Phillies Trade Thome To Orioles For Familiar Prospects

PHILADELPHIA—The Phillies knew they wouldn't get a huge prospect haul for 41-year-old Jim Thome, but they were pleased with the return they received from the Orioles at the end of June.

"We got two good pieces," said farm director Joe Jordan who was the Orioles' scouting director for seven years before joining the Phillies in October. "We'll see how it all works out."

The Phillies added high Class A righthander Kyle Simon and 19-year-old catcher Gabriel Lino for Thome. Jordan is familiar with both players, though he downplayed his role in the deal. "This was based on the reports of our pro scouts," he said. "Our guys liked theses players."

Jordan was high on Lino, who joined low Class A Lakewood following the trade. He batted .218/.282/.340 in 206 at-bats for low Class A Delmarva, but Jordan sees lots of potential in the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Venezuelan.

"He's big, strong and can really throw," he said. "He's a good young catcher with a chance to be an everyday guy. That alone for me makes it a good trade. His body reminds me a little of (longtime major leaguer) Javy Lopez. He's got some raw power and strength. We've got to see what kind of hitter we can develop."

The 21-year-old Simon made his Phillies debut with Double-A Reading, for logistical reasons only, collecting six groundball outs during a three-inning relief appearance before being dispatched to high Class A Clearwater.

Though he was a starter in college and in his short time in the Orioles system, Philadelphia will deploy Simon, a fourth-round pick out of Arizona in 2011, as a reliever. Jordan believes the role suits Simon, a sinkerballer with a low three-quarters arm slot.

"We think he's a bullpen guy in the making," Jordan said. "He's got a good sinker and has a chance to be a seventh- or eighth-inning guy. You always need that."


• The Phillies moved righthander B.J. Rosenberg into the rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, after he made 22 relief appearances this season, including three in Philadelphia.

• Reading righthander Lisalverto Bonilla did not appear in the Futures Game after injuring his right hand in a door at the hotel the night before the game. He logged a 46-17 K-BB ratio, 1.64 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 33 Double-A innings.