The Philadelphia Phillies have dealt 29-year old righty swinging RF Hunter Pence and cash considerations to the San Francisco Giants for 28-year old righty swinging outfielder Nate Schierholtz, 21-year old righty swinging C/1B Tommy Joseph and 23-year old righty reliever Seth Rosin. Schierholtz will come right up for the Phillies and he could replace Pence in RF. Schierholtz played in 77 games for the Giants this year and he was 45 of 175 (.257 avg, .755 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 5 homers, 17 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He has now played in 503 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 327 of 1,209 (.270 avg, .731 OPS) with 145 runs scored, 23 homers, 119 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Joseph came into this season as the Giants’ #2 prospect as he is the biggest part of this deal. He played in 80 games in AA-ball for the Giants this year and he was 79 of 304 (.260 avg, .705 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 8 homers and 38 RBIs. Joseph has now played in 324 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 327 of 1,209 (.256 avg, .734 OPS) with 158 runs scored, 46 homers, 201 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Seth Rosin was not one of the better thought of prospects of the Giants. Rosin pitched in 34 games (5 starts) in A-ball for the Giants this year and he was 2-1 with 10 saves, a 4.31 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. He has now pitched in 79 games (16 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 5-5 with 12 saves, a 3.80 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Rosin has given up 139 hits and 49 walks while whiffing 170 batters in 156 1/3 innings in the minors, and those are impressive numbers.
Hunter Pence played in 101 games for the Phillies this year and he was 108 of 398 (.271 avg, .784 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 17 homers, 59 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He played in 155 games in his two years with the Phillies and he was 175 of 605 (.289 avg, .842 OPS) with 94 runs scored, 28 homers, 94 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.
This is really going to hurt the Phillies’ offense the rest of this year. But, if Joseph pans out down the road…this will look a lot better for the Phillies than it does right now.