Phillies acquire Minor-League reliever Braeden Ogle from the Pirates
With the trade deadline just five hours away, the Phillies and other teams around the league are scrambling to make their final offers to get the guys they want. The Phils, coming off a miraculous walk-off win last night, have made their first official move of the deadline.
Braeden Ogle is a left handed reliever from the minor league system of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He’s 2-2 on the season, with a 3.13 ERA in 24 games pitched. In 31.2 IP, he’s struck out 42 batters, with a 1.33 WHIP. Ogle is a three pitch pitcher, with his fastball being his most dominant pitch.
Braeden Ogle will help bulk up the bullpen, something that this team needs if they want any shot of the playoffs. Ogle was selected with the 135th pick in the 2016 draft, but has not pitched in the majors this season. Abrahan Gutierrez, who was one of two prospects headed to Pittsburgh in the original trade for Tyler Anderson, will now officially be a Pirate, through a different deal.
20 of Ogle’s 31.1 innings pitched have came in the first 15 pitches he’s thrown to a team. In those pitches, he has a 1.8 ERA, with only 4 ER allowed, tallying 22 strikeouts as well. His stats show that he is a short inning guy, but he can get batters out in those few innings.
According to Jayson Stark, the Phillies are still on the hunt for more relievers and back end starters. Lack of prospect development has always been an issue with the organization, and it’s coming back to haunt them with time running out on the trade deadline. Bryson Stott and Mick Abel are two of the Phillies bigger prospects, and it seems teams have their eyes on them specifically.
Dombrowski seems more interested in moving money than prospects, according to the report above. With the luxury tax being able to be fluctuated with in baseball, he shouldn’t be too worried about that if he really wants to see this team win. We’re in for a big final five hours of this trade deadline, with the Phillies looking to buy pieces to make this team a division contender.
Mandatory Credit: Pirates Prospects