Minor League (Re)Signings, AFL Update

Signings have begun trickling in with the news that the Phillies have resigned 2B Fidel Hernandez as well as Catcher Torre Langley.  In addition, the Phils have signed Free Agent Pete Orr, who has over 500 major league plate appearances and can play 2b, SS, 3B and the corner OF if necessary.  Orr spent last season in the Nationals organization playing for (AAA) Syracuse, where the 31 year old hit .264/.326/.436 with 12 HR and 35 RBI’s, to go along with 25 stolen bases.  Orr will almost assuredly open the season in Lehigh Valley as either their starting 2B or 3B.

Langley, 23, was the Marlins 3rd round pick in the 2006 draft and saw time behind the plate for Lakewood, CLearwater and Reading last year.  With Sebastian Valle most likely starting in Clearwater and Joel Naughton still unsigned, Langley currently has AA Reading as his likely landing spot.

Fidel Hernandez, 24, has spent most of the past three seasons at CLearwater, accruing well over 1100 High A plate appearances.  Last season, which was abridged by 50 games because of a suspension for using performance enhancing drugs, was a good one for Hernandez where he hit .289/.322/.332 with 1 HR and 23 RBI’s, while playing 2B.

Catcher Dane Sardinha was also resigned to a Minor League deal where he will spend time once again in Lehigh Valley.

AFL Update: Matt Rizzotti played in all three games Monday thru Wednesday and was a combined 1-8 with an RBI, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.  Rizzotti is at .360/.484/.400 in 50 AB’s in the Fall League. He hasn’t homered and has 10 RBI’s.

Tim Kennelly played in LF on Monday and Tuesday going a combined 1-5 with a run scored.   In 31 AB’s, Kennelly has hit .323/.400/452 with 0HR and 3 RBI’s.

Brian Rosenberg continues to get rocked, this time giving up 3 runs in the 8th inning on Wednesday on 3 hits.  He walked 2 and struck out one, raising his ERA to 10.24. In his 8 games, the opposition is hitting .357 against him, to go along with 8 walks in 9.2 innings.

Chris Kissock continues to throw very well earning the win in a scoreless inning on Wednesday, his 8th scoreless appearance in the AFL.  He is yet to give up a run, has allowed just 4 hits and is making Rule 5 decisions for the Phillies brass difficult. Opponents are hitting just .167 against the lanky right hander out of Lewis and Clark.

The season has ended for Josh Zeid, who was sent home after reaching his innings limit.  A very successful stint for the AFL Rising Star who appears to be headed into the Reading rotation for the 2011 season. 4 starts, 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA; 14IP 11H 1BB 12K, .204 opp avg., 0.86 WHIP.

78 thoughts on “Minor League (Re)Signings, AFL Update

  1. My guess is that Sellers and Ransom won’t be resigned and Orr will be playing 3b for LHV next season with a call up to the big team in case of injuries.

  2. I love the Orr signing for what it is. He’s a guy that can come up in the event of an injury and provide adequate play and lots of flexibility.
    Major league question: What’s everyone’s opinion on the Phils pursuing Dye? He have anything left? Is he an absolute butcher in RF?

  3. On Dye: He IS an absolute butcher in RF but his bat was very good in 2009 and he was a premier RH bat for many years. He’s worth looking at…perhaps as a platoon guy but he has value.

  4. I am sure Zeid was not in a hurry to get out of the Arizona sun and back to New England.
    Riz 2 for 3 with a walk and rbi. So the reports of his demise …..

  5. Great season for Zeid!! Should get a shot at Reading. He could be a Ryan Madson type. The bullpen might be his road to the bigs. He seems to add a few mph to the gun when he is pitching one or two innings compared to starting.

  6. Dye had 27 home runs in 2009 but some of his other numbers were mediocre. His OBP was below average for a corner outfielder, his slugging percentage was average. And that Dye had only 19 doubles to those 27 home runs would suggest an emerging mobility problem.

    On Rizzotti. I refused to get excited when he hit over .400 and I’m not going to get excited about those numbers slipping either. AFL numbers are really not worth analyzing.

