The Phillies have acquired minor league OF Hendry Mendez and INF Robert Moore from the Brewers in exchange for INF Oliver Dunn.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) November 14, 2023
Dunn was eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, and it appears the Phillies had no plans to add him to their 40-man roster. Instead, they shipped him for a pair of prospects to Milwaukee, where he’ll factor into the Brewers’ big-league infield. Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the Brewers have added Dunn to the 40-man roster.
On a crazy news day for the Brewers, they also pull off a trade, receiving Class AA infielder Oliver Dunn from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor-leaguers Robert Moore and Hendry Mendez.— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) November 14, 2023
Dunn joins the 40-man roster, moving the Brewers to 37 there.
The 25-year-old Dunn is coming off a breakout season in which he slashed .271/.396/.506 (148 wRC+) with Philadelphia’s Double-A affiliate. He followed that up with an excellent showing in the Arizona Fall League, slashing .343/.455/.616 and winning the league’s 2023 Breakout Player of the Year Award.
Dunn was older than most of his competition in Double-A, and his 27.5% strikeout rate is concerning. However, he possesses a compact swing that is direct to the ball, and he could join Joey Wiemer and Jackson Chourio as players who reduced their strikeouts as they progressed through the Brewers’ system.
Down in the Arizona Fall League, Oliver Dunn had 2 hits in a game, including a home run pic.twitter.com/bvAA2GKfsY— Phillies Player Development (@PhilsPlayerDev) October 14, 2023
Dunn makes plenty of loud contact, hitting 21 home runs in 2023, and has a great eye at the plate, drawing walks at a 16.2% clip. Those aspects of his performance separate him from Brice Turang and Owen Miller, two Brewers incumbents at second base who have shown little patience nor power in the big leagues. Dunn, who has a fresh set of minor-league options, could challenge them for playing time in 2024.
Mendez and Moore were seen as promising prospects not long ago, but their respective stocks have fallen after underwhelming performances in the lower minors. Both struggled with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 2023. Mendez posted a .634 OPS, and Moore a .682 OPS.