The Phillies made some roster changes last week. They optioned a few players to their minor league affiliates, reassigned some non-roster invitees to minor league camp, and released a handful of players. With all the bodies moving around, the minor league work groups were expanded to five, and some players were moved to new groups. The most recent list was provided by Murray yesterday in a comments thread. The list doesn’t include Stassi and Featherston.
The current groups can be found here in worksheet form. I’ll update as necessary through the end of camp.
I’m not familiar with Google Sheets. Hopefully you can print and download and make your own updates. If so, here’s another worksheet. This one includes the players who are still in major league camp. The column titles have been edited to specify the team/affiliate that is generally connected with each group. And contains the number of allowable roster spots in parenthesis.
As we try to guess the final rosters of all the teams, we are faced with this – a lot of players need to be added to DLs, traded, or released. A few of the non-roster players have clauses in their contracts that grant then free agency if they aren’t on the ML roster by a certain date. But the simple fact remains – there aren’t enough roster spots to go around.
I count 188 roster spots –
- 25 on the major league roster
- 24 Lehigh Valley
- 24 Reading
- 25 Clearwater
- 25 Lakewood
- 30 Williamsport
- 35 GCL
The Phillies currently have 197 players in both camps, plus 12 other guys –
- 21 catchers
- 44 infielders
- 33 outfielders
- 99 pitchers
- 10 guys who project to start the season on a DL (italics on the worksheet)
- 1 guy who may be on loan to the Mexican League (italics on the worksheet)
- 1 guy on a restricted list (italics on the worksheet)
If you project ahead to roughly 30 players signed out of the 2016 Amateur Draft, you come up with 239 players for 188 roster spots.
There are 23 players in Group 5. Even if all 30 draft signees are assigned to the two rookie teams, they will still need a dozen players to fill out their rosters. I don’t see 12 players in the other groups who can be/need to be assigned to the rookie teams again.
While some movement from left to right is certain, and while some additional players will be added to the various DLs, we are still looking at removing 2-3 dozen players from the current work groups.
I think most of the pain will be felt at the top of the organization from the Phillies list and Group 1. But, finding 30 players to “process” is a difficult task.