By Justin Adkins:
A day after designating Sergio Escalona for assignment, the Phillies have traded the lefty reliever to the Houson Astros in exchange for minor league second baseman Albert Cartwright.
Cartwright was drafted by the Astros in 2007, and was promoted to double-A Corpus Christi toward the end of last season. There, he posted an on-base percentage of .289 and a slugging percentage of .271, for an atrocious total OPS of .560.
Prior to that stint, the young infielder posted much better numbers. In advanced single-A, Cartwright hit 10 home runs and put up a very solid .932 OPS. It’s normal for a young player to scuffle in the transition from A to AA, so those putrid numbers above don’t necessarily mean he’s terrible and/or a future Eric Bruntlett.
Not surprisingly, this guy is an Ed Wade special — toolsy, speedy, with a little power and a lot of raw. Too many strikeouts with a corresponding need to learn to take a walk. He’s also not known as a great defensive player, committing 29 errors at second base in 2010 alone.
As Escalona was deemed expendable anyway, it’s still a good pick-up for the Phils, if only for depth — it’s safe to say he’s not here to allow the Phillies to trade Chase Utley for a right-handed bat.
Cartwright will stay in the minors for 2011, though it’s possible he sees late season big club action as an as-needed base runner.
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