  7. In AFL, Rizz is 5th in BA with .377. He’s 2nd with an OBP of .500.

    Alan, if AFL numbers are not worth analyzing, what is the purpose of the AFL and why do teams send their top prospects there? Do you know something that the rest of us do not know?

  8. That samples of 50 plate appearances give you quirky results that you can’t really take seriously. Teams send their prospects to the AFL to get extra repetitions and playing time. You can scout a player, see how he looks and take away meaningful information from that. But there’s too much noise to really give credence to the statistics.

  9. I would like the Orr signing a lot more if the guy would take a stinking walk once in a while.
    I believe a sub that won’t get on base is not a team guy.

    Riz 2 for 3 and a walk.

  10. I believe Pete Orr will clearly be a candidate to open the season on MLB bench as the necessary 2nd IF reserve on the bench. And I believe somebody predicted the consideration of Orr as a minor league signing in another thread. Given the percieved need by some to have a RH hitting OF to spell Brown or Gload in RF and also one to spell Ibanez in LF, the adding of the necessary 2nd IF reserve ( a necessity known only to a select few, apparently) who also bats LH , indicates a tendency to future moves, as I see it. Orr can be the LH pinch hitter off bench, and since I don’t believe they trade Gload, Gload will be inserted as the main guy in RF to platoon with Francisco and/or an added RH hitting OF, and Domonic Brown will start in AAA to learn some stuff, when unless necessitated by events , with an eye to a September call-up. MLB bench- likely- Schneider, Valdez, Orr, Francisco, RHHitting OF to be determined. Don’t see that Orr must start at 2nd or 3rd at AAA stuff. AAA line-up shaping up to be Mayberry LF, Gillies CF, Domo Brown RF, J. Slayden OF, Overbeck 3b, Bocock-Rivero SS, H. Garcia 2B, Rizzotti 1B, Savery 1b-DH, Sardinha C, Gosewisch C. Don’t believe all the ” must have full year of excellence at every minor league level – because of the GREAT-GREAT differentiation in the play at minor league levels , stuff, If a player does all right at a level, try them at a higher level.

  11. The Rizz dialogue is very entertaining (on both ends of the spectrum) – he’s the hot prospect du jour, but really, unless he can somehow become a productive left fielder in a hurry or unless Ryan Howard gets injured, there appears to be no place for Matt Rizzotti and, in any event, it’s far from clear that he would be anything more than an adequate major leaguer. Look, I like him too, but there’s valid reason for the skepticism.

    On Brown, he will not be called up in September. It’s 50/50 that he’s with the club when the year starts and I would be shocked if he is not on the team and playing regularly by June. The real unknown is whether the team will orchestrate some interesting trades for outfield help or will sign another righty bat. Ruben must be hard at work because, obviously, he must understand the hole that Jayson Werth departure would leave.

  12. Orr couldn’t crack the Nationals lineup, yet Marfis you have him starting in Philly. Valdez and Orr are redundant. Wont happen absent injury.

  13. The Rizzotti talk I think is just a function of him being the only Phils’ position player in the AFL right now. We have a couple guys in the caribbean but statistics and information are not readily available there.

    On Pete Orr, I can’t believe we’re talking about him as a Major League player. He’s played a little over 500 at bats in the majors. He doesn’t hit for average, doesn’t walk and has no power. There’s nothing he adds to a team that Wilson Valdez doesn’t.

  14. I like Tim Kennell and saw him play at Reading in 2009. I have trouble seeing him playing in Philly because the Phillies sent him back to A-ball for 2010. There are some players whom the Phillies just seem to find reasons not to like. Kennelly seems to be one of them. The Phillies have always seemed to value defense, speed, and raw athleticism over hitting. Kennelly’s bat is certainly very superior to a lot of the guys who started 2010 in Reading. Tim also didn’t seem to embarrass himself defensively, while catching at Reading, although admittedly Gosewich far exceeds his defensive ability. Kennelly is not a particularly swift runner, either. Although the Phillies have carried old veteran bats with zero defensive capability on the major league bench, they still haven’t glommed onto the idea that they can promote and groom their own bench bats, hoping that the D will continue to improve. I’ve seen very little evidence over the years, I guess Larry Bowa being the prime case in the Phillies favor, of the good glove guy with no bat for quite a few years eventually learning to hit. I don’t see why it is less likely that the good bat, questionable glove guy will eventually learn to field at least adequately. Admittedly Kennelly won’t suddenly develop into a speedster, but is that really so important? So, the short answer to Steve’s question is that Kennelly doesn’t draw more interest, because the Phillies seem down on him.

