Open Discussion: Week of January 23rd

Just over three weeks until pitchers and catchers have their first workout.  The first full team workout is three days later.  Until then, here’s another open discussion for Phillies’ talk and other topics.

The Phillies signed former Toronto outfielder Michael Saunders to a one-year contract with a club option.  To make room on the 40-man roster, Severino Gonzalez was designated for assignment.  They also signed a 19-year old RHP from Venezuela, Ruben Aponte.

Several players are already in Clearwater and have been seen at the Complex.  Alec Asher, Roman Quin, Greg Brodzinski, and Kyle Young have been spotted.  I spoke with Zach Eflin.  Other Phillies’ personnel have begun coming to the Complex.  I saw Ray Burris several times this week, and I spoke with new Threshers’ manager Shawn Williams.  There are other players here, I just haven’t seen them yet.  Oh, I also met and spoke with the Phillies Director of Publicity, John Brazer.

The Phillies announced the opening of a new Dominican Academy that they will share with the Minnesota Twins.  Todd Zolecki broke the story.

Jorge Alfaro was ranked by MLB as the 3rd best catching prospect.  Rhys Hoskins was ranked the 9th best first base prospect.

Key dates remaining during the off season:

  • February – Salary arbitration hearings.
  • 2/14 – First workout for pitchers and catchers.
  • 2/17 – First full-squad workout.
  • 2/23 – Phillies’ spring training game v. University of Tampa.
  • 2/24 – Grapefruit League games begin.  Tentative schedule here.
  • 3/6-22 – World Baseball Classic.
  • 4/2-3 – Opening Night/Opening Day.

Extra Innings

Spectrum Filed will undergo signage replacement this week as the new name will be affixed to the former Bright House Field.

I spoke with one of the ushers.  New security features will be in place to meet MLB’s updated standards.  A security contractor will install and man seven metal detectors at Spectrum Field.  Each gate will be manned by two security contractors and a Phillies’ employee.  In addition to the detectors, the guards will have wands to scan patrons.  Expect slower access this spring to the Grapefruit League games.

Phantasy Week was held this week.  Attendance dropped from 130+ to 93 this year.  They could only field 8 teams instead of the normal ten.  It was good to see all the former Phillies.  Except for Darren Daulton.  He showed up Saturday to visit and didn’t look well at all.  Tommy Greene helped him walk from the club house to a car.  He steadied Darren when he stopped to speak to fans.  I don’t know anymore, but it was rumored that DD had been hospitalized this week.  That could explain his weakness, but doesn’t give a cause.

Cumulative transactions: 

