Rockies Strengthen Bullpen with Neshek

July 27, 2017

Yesterday, the Colorado Rockies gained a new arm for their bullpen when they traded three rookies to the Philadelphia Phillies for relief pitcher Pat Neshek. The Phillies got pitchers Alejandro Requena and J.D. Hammer and shortstop Jose Gomez for Neshek.

Neshek, who is having a strong season, can help the Rockies secure a Wild Card spot for the postseason. The Rockies are currently in third place in the National League West division, 13-1/2 games behind the Dodgers but they're in the second Wild Card position, 4 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Pat Neshek is having one of his best seasons, with a 1.12 ERA in 43 games with the Phillies. So far this season, he struck out 45 batters while walking just 5 and he gave up 28 hits and 5 runs.

Neshek began his major league career in 2006 with the Minnesota Twins. He had a 2.19 ERA in 32 games in his first season. Two years later, his season ended with Tommy John surgery. From 2011 through 2016, Neshek pitched for four teams, the San Diego Padres, the Oakland Athletics, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Houston Astros. He was traded to the Phillies in November, 2016.