The Phillies are acquiring minor league lefty Braeden Ogle from the Pirates, tweets Robert Murray of FanSided. The Pirates will receive catcher Abrahan Gutierrez, according to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Mackey also notes that the trade “likely plays into the Pirates’ impending Rule 5 crunch,” in that Ogle would be more likely to be taken than Gutierrez. The Phillies have since announced the trade.
Ogle celebrates his 24th birthday today – happy birthday, Braeden! The southpaw was drafted in the fourth round out of high school by the Pirates back in 2016, signing for above slot. As of 2019, when he was in A-ball, Ogle moved to a bullpen role. After finishing 2019 in High-A, Ogle was able to jump to Triple-A this year after the lost 2020 minor league season. In 31 2/3 innings, he’s punched out nearly 31% of batters, but has also walked nearly 17%. Ogle hasn’t appeared on a prospect list for a while, but before 2018 Baseball America assigned him a 50 grade on account of a 94-96 mile per hour fastball as well as a decent slider and changeup.
Gutierrez was one of the players the Pirates were to receive in the Tyler Anderson trade with the Phillies that fell through, notes Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Gutierrez, 21, is hitting .288/.420/.429 in 2019 Low-A plate appearances this year. Prior to the season, Baseball America gave him a 40 grade, noting that Gutierrez “projects as a backup catcher if he can quicken his bat speed and make harder contact.” He projects as an average defender, according to BA. Gutierrez originally signed with the Braves out of Venezuela in 2017, but he was one of the 13 prospects who had his contract voided when GM John Coppolella was banned from MLB for life for circumventing international signing rules. Gutierrez kept his $3.53MM bonus from the Braves, but then was able to sign a new contract with the Phillies.
The Phillies’ bullpen currently sports a 4.57 ERA. Lefty Ranger Suarez has been their highest-leverage reliever of late. They have another southpaw in Jose Alvarado, who has an 8.68 ERA and 21 BB% in his last ten appearances.