The Phillies ante up last night as they acquired 28-year old righty swinging RF Hunter Pence from the Astros along with a cool $2 million bucks for 19-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Jonathan Singleton, 21-year old righty starting pitcher Jarred Cosart, 24-year old righty starter/reliever Josh Zeid and a player to be named later. Pence has played in 100 games for the Astros this year and he was 123 for 399 (.308 avg, .828 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 11 homers, 62 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Pence has played in 680 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 768 for 2,649 (.290 avg, .818 OPS) with 353 runs scored, 103 homers, 377 RBIs and 61 stolen bases. Pence will bat fifth and play RF for the Phillies, which should get Ryan Howard more pitches to hit.
Jonathan Singleton was the #2 ranked Phillies’ prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. Singleton played in 92 games in A-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 89 for 316 (.282 avg, .798 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 9 homers, 47 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Jarred Cosart came into this season as the Phillies’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America. Cosart pitched in 20 games (19 starts) in A-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 9-8 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Josh Zeid came into this year as the Phillies’ #23 prospect according to Baseball America. Zeid has pitched in 21 games (11 starts) in AA-ball this year and he was 2-3 with 2 saves, a 5.65 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
This was an outstanding trade for the Phillies as Pence is a very solid all-around player. The fact that the Phillies got to keep Domonic Brown and Vance Worley make this deal even more amazing. The Phillies are officially the team to beat if you want to win the World Series.