The Phillies traded Cliff Lee to Seattle on December 16, 2009 for Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies, and JC Ramirez. Combined the Phillies received 67.2 innings of -0.7 WAR from that deal. Jerad Eickhoff has eclipsed that production just by existing, but he was just the 4th piece in the Hamels deal, Sunday he is joined by his good friend and 5th prospect in that deal Alec Asher. Asher will take over for Jerome Williams in the Phillies rotation.
Asher is about as prototype a back end right handed starter as they make them. His fastball is in the above average to plus range and will sit 91-94 touching 95+. He adds in an above average slider and an average changeup and curveball. He has shown that he can throw a ton of strikes, but it is more control than command. He has been durable (despite Tommy John at age 14) so far and that will serve him well if he can stick in the back of the Phillies rotation. Unlike Jerad Eickhoff, Asher’s stuff does not play up in the bullpen so he will need to carve out a rotation spot. It is not a huge ceiling for Asher, but he is a big leaguer now and he should stick in the rotation for a bit.