Phillies buy Nelson and Sands from Yankees

The Phillies have acquired right-handed pitcher Nick Nelson and wide receiver Donny Sands from the New York Yankees in exchange for left-handed pitcher Joel Valdez and first baseman TJ Rumfield, President of Baseball Operations David Dombrowski announced today.

Nelson, 25, spent most of the 2021 season with the triple A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre, where he made 24 relief appearances and five starts, posting a 3.81 ERA with 62 strikeouts in 52. , 0 sleeves. He has also appeared in 11 games over several stints with the Yankees, recording more than one innings in six of those appearances and striking out 22 of the 78 batters he faced (28.2%). Nelson has appeared in 105 minor league games (79 starts) and played 22 career major league games (two starts) after being selected by New York in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

Sands, a right-handed hitter, appeared in 94 games between the double-A Somerset and Scranton / Wilkes-Barre, slicing .261 / .326 / .466 with 16 doubles, 18 homers, 56 RBIs and 32 walks in 57 strikeouts. Defensively, he recorded 640.1 innings in 76 games behind the plate, posting a .994 defensive percentage with just five balls passed while throwing 11 of 86 potential base thieves. The 25-year-old was ranked No. 28 prospect in the Yankees’ system by MLB Pipeline in 2021. He was selected by New York in the eighth round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

Valdez, 21, spent the 2021 season with the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Phillies Red, posting a 1.63 ERA in 15 starts. A native of the Dominican Republic, he was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2018.

Rumfield, 21, was a 12th round selection for the Phillies in Virginia Tech’s 2021 MLB Draft. He made his professional career debut with the A Clearwater singles in 2021, averaging .250 in 27 games.

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