The Phillies are said to be looking for a return that is similar to what they got for Jonathan Papelbon when they eventually move Jeremy Hellickson. In the Papelbon deal, the Phillies got big-arm pitcher Nick Pivetta. Unlike Papelbon, the Phillies aren’t just looking to rid themselves of Hellickson, meaning that a more substantial return than that of Papelbon is certainly possible. The Baltimore Orioles have been linked to Hellickson over the past few days, and they were even present for Hellickson’s dominant eight-inning gem against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. With the O’s in the thick of a tight race for the American League East, they pull the trigger to add a stable, veteran arm to the middle of their rotation, something that is necessary to compliment the brilliance of staff ace Chris Tillman.
In this deal, the Phillies get what they are seeking — a pair of power arms. Leyva, 21, is the 11th-ranked prospect in Baltimore’s farm system according to SB Nation’s Minor League Ball. The 21-year-old definitely has a strong arm, as he’s reportedly clocked in as high as 99 mph in the New York-Penn League. In 40.1 innings of work this season, Leyva has compiled a 2.90 ERA. He’s also struck out 36 batters, compared to a walk total of 16. Leyva clearly possesses a solid fastball, and his breaking ball is good, too. It’s his changeup and command that need improvement. It’s currently unclear if he projects as just a bullpen arm, or if he’s got a future spot in the rotation.
Peralta, 19, provides the Phillies with another young, talented power arm. Minor League Ball has Peralta ranked as the Orioles’ 16th-best prospect, and describe him as a “high ceiling, but raw, arm.” Peralta’s a hard-thrower, hovering around the mid-90s in his first season in rookie ball. His secondary pitches and overall command need to improve, but Peralta could definitely find a spot in the Phillies organization — perhaps, as a mid-rotation starter or late-inning reliever.