Reds Acquire Hometown Kid To Complete Tommy Pham Trade

The Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox have completed their deadline trade, in which the Sox acquired Tommy Pham from the Reds. In return, the 'player to be named' will be a Cincinnati native, Nick Northcut. 

Northcut is a 23-year-old corner infielder who's risen as high as Double-A this season. He showed massive power potential at High-A earlier in the year, blasting 26 homers with 58 RBIs in just 77 games with the BoSox' Salem affiliate. Strikeouts have been a problem, however, as he whiffed 151 times in just 103 minor league games this year. 

The strikeouts were much more under control in 2021 in Single-A, when he K'd just 91 times in 96 games, with an OPS of .865. 

Northcut was considered a Top 100 talent in his 2018 MLB Draft year, but has fallen down the prospect boards since then due to his plate discipline issues. 

Perhaps the Cincinnati homecoming will allow Northcut to reach his potential; he was a graduate of William Mason High School, just 25 miles from the Reds' Great American Ball Park. 
As for the Red Sox side of the deal, Pham has performed fairly well in the leadoff spot, batting .262 with a .737 OPS, with 25 runs scored in 36 games. 

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