The Phillies record of 24-51 places them 20.5 games behind the first place Nationals. Rumor has it that the Phillies may be looking to sell by the trade deadline, and the right-handed relief pitcher Pat Neshek is among those on the block.
In 2017, Neshek has relied primarily on his sinker (90 mph) and slider (83 mph). He also throws a change on rare occasions.
Below is a basic description of Neshek’s 2017 pitches compared to other RHP:
“His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, has slight armside run and has slightly below average velo. His slider generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ sliders, has primarily 12-6 movement and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders. His change comes in below hitting speed, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups and has slight cut action.” BrooksBaseball.com.
Neshek has been the Phillies only consistent option out of the bullpen this year. In 32 games, he has been worth 1.8 bWAR with a 0.61 ERA, 0.775 WHIP, and 7.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
While it might be difficult for the Yankees to trade for an elite starter, a trade for Neshek would bring not only a veteran presence, but also the consistency that has been missing of late in the Yankees bullpen.