#MLBPlayers411 | Pat Neshek
Pat Neshek is not only the subject of today's #MLBPlayers411, but the veteran sidearm reliever is having such an outstanding 2017 season that he's also become the subject of trade speculation as the trade deadline approaches.
With Philadelphia rebuilding and 20 games out of first place in the NL East and the 36-year-old having a career year, there will be multiple teams interested in becoming perhaps Neshek's seventh big-league franchise over 11 seasons.
Neshek, who throws a two-seam fastball and a slider from his low arm slot, didn't allow a run over five innings in helping Team USA win the World Baseball Classic for the first time and has been one of the game's stingiest relievers during the first half.
The bearded 36-year-old from Madison, Wisc., carried an 0.59 ERA with 29 strikeouts and just four walks over 30.2 innings into weekend play. Batters have managed just a .192 average against him and he has a good chance of being selected for what would be his second All-Star Game.
Pat pitched for Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., before being drafted by the Twins in the sixth round in 2002. He made his MLB debut three years later and has posted a 30-20 record and 2.76 ERA over 456 career appearances with the Twins, Padres, A's, Cardinals, Astros and Phillies. He also has a 2.61 ERA over 13 postseason games.
Along with fellow sidewinder Brad Ziegler, Pat is also one of the foremost baseball card collectors among players and enjoys completing full sets and trading and talking about them with fans on his social media feeds.
He has a standing offer to send fans a signed Pat Neshek card if they send him a card signed by any player along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
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