The Hamels Trade Paying Off Fast?


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Alec Asher is the second player up from the Hamels deal. Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr.

Cole Hamels threw a great game for the Texas Rangers this weekend, looking like the ace that Phillies fans always knew him to be. He’s a big game pitcher, which is good for Texas, because they now lead the second AL Wild Card race. Hamels will give them an anchor down the stretch to possibly catch Houston, or just hold off Minnesota and Los Angeles. He’s back where he started his career, pitching in important baseball games and helping his team try to win a title.

On the other end of this trade, the Phillies debuted their second prospect from that trade in the majors on Sunday, bringing up Alec Asher to join Jerad Eickhoff in the major league rotation. Amazingly, these were the two “lower” rated prospects, and yet both threw extremely well for Lehigh Valley and made the leap to the majors before September of their first year in the organization. Meanwhile Nick Williams and Jake Thompson are playing big parts in Reading’s playoff run in AA, and Jorge Alfaro, the highly ranked but injured catching prospect, made it back to playing in live games this season for the GCL team. A month after the big deal, all five players are either contributing to the big league club or impressing in the minors.

Normally a trade like this takes a few years for both teams to realize whether or not it worked out. This trade may play out much faster. Even if both Eickhoff and Asher don’t make it as starting pitchers, the Phillies may have major league arms up before they even start their first full season after Cole. This deal could end up working out for both teams fairly well before we even change the calendar year. This isn’t the norm in these kinds of trades, but it’s a welcome change in both cities.

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