  15. Orr won’t start the year in the majors unless there’s an injury. They won’t carry 2 middle infielders because the bench would be awful. I’m still intrigued by a guy like Bill Hall who bats righty and can play many positions. Gload is a terrific player off the bench but he’s a terrible outfielder and own’t platoon in right. Brown might start at LHV but it will only be if the team signs someone to play, either every day or in a platton with Francisco. Any chance the Phils would pursue a certain 3B who is a FA and who they really wanted last year? They would have to then trade Polanco but that wouldn’t be hard to do. You never know…

  16. The best FA third baseman is Beltre. But if the Phillies went with Polanco when both were healthy, I don’t see them changing course now.

  17. Bench
    Gload / Francisco / Brown

    And now the guess
    Agree with Murray, Hall makes a lot of sense, Ibanez is at the very end of days

  18. http://www.philliesnation.com/archives/2010/11/checking-in-the-dominican-winter-league/

    The top domestic baseball league in the Dominican Republic is the Dominican Winter Baseball League. Baseball fans wait all year for the 6-team league that sends its annual champion to play in the Caribbean Series, a tournament that features the winners of the Mexican, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan and Dominican leagues. Each team plays a 60-game schedule and features a star-laden roster.

    The Dominican Winter Baseball League is peppered with Major League affiliated talent. All 30 clubs are represented on rosters of the league’s teams. Many players around the DWBL should be familiar to Phillies phans. Let’s take a look at how those players are performing.

    Derrick Loop, who pitched in 16 combined games (5-1 record, 0.32 ERA) between high-A level Clearwater and triple-A Valley in the Phillies organization this year, has thrown 7 relief outings for the Cibao Aguilas. He has posted a 4.50 ERA and held opponents to a .250 batting average in DWBL action.

    Minor League stalwart and occasional Phillie Andy Tracy is also on the Aguilas roster. Tracy, a 2010 International League all-star with the triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs has posted a disappointing .069 batting average in 8 DWBL games thus far.

    Timo Perez, a former New York Met that played with the double-A Reading Phillies in 2010, is batting .348 in 16 games with the Licey Tigres. Perez batted .255 in 43 games after joining the R-Phils in July.

    Ozzie Chavez, a 27-year-old Dominican native who played at Reading and Lehigh Valley the past two seasons, is an infielder for the Este Toros. Chavez is 2-for-10 (.200 avg) with 3 runs scored and5 walks in 7 DWBL games. At times, when playing in North America, Chavez fills the role of translator during mound visits and other instances, which increases his value to a team.

    Phils lefty pitching prospect Yohan Flande has made 3 starts for the Toros and has posted a 3.75 ERA while going 1-1. Flande, 24, has struck out 9 and walked 5 in 12 innings. The Dominican native had a 10-8 record and a 4.38 ERA in 27 starts with Reading in 2010.

    39-year-old former Phillie Pedro Martinez is training for a return. The owner of 219 Major League wins and three Cy Young Awards wanted to evaluate his own physical status before officially joining his team, the Licey Tigres.

    The most impressive DWBL output from a former Phillie thus far in 2010 has come from left-handed pitcher Fabio Castro. With the Cibao Gigantes, the 25-year-old Castro has been dominant, striking out 23 batters in 12 innings over his last 2 outings. In 4 DWBL games, Castro is 2-1 with a 1.17 ERA and has held opponents to a .185 batting average. Castro is best known for being traded for Matt Stairs in 2008.

    Infielder Jonathan Villar, who was part of the bounty that landed the Phillies Roy Oswalt in a trade with Houston, is seeing minimal playing time with the Aguilas. The switch hitting speedster is 0-for-5 with 5 strike outs, but has scored 3 runs as he’s been utilized as a pinch runner at times. Villar was a 2010 mid-season South Atlantic League all-star as a member of the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws.

