So maybe the Phillies will get something out of that trade after all


Three seasons ago, the Phillies wanted to get rid of Bobby Abreu so badly that they were willing to a) pay him $1M to wave his no-trade clause, b) include the late Cory Lidle in a trade, and c) accept four okay prospects for him. The Yanks were the benefactor of that trade, and the two main pieces the Phillies received in return (C.J. Henry and Matt Smith) are both out of baseball while the third piece (Carlos Monasterios) is a fringe relief prospect still in A-ball.

The fourth player Philadelphia received in the trade was a minor league catcher by the name of Jesus Sanchez, an 18-year old that was hitting .252-.323-.311 in the Rookie level Gulf Coast League at the time of the deal. The Phillies added Sanchez to their 40-man roster yesterday to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft, except he’s no longer a catcher; Sanchez now does his work from the pitcher’s mound.

With his career line sitting at .220-.295-.274, the Phightin’s moved Sanchez to mound in 2009, and he proceeded to put up a 3.44 ERA (3.25 FIP) with a 120-42 K/BB ratio in 136 IP as a starter for the Low-A Lakewood Blue Claws. In his final 13 starts, the righty posted a 2.59 ERA (2.39 FIP) with a 59-18 K/BB ratio 73 IP. The Phillies are still deep in the red when it comes to this trade, but it looks like there’s a chance Sanchez will contribute to their big league club, which is better than nothing.

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  1. Riddering says:

    If Montero makes it as a big league catcher, we’ve got to get Sanchez back.

  2. gxpanos says:

    Is he fat?

    If so, I want Cash fired for denying us the Trifecta.

  3. Drew says:

    He must’ve had a gun behind the plate.

    I wish the RiverDogs would move to Lakewood, I live 20 minutes from the stadium.

  4. Adam says:

    bear with me here… smoltz to minor league deal as reliever… thoughts?

  5. [...] Yankees Blog, says the Phillies may actually get a decent prospect from the Bobby Abreu deal a few years ago they did with the Yankees. Most Phillie fans felt that it [...]

  6. Colin says:

    I dont understand what happened to Matt Smith. I remember him looking pretty good for the Yankees in a SSS in 06, and BRef confirms that that season between the Phils and Yanks he had 20.2 innings, 2 ER, 12 BB and 21 K. And he had pretty decent minor league numebrs. Did he get injured or something?

  7. [...] innings, striking out 120 and walking 42. He produced a 3.44 ERA and 3.25 FIP and, as Mike Axisa notes over at River Ave Blues, “it looks like there‚Äôs a chance Sanchez will contribute to their [...]

  8. [...] dawdle in the low minors. The only promise the Phillies have from that trade is Jesus Sanchez, who converted to the mound last season. He performed well, and with some improvement he might be a salvageable [...]

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