Veteran reliever Aquilino Lopez continues his tour of major league organizations, after being dealt to the San Diego Padres for two minor league prospects. The Padres will be Lopez' fourth major league team since the 2003 season after stints with Toronto, Colorado and the Phillies.
Coming to the Phillies in the deal are outfielder Matt Thayer and third baseman/catcher Trey Johnston.
Thayer played in three different leagues last season, hitting a combined .337 with three homeruns and 26 RBI. Thayer was selected by the Padres in the 31st round of the 2004 Draft and has hit .314 over his first two minor league seasons.
Thayer is unusual in that he throws left-handed, but bats right-handed. Thayer told MadFriars.com that he had developed the unusual trait by following his older brothers, who are both right-handed hitters, into the batting cage and copying their style. He tried some switch-hitting in high school, but abandoned it before too long. Thayer turned 24 last month.
Johnston, who had been working out exclusively as a catcher this spring, played both behind the plate and at third base last season in the Arizona Rookie League. He also played one game at Class-A Fort Wayne. Johnston was drafted in the 18th round of the 2003 Draft by the Cubs and was released after his first pro season in the Arizona Rookie League. Over three seasons, Johnston .243 with four homeruns and 35 RBI.
The 20 year old Johnston was drafted by the Cubs out of high school and is a right-handed hitter.