    Former Phils pitching prospect Zack Segovia has allowed 2 hits in 8 innings of relief for the Oriente Estrellas. Segovia, now in the Yankees organization, has a 1.13 ERA in the DWBL. The 27-year-old right-hander was the Phillies’ 2nd round pick in the 2002 amateur draft, but was released by the Phillies after an unimpressive start to the 2008 season at Reading and Clearwater.

    Willy Taveras, who spent time with the IronPigs in 2010, is batting .182 with 5 steals, 6 runs scored and 4 RBI in 9 games with the Aguilas. Taveras’ .455 OPS in DWBL action is quite poor.

    And lastly, set to report to the Escogido Leones on Monday is Phillies rookie outfielder Dominic Brown. The 23-year-old is expected to play until Christmas, and will then take some time off before reporting to the Phillies’ spring training home in Clearwater, Florida.

  19. Phils signed Eddie Bonine to a minor leage deal according to MLBTR

    When was the last time we had a knuckleballer?

  20. Bonine is a very unusual pitcher. He throws a knuckleball but he uses it as a change of pace, throwing it about 20% of the time. He also throws a straight change, a slider and a fastball that sits about 89 mph. His control in the minors was impeccable. If he makes the MLB club it’ll be in the mop-up role most likely. If not he’ll be a step up from the usual pitching dreck Lehigh Valley featured the last few seasons.

  21. Per MLBTR:

    Kratz, 30, made his big league debut with the 2010 Pirates after spending nine seasons in the minor leagues. He has a .252/.325/.434 minor league line, but he hit just .118/.167/.118 in 36 big league plate appearances.

  22. NICE! Kratz was born in Telford, about halfway between Allentown and Philly. I mentioned him in a different thread. He was the best story of the AAA All Star Game, getting his first call to the majors during the game itself.

  23. FYI – The Phillies didn’t choose Polanco over Beltre last year. The Phils went after Beltre hard but he wanted more money. Then the Phils went to Polanco who was plan B. A year later, who knows what Beltre wants but he was the choice last year and is better than Polanco for what the Phils need. The recent signees are all AAA players so please, don’t look at them as major league options. The Phils are working to sign Contreras and they will sign a lefty. They’ll wait to see if Toronto offers arb to Downs and back off if they do and move to Felicano. Assuming Bastardo makes it as a 2nd lefty, there will only be one long man spot left. The loser of Worley/Kendrick will have a shot at the job as will Matheson and maybe even Stutes if they stay in house. They may also sign one more journeyman starter/reliever to compete for that job but that won’t be for quite awhile because they won’t pay much.

  24. Would you trade Utley and Shane to Angels for Mike Trout.

    Sign Werth
    Sign Valdez

    Move polanco to 2nd
    Werth to Cf

    When ibanez contract is up you have trout, brown and Werth as Of

  25. You just can’t. No matter how much I love Trout, and trust me, I would pretty much die for the Phillies to get Mike Trout, the implications of trading both utley and shane? The Phillies become a ~86 win team and the trades for Halladay and Oswalt look downright ridiculous. Howard becomes a completely dead piece. So we become a team spending 140 million to miss the playoffs(AKA the Detroit Tigers). Although we have Mike Trout! ..-sigh-. We get all excited every hot stove season but the team has bet the house on Pocket Queens. Sure, no one’s holding Pocket aces or kings but quite a few teams have the overcard. Any of them hit it and we lose, for quite a long time.

  26. My question is why?
    Do you think we can get the same production between Werth and Valdez and utley and Shane.

    We become a better fielding team and we have a mire balanced lineup.

    Trout makes us younger quick and we have a lineup that can challenge for years.

    Trade Blanton and eat ibanez contract for b to c level prospects and we add either lee or beltre.

    I would hate to trade Utley but when you think about this we have a better team now and a much younger team in the future.

    The angels will also do this. Between Utley and victorano we are looking at a little more then crawford contact with alot less years.

  27. “Do you think we can get the same production between Werth and Valdez and utley and Shane.”

    No, Valdez is an awful offensive player who creates a black hole in the lineup. And Mike Trout is a great prospect but not MLB ready. That trade would flat out punt 2011. I hate to be harsh but its an awful, awful idea. Chase Utley is a Hall of Fame caliber player. You can’t trade a guy like him and expect to improve.

