The Philadelphia Phillies are expected to making a few moves over the next few weeks, and some of the club’s top prospects could be reaching Citizens Bank Park very soon.
With the MLB All-Star break now here and gone, this week’s “Call-Up” piece is going to gaze into our magic crystal ball and take a look at who the most likely candidates are for a late season promotion.
It’s an exiting time to be a Phillies fan whether you realize it or not. Our front office isn’t the front office of Ruben Amaro, Jr. any longer, though the ex-GM did make a couple of nice deals just before moving on.
By taking an honest look at the state of affairs over the past few seasons, trading away key components to our glory days like Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels, and Hunter Pence, as well as maximizing the value of players who were almost certainly going to regress, such as Ken Giles, may be about to pay off.
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We’ve already witnessed the first wave of what the team’s future will have in store, as Odubel Herrera made the NL All-Star team this year.
Vincent Velasquez (Giles deal) struck out 16 Padres a few months ago and has been touted as a potential future ace of the staff. Zach Eflin (Rollins) is on a roll as of late, shutting out the Pirates a couple of nights back. Tommy Joseph (Pence) has become somewhat of a folk hero in the hearts of us die-hard Phillies fanatics as the new 1st baseman.
So who will get the call as the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline looms, or when rosters expand come September?
Click through the below slideshow for a look at the four current members of the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs roster who are most likely to receive their invitation to the Show in the coming weeks.
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