117.0 IP, 37 ER), 25 walks and 97 strikeouts in 19 starts this season. He originally signed as a non-drafted international free agent on Sept. 5, 2013. Requena is 14-15 with a 3.78 ERA (285.2 IP, 120 ER), 65 walks and 228 strikeouts across 60 career appearances with 48 starts in four seasons across three levels of Minor League play.
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As we mentioned in these couple of articles (amongst many other articles), this is not surprising for the Rockies as they have been scouring the market for relievers for a while now. However, I would not expect this to be the only move for the bullpen before the trade deadline passes.