The Phillies announced that today that they’ve acquired minor league right-hander Mario Sanchez from the Nationals as the player to be named later in last month’s Jimmy Cordero swap. They also announced minor league deals for Pedro Florimon, Sean Burnett, Daniel Nava and Hector Gomez, each of whom will be invited to Major League Spring Training. (The signings of Nava and Burnett were reported last week by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Gelb and SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo, respectively.)
Sanchez, 22, spent the 2016 season with Washington’s Class-A Advanced affiliate, where he pitched to a 3.46 ERA with 7.2 K/9, 2.5 BB/9 and a 43.1 percent ground-ball rate in 78 innings of work. The Venezuelan-born righty didn’t make any starts but made 12 relief appearances of at least three innings, including one six-inning relief performance to close out the season. He didn’t rank among the Nationals’ top 30 prospects, though given the rather low-profile nature of the trade that is sending him to the Phillies, that shouldn’t be a big surprise.
Florimon, who turned 30 two days ago, spent the 2015-16 seasons as a member of the Pirates and saw sparse time with the big league club, hitting .149/.200/.255 in just 50 plate appearances. Prior to that stretch, the entirety of Florimon’s big league time had come with the Twins, for whom he served as the primary shortstop in 2013, hitting .222/.281/.330 with nine homers and 15 steals. Florimon has never hit much in the Majors or minors, but he’s a terrific defender at shortstop and could function as a Triple-A depth option for the Phillies. He’s a career .253/.320/.368 hitter in 1222 Triple-A PAs, so his bat certainly has played a bit better at that level than in the Majors.
Gomez, 28, spent the 2016 season playing with Korea’s SK Wyverns, where he hit .283/.326/.493 with 21 homers, 31 doubles and 16 stolen bases in 484 trips to the plate. The versatile infielder spent the 2014-15 seasons with the Brewers, batting a combined .177/.209/.306 in 155 PAs. He comes with a very solid Triple-A background, having batted .298/.341/.512 in 150 games (although those numbers have likely been aided by the hitter-friendly nature of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League), and he also brings experience at shortstop, second base and third base to the Phillies organization.
Nothing to see here…. move on.
I can’t wait for the Phillies-Padres matchup next year. /S
I guess the Phillies have to make the new somehow…
Gomez has a good chance to really help them out. He wasn’t really given much of a chance when he was with the Brewers, could be a sleeper
Sadly I don’t see any elite talent in the Phils minor league system, Crawford included. So while Amaro pulled off a couple of trades at the end of his tenure, it’s really a case of being a day late and a dollar short. Get used to this Kristen be of news for a couple of years to come.
This kind of news.. x
Um, Crawford is a consensus top 3 prospect in MLB by every outlet imaginable. They were just rated the best MiLB system in the game.
Sorry, but you haven’t seen JP play I guess. I was hyped when they talked about him, but I just don’t see it on the field. Sure he can run and field, but there is little to no pop in that bat of his.
I’m pretty sure all the scouts that make up the top 100 Prospect lists have seen him play, know more than you, and perhaps I am wrong, perhaps you can apply for a job in talent scouting, Maybe they don’t have the keen insight like you do…
Perhaps yes, I’m not saying you are wrong, but you have seen them produce a lot of busts, right. Crawford is not developed at all hitting wise. I like the approach, but the talent to get the barrel to the ball is not there. He isn’t a lindor or correa, he can hit near any of them. What I hope for is 265 average, 340 OBP, and 450 slugging or so and maybe above average defense.
“What I hope for is 265 average, 340 OBP, and 450 slugging or so and maybe above average defense.”
790 OPS with above average defense would essentially be Lindor 2016 with a bit less excellent defense.
In other words, you hope that maybe he’s one of the best players in the league.
Yeah, ok — I’ll take that.
Even short of that would be a great outcome for the Phillies.
Lindor was a three hitter last year. He hit near .300 I think. The consensus number 3 prospect hit 240 at AAA. There is a large difference between the two of them. I like that Crawford has good dicipline, which is why I would think he will be successful. Lindor hit .285 when he was in AAA, so I mean I can’t really put them near each other. Lindor is a real hitter and a switch hitter too. When I said .450 slugging for Crawford I see now I was way over estimating. I never realized that he was a .330 slugging in AAA so I would be happy if he could reach a .400 slugging and a .265 average and + defender. Just please don’t compare him to Lindor because crawford hasn’t proved anything.
