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Jul 23, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Jarred Cosart (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Looking Back: The Hunter Pence Trade

It was April 28th 2007, Hunter Pence made his major league debut with the Astros and forever cemented himself with the Astros fans, especially females. Pence went on to be a productive player for the Astros from 2007-2011. In the summer of 2011 the Astros were struggling with a 35-71 record. Unfortunately it was time for a rebuild and Pence was the Astros best asset. On July 30th the Astros pulled the trigger on the trade sending Pence to the Phillies.

Hunter Pence finished the 2011 season with the Phillies and then played 101 games with them in 2012. Pence played a total of 155 games and hit .289/.348/.416 with 27 2B, 28 HR and 93 RBI. He was traded to the Giants in 2012.

 

Who did the Astros get?

 

Where are they now?

  • Jarred Cosart - Cosart was a huge piece in the trade as he was a top-75 prospect when traded. Since coming to Houston he has moved up the ranks earning him a shot with the big league club in late 2013, and he did not disappoint with a 1.95 ERA that season. Cosart has a career 3.07 ERA in 21 starts and 120.1 innings for the Astros.
  • Jon Singleton – Singleton was also a major piece in this trade being a top 50 prospect. Singleton has steadily moved up the system hitting for power as many expected. This season in AAA he has 14 HR and 43 RBI in 54 games at only 22 years old. After being called up yesterday, Singleton will be helping Houston in 2014.
  • Josh Zeid – Zeid came over as a big relief pitcher who as already in AA. Zeid had a rough 2012 season but has rebounded nicely since. He got the call to the pros towards the end of 2013. Between his time in 2013 and this season Zeid has a 3.89 ERA in 34.2 IP with 32 SO.
  • Domingo Santana – Santana was a player to be named later in the trade. He came over a raw power hitting outfielder. Since coming over he has gone from A to AAA. Santana had 23 HR in 2012, 25 HR in 2013 and currently has 9 HR and 36 RBI this season as a 21-year old in AAA. Santana has some contact issues but hits for power and will most likely be called up at some point next season.

 

Who won the trade?

It is still slightly early to call this trade a definite win but considering the Phillies only got one season out of Pence it is looking pretty good.

The Astros have already gotent a quality 120 innings out of Cosart. Zeid has already contributed with the Astros and should be on his way back to Houston soon. Singleton is on his way up and should be able to contribute immediately. Santana is doing well in AAA as the “player to be named later” in the deal. It is highly possible that all four players make the big league club and make an impact by not later than next season.

So with this said, I think the Astros got the better end of the deal on this one.

What do you think Astros fans?

 

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