Time to take another shot at roster projections with two weeks to go until the close of Spring Training. I made two changes at the major league level and have now included some early thoughts on the Lehigh Valley roster.
Pitchers: (12); Hamels, Lee, Halladay, Kendrick, Lannan, Papelbon, Adams, Durbin, Bastardo, Aumont, Cook, Valdes. Cook’s roster spot may be solidifying as starters struggle during the Spring. The Phils need someone who can throw 3-4 innings if necessary. Valdes, Horst and Diekman are in the race for the last bullpen spot. Valdes has been very impressive as of late, walking one and striking out 16 this Spring.
Catchers: Kratz, Quintero. Ruiz suspended for 25 games.
Infield: Howard, Utley, Rollins, Young, Galvis, Frandsen
Outfield: Brown, Revere, Mayberry, Nix, Inciarte. Delmon Young will be starting on the DL. I moved Inciarte ahead of Pete Orr. My thoughts are with Young on the DL in the early season, it gives the Phils more time to evaluate Inciarte who has impressed in the Spring. Pete Orr will always be available for the call up.
Starters: Pettibone, Martin, CLoyd, Lopez, Cochran DL: Brian Bass (recurring case of turf toe/shin contusion)
Relievers: Rosenberg, STutes, DeFratus, Diekman, Horst, Jiminez, Savery. Those on the fringe here are Zach Miner and Justin Friend. I would like to see Friend get an extended look at the back end of the ‘pen.
Catchers: Joseph and Lerud. Lerud and Suomi are pretty much interchangeable, although Lerud is a much better defensive catcher.
Infield: Overbeck, Hernandez, Betancourt, Orr, Fields, Martinez. I am praying for Asche, but I think Martinez or Fields makes it to start the season.
Outfield: Derrick Mitchell, Ruf, Susdorf, Gillies, Jermaine Mitchell.
I may take a shot at Reading and Clearwater tomorrow but at this stage, there are a ton of moving parts as we drop down a level or two.