Monday, August 18, 2014
Phils Get Prospect, Williams Twirls Magic, Blanco Hits
Last week the Phillies sent Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers for the infamous Player To Be Name Later, two of them at that. The first player now has a name, and that name is Jesmuel Valentin, who is the son of former big leaguer Jose Valentin. Jesmuel was a 1st round pick in 2012 and is currently playing at Single-A as a 20 year old. In 3 minor league seasons, he's hit .262/.742 in 246 games, playing shortstop and second base. Scouting reports are mixed on him, as I've read MLB regular or future utility infielder.
Williams Twirls Magic:
As I type, Jerome Williams is pitching a shutout into the 7th inning. He allowed 2 runs in 5.1 IP in his first start with the Phils, and now no runs through 7 IP tonight. That equates to a 1.46 ERA. Obviously, this is unsustainable, as evident from his 6.71 ERA in 28 American League appearances this season and his career 4.50 ERA. However, gotta love it while it lasts.
Andres Blanco has played in 19 games and is batting .323/.860 in 31 at bats. Extremely small sample size, but, hey, we need to recognize and celebrate the small things in this otherwise dismal season.