We may as well start this one now, since I don’t envision it even being close. For those of you new to the site, here’s how it works. We start with #1 and work our way to #30. Once a player wins the vote for a spot, you can’t vote for him again. Obviously. Most votes will be open for 2 days before a new one is opened up. In the event that the voting for a spot is within a few votes, a run-off will be done, the winner gets the first spot, the runner up gets the 2nd spot, and we move on down the line. Its easy, you’ll get the hang of it. Also, if you decide to vote “Other”, make sure you include who you are voting for in the comments section of the post.
I was going to do a bigger writeup on him, but I’ll save the words. As you can see from his track record, he has a limited offensive skill set. His batting average has fluctuated wildly, he doesn’t draw many walks, strikes out a fair amount, and hes capable of swiping a few bases. His greatest strength is his ability to play all over the field. With Wilson Valdez making the league minimum in 2011, it would seem Martinez will be in camp to compete for the 25th spot on the roster. The Phillies will, almost assuredly, go with 13 position players and 12 pitchers. So…
C (2) Ruiz, Schneider
INF (5) Howard, Utley, Rollins, Polanco, Valdez
OF (4) Ibanez, Victorino, Francisco, Gload
That’s 22 of 25 spots. If Brown makes the team, or if another OF is brought in, that is 5, and will leave one spot open for a utility infielder. Last year, Dobbs would have been the extra infielder. So Martinez could fill that role. Who knows. The roster is still wide open, 3 spots are uncertain. We’ll see what happens.
The Harball Times published its Phillies Top 10 today–usually a good source of major league info, but the inclusion of Villar on this list makes detracts from credibility on the minors side (as does the inclusion of Worley as a Top 10). There are brief writeups on each guy on the site.
(Note: THT corrected the list and removed Jonathan Villar–everyone slotted up one and Santana was added.)
Here is where we can discuss the Rule 5 draft tomorrow. Will any Phillies prospects (Savery, Myers, E Garcia, Brummett, Kennelly) be taken? Will the Phillies take anyone? I’m sure they will. Here are the guys that interest me. My assumption is we’d take another possible bullpen piece, as there won’t be much room on the roster to carry a position player who won’t really get a chance to play.