IronPigs, R-Phils Shuffle Includes Sanches, Valle

ALLENTOWN, PA — The Phillies weren’t the only team in their organization that did a little bit of shuffling at the trade deadline.

With the addition of some prospects, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Reading Phillies moved some guys around to make room for the return the Phillies got for Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino.

C Sebastian Valle in 2009. (Crosscutters/Dick Hostrander)

Right-hander Brian Sanches was released, ending his second stint with the Phillies.

Sanches, 33, was 3-2 with a 2.50 ERA (39.2IP, 15R/11ER) in 25 games this season with the IronPigs. With the Phillies, Sanches was 0-1 with a 9.95 ERA in 6 1/3 innings.

The Pigs also reassigned right-handed pitcher Justin Friend to Reading.

Last night, the Phillies sold Pigs catcher Tuffy Gosewhisch to Toronto for cash. The Phillies also reassigned LHP Jake Diekman and Joe Savery back to Lehigh.

The R-Phils promoted two players to Lehigh. They were catcher Sebastian Valle and infielder Cesar Hernandez.

Hernandez, 22, was hitting .304 with two homers and 51 RBIs in 103 games this year with Reading. Hernandez mainly plays second base.

Valle was promoted so catcher Tommy Joseph, acquired in the Pence deal, would get playing time every day in Reading. Valle will see a lot of playing time in Lehigh while Erik Kratz is still with the Phillies.

“It kind of goes with the territory but it’s also a chance for some prospects to make a jump and make an advancement in development,” IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg said on the recent roster changes. “We went through it last year with some success. I’m looking forward to seeing the two young guys — (Cesar) Hernandez and (Sebastian) Valle — and see what they can do in the last month.”

Left-handed reliever Frank Gailey, who was a part of the Ben Francisco deal, was released by Reading. He was 2-3 with a 4.40 ERA in 26 games.

You can read about the catchers Valle, Joseph and Gosewhisch here.


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