The Phillies called up infielder Cody Ransom today and designated infielder Brian Bocock for assignment. Ransom, 34, is among the leaders in the International League in homers (16) and RBI’s (51) and was recently selected to represent Lehigh Valley in the IL All Star Game. Although hitting for power, Ransom often has trouble putting his bat on the ball, as he is among IL leaders in strikeouts as well with 90 thus far on the year. Ransom was drafted as a SS but has spent most of his time at 3B. He is an average fielder at best (16 errors this year), some very costly for Lehigh Valley. Ransom’s hitting line .238/.309/.456. Ransom was most recently in the bigs with the Yankees last year, starting the year as the everyday 3B while AROD recovered from injury. He hit .190 in 79 AB’s with the Yanks last year.
Bocock was designated without playing an inning for the big club. No doubt the right move here, but far from the answer.
Taking the Lehigh Valley roster spot of Cody Ransom for now is 2B/SS Ozzie Chavez, called up from Reading. Chavez, 26, was hitting .218/.316/.287 in 188 AB’s for Reading. He added a homer and 18 RBI’s, playing predominately 2B for the Rphils.