Daily Archives: September 10, 2015

Phillies Decide NOT to Extend Amaro’s Contract

The Phillies announced their decision to not extend the contract of GM Ruben Amaro.  assistant GM Scott Proefrock was named interim GM effective immediately.

I know most of the reader here couldn’t wait for this to happen.  I am rpoviding this thread so that the anti-Amaro discussion can be posted here.  Keep them out of the minor league threads.  I don’t want to have to delete a lot of misplaced comments, as I have already been forced to do.

The Phillies press release is provided for those who haven’t seen it.

Post Season Report Card–First Base

We will be looking at every player in the organization, broken down by position in a review of their 2015 performance along with a projection of where they will be in 2016.  It is important to note that when graded, I am considering my expectation of what the player would do against themselves not against others.

Lehigh Valley

Russ Canzler, 29, Signed as a free agent in 2015,.274/.333/.416 in 394AB; 10HR 47RBI; 8%BB/18%K; .295 vs LHP; .264 vs RHP; .266 last 30 days;  40 games at 1B with 3 errors (.991); 24 games at 3B with 3 errors (.936); 13 games in the OF with 1 error (.955); Grade: B-.   Canzler had a good year, albeit a year in which he missed a chunk of time with an oblique injury.  After a slow start, Canzler gave the Phils the offensive output expected from him.  Next year: I don’t expect Canzler to be back based on roster movement below.

Tommy Joseph, 24, Acquired from San Francisco in 2013, .193/.220/.301 in 166AB for Lehigh Valley; 3HR 18RBI; 2%BB/20%K; .200 vs LHP; .189 vs RHP; .247 last 30 days; 30 games at 1B with 3 errors (.989); 8.80 R/F; 19 games caught with 1 error (.992); 7/15 CS.  Grade:D.  Another lost season for Joseph who missed the large majority of the season after suffering another concussion which necessitated his transition to first base.  Still far to early to judge his future at first, but I think he will have difficulty hitting enough for long term success.  2016: Lehigh Valley. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him removed from the 40 man roster.


Brock Stassi 26, Phils 33rd round pick of 2011, .300/.394/.470 in 466AB; 15HR 90RBI; 14%BB/12%K rate; .255 vs LHP; .317 vs RHP; .250 last 30 days; 112 games at 1B with 5 errors (.995); 8.69 R/F. Grade: A.  Simply couldn’t have done more than what he did this year, albeit as an older AA player.  More athletic that those we fell in love with that came before him (Rizzotti, Ruf), STassi knows how to hit, led the league in RBI’s and plays a good 1B.  That said, I am still unconvinced he is a major leaguer.  Stassi is just one season removed from hitting .232 as a 25 year old in Reading.  2016:  Lehigh Valley.  Note that he is Rule 5 eligible. Continue reading Post Season Report Card–First Base