SAN FRANCISCO -- The Phillies are evaluating a young pitcher from the Dodgers organization as they look to complete the trade that sent pitcher Roberto Hernandez to that club earlier this month.
“We have until the middle of September,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Sunday. “We have a pretty good idea of who we want, but we’re waiting to make a decision right now. We’re checking on some medical stuff.”
The Phils were allowed to take two players from a list of four agreed upon by both teams. On Saturday, the Phils acquired the first half of their return, 20-year-old second baseman Jesmuel Valentin (see story).
Valentin was the 51st overall pick in the 2012 draft. The switch-hitter batted .282 with seven homers, 47 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 107 games for the Dodgers' Single A Midwest League team before being sent to the Phillies. He will report to the Single A Clearwater club.
“They call him Jesse,” Amaro said. “We like the kid. He’s got baseball acumen. He’s advanced pretty quickly. He plays shortstop and second. We’ll probably have him play second.
“Our scouts had good reports on him and we saw him play a few more games last week and that reinforced what we had seen. We like him. He swings the bat well. He’s not a big guy, but he has a little pop. He can run. He plays the game right, plays hard.
“For the situation we’re in and the player we gave up, I think we did pretty well. Even if we had just this guy, we’d be happy.”
Amaro would not disclose the pitcher that the Phillies have in their sights. He did say that scout Jesse Levis was high on Valentin and the pitcher the Phillies are eyeballing.
Amaro said that he continues to speak with other clubs and did not rule out the possibility of another waiver trade this month.
“We’ve had dialogue with quite a number of teams over the last couple of weeks,” he said. “There could be more movement.”