As was widely reported earlier this week, the Philadelphia Phillies are still trading their lights-out closer Ken Giles to the Houston Astros. However, today it was revealed that the prospects included in the trade are different than previously reported. The trade will ultimately be a five-for-two swap:
.@Astros acquire Ken Giles, Jonathan Arauz from PHI for Vincent Velasquez, Mark Appel, Thomas Eshelman, Harold Arauz, Brett Oberholtzer.
— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) December 12, 2015
Astros pitchers Velasquez and Oberholtzer have had brief but effective Major League experience. Oberholtzer has posted a 3.94 ERA and a 3.72 FIP over 45 career appearances (42 starts), although he only contributed 38.1 innings to the Astros in 2015. Velasquez debuted at the Major League level last season at age 23, posting a 4.37 ERA and 3.46 FIP over 55.2 innings, and did not appear for Houston in the playoffs.
In addition to Giles, the Astros are also receiving Panamanian infielder Jonathan Arauz, who played 44 games in the Rookie-ball Gulf Coast League last season — at age 16!
The most significant change to the trade is that outfielder Derek Fisher, who played at A-ball last season at age 21, is no longer leaving Houston’s system for Philadelphia’s. Instead, the Phillies are receiving pitcher Mark Appel, whom the Astros selected with the first overall pick of the 2013 draft. Even though Appel pitched four seasons at Stanford university, his journey through the minors has been a slow one. For his minor league career, Appel has a 5.12 ERA over 253 innings.