The Philadelphia Phillies overhauled their roster today, trading Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence to the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, respectively, for relief pitcher Josh Lindblom, outfielder Nate Schierholz, and several minor league players.
The team also activated Brian Schneider from the disabled list and called up outfielder Domonic Brown from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he has been all of 2012. Brown was formerly a top prospect in the minor leagues, rating as high as fourth overall in the game prior to the 2010 season, but he has stalled since seeing his major league debut midway through ’10.
Brown was hitting .292 in Triple-A and he will definitely see some time now, as he will probably remain with the Phillies for the remainder of the 2012 season. He will likely play left field mostly but he could still see some action at his old position of right field.
Meanwhile, Schneider has not played since June 24, and he is hitting just .232 on the season. Schneider is currently on an 0-for-11 streak and the Phillies have lost eight consecutive games that he has appeared in. His return to the team means Erik Kratz, the hot-hitting call-up from Triple-A, will return to the minors. Kratz was hitting .368 with three doubles, three home runs, six RBIs, and a 1.000 slugging percentage in 19 plate appearances since getting called up, bringing back memories of Chris Coste, the 33-year old rookie catcher who played a major role in the 2008 World Series championship team.