Neshek the All-Star?
In a season full of disappointment and flawed acquisitions, the Phillies have seen reliever Pat Neshek evolve into an All-Star caliber arm. He could eventually be the Phillies lone representative at the mid-summer classic and fetch the largest return in a trade.
It’s unlikely the Phillies get an Andrew Miller sized return of prospects for Neshek, but a contender would love an eighth-inning arm who’s shut down opponents all season.
After pitching for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic Neshek owns a .89 ERA for the Phillies in 22 games while allowing just two runs and striking out 20.
Nothing is “normal” about how Neshek pitches, but it works and will garner a large return of young talent at the trade deadline.
Joe Maddon, who’ll manage the National League All-Star roster, will certainly take a look at Neshek in Miami. Perhaps the Cubs manager will want Neshek on his scorecard more often once the trade deadline comes around.