Phillies acquire former top prospect
Pache, 24, is out of minor league options and will be on the Phillies’ opening day roster. That could mean Jake Cave or Dalton Guthrie, who earned roster spots in spring training, starting the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The former top-100 prospect hit .156 with four homers in three major league seasons. The center fielder was traded to the Atlanta Braves Athletics ahead of the 2022 season and had a career-high 241 at-bats.
Pache provides above-average defense, recording eight above-average strikeouts last season. He has experience in all three outfield positions at the major league level.
The Phillies will likely use Pache as a late-inning defensive backup. Since trading Matt Vierling to the Detroit Tigers in the offseason, the Phillies have been looking for a right-handed outfielder to support Brandon Marsh.
Although he hasn’t lived up to his potential as a prospect, the Phillies are hoping they can unlock more Pache on the offensive end. If he improves at home plate, he could win at bat against a left-handed pitcher. Regardless of his attacking performance, Pache will be the team’s best defensive substitute.
Sullivan, who will travel to Oakland in return, recorded a 4.59 ERA in 51 innings at Double-A Reading last season. The right-hander has a career minor league ERA of 3.98.