  28. Fair enough, but I think Valdez will balance out Shane and Werth will balance out Utley. Frees up money. Makes us a more balanced team. Not so lefty heavy. Valdez sucks as a hitter but a better fielder.

  29. There are a lot of ways to get younger and less lefty heavy without trading the best second baseman in franchise history in the middle of his prime.

  30. Fair point….like I said just a crazy idea.
    I am afraid that we are going to get old and nit have anything to show for it.
    That would make a young and cheap outfield.
    With ibanez and lidge coming off books why can we not go for it. Sign Werth. I am ok trading victorano and Blanton. Sign lee for 25 million for 4 years

  31. I didn’t see the direct tweet, but somebody posted Corey seidman mentioned Brown, Cosart and a third player for Braun. Thoughts?

  32. Im a huge Utley fan but Ive been pushing to trade him. trade him for a young 2b or 3b and move polanco over if u have to…also get a lefty set up guy plus two prospects preferably SS or 3b…howard is untradeable cause of contract…rollins in last year of deal wont get as much with down numbers…hard to trade victorino when u have ibanez and probably losing werth…say trade utley and his 15 mil sal to say white sox for gordon beckham a lefty set up (not sure who that may be) two infield prospects…trade blanton to ed wade for prospect…get two high picks for werth…you cut payroll…balanced lineup with beckham RH…got younger…5 prospects to bolster minors…have money to maybe keep werth ( wouldnt go past 5/80mil he only had 85 rbis last year) maybe take a run at lee…between two prospects from sox and two high picks in deep draft we rebuilt an aging IF…rollins needs a bounce back healthy year or he goes with ibanez and lidge clearing even more money

  33. wow braun…proven big leaguer for brown and cosart ( both top 5) plus another…wow…i think i would…whats brauns contract like?

  34. How about the Phillies get Pablo Sandoval? He could play on the bench and start once Polonco’s contract is up. He is a switch hitter and he can play first, third, and catcher. Due to his health concerns, the Giants might be looking to trade him. Plus, he is only 24.

  35. Some tweets out tonight of interest – “Phillies are stepping up their efforts to resign Werth” and “Chad Durbin getting interest from multiple teams as a starter”. Which raises an interesting question – salary aside, who’d we rather have as our 5th starter – Worley, Kendrick, or Durbin? I think I’d say its a tie between Worley and Durbin, but when you factor cost and future into the equation my answer is Worley. And since those things count, I go Worley. Durbin didn’t have a real good track record as a starter so that’s interesting.

  36. Braun is 26, signed an 8 year, $45M extension that covers thru 2015. A player of his magnitude at that age and at that price makes him very very attractive. This is a big if, but if that deal would get done, and you combine it with an Ibanez trade and resigning Werth, can you imagine that lineup? Rollins, Utley, Braun, Howard, Werth, Polanco, Victorino, Ruiz. Obviously I think this move would be an attempt to replace Werth but financially if they could move Blanton or Ibanez it would work to keep Werth. Obviously Ibanez would be preferable but tougher to move. Adding Braun to replace Ibanez certainly makes the team younger, better, and more athletic. If he’d replace Werth, they get younger, athleticism is probably a draw, and I’d say Braun is a better player than Werth, albeit not drastically better.

  37. Ryan Braun is not worth it if we have to move Dominic Brown to get him. It doesn’t get simpler than that.

  38. Would a deal of Shane, Blanton, Trevor May, Zach Collier and Matt Rizzotti
    Mike Trout

    Get done.

    Then we sign Werth and Valdez

    Is this better then trading Utley

    Would the phillies and the angels do this or am I being a homer.

