The San Francisco Giants have traded reliever Sam Coonrod to the Phillies in exchange for Carson Ragsdale. Coonrod was known for standing while the rest of the team knelt during the BLM protesting but President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi has said it has nothing to do with that and "it's a logical baseball move." Coonrod was drafted by the Giants in the 2014 June Amateur from the University of Southern Illinois Carbondale. He was a starter in the minors but came up to the bullpen for the Giants in May of 2019 and was 5-1 in 33 games with a 3.58 ERA totaling 20 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings. Coonrod was on the clubs opening day roster last amidst the pandemic but went to the injured list with a right lat strain. He was 0-2 in 18 appearances for the Giants and had a gaudy 9.82 ERA in which he gave up just 2 home runs but 16 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings of work. The Giants roster was stacked full and instead of designating someone for assignment they dealt Coonrod to Philly.
Carson Ragsdale comes to the West Coast after not throwing a pitch at the professional level. He was drafted by the Phillies in the 4th round of the Amateur Draft this last June out of South Florida. He was 2-1 in 29 games for the Bulls over a 3-year span but had Tommy John in 2019. Ragsdale totaled 77 strikeouts in 4 starts while at South Florida and in his last start, he walked 1 batter, allowed 1 run on 1 hit with 10 strikeouts over 6 innings in the Bulls 4-2 victory over Marist. The Wesley Chapel, Florida native also pitched in the Northwoods League in 2018 and was 2-1 in 18 appearances, striking out 40 batters in 26 1/3 innings with 18 walks against 119 batters faced. He was the 30th ranked prospect in the Phillies organization but the Giants will develop him as a starter.