Austin Wynns

Phils acquire LH starter from Giants organization

In a minor league trade, the Phillies have added a left-hander to their starting rotation at Lehigh Valley. The Phillies sent IronPigs catcher Austin Wynns to San Francisco for Michael Plassmeyer, a 25-year old lefty who was initially drafted by Seattle in the fourth round of the 2018 Draft.

Though just drafted in 2018, Plassmeyer has already been on a tour of organizations. The Mariners dealt him to Tampa Bay following the 2018 season in the deal that brought Mallex Smith to Seattle and sent Mike Zunino and Guillermo Heredia to Tampa. Last June, Plassmeyer was sent to the Giants when Tampa acquired pitcher Matt Wisler from San Francisco. In other words, Plassmeyer is equaling one organization for each minor league season that he has played.

Plassmeyer is in his first full season at Triple-A, having played for former IronPigs manager Dave Brundage at Sacramento this season. He did pitch in one game with Triple-A Durham in 2019 against the Gwinnett Stripers, the top level farm team of the Atlanta Braves. In his 11 games – 10 starts – with the River Cats this season, Plassmeyer is 0-6 with a hefty 7.38 ERA over 46 1/3 innings. He has posted 47 strikeouts while issuing 24 walks. In his minor league career, Plassmeyer has made 64 starts and appeared as a reliever in eight other games with a mark of 14-20, 3.73.

Wynns, 31, was signed by the Phillies during the offseason and was seeing a good amount of playing time with Lehigh Valley this season, especially since fellow catcher Donny Sands was placed on the IL last month. In 33 games, Wynns produced a slash line of 3-20-.365/.504/.500 with the IronPigs. The trade works out well for Wynns, who will not be playing under Brundage in Sacramento, at least not right now. Instead, Wynns will play under former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, taking the place of Joey Bart on the San Francisco roster. Bart was optioned to Sacramento to make room for Wynns on the big league roster.

In 115 major league games with San Francisco, Wynns is a career .216 hitter with nine home runs and 30 RBI over three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.

The IronPigs still have catchers Edgar Cabral and Herbert Iser on the roster and Rafael Marchan is with the team on a rehab assignment from the Phillies. Marchan has been out since spring training with a hamstring issue and will likely be optioned to Lehigh Valley when he is activated by the Phillies. The Phillies top catching prospect, Logan O’Hoppe, is currently at Double-A Reading and figures to be in line for a promotion to Lehigh Valley in the not distant future.

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