With Zach Eflin Appearance, Phillies are Starting to See Rising Prospects from Early Trades
CLEARWATER, Fla -- The 2016 Phillies season is primarily one of waiting. When the Phillies traded shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 2015 season, the Phillies got two pieces in return. The one piece in return was left-handed pitcher Tom Windle. The primary piece in the deal, however, was right-handed starter Zach Eflin. The Phillies got their first look at Eflin in Grapefruit League play Thursday in Clearwater.
Eflin came to the Phillies via the San Diego Padres after the Dodgers sent outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego. Eflin currently sits ninth on the MLB Pipeline Phillies top 10 prospects, but that is because the Phillies drafted or traded for seven of the eight players ahead of him in the last 12 months. But, ranked ninth, Eflin comes into camp with the weight of the prospect tag. In his first chance to impress, Eflin was so-so.