The Phils have traded Jim Thome to the Baltimore Orioles for two prospects, RHP Kyle Simon and Catcher Gabrial Lino. Simon, 21, was the Orioles 4th round draft pick last year out of the University of Arizona. A 6’5 RHP, Simon was 2-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 14 starts with CLass A Frederick. In 72.2 innings of work, Simon’s WHIP is an unimpressive 1.47, to go along with an opponents batting average of .293. Simon will likely join Clearwater.
The Phils also picked up 19 year of Venezuelan native Gabrial Lino, a catcher who has spent the season at Class A DelMarva in 208 AB’s, Lino is hitting .218/.282/.340 with 4 HR and 18 RBI’s. I would expect to see Lino at Lakewood in the short term.
From my perspective, I like the deal. Two guys with some upside, especially considering the Phils farm director, Joe Jordan knows the Orioles system, having come over from Baltimore. I am a huge Thome fan (hard not to be) but with his limitations, it would be difficult to hold onto a luxury like Thome, who cant play the field coming down to what very well could be a non existent home stretch.