  39. I would not do brown and coast for Braun.

    Would do a combo of
    May, Aumont, Collier, Dugan, Rizz, Mathieson, Jiwan, Blanton, And Shane

    I am always up for trading but I would not touch
    Cosart, Colvin, Galvis, Valle, Biddle, Brown and Singelton
    These are my untouchables

  40. orry but somewhat homerish…victorino makes 8 mil or so and blanton makes 10 this year and next…i read somewhere he only got paid 3 mil first year…we all think brown is going to be an allstar for the next ten years and we all think cosart is going to be a one or a two…but braun has already proven himself at the big league level…those guys can develop into stars but braun is already a star…and cosart doesnt help the phils now obviously…we only have oswalt next year and maybe option…after that we have the likes of may colvin biddle rodriguez hyatt maybe aumont to fill in behind roy and cole…and braun salary ias very team friendly….on kendrick worley or durbin…worley get first crack and durbin doesnt leave bullpen

  41. Anonymous, the Angels would not do that trade for Trout. All this trade talk is silly. The Phillies are built to win now, they can not trade established players for prospects. The other teams would not want to trade their best players for our scraps. The Brewers assuredly have NO interest in trading Ryan Braun. The Angels would not trade for Shane Victorino when they have Torii Hunter.

    Besides, all this is really horrendously off-topic.

  42. Sorry about being off topic,

    Just thought it was an interesting idea. Great site and I do not want to break any rules.

  43. “Brewers have NO interest in trading Braun”

    Peter Gammons is hearing differently, although he has linked the Red Sox as the most likely landing spot

  44. I have to say that I would give up Brown and Cosart to get Braun, an absolute all star but I don’t see the Brewers doing that deal. I don’t know if Brown will ever be the player Braun already is, he’s a beast. There would be no reason to make any other deals other than finishing the bullpen. As for sending Trevor May and various pieces to get Trout, why would the Angels do that deal? It doesn’t matter because the Phils aren’t trading for a kid right now since they’re a team built to win right now with prospects down the road of their own.

  45. Alan how do you know that braun wont be traded. Its being reported by gammons, do you know something we dont???

  46. I agree with Murray. Braun has 6 yrs under control, at a very reasonable price, and is the perfect age – 26 with 4 yrs of ML experience under his belt, all of which were full seasons with great numbers.

    The reality of the Cosart / Colvin / Biddle / May / etc group is that some/most of them won’t be the pitchers that their potential shows. There is a lot of fallout between A and MLB for pitchers. That’s why its great the Phils have developed so many – you know 1 or 2 are going to work out. The key is picking the right one to put in a deal if at all possible. I think the deal for Braun would take a third piece that they deem MLB ready – depending on their needs maybe a Francisco/Mayberry, or more likely one of our AA/AAA relievers / Bastardo.

  47. Something that just occured to me. There were some grumblings about the Phillies attempting to re-sign Chad Durbin. Aren’t the Phillies required to make a formal offer to Durbin to receive a draft pick in return if he signs elsewhere?

  48. To your point Alan,
    Angels are looking for Crawford and to get Shane and solid 4-5 starter (blanton) and some prospects. To me makes more sense then being tied to Crawford for 6 years at close to 20 a year

  49. Looks like they’re pitching around Rizzotti now. Today he goes 0-1 with 4! walks. Maybe we can find another organization that will part with some good talent for him because of the Howard effect.

  50. Some crazy trade rumors out there.
    Really looking forward to seeing Josh Z. and Justin D. in Philly soon.

  51. WOW. This thread has gotten WIP’d. Just stop with the stupid rumors that make no sense. And Wilson Valdez is a bench player. Plain and Simple.

  52. Yeah, the idea of trading a bunch of all-stars from a championship level team to obtain an outfielder in AA (even a very fine one), just doesn’t make much sense. Also, in case you were wondering, Milwaukee is not going to trade Ryan Braun right now. Why would they? He’s one of the only reasons they can draw fans.

  53. By the way, I like Ryan Braun, but all of his value is as a hitter. Because he does not have a broad skill set, I am not sure if he will have a long career.

  54. I really like this site but i dont think its big enough to fit all the experts! I know this is off topic but i suggest a new thread dedicated only to the people who know everything!

  55. I noticed in the original story that the signings of Langley , Sardinha, and Hernandez were reported. Two concurrent signings were omitted: Drew Rundle, OF (LHP?), and Keoni Ruth , INF.

  56. Let’s take this in a different direction. One of the most significant notes of the free agent list was an omission. Tagg Bozied is NOT a free agent this offseason. He proved he’s far too good for AA last season. He’ll likely play in Lehigh Valley, but his bat and ability to fill in at third base here and there makes him a candidate for the Greg Dobbs role.

