Prospects in the Hunter Pence Trade

Prospects in the Hunter Pence Trade

The Houston Astros traded outfielder Hunter Pence to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, July 29th, in exchange for three prospects: pitcher Jarred Cosart, first baseman-outfielder Jonathan Singleton, and pitcher Josh Zeid. There is a player to be named as well. Let's take a look at the three guys we know about.

Jarred Cosart, RHP: The Phillies drafted Cosart in the 38th round in 2008, from high school in League City, Texas, which isn't far from Houston. His draft spot was deceptive: he was considered a third-round talent, but fell due to signability. Cosart has first-class stuff, featuring a 94-96 MPH fastball, sometimes higher, along with a strong curveball and changeup. His biggest problem is erratic command, and his makeup has been doubted at times. He had a 3.92 ERA with a 79/43 K/BB in 108 innings for High-A Clearwater, with a 1.65 GO/AO. I rated him a strong Grade B pre-season and will stick with that for now, although I might go with B+ depending on how things look at the end of the year.

Jonathan Singleton, 1B-OF: Singleton was drafted by the Phillies in the eighth round in 2009, from high school in Long Beach, California. A strong left-handed hitter with plus raw power, he struggles against southpaws (.570 OPS this year) but mashes right-handers (.324/.410/.489), hitting .284/.387/.413 overall for High-A Clearwater this year. His plate discipline is quite good and he draws plenty of walks, but he hasn't fully tapped into his natural strength yet. Singleton is a poor defensive outfielder but is solid at first base. I rated him a B+ pre-season and will stick with that, especially since he's only 19 years old.

Josh Zeid, RHP:  Zeid is a 24-year-old right-hander drafted in the 10th round in 2009, from Tulane. He had an outstanding 2010 season for Low-A Lakewood, with a 2.93 ERA and a 111/27 K/BB in 107 innings, but has been less effective after jumping to Double-A this year, with a 5.65 ERA and a 56/27 K/BB in 64 innings for Reading, with 63 hits and a 0.7 GO/AO. He's split the season between the rotation and the bullpen, but has been much more effective in relief, with a 2.25 ERA and a 24/2 K/BB in 16 innings. Zeid has an 89-94 MPH fastball and a solid slider, but his lack of a consistent changeup was a problem when used as a starter. I had him as a C+ pre-season. His erratic performance drops that to a C, but in relief he could be quite useful.

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