Orioles, Phillies Swap Minor Leaguers
By Steve Adams [March 24, 2013 at 11:56am CST]
The Orioles have acquired minor league right-hander Julio Rodriguez from the Phillies in exchange for outfielder Ronnie Welty, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli (on Twitter).
Rodriguez, who turned 21 in August, pitched to a 4.23 ERA with a 9.1 K/9 and 5.1 BB/9 in 134 innings for the Phillies' Double-A affiliate last season. He did not rank among Baseball America's Top 30 Phillies prospects, nor did he appear on MLB.com's list of Top 20 Phillies prospects.
The 25-year-old Welty has some experience at all three outfield positions but played right field exclusively in 2012. Last season, he batted .333/.373/.662 with 13 homers in 229 plate appearances across four levels. However, a great deal of those plate appearances came in Rookie ball and Class-A (both levels) as he rehabbed from an injury. In 37 games for Double-A Bowie, he batted .286/.303/.564. Like Rodriguez, he did not appear on his team's respective Top 30 and Top 20 prospects.
NOTE - the link in the article for Julio Rodriguez is not accurate. Here's the correct link http://www.baseball-reference.com/minor ... drig008jul
This was a good move for the farm system. Welty really didn't have a roster spot at AA or AAA because the Orioles will have at least two real OF prospects at both levels, and a lot veterans to feel the other spots. We've traded an extra piece for a pitcher that was dominant at A ball two years ago, but struggled a bit at AA where the hitters don't start swing on the on deck circle. His K/BB ratio reflects that.
He's still young enough to be a prospect at AA and could be a real find after Rick Peterson works his magic on him.
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/03/o ... guers.html