Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Phillies trade Pence to Giants

Hunter Pence (courtesy of Keith Allison)
The San Francisco Giants have acquired Hunter Pence from the Phillies for outfielder Nate Schierholtz and prospects Tommy Joseph, a highly-regarded catcher, and Seth Rosin, a right-handed reliever.

Schierholtz, 28, was hitting .257 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 77 games with San Francisco.  A left-handed hitter, Schierholtz has made 37 starts in right field this year.

Joseph, who just turned 21, is currently in Double-A, where he is batting .263 with eight home runs and 38 RBI. He figures as the eventual replacement for aging All-Star Carlos Ruiz, who is having a career offensive year at 33.

Rosin, 23, has gone 2-1 with 10 saves and a 4.31 ERA in 34 games (five starts) for single-A San Jose this season.

Pence was leading the Phillies in runs (59), hits (108), home runs (17), RBI (59), walks (37), and total bases (178) in 2012 but his often undisciplined play has left him open to criticism.

 The 29-year old outfielder has batted .287 with 28 home runs and 94 RBIs in 155 games, basically one full season, since being acquired from Houston at the trade deadline last season.

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