    How does Lehigh Valley look so far? Here’s what their roster shapes up to given only the guys currently in the organization.

    C Erik Kratz
    1B Matt Rizzotti
    2B Harold Garcia
    SS Brian Bocock
    3B Cody Overbeck
    LF Tagg Bozied
    CF Chris Duffy
    RF John Mayberry

    C Dane Sardinha
    IF Pete Orr
    OF Steve Susdorf
    OF Jeremy Slayden

    SP Drew Carpenter
    SP Vance Worley
    SP Eddie Bonine
    SP Nate Bump
    SP Michael Cisco

    RP Mike Zagurski
    RP Michael Stutes
    RP Michael Schwimer
    RP Justin De Fratus
    RP Sergio Escalona
    RP Chance Chapman
    RP Christopher Kissock

    Pitching staffs are obviously volitale. A couple of those guys may make the big league squad. Yohan Flande and a few others are possibly in the mix. The system is surprisingly bereft of outfielders in AA and AAA. I expect another minor league outfielder to sign at some point.

  57. Alan–
    Several points about what u expect to be the Lehigh Valley roster:
    1. Chris Duffy was released mid year last year.
    2. I really doubt they start Overbeck in AAA and mildly doubt Garcia starts in AAA.
    3. Unfortunately, it appears Bocock may be the odd man out with the signing of Carlos Rivero, seeing that the Phils already have Galvis at AA.
    4. I can’t see BOTH Susdorf and Slayden in AAA. They are basically the same player.
    5. Nate Bump is a free agent and I doubt he will be back.
    6. I would be shocked if Chance Chapman jumps to AAA after his lack of success last year.

    I think they will sign 4-5 more free agents to fill holes in the OF, one spot in the INF, and a spot or two in the rotation.

  58. 1. Wow. That wipes out practically the entire upper level CFers. Except for Tyson Gillies, who is obviously not LHV bound.

    2. I’ll make this point for other players as well. I draw up the roster based on best available talent. Sometimes a player will get listed who might not belong, but is still the best option until another player is signed. I think Overbeck’s bat is AAA capable but I wouldn’t want to carry his glove at third.

    3. I think the Phillies might either send Rivero to AA, make him the AAA third baseman, or carry him as a utility infielder and start Pete Orr at third. I think Bocock is probably the most stable of the AAA infielders.

    4. Agreed. There’s just literally no OFers in the upper level of the organization right now.

    5. Ok, I missed him on the lists. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back though being that he’s an Eastern PA native.

    6. We’ll see a round of pitcher signings to fill those spots. Really this is about taking inventory, seeing what’s in the organization and you get an idea of the weak spots that need to get bolstered.

    Prospects aside, I hope we get a competitive AAA team this year.

  59. As far as prospects or guys actually playing on the team? It’s a fun exercise more than anything, but the AAA roster is extremely fluid until Spring Training sorts out the mess. We’ve got 5-10 NRIs to join in anyway.

  60. Vance Worley will be the Phillies 5th starter next year and I bet he begins the ML season in that role. I think he is already a much better pitcher than Kendrick and I have a sneaking suspicion that he could end the year as the #4 guys and a legit ROY candidate. Vance Worley can pitch.

  61. “Brewers have NO interest in trading Braun”

    Peter Gammons is hearing differently, although he has linked the Red Sox as the most likely landing spot

    Isn’t every rumor from Peter Gammons that player X is most likely to land with the Red Sox? I know the guy is a nationally known ESPN guy but he is also a Sox “homer” and is likely getting much of his information (or misinformation) from their organization.

    There’s no rational reason for the Brewers to trade their best offensive player who is also signed to a team friendly contract through 2015. His contract is $4m – 2011, $6m – 2012, $8.5M – 2013, $10M – 2014, $12M – 2015.

    No doubt the Red Sox would LIKE to trade for him but I don’t see logic from the Brewers end. The Red Sox are more likely to deal for Fielder..

  62. I’d put money on Thompson being back………..and also him fitting well into Sanberg’s style of management.

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