Signed as a free agent this winter, pitcher David Phelps is heading to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor-league pitcher Thomas Hatch.
#BlueJays are acquiring Thomas Hatch from #Cubs for David Phelps, per industry source
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Phelps, 32, was a buy-low candidate for the Blue Jays after he had to get Tommy John surgery last year and last pitched in the majors for the 2017 Mariners. He made his return to the big leagues in mid-June for the Jays and was steady in the bullpen since then.
Through 17 games and 17 and 1/3 innings pitched, Phelps struck-out 18 but walked a total of seven batters, the former Yankees draft pick also allowed a total of three home runs in that short amount of time. He had a 3.63 ERA for Toronto.
The player the Blue Jays are getting back in this swap is 24-year-old starter Thomas Hatch. Currently in Double-A, the righty has made a total of 21 starts for an even 100 innings. In those innings, Hatch has a total of 93 strikeouts and 37 walks and has a total of 51 earned runs, for a 4.59 ERA.
Hatch holds consistent FB velo, with a 2S in low-90s and 4S in 92-94 range as a SP …
Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation