The Phillies announced the signing of two pitchers today, Ty Taubenheim and Josh Fogg. I am not quite sure where Fogg fits in after being released by the Mets but the 33 year old Fogg may be fighting for the last job in the Phils pen or be headed to Lehigh Valley. Last year pitching for Colorado, Fogg was 0-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 24 games (1 start). He had an uncharacteristically good WHIP of 1.13, as opposed to his WHIP the rest of his major league career which hovered between 1.45 and 1.55. Fogg’s signing could certainly have some impact on Rule 5 pick David Herndon, who has had an extremely impressive Spring, giving up his first earned run yesterday. Fogg is a veteran of nine major league seasons who has a career mark of 62-69 with a 5.03 ERA and 1.46 WHIP.
Taubenheim, 27, was a 19th round pick of the Brewers in the 2003 draft. He has spent the last two seasons at AAA Indianapolis (Pirates), starting 38 games Last season, Taubenheim was 7-9 in 26 games (19 starts) with an impressive 3.65 ERA. He walked 37 and struck out 63 in his 106 innings of work, with a WHIP sitting at 1.36. The 6’5 righty has seen Major League action in ’06, ’07’ and ’08, most prominently with the Blue Jays in 2006, appearing in 12 games.