Trey Nielsen, RHP: St. Louis Cardinals
Primarily a third baseman in college, Nielsen was moved to the mound by St. Louis despite recent Tommy John surgery. The organization’s 30th round pick in 2013, Nielsen has flashed a very good fastball with enough sink to force a lot of ground balls.
Last season he was primarily a starter in Double-A, pitching 122 innings for Springfield. He had 81 strikeouts, but his 38 walks are cause for concern. Towards the later point of the season he made one start in Triple-A, where he allowed only two hits through 5.1 innings.
Many project Nielsen to move to the bullpen and be a set-up man going forward. The Phillies could afford to throw Nielsen out of their bullpen to induce ground balls to end an inning. Nielsen is a legitimate option for a Phillies team looking for arms anywhere they can get them.