I didn’t compare Lindor to Crawford.
I compared Lindor to what you said you were hoping for from Crawford.
Yea you are right. I see my comparisons are close and I hope he can become a Lindor esq player one day, but I just can’t see it based on what I saw in Lehigh valley
I don’t necessarily disagree, odds are against him (and anyone really) becoming that kind of impact player.
But there is a wide variety of outcomes short of that level that would still make him a key piece of the next winning team. For example, even getting close to JRoll’s level would still be a very good outcome.
I agree. Maybe Moniak or Ortiz will become impact players but they are so far away it’s too early to tell. The lack of a clear impact player in last years draft really hurt.
I don’t know where you are seeing this. Have you ever seen their farm systems play ball? I went to see them quite a few times this past year and they got a ton of young talent. Dylan Cozens has a gifted bat and has great athleticism for a big guy. Rhys Hoskins can also uncork on anything inside. I also think very high of andrew pullin who also played with reading. He has good gap power and above average speed in left field. When you say there is no star talent, I think you have never seen Mickey Moniak play in real life. Kid is a game changer on the field. He could be a platinum glove winner. Hopefully two years from now he can be the athlete philly needs. I do agree with you when you say Crawford isn’t star talent though. He seems to have tools, but the hitting is just not there. A very mechanical swing. Williams has a natural hit tool and maybe someone like matt stairs can fix his approach. Lastly, I see roman Quinn as a very good player. He changes the game with his speed. If he could ever stay healthy, we have a very good leadoff man. Like I said before, I don’t know where you don’t see the talent. There is also star talent in the majors because odubel is a gifted bat.
Crawford is the 1st or 2nd best prospect in baseball (depending on where you look) he has Addison Russell’s defense with Carlos Correa’s offense.
Hahah correa offense? You give him high standards. A .240 hitter in AAA lol he is no correa. I hope he can one day hit like Cesar did last year.
Sure, don’t we all. If Crawford hits as well as Cesar did last year, but while playing short, and with above average defense, that is an excellent player.
I think the Phillies have a raw prospect still with Crawford and he can be very good or a bus like most prospects. Us as Phillies fans, will continue to pray he can make it and be a 3-5 WAR player.
Even Free has run out of things to say about this dumpster fire.
“Florimon, who turned 30 two days ago, ….. entirety of Florimon’s big league time had come with the Twins,…… Florimon has never hit much in the Majors or minors, ”
Terry Ryan, retired GM of the Twins, hired by old man MacPhail and together they work with retired GM Gillick. An old folks home for retired GM’s in MLB. Matt Klentak was MacPhail’s ___Intern___ in Baltimore.
Or they need someone to fill the backup SS spot, get 5 starts and 100 ABs before they call up Crawford and make Galvis the utility man in early June
I’m sorry to say but they like galvis and he isn’t moving. He is the best glove I have seen. The staff likes him over Hernandez so I think Cesar will be pushed out
It’s funny how everybody reacts negativly every time their team does a minor move lol It can’t always be a blockbuster….
The Morning After Pillar
Lol there’s no such thing as a bad minor league deal
Do you mean a “blockbuster” like trading for Howie Kendrick?
“Do you mean a “blockbuster” like trading for Howie Kendrick?”
$10mil flushed on this guy. $17mil flushed on Jeremy Hellickson.
Why wasn’t Hellickson traded in July? Pitching was a scarce commodity. I can still hear Scott Boras laughing at this dementia riddled front office with it’s Intern front man.
$27 million spinning down the toilet. That’s almost what Yoan Moncada was paid – minus the taxes- and the Phillies let the Braves have Kevin Maitan for the price of a hot dog, which is nothing less than racist collusion between Middleton and the Braves.
Why do the Phillies go out of their way to avoid middle infielders who can hit? Don’t you know…..Robbie Cano.
The old gang is already plotting the Phillies __next__ rebuild. This for the franchise that is the third wealthiest in MLB behind the Yankees and Dodgers. Where is all the money disappearing to?
These amateur Hispanic players rarely work. I would never sign a 16 year old who can hit 65 mph fastballs.