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Phillies 40-Man Roster Moves as Deadline Approaches

With the deadline to protect players from the rule 5 draft approaching, the Phillies have added 3 players to their 40-man roster – Roman Quinn, Jimmy Cordero, and Edubray Ramos.  They have also claimed Twins RHP A.J. Achter off waivers.

The Phillies 40-man roster level stands at 37 going into the rule 5 draft barring any further moves before tonight’s 11:59PM deadline.

Phillies Complete Deal for Arizona’s Hellickson

MLBTR reported that Jim Salisbury tweeted that the Phillies and D’Backs are working on a trade that would bring RHP Jeremy Hellickson to Philaelphia.  He is in the last year of arbitration and becomes a first time free agent in 2017.  His agent has negotiated deals to avoid arbitration the past two seasons.  This is probably just a one year acquisition since his agent is Scott Boras.

Todd Zolecki tweeted that the trade is being finalized for a Phillies’ low level minor leaguer, since reported to be Sam McWilliams.  (Damn! I like McWilliams.)

Maikel Franco Activated for Dominican Winter Ball

Maikel Franco has been activated by his Dominican Winter League team, the Gigantes del Cibao.  He has reported to the team and been added to the roster according to an article by Jake Kaplan (see story).

Franco suffered a fractured left wrist in August that sidelined him until he was activated for the last weekend of the season. He collected 9 PA in three games that weekend after a few appearances in the Instructs.

Minor League Free Agent List

A mixture of names talked about often and more obscure names have become minor league free agents this week.  The list goes as follows:  3B Cord Phelps, SS Tyler Pasternicky, SS Edgar Duran, SS KC Serna, 2B Brodie Greene, 1B WIllians Astudillo, C Rene Garcia, OF Kelly Dugan, P Jason Berken, P Ethan Martin, P Colin Kleven, P Stephen Shackleford, P Reinier Roibal, and P Steven Inch.


Phillies Outright Four, Including Brown

Todd Zolecki reported in a news release that the Phillies outrighted Domonic Brown, Tommy Joseph, Brian Bogusevic, and Kelly Dugan from their 40-Man Roster.

I don’t think any of these moves is surprising.  Brown’s inability to live up to expectations, Joseph’s concussion issues and recent position change, Bogusevic’s journeyman status, and Dugan’s inability to stay healthy led most of us to expect these moves.

The 40-Man is now down to 30 players plus up to 6 players still on the 60-Day DL – Elvis Araujo, Matt Harrison, Mario Hollands, Cesar Hernandez, and future former Phillies Cliff Lee and Chad Billingsley.

Post Season Report Card–Relief Pitchers–LK, WP, GCL

We conclude our player report cards with a look at relief pitchers at the lower levels.  A caveat here, below Lakewood there is very minimal (if any) analysis and grades as I haven’t seen most of these pitchers and their sample size is extremely small.  It becomes guesswork at that point, which I feel obligated to stay away from.


Jason Zgardowski, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 34G, 4-1 with a 3.12ERA; 57.2IP 36H 26BB 54K; .184 opp avg; 1.08 WHIP; 1.08 GO/AO; 4.1BB/8.4K per 9; .176 vs LHH, .186 vs RHH, .180 last 30 days.  An excellent year for Zgardowski was went undrafted last year and was a very good find.  He throws very hard and was overpowering at times for Lakewood.  Walk rate needs some work.  Grade: A-; 2016: CLearwater

Calvin Rayburn, 23, Phils 16th round pick in 2014; 32G , 5-3 with a 4.44ERA; 1/3SV; 48.2IP 37H 24BB 26K; 2HR allowed; .214 opp avg; 1.25 WHIP; 1.50 GO/AO; 4.4BB/4.8K per 9; .215 vs LHP; .213 vs RHP; .313 last 30 days.  Rayburn was generally pretty effective but seemed to run out of gas during the later part of the year.  He will not overpower you, but knows how to pitch.  Grade: B; 2016: CLearwater

Jairo Munoz, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2015: 13G(3 starts) for Lakewood; 3-0 with a 2.67ERA; 33.2IP 26H 9BB 28K; 1HR allowed; .217 opp avg; 1.04 WHIP; 2.00 GO/AO; 2.4BB/7.5K per 9; .180 vs LHH, .243 vs RHH, .198 last 30 days.  I admittedly dont know too much about Munoz and have never seen him pitch but his line looked good.  Grade: B; 2016: Clearwater

Matt Hockenberry, 24, Phils 9th round pick in 2014; 42G, 4-4 with a 2.24ERA; 19/22SV; 52.1IP 34H 19BB 51K; 1HR allowed; .186 opp avg; 1.01 WHIP; 1.68 GO/AO; 3.3BB/8.8Kper 9; .207 vs LHH, .168 vs RHH, .167 last 30 days; .209 with RISP.  Quite honestly, I don’t know what more the Phils were looking for out of Hockenberry and was very surprised he was not promoted during the season.  He was consistent all year other than a very short stretch when he was injured, bounced back very strongly after a DL stint and was the primary closer throughout most of the season for Lakewood.  One homer allowed in over 50 innings to go along with a strikeout rate approaching one per inning, while holding the opposition below the Mendoza line.  Grade: A; 2016: Hockenberry’s age is what is working against him, however the calendar is out of his control and he can only worry about his performance.  No reason he shouldn’t be double bumped to Reading to see what he can do.  Closers mentality. Continue reading Post Season Report Card–Relief Pitchers–LK, WP, GCL