Last year we had a nice little discussion about who would be the first person let go from camp. Let’s do that again – FYI, I discount Joe Savery as he was technically gone prior to camp opening. He might have been my guess if he was still around, and he was clearly Amaro’s pick.
You can pick guys sent back to minor league camp, or guys who you think will be DFAed/Released/whatever method you’d like to use. I personally think the first guy back to MiLB camp will be Zach Collier and the first DFA/cut will be Jeremy Horst. Collier needs the reps he’ll get in MiLB camp and he is not making the big club ahead of guys like Gwynn and Thomas. Horst is the least useful pitcher on the 40-man and easiest to see sneaking through waivers, IMO.
I am #TeamBiddle today. For those of you that are #TeamCamp, take a hike!
So instead of me trying to write up a HILARIOUS Top 30 like I did last year, (you all remember how funny that was? No? Oh, come on!), or a serious Top 30 that will be put to shame by the depths to which Matt will go this year, (or even the depths to which he went last year), I’m going to take this chance to lobby for a couple guys who missed our Top 30, and give you all the chance to discuss. I might do it again next week as well, just to see how we might have progressed to 40. And if it’s rolling along just fine, maybe go five a week right up to opening day. I ranked 76 guys last year, and my list is around 95 right now, before I cull out a handful of NPs from last year’s draft and guys who proved themselves NPs from last year’s performances, plus whichever borderline guys get cut in the spring training numbers game.
So here’s my next five, with my personal rankings in parentheses:
I’ll open a thread for everyone to discuss Wetzler/Monda.
Baseball America Article
I’ll mention that I asked Aaron Fitt last night if he knew whether there was a possibility that Monda and Wetzler shared an adviser/agent, and he said plainly that they did not.
My immediate reaction is this can’t help The Phillies attract guys in the draft, but it may lead them to avoid guys who are a little more on the fence than they’re willing to say. If you’re in Jason Monda’s situation, I think you’re more unequivocal in your dealings with The Phillies – a “STAY AWAY FROM ME” kind of thing.
Ethically, it seems pretty questionable for a club to try to burn a college guy(s) over standard practice. When the signing deadline came and went, these two guys not signing seemed an indictment of The Phillies PacNW team. We’ll see how the details shake out. Too early to pass judgment. But feel free to do so in the comments. Continue reading
A Farewell To Arm – Joe Savery.
Joe: I’m not brave any more Billy. I’m all broken. They’ve broken me.
Billy: That’s ok, Joe. We want you at first base.
Joe: But I’ve only played pitc…oh wait…yeah, ok, sounds fun.
Anyone think The Phils will add another piece to their rotation in the next few days? I wonder if they’d still make a push for Ubaldo Jimenez, but I kind of doubt it.
Would you give up the 47th pick in the coming draft for the 30-32 year old seasons of Ubaldo Jimenez with an AAV of $12-13M, as Fox Sports Ohio reported last week was his likely price range? I think I would, but it wouldn’t be an easy decision. Also, whether Jimenez wants to pitch in Philly is another story altogether.
A minor league second baseman just quarterbacked his team to a Super Bowl. The Eagles should seriously consider picking up Cesar Hernandez or Andrew Pullin.
Hey, it’s Wednesday. I forgot to post this all week so far. Blame my employer for wanting me to, you know, work for the hours they pay me to work. Pfft.
Vernon Wells – A Play in One Act
Hey, I got you something.
What is it?
(Brad jumps off a bridge)
Would only be slightly better than “Delmon Young – A Play in One Act”.
So in thinking down my Top 30 list a bit, I come to a bit of a conundrum – I have three guys in close proximity with ”body issues”. Severino Gonzalez, Dylan Cozens and Luis Encarnacion.
I spoke in the comments the other day about Severino Gonzalez. He’s listed around 6’1″, 153 pounds, and he’s yet to throw many more than 100 professional innings in any given year. Since he wound up in AA at the end of 2013, I think some folks have taken to assuming he pitched a full season, but we should not forget he was in extended and pitched out fo the bullpen for much of the year. Will a slight frame hold up to starters’ innings?
We believe Luis Encarnacion will hit, based on scouting leading up to his signing, but while he was listed as a 3B, much of the same scouting seemed to think he would never be anything other than a LF or 1B in the future. So not only are we betting on a 16-year-old, which gives plenty of people pause, but a 16-year-old who’s already ticketed for the two least demanding positions on the diamond. Continue reading