Phillies acquire O'Sullivan to complete Blanton trade

Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan gets another pitching prospect with the addition of Ryan O'Sullivan. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

MILWAUKEE — The Phillies received single-A righthander Ryan O'Sullivan from Los Angeles as the player to be named later to complete a trade for Joe Blanton.

O'Sullivan, 21, was a fourth-round draft pick of the Dodgers in 2011. He began the season as a starter but transitioned to a relief role upon being promoted to high single-A Rancho Cucamonga. While there, he posted a 3.57 ERA in 14 games with 12 strikeouts and eight walks in 17 2/3 innings. He has only 60 strikeouts in 97 career professional innings.

Baseball America ranked O'Sullivan as Los Angeles' 23rd-best prospect before the 2012 season.

He could not be included in the deal until Thursday because he was drafted last summer. Major League Baseball rules stipulate a player cannot be dealt less than a year after being drafted.

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