Category Archives: Transactions

What to Expect from Ken Giles

Mike Adams to the DL, which means Ken Giles is coming up.  Giles has been a darling of fans so far because of his minor league numbers and triple digit fastball.  However, you might want hold off before anointing him a dominant closer.

What you’ll See Now:

Giles will sit with the fastball mostly 96-98 but you will see 99s and 100s.  He has had enough control to get it in the zone for the most part (walks were up in AAA), but he still lacks command of the pitch.  When he misses he will miss up, and major leaguers will be able to time that pitch.  He pairs that with a short slider around 90 mph.  It is more of a quick cutting pitch that a wipeout pitch.  There is potential for it to be a plus plus pitch in the long term, but right now it lacks consistency.  He might mix a splitter in at times, but it is far behind his other pitches. Continue reading

What to Expect from David Buchanan

With Cliff Lee‘s injury, the Phillies will call up RHP David Buchanan.  Buchanan was first drafted by the Mets in the 6th round of the 2009 draft out of Junior College, Buchanan didn’t sign.  The Phillies draft Buchanan in the 7th Round of the 2010 draft and signed him for $125,000.

Minor League Career:

Coming into the draft Buchanan showed a fastball that sat 92-93 that could touch 95, and a slider with good movement.  Buchanan struggled with his control in college and he lacked a changeup to give him a third pitch.

Buchanan moved through A-ball in his first season, spent all of 2012 in Reading (missing half the season with a finger injury), and split 2013 between Reading and Lehigh Valley.  Overall across 5 minor league seasons Buchanan has pitched 502 innings with a 3.98 ERA 2.85 BB/9 and 5.72 K/9. Continue reading

Giles, Simon, Galvis to AAA, Brignac to MLB, Camp to FA, and Murray to AA

Roster musical chairs continue and Cesar Hernandez still doesn’t have a seat.  Ken Giles moves on up to LHV where he will have to prove that the control is for real and learn to not pitch up in the zone as much (more AAA than AA hitters will crush or lay off those pitches).  Kyle Simon gets another crack at AAA after finding some control in 6.1 AA innings.  Colton Murray finally gets past Clearwater.  Murray is missing less bats this year, so we will see how he holds up against better hitters.  Reid Brignac is a former top prospect (Top 100 2006-2009, #17 in 2006), he is coming off a hot week in AAA and could provide more offense to the bench than Freddy.  Freddy Galvis needs to relearn how to be productive both in the field and at the plate, there is talent, but he hasn’t really had consistent playing time in 2 and a half years.  Shawn Camp will now be looking for a new job.

Andrew Knapp Assigned to Clearwater

Andrew Knapp‘s hitting rehab appears to be over.  He has been assigned to Clearwater and will likely take over as full time DH until he has been cleared to catch.  Currently the Threshers roster has 4 catchers with Knapp, Gabriel Lino, Chad Carman (Temporary Inactive list), and Logan Moore.  There will likely be another roster move coming at some point, but for now it seems like Justin Parr is the roster cut (assigned to XST) and could be not long for the organization.

Joseph and Dugan to the Reading DL, Moore & Lino Promoted

As per Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle

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Monday Roster Shuffle

Normally roster moves don’t make their own posts unless it is a big promotion, but today was a bunch of shuffling with impact.

Lehigh Valley:
Added: Sebastian Valle (REA), Justin De Fratus (PHI), Tyson Gillies (CLW), Brad Lincoln (PHI)
Lost: Mike Nesseth (REA), Cameron Rupp (DL), Andres Blanco (DL), Justin Friend (Released), Luis Garcia (PHI)

Added: Chad Carman (CLW), Mike Nesseth (LHV)
Lost: Aaron Altherr (CLW), Sebastian Valle (LHV)

Added: Aaron Altherr (REA – DL), Deivi Grullon (EST)
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Seth Rosin cut by Dodgers and claimed by the Rangers

After making the trip to Australia with the Dodgers, Seth Rosin was cut by the Dodgers.  He was then claimed off waivers by the Rangers.  All of the same roster restrictions will apply to Rosin in Texas as they did in Los Angeles.  If Texas cuts him, he will have to pass through waivers again, any claiming team would take him on with the Rule 5 requirements in place.  If he passes through waivers the Phillies would then have the opportunity to pay $25,000 to take Rosin back into the system.

Minor League Roster Cuts

Per Phillies Insider the Phillies have released IF Jim Negrych, 1B Logan Pierce (2013 15th Rd), LHP Kyler Burke, RHP Zach Cooper (2012 15th Rd), C Francisco Herrera, C Josh Ludy (8th Rd 2012), and C Justin Dalles.  None of the names are any big surprises and the move clears up the catching situation a bit more and almost assures Wilmer Oberto a 1B/DH job in Lakewood.

Phillie Sign SS K.C. Serna

According to Baseball America’s JJ Cooper the Phillies have signed short stop K.C. Serna out of the Independent Leagues.

Serna was Baseball America’s top Indy League prospect.  He fell to the 42nd round of the 2011 draft after he left Oregon following a suspension for violating team rules.  He was released in 2012 because of makeup issues.  He hit .265/.339/.354 in the New York Penn League in 2011. Continue reading