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
To make room on the 40 man roster for Roberto Hernandez the Phillies have designated Sebastian Valle for assignment. Valle was once a top prospect in the Phillies system and was ranked #3 on a very weak Top 30 after the 2011 season.
Valle is a good defender but he hasn’t had a walk rate above 5.6% and strikeout rate below 20.8% over the past 4 seasons. Valle is still young at age 23, but he has been passed on the depth chart by Rupp and Joseph. Valle has one minor league option remaining so another team may take a flyer on him to see if they can find value. For the Phillies he has little value or playing time and they likely tried trading him before this move.
The Phillies have announced that Sebastian Valle has cleared waivers and outrighted to AAA (this in no way reflects his final placement because of weird roster stuff). Valle will remain in the organization for 2014 and will be a minor league free agent due to service time. Valle will likely go to AA with Tommy Joseph in 2014, and given his good stats in the Mexican Winter League, he may still be a backup yet.
The Phillies selected Kevin Munson out of the Diamondbacks system in the Rule 5 draft. Munson has been a reliever since he was drafted in 2010, he shows a fastball in the low 90′s that can touch higher, and he pairs that with a hard slider. He has had some control problems over his career with a 4.26 BB/9 in AA this year, but he finished the year with a 2.74 BB/9 in AAA. Across the two levels Munson struck out 10.9/9. He has good ground ball tendencies as well and has a good chance to stick in the Phillies bullpen all year.
The Mets selected AA RHP Seth Rosin from the Phillies. Rosin is a big strong pitcher with a 3 pitch mix that is more average than overpowering. However, he has a good feel in the zone and generates a ton of ground balls. The Mets will likely switch Rosin back to the bullpen where the fastball could play more plus and the pitch mix will allow him to keep hitters off balance. He profiles more as a middle reliever but it could play up a lot more. The groundball tendencies and big frame are reminiscent of former Phillies Rule 5 pick David Herndon. There is a good chance Rosin sticks all year with the Mets.
The Red Sox selected Jonathan Roof in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft. Roof is now permanent property of Red Sox (for the cost of $12,500). Roof played across two levels for the Phillies in 2013 and is more an org filler at this point in his career.
Yesterday the Phillies made a small little trade that could end up being a small victory or it could be a net zero.
The Phillies shipped out Erik Kratz, who is a below average back up catcher with some pop and a good throwing arm, along with Rob Rasmussen (acquired for Michael Young) in exchange for Blue Jays reliever Brad Lincoln.
Rasmussen who I wrote about recently shows 4 averagish pitches from a really small frame. He has an outside shot at being a #5 starter, but his most likely role is middle reliever or LOOGY. Continue reading
Not a lot of in depth analysis here, the three position players were must-adds due to their upside. The Phillies acquired Rasmussen for Michael Young and saw enough to add him. Rasmussen in a starting role is more of a #5 starter, but out of the bullpen the stuff could tick up more.
More on the Rule V and who could be in danger when we get closer to the Winter Meetings.
The Phillies announced that they signed 30 year old OF Clete Thomas to a minor league deal today with an invite to major league Spring Training. Thomas was originally a 6th round pick of the Tigers in the 2005 draft and has spent parts of four seasons in the majors, most recently in 2013 with the Twins where he hit .214 with 4HR and 13RBI in 290 AB’s. He spent part of last season with AAA Rochester where he hit .296 with 9HR and 25RBI in 125 AB’s.
It’s looking like a crowded Lehigh Valley outfield as is typical this time of year. Pitchers and catchers report February 12th (89 days…not like I am counting).
The Phillies are making their annual forray into the over 35 year old minor league pitcher market with todays signing of soon to be 38 year old Sean Camp. Camp began last year pitching for the Cubs after signing a one year/1.35M deal but was designated for assignment mid season after his ERA rose above 7 in 26 appearances. Camp finished the season in Reno, pitching well for the Diamondbacks AAA affiliate, going 0-0 with a 2.42 ERA in 17 games. If he sticks, I see this as simply minor league depth.
According to Phils Media Relations, the team has added OF Zach Collier and RHPs Ethan Martin, Trevor May, and Jon Pettibone to the 40-man roster. This protects them from the Rule 5 draft in December. Mild surprise that neither Jiwan James nor Leandro Castro were protected, leaving both exposed to the Rule 5 draft, (among other, seemingly less enticing players). Phillies leave 2 spots open for free agents or a Rule 5 pickup of their own.
Per the Inquirer. My first reaction to this is “okay”. And it will take a bit more time to digest. As I mentioned when LaMar left, we don’t really know what these guys are doing on a day to day basis. Jordan was in charge of the drafts in Baltimore, and did see a nice chunk of talent come through the system in the last 5 years or so. His job in Philly will be on the development side of things, as from all accounts, Marti Wolever will continue to run the draft and set the org philosophy when it comes to drafting players. Jordan is well respected and he liked upside guys in Baltimore, so that should fit in well with what the Phillies already do.
These positions are very important to a team’s success, but it’s hard for us to judge the quality of these people because we don’t really know exactly what they do every day, how much impact they have on players, and how much importance their bosses will place on their opinions. Jordan seems like a smart guy and so we’ll give him time and see what happens.
It is certainly time appropriate to review the Phillies trades over the last several years, looking at how players progressed (or didn’t) since they were traded.
Mike Costanzo, Michael Bourn, Geoff Geary for Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett. As a Phillies fan, they is simply no way that you can complain about this trade even with Lidge’s injury woes. Lidge’s 2008 was right up there with the top closer performances in history and the Phillies, very possibly, may not have won the Series without him. Bourn has grown up to be an All Star caliber CF and a game changer on the bases. Mike Costanzo, now 27, and a former 2nd round pick of the Phillies in 2005 is playing AAA ball in the Reds organization, and is suffering through many of the same problems he did with the Phillies organization. He does not project as a major league player and actually spent time in the Independent Atlantic League last season. Continue reading