Eflin has earned an invitation to spring training. The 21-year-old spent all of 2014 with Double-A Reading, posting a solid 3.69 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 68 strikeouts over 131.2 innings with the club. As a reward, he'll get his first taste of the majors during spring training, but he'll almost certainly begin the season in Double-A or Triple-A again this season.
Phillies pitching prospect Zach Elfin started Monday's game against the Pirates, surrendering four runs (one earned) on three hits with two strikeouts in three innings of work. Elfin, who is considered a top-5 prospect in Philadelphia, saw more time than pitching prospects normally do this late in spring. "This year is more about our future than our present," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "This is about finding out, frankly, and this sounds strange, but I'm more interested in the development of the guys in Triple-A and Double-A and A ball than I am necessarily the guys on the [Major League] field."
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins has officially been traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers, according to the official website of both clubs on Friday. The Dodgers acquired Rollins and cash considerations from the Phillies for left-hander Tom Windle and right-hander Zach Eflin. Both sides initially agreed to the trade during the winter meetings. Rollins, 36, has a career .230/.277/.345 slash line over 200 at-bats at Dodger Stadium. He hit .243/.323/.394 over 538 at-bats last season. He's in the final year of his contract, and is set to make $11 million next year.
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