Friday, January 2, 2015

#Reds Trade Ben Lively (RHP) To #Phillies For Marlon Byrd

In an ironic twist of fate, Lively was my most recent prospect highlighted (click here for the article), and shortly thereafter was moved in a surprise trade with the Phillies for Marlon Byrd two days ago.

I loved Ben Lively as a Cincinnati Red and I think I like him even more now in Philadelphia.  First off, a new market, and one as strong as the Phillies, is always good for a prospect as there is a new constituency for demand (any prospecting Phillies fan).

Lively dominated in the CAL league last year, which I already mentioned previously and how impressive that was, and took a small step back after a AA promotion to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.  The owner of the Blue Wahoos, Quint Studer, said of Lively, "I really think he has a great shot to be with the Phillies and pitching in the major leagues next summer."

I agree with that sentiment and will continue to buy Lively autos before they start to spike.

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