In separate trades, the Phillies acquired reliever David Robertson from the Chicago Cubs and 24-year old outfielder Brandon Marsh from the Los Angeles Angels. To acquire the two players, the Phillies had to send top position prospect Logan O’Hoppe to the Angels and minor league pitching prospect Ben Brown to the Cubs.
Robertson, 37, pitched for the Phillies in 2019 after signing as a free agent. At the time he was coming off a season where he went 8-3 with a 3.23 ERA with the Yankees. Unfortunately, Robertson ended up needing Tommy John surgery and pitched in only seven games with the Phillies and posted a 5.40 ERA. He came back with Tampa Bay in 2021 and had a 4.50 ERA in 11 relief appearances and one start and this season with Chicago is 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA and 14 saves.
Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson told reporters with the team in Atlanta where they play tonight, that he was not making any one reliever the team’s definitive closer but would continue to use lefty Brad Hand and righty Seranthony Dominguez in the eighth and ninth innings and has also used Jose Alvarado, Connor Brogdon and Corey Knebel in late inning situations. Thomson told reporters that Robertson will be slotted into the late inning mix with the team.
Thomson also told reporters that newly acquired outfielder Brandon Marsh, who is not likely to join the team until Thursday, will see the majority of playing time in center field because of his defensive ability. Last season, Marsh hit 2-19-.254/.317/.356 in his debut season with the Angels and played in 70 games. This season, Marsh has already played in 93 games and has a line of 8-37-.226/.284/.353 and has played primarily in left and center fields, with some time in right field.
The cost for the two players was high. Logan O’Hoppe, 22, was the top position player prospect in the Phillies organization and recently played in the Futures Game representing the Phillies organization. O’Hoppe has 15 HR with Reading, just shy of his career-high of 17 that he hit last season when he split his time between Jersey Shore, Reading and Lehigh Valley. He also has 47 runs scored and 45 RBI with just 52 strikeouts in 74 games. Defensively, O’Hoppe has a .993 fielding percentage in 57 starts behind the plate and has thrown out 21-percent of would-be base stealers. In his career, he has wiped out 34-percent of base stealers.
The 22-year old Brown was a 33rd round draft pick by the Phillies in 2017 out of Ward Melville HS in New York. The Phillies had just promoted him to Double-A Reading yesterday after he had been with Jersey Shore all season, making 15 starts and posting a 3.08 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 73 innings.