Phillies Trade Carlos Ruiz

Let’s get the tough part out of the way. This is a sad day. Ruiz was the underrated member of the championship Phillies, the heart and soul of the team and was the maestro of one of the greatest pitching staffs ever assembled. He won’t be a Hall of Famer, but he should be a Wall of Famer. I am personally glad that he gets another chance at the playoffs.

The first piece coming back is Clayton Kershaw’s personal catcher AJ Ellis. Ellis has not hit all year, but he is a veteran catcher who will take Ruiz’s place on the roster. Getting a catcher back keeps the Phillies from having to promote either a prospect in a playoff push (Knapp or Alfaro) or a one of the decent defensive backups who they don’t want to clog the 40 man roster with (Lino or Moore).

The known prospect the Phillies are getting back is Tommy Bergjans, the Dodgers 8th round pick in the 2015 draft. He was an underslot senior sign out of D III Haverford College. He currently has a 4.98 ERA in the Cal League, but much better underlying numbers in a 2.0 BB/9, 9.2 K/9, and 0.9 HR/9. Per a fairly recent scouting report on BP, Bergjans has 3 fringe average to average pitches with a fastball that sits 89-91. Bergjans does not have a lot of upside, but he might have enough upside to be a middle reliever or up and down starter. He will almost certainly go to Clearwater’s rotation.

There is also a player to be named later in the deal, but there is no information on that at this time.

Author: Matt Winkelman

Matt Winkelman
Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has appeared on Phuture Phillies, The Good Phight, and TheDynastyGuru.


  1. Kegel_C

    PTBNL = Puig?!?!? Just kidding…wouldn’t it be nice though to get the late arriving player in the form of a Domingo Santana a la the Pence trade?

  2. Thanks for the write up. Chooch was an excellent defender and game caller not to mention clutch hitter. He’s probably the best Phils catcher that I’ve seen since bob Boone. He will be missed.