One of the first big moves of the offseason is the reshuffling of the 40 man roster. The Phillies have already made their first round of cuts but they still have some work remaining to get down to enough to protect newly Rule V eligible players as well as sign free agents. We are going to kick off this series by looking at the players already on the 40 man roster who may be on the bubble. I have deemed players with established major league roles as safe and won’t discuss them here (this includes De Fratus, Diekman, Pettibone, Asche, Galvis, and Hernandez), I am including players who either are on the fringes or are pure minor leaguers. I am going to give my opinion on what the Phillies should and give my guess at what they will do.
When it comes to players already on the 40-man roster, removing them subjects them to the waiver process. This gives each team the option of claiming them, if claimed a player most only then be placed on his team’s 40 man roster. If you are looking to keep some of these players in the org the big thing to look at is number of options years left. A player with multiple options and some talent is likely to get claimed purely for a look, other, more fungible players can be snuck through waivers a bit easier. (*All ages are for Opening Day 2014) Continue reading
We end the preview of the system with a look at relievers including those still in the minors and the large group of young guys right on the door to the major leagues.
The common saying is that relievers are merely failed starters, in many cases this is true, the Phillies however have been very good at finding college guys who will transition well to the bullpen. The consequence is that the system is stocked with high upside arms who are not that far away from major league contributions.
As always please re-read gregg’s end of season bullpen recaps GCL/WPT, CLW/LKW, and LHV/RDG. Just a note: I have left off players in the bottom level, if you would like see someone added to this list just ask and I can put them on.
Phillipe Aumont (23) – Aumont may have the best raw stuff of any pitcher in the organization, a 70 fastball, 70 curveball, and a 60-70 splitter. The problem is that it comes along with below average command, due to mechanics that often fall apart. All of Aumont’s pitches have incredible movement, which cause both swings and misses in addition to weak contact. If Aumont can consistently throw strikes he is a back of the bullpen reliever, with elite closer upside. Continue reading
A bit of clarity was added over the weekend with addition of set up man Mike Adams into the mix as the key 8th inning bridge to Papelbon. Beyond Adams and Papelbon, the bullpen is filled with questions marks. It seems the only relievers assured of Phillies roster spots are Papelbon, Adams, and Antonio Bastardo, who was less than solid last year. After that, questions abound.
From the left side, Jeremy Horst is a front runner to land in back of Bastardo. Horst was impressive during his second half call up to the Phils, throwing in 32 games and going 2-0 with a 1.15 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. Horst struck out 40 in 31.1 innings of work.
The health of Mike Stutes is the first question mark from the right side. Recovering from significant surgery, Stutes may need some time in AAA before he reaches the level at which he pitched during the 2011 season for the Phils. The rest of the pack consists of Justin DeFratus, Phillippe Aumont, Michael Schwimer, BJ Rosenberg, Raul Valdes, and Jacob Diekman. Continue reading
That’s the word on the street, at least.
This site has been around for a little more than 5 years, and Savery’s story is probably the coolest thing I’ve seen since I started closely following the minor leagues like 10 years ago. He was close to calling it a career and retiring, he switched from pitcher to hitter, then switched back to pitcher, recovered 3-4 mph on his fastball, and is now on the opening day roster of the big league club.
No matter how good he ends up becoming or what role he carves out at the major league level, his story is a great inspiration for future players, and a good lesson that anything can happen in baseball, and even when you think you have a good idea of what is going to happen, you can still be completely surprised.
Congrats to Joe, and continued success.
After one of his better outings of the season on the mound last night, former 1st round draft choice Joe Savery will make his hitting debut tonight, as designated hitter, batting 7th for Lehigh Valley against Rochester.
Hall of Fame closer Bruce Sutter has been hired by the Phillies as a Minor League Pitching consultant where he will work primarily in Reading and Lehigh Valley. He will be in Lehigh Valley tomorrow evening. A good hire considering the potential influx of young talent into the Phils bullpen over the next year or two.
As first reported by Jeff Schuler, the IronPigs beat writer for the Morning Call, former first round draft pick Joe Savery has been relgated to the bullpen by Lehigh Valley, with Brandon Duckworth to take his spot in the rotation. Savery has made four relief appearances in his professional career and each of the four have come on the heels of early inning rehabs by Phils on the DL.
Savery has had a major problem in the first inning of almost every appearance this year, with an ERA now topping 9.00 in the opening frame. In fact, as Schuler notes, Savery has an ERA over 9.00 in the first two innings of his 13 starts, with an atrocious WHIP of 2.16. The hope is the work in the bullpen will help resolve the issues in the first few innings of games.
The Phillies 2007 first round draft choice, Joe Savery, was called up from AA Reading to take a place in the Lehigh Valley rotation. Savery, 23, was taken 19th overall of the 2007 draft out of Rice University with the 19th pick in the draft. After a dominant first half of the year, during which he went 12-1, Savery has struggled during his last several outings, going 1-3 with a 8.71 ERA in his last 4 starts. On the year, Savery is 12-4 with a 4.41 ERA in 21 starts. He has walked 53 and struck out 77 in his 112.1 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .262 against him (just .183 with RISP) and he has given up 13 home run balls. Continue reading
Seems like a new article pops up every day talking about what he will or won’t be. The latest from Marcus Hayes is here.
As someone who has backed Savery when everyone else turned on him and suggested he was bust, its nice to see that he’s altered his way of thinking at least. He’s still got another season after this one before he has to be protected on the 40 man roster, and if he stays in shape and focuses on his command and control, he’ll still be a starting pitcher for the big club at some point. The Phillies gambled with that pick. They knew that if he rebounded 100% from surgery, he’d be one of the steals of the draft at 19. He obviously hasn’t come back to what he was as a freshman, so it looks like a “failed gamble”, but if you look at the rest of the first round, we didn’t pass up on a can’t miss guy to take him other than Porcello, who we had no interest in paying for. Tim Alderson would have been a nice pick, Chris Withrow too, but that draft class looks kind of sketchy right now after the top 10 picks or so.
I hope Savery can maintain his focus and sharpen his pitches. We can still use him.
Read it here. Talks about the Phillies changing Drabek’s mechanics, among other things. Next week we’ll start tackling who will be assigned where.
The 2008 Threshers had a hard act to follow from the fans perspective after the 2007 team took the season to it’s limit by going to the post season and winning the whole thing by bringing home a F.S.L. Championship. I know the 2008 record was not what the team or fans had hoped for, but hopefully it was a learning experience for everyone. That is what the minors are about.
The team did play some fundametally sound baseball, and we did get to see some terrific efforts from some wonderful players over the course of the season. The 2008 statistical leaders for the team are recognized below.