Phillies claim Greg Dobbs from Mariners


As reported here, the Phillies claimed 28 year old Greg Dobbs off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Dobbs, drafted in 2001, was apparently a 6 year minor league free agent, and the Phillies added him, probably with hopes of filling out the Ottawa roster, but possibly to catch lightning in a bottle, ala Chris Coste in 2006. Dobbs has real good numbers, but it was probably more of a numbers game, with Adrian Beltre not going anywhere in Seattle, and a surplus of infielders already on their roster. His cumulative minor league line over the last three seasons is respectable:

1,037 AB, .307/.353/.439, 51 2B, 25 HR, 28/42 in SB

That line comes mostly at AA and AAA. But, we have a few problems

* He doesn’t draw many walks. Only 57 walks in close to 1,100 PA’s over 3 seasons

* He doesn’t have a lot of power for a corner infielder
* He’s been real old for his level

He’s also spent parts of the last three seasons in the majors, albeit for brief stays

2004: 53 AB, .226/.250/.302
2005: 142 AB, .246/.288/.331
2006: 27 AB, .370/.393/.556

Obviously, 2006 was a major outlier, and the sample size is very small.

So, what does this mean? Dobbs has a career OPS of .816 in the minors over 6 seasons, in just over 1,700 AB’s. He played 99 games at 3B in the minors in 2006, and in 2005 he played some at first and third, as well as DH’ing at the big league level. I can’t really see where he fits in at the big league level, unless the team plans to carry him over Coste. He doesn’t have drastic platoon splits, so I don’t see anything there, and Coste still has an advantage over him in being able to catch, if we’re considering the 25th man on the roster. Right now, the Phillies depth chart looks like this

C: Barajas
1B: Howard
2B: Utley
3B: Helms
SS: Rollins
C: Ruiz
INF: Nunez
INF: ??

LF: Burrell
CF: Rowand
RF: Victorino
OF: Werth
OF: ??

So, I suppose it’s between Dobbs and Coste for the last infield spot, unless the team decides to only carry 11 pitchers, which seems unlikely with two Rule 5 pitchers in Warden and Simon, or they decide to go with only 4 OF, which again seems unlikely given the concern for Pat Burrell’s foot. Then again, if Dobbs is going to sign a minor league deal and go to Ottawa to serve as filler/a callup in the event of an injury, this isn’t a bad move. I guess I just don’t know enough about it to determine what to make of it.

1 thought on “Phillies claim Greg Dobbs from Mariners

  1. This (and alot of other small pick ups this offseason) is a case of filling up the 40 man roster. Throw it all against the wall to see what sticks. Not thrilling stuff to say the least.

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