The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies completed the August 7th Roberto Hernandez trade today, with the Phillies acquiring right-handed pitching prospect Victor Arano as the second player to be named. On August 16th the Phillies acquired infielder Jesmuel Valentin as the first player in the trade. Here's a look at Arano.
Victor Arano, RHP: Arano was signed by the Dodgers in April 2013 as a free agent from Mexico. His debut in the Arizona Rookie League was successful last summer, with a 4.20 ERA but an attractive 49/13 K/BB ratio in 49 innings. Moved up to the Great Lakes Loons in the Low-A Midwest League for 2014, Arano pitched 86 innings with a 4.08 ERA and an 80/20 K/BB, with 88 hits and 11 homers allowed.
Arano is a 6-2, 200 pound right-handed hitter and thrower, born February 7, 1995. He looks physically mature for his age and doesn't project to add a ton of velocity, although his 90-94 MPH is already good enough when his location is on. His breaking ball is either a curveball or slider, depending on which report you believe and when people see him, but he throws strikes with it.
His change-up comes and goes, flashing very well at times but needing greater consistency to work at higher levels. His low-effort delivery and pitch efficiency should help him stay healthy, in theory anyway.
If he can add polish to the change-up, Arano could develop into a workhorse starter. He's an intriguing property, and the Phillies did well to add him and Valentin to the farm system for Hernandez.