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UPDATE: The Phillies are sending Anthony Gose And Jonathan Villar to Houston in the Oswalt deal

Jul 29, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

UPDATE:  Forget Vance Worley: now it’s being widely reported the second prospect in the day is one Jonathan VIllar.  Villar is a 19 year-old shortstop prospect currently hitting .272/.332/.358 in the Sally League.  Unless there’s a misprint on his Baseball-Reference.com page, he has [gulp] 42 errors this season.  So he’s got that going for him. Which is nice.  All of the analysis below holds with Villar, especially if his glove is as bad as his numbers suggest.

2:19 P.M.:  It now appears as though the two prospects in the Roy Oswalt deal are Anthony Gose and Vance Worley. Jonathan Singleton is in the starting lineup for the Phillies’ A-ball team. If he were in the trade, he wouldn’t be playing.

As I mentioned this morning, Worley is a 22 year-old starter who is 9-4 with a 3.03 ERA in 20 starts,
all but one of which have come at AA.  His strikeout numbers don’t suggest he’s an
overpowering pitcher — he has a 6.6 K/9 in his minor league career –
but he’s decent enough. My guess is that he projects as a
swingman/4th-5th starter-type.

Gose turns 20 on August 10th. He’s currently hitting .263/.325/.385 in
high-A ball. Which is basically what he did over the last two years in Rookie and low-A.  He’s apparently fast — he stole over 70 bases last season — but this year he’s been caught 27 times against 36 steals. Not what you want to see.

Worley is potentially useful. Gose is no blue chipper. While we’ll await official word to pass final judgment, this looks like a big, big win for the Phillies and a mid-level starter (Happ) away from being a straight salary dump for Houston.

  1. birdmancometh - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    You mean Oswalt?

  2. Jonny5 - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    I hear Gose, Worley, and Happ for Oswalt and 11 million dollars. Not bad for the Phills, not bad at all…

  3. Alex K - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Halladay?!? The Phillies traded Doc to the Astros, just to get him back? :)

  4. BigPhil - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    If it’s Gose, Worley, and Happ for Oswalt + $11mm, I’m going to do backflips.

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    J.A. Happ getting severly undervalued here. 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA, a 145 ERA+, second in ROY voting. This year is a wash because he has been hurt. I think at a minimum, he will be a very solid #3. He’s 27. He is a pretty good pick-up for Wade. Gose was the #5 prospect in the Phillies organization before the season. He’s a good pickup as well. No way the third guy is Singleton…know why? Because Pat Gillick was involved and he wouldn’t allow himself to get fleeced the way Ruben Amaro would have.

  6. Jonny5 - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Well Chris, I don’t agree. Those were LAST years numbers. And if you look he had way too many baserunners and much of his success was due to solid defense and luck. I like the guy, he got guys out when he had to, and seems emotionally solid. But he’s not Oswalt either. Shoot this season, he’s not even JA Happ as we knew him. I like this trade and it can solidify a Philly playoff run. He can win in the WS.

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Don’t get me wrong…I love the trade. But let’s not make Happ out to be less than what he is…a solid #3 starter. But we don’t need him because in getting Oswalt, Hamels becomes the best #3 in baseball.

  8. Gvots - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Everything you need to know about why Happ isn’t as special as last year’s numbers suggest:
    http://crashburnalley.com/2010/07/16/the-truth-about-j-a-happ/

  9. geoknows - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Left handed extreme fly ball pitcher + Minute Maid Park = bombs away! This could be ugly. Early predictions I’ve seen for Happ in Houston say 40 home runs not out of the question.

  10. BC - Jul 29, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Villar is only 19. They could make him into an outfielder. Or, depending on how big he is and how much power he has, they could make him into a 1B.
    I remember when Jeff Bagwell played here locally for what was then the Red Sox AA team. He played 3B in 1990 and made 34 errors (yeah, love baseball-reference.com). Boom. instant 1B. Part of the reason Boston dumped him that year was that they already had Wade Boggs at 3B, they had Mo Vaughn raking in AAA, and they knew Bagwell was not a 3B. Still, that didn’t work out so good.
    But I digress….

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