Phillies Trade John Mayberry, Jr. to the Blue Jays
Take it away, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) September 1, 2014
One of my favorite parts of the House M.D. series was the beginning of the sixth season when Dr. House is at Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital. After spending most of his time being a troublemaker, House eventually decides to play by the rules. Ultimately, it results in his being released. The doctors and the patients throw House a going-away party, as they do for all “graduates”, saying in unison, “We wish him well and we hope to never see him again.”
That’s how I feel about many players on the Phillies’ roster. It’s not that I don’t like them; it’s that they should be somewhere else. They’re being held back here, and the team is being held back with their presence. So it’s good for John Mayberry, Jr. to play for a potential playoff spot in the AL East, and it’s good for the Phillies to get a lottery ticket in the form of a minor leaguer who may be able to help at some point down the road. The Phillies likely would have non-tendered Mayberry in the off-season rather than go into a second year of arbitration with him, so getting something is better than getting nothing.
Mayberry, who is still on the disabled list with a left wrist injury, was generally miscast as a Phillie, as has been pointed out here several times. He’s decent against left-handed pitching and nearly useless against right-handers, with a career weighted on-base average split of .365/.293. Perhaps the Blue Jays will be better able to use Mayberry according to his strengths.
Gustavo Pierre is a 22-year-old third baseman who was just recently promoted to Double-A for the first time in his professional career. Spending most of his season with Single-A Dunedin, Pierre slashed .263/.285/.390 with seven home runs in 407 plate appearances. Pierre, however, also compiled an ugly 101/12 K/BB ratio. The 2.9 percent walk rate is similar to that of Ben Revere (2.2%).
Back in 2010 at Baseball Prospectus, Kevin Goldstein — now the director of pro scouting for the Houston Astros — called Pierre “a great sleeper”, which is a compliment for those unfamiliar with the phrasing. Last year at BP, Zach Mortimer wrote this of Pierre:
The Blue Jays sent Pierre, who has a plus-plus arm but was forced to move off of shortstop because of inadequate defensive actions, back to the Midwest League. At the plate, Pierre offers good bat speed and average power potential, but he may never realize his talent because of a deficiency in plate discipline.
Pierre has some pros and he has some cons, essentially what one would expect in the return for a bench bat.