Prior to this evening's game against the San Diego Padres, the Philadelphia Phillies are going to be recalling top outfield prospect Johan Rojas from Double-A Reading. Per Matt Gelb of The Athletic, the club could place Cristian Pache on the injured list with a minor injury to make room for Rojas on the active roster.
One may recall that Josh Harrison was just recently placed on the injured list with a right wrist contusion. Gelb continues in his tweet that the expectation is for Drew Ellis to take Harrison's spot on the roster.
For Rojas, this is going to be the first taste of big league action for the 22-year-old. On the season, he has appeared in 76 games for Reading, hitting 20 doubles and nine home runs with 56 runs scored, 45 driven in and 30 stolen bases. On top of that, he has a .306 batting average and .845 OPS and has been a solid defender in center field.
Heading into the current campaign, Rojas was ranked as high as fourth on the organizational top prospects list per FanGraphs. His stock has since gone way up and he has fully earned this promotion to The Show. An interesting note to ponder is whether Rojas is being recalled simply as an audition for clubs that may ask for him in potential trades at this year's deadline.
Ellis, 27, appeared in eight games for the Phillies earlier this year, hitting two home runs along the way. Since then, he has made a total of 41 appearances split between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting 12 home runs with 40 RBI and a .905 OPS along the way. Over the course of his career, he has filled a bench role as sneaky home run hitter who can bounce around all over the diamond. Should his promotion become official, he will likely fill that exact role on the Phillies.