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The Phillies acquired OF Hunter Pence from the Houston Astros for four minor league prospects (for more on them, see next slide.) Pence was one of the bigger names available in this year’s trade deadline sweepstakes and according to Ruben Amaro he had always been the Phillies top choice.
For a while it looked like Houston wouldn’t part with their All-Star right fielder but the Ed Wade-Ruben Amaro duo worked its magic once again, at least for the Phillies. Pence is the third major player to come form Houston to the Phillies.
First there was Brad Lidge in 2007, at last year’s trade deadline the Phils got Roy Oswalt and now Pence. Houston’s GM Ed Wade is a former Phillies GM and knows Ruben Amaro very well from their many years working together. Coincidence? I’m just saying.
Pence is a right-handed hitting right fielder who came to the Phillies batting .309 (which leads the Phillies.) He has 11 home runs and 62 RBI, 123 (now 128) hits with 26 (now 29) doubles both of which lead his new team.
In addition Pence is a strong defensive right fielder leading the National League with nine outfield assists. Defense is one of Phillies’ rookie Domonic Brown’s, shall we say, “developing skills” and one reason Brown is in Lehigh while Pence is in right field.
Finally, Pence is a perfect addition to the Phillies locker room. He eats, lives and breathes baseball. He plays hard, has fun and likes to get his uniform dirty. He is definitely from the Chase Utley school of baseball so it is not surprising that Chase has already taken a liking to his new teammate.
In his first four games with the Phillies Pence has 5 hits including 3 doubles, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. He's batting .294 in that stretch and .308 overall.
The Phillies are 4-0 with Hunter Pence in the line-up.
So what’s the grade? This one’s easy. Ruben, go to the head of the class.