The Phillies have traded Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for minor league pitchers Tom Windle and Zach Eflin.
Rollins, 36, batted .243/.323/.394 with 17 home runs and 55 RBIs for the Phillies in 2014. He exits Philadelphia as the Phillies franchise leader in at-bats (8,628), hits (2,306) and doubles (479) while finishing third in runs scored (1,325) and triples (111). Rollins played 15 seasons in Philadelphia batting .267/.327/.424 with 216 home runs and 887 RBIs.
The 2007 National League MVP led the Phillies to five consecutive National League East titles including two National League Championships and one World Series title.
Windle, 22, went 12-8 with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in 25 starts for Class-A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. He was a second round pick out of the University of Minnesota in 2013. MLB.com ranked Windle as the No. 7 prospect in the Dodgers system with a scouting report of the 6'4", 215 lbs. left-hander.
Windle has a ceiling as a No. 2 or 3 starter, if he can improve his changeup and command, and if not, he has enough pure stuff to be a closer.
Windle's best pitch is his nasty slider, which reaches the mid 80s. He can drop it in on the hands of left-handers or on the back foot of right-handers. After working at 90 mph to 94 mph with his fastball during his junior season with the Gophers, Windle pitched more at 88 mph to 92 mph in his pro debut. Lengthening his stride during instructional league helped him reclaim that lost velocity.
Windle's delivery looks a little stiff, and it features some recoil, leading some scouts to question whether he can develop the third pitch and control to remain in the rotation. Windle is starting to throw his changeup more often, and it has made some progress.
Eflin throws his fastball in the low 90s, and he can occasionally add a bit more velocity. He has advanced feel for his changeup, which might be his best pitch. At its best, Eflin's breaking ball is a solid third offering, though it has a tendency to get slurvy.
Eflin's whole arsenal plays up, thanks to his control and the good downhill angle he creates. He is built like a prototypical right-hander, and he has the look of a future middle-of-the-rotation workhorse.