Giants acquire Hunter Pence from Philadelphia

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The San Francisco Giants have acquired two-time All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence and cash from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for outfielder Nate Schierholtz, minor league catcher Tommy Joseph, and minor league right-handed pitcher Seth Rosin, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.

Pence, 29, batted .271 (108-for-398) with 17 home runs and 59 RBI in 101 games for the Phillies this season. He was leading the team in hits, home runs, RBI, runs scored (59), total bases (178) and walks (37). Among the National League leaders, his 22 go-ahead RBI are tied for the most in the league while his 10 game-winning RBI are tied for the ninth-most. He’s also appeared in 101 games this season, tied for the third-most in the NL behind San Diego’s Chase Headley (103) and Atlanta’s Michael Bourn (102).

Prior to being acquired by the Phillies last season near the trade deadline, the Texas native had spent his entire career with the Houston Astros, batting .290 (768-for-2,649) with 103 home runs and 377 RBI in 680 games. While in an Astros uniform, he was a two-time All-Star, being selected to the Mid-Summer Classic in 2009 and in 2011. He finished third in rookie of the year voting in 2007 after hitting .322 (147-for-456) with 17 home runs and 69 RBI in 108 games with Houston.

Pence is a career .291 hitter (252-for-866) with runners in scoring position and he has the second-most outfield assists (61) in the Majors over the last five seasons (2008-12), trailing only Jeff Francoeur (64). In just 20 games here at AT&T Park, he owns a .329 average (25-for-76) with five home runs and 10 RBI. 

The six-year Major League veteran owns a career batting average of .290 (943-for-3,254) with 172 doubles, 28 triples, 131 home runs and 471 RBI in 835 games with Houston (2007-11) and Philadelphia (2011-12).

Schierholtz batted .257 (45-for-175) with five home runs and 17 RBI in 77 games for San Francisco this season. The 28-year-old was the second-longest active tenured Giant behind Matt Cain, having played 10 seasons in the Giants’ organization.

In his six big league seasons, Schierholtz has batted .270 (327-for-1,209) with 72 doubles, 15 triples, 23 home runs and 119 RBI in 503 games. He was selected by the Giants in the second round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft and was a local product from San Ramon Valley (Danville, CA) High School and Chabot (Hayward, CA) Junior College.

Joseph, 21, was the Giants’ second round selection in the 2009 draft out of Horizon (Scottsdale, AZ) High School and was regarded as one of San Francisco’s top young prospects entering the 2012 campaign. He was named to the Eastern League mid-season All-Star team this year and also participated in the Futures Game in Kansas City. The catcher has batted .260 (79-for-304) with eight home runs and 38 RBI in 80 games for double-A Richmond this season, his third professional campaign.

Rosin, 23, went 2-1 with a 4.31 ERA (27er, 56.1ip) and 10 saves in 34 games (five starts) for Class A Advanced San Jose this season, his third professional campaign in the Giants organization after being selected by the club in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.