  • 1/19 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Ruben Aponte to a minor league contract.
  • 1/19 – Phillies signed free agent LF Michael Saunders.
  • 1/19 – Phillies designated RHP Severino Gonzalez for assignment.
  • 1/12 – LHP Gabriel Yanez assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • 1/12 – Ramiro Soto assigned RHP to GCL Phillies.
  • 1/12 – RHP Santy Prada assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • 1/11 – Phillies signed free agent LHP Gabriel Yanez to a minor league contract.
  • 1/11 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Ramiro Soto to a minor league contract.
  • 1/11 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Santy Prada to a minor league contract.
  • 1/11 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Victor Arano to spring training.
  • 1/11 – Phillies invited non-roster 2B Scott Kingery to spring training.
  • 1/11 – Phillies invited non-roster LF Andrew Pullin to spring training.
  • 1/11 – Phillies invited non-roster C Logan Moore to spring training.
  • 1/11 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Colton Murray to spring training.
  • 1/11 – Phillies invited non-roster C Chace Numata to spring training.
  • 1/11 – Phillies invited non-roster LF Cam Perkins to spring training.
  • 1/11 – Phillies invited non-roster SS J.P. Crawford to spring training.
  • 1/11 – Phillies invited non-roster 1B Rhys Hoskins to spring training.
  • 1/11 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Michael Mariot to spring training.
  • 1/11 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Dalier Hinojosa to spring training.
  • 1/11 – Phillies invited non-roster 2B Taylor Featherston to spring training.
  • 1/11 – Phillies invited non-roster 1B Brock Stassi to spring training.
  • 1/7 – Phillies signed FA RF Christian Marrero to a minor league contract.
  • 1/6/ – RHP Pedro Beato assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 1/6/ – RHP Jesse Beal assigned to Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 1/5 – Phillies signed FA LHP Cesar Ramos to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
  • 12/28 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Jesse Beal to a minor league contract.
  • 12/28 – LHP Wander Perez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 12/23 – Reds claimed Richie Shaffer off waivers from Philadelphia Phillies.
  • 12/21 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Pedro Beato to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
  • 12/21 – Texas Rangers claimed David Rollins off waivers from Philadelphia Phillies.
  • 12/21 – SS Hector Gomez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 12/21 – SS Pedro Florimon assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 12/21 – RHP Victor Santos assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • 12/21 – OF Wilbert Garcia assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • 12/20 – Philadelphia Phillies designated 3B Richie Shaffer for assignment.
  • 12/20 – Boston Red Sox traded RHP Clay Buchholz to Philadelphia Phillies for 2B Josh Tobias.
  • 12/20 – C Bryan Holaday assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 12/20 – Phillies signed free agent C Bryan Holaday to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
  • 12/19 – LHP Sean Burnett assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 12/19 – LF Daniel Nava assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 12/15 – Phillies extended Odubel Herrera with a 5-year, $30.5M contract with 2 option years.  The Phillies have bought out Herrera’s arbitration years plus his first year of free agency.
  • 12/14 – Phillies signed free agent 2B Andres Blanco (1 yr./$3M).
  • 12/14 – Phillies claimed Richie Shaffer off waivers from Seattle Mariners.
  • 12/14 – Phillies released RHP Phil Klein.
  • 12/14 – Phillies designated LHP David Rollins for assignment.
  • 12/13 – Phillies sent Michael Mariot outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 12/12 – Potomac Nationals traded Mario Sanchez to Reading Fightin Phils to complete the Jimmy Cordero trade
  • 12/12 – Phillies signed free agent 3B Hector Gomez to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
  • 12/12 – Phillies signed free agent OF Daniel Nava to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
  • 12/12 – Phillies signed free agent LHP Sean Burnett to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
  • 12/12 – Phillies signed free agent 3B Pedro Florimon to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
  • 12/8 – Lehigh Valley  claimed Jorge Flores off waivers from the Dunedin Blue Jays.
  • 12/8 – Cleveland Indians claimed Hoby Milner off waivers from the Phillies.
  • 12/6 – Phillies designated RHP Michael Mariot for assignment.
  • 12/6 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Joaquin Benoit.
  • 12/2-9 – Phillies signed LHP Wander Perez to a minor league contract.
  • 12/2 – LHP Jose Palacio assigned to DSL Phillies.
    • 10/13 – Phillies signed free agent LHP Jose Palacio to a minor league contract.
  • 12/2 – Phillies claimed David Rollins off waivers from Texas Rangers.
  • 12/2 – Phillies designated LF Cody Asche for assignment.
  • 12/2 – LF Cody Asche elected free agency.
  • 11/23 – Phillies released RHP David Buchanan.
  • 11/23 – Phillies traded RHP Jimmy Cordero to Washington for cash or a PTBNL.
  • Signed RHP Victor Santos, OF Wilbert Garcia
  • 11/20 – C Ronald Torrealba assigned to DSL Phillies2
  • 11/20 – LHP Anton Mikhailovich Kuznetsov assigned to DSL Phillies.
    • 09/08 –  Phillies signed FA LHP Anton Kuznetsov to a minor league contract.
  • 11/18 – Phillies selected the contract of Mark Appel from Lehigh Valley.
  • 11/18 – Phillies selected the contract of Ben Lively from Lehigh Valley.
  • 11/18 – Phillies selected the contract of Andrew Knapp from Lehigh Valley.
  • 11/18 – Phillies selected the contract of Nick Pivetta from Lehigh Valley.
  • 11/18 – Phillies selected the contract of Jesmuel Valentin from Lehigh Valley.
  • 11/18 – Phillies selected the contract of Nick Williams from Lehigh Valley.
  • 11/18 – Phillies selected the contract of Elniery Garcia from Reading.
  • 11/18 – Phillies selected the contract of Dylan Cozens from Reading.
  • 11/18 – Phillies selected the contract of Ricardo Pinto from Reading.
  • 11/18 – Phillies selected the contract of Drew Anderson from Clearwater.
  • 11/18 – Phillies selected the contract of Alberto Tirado from Lakewood.
  • 11/18 – Marlins claimed Elvis Araujo off waivers from Phillies.
  • 11/18 – Phillies designated RHP David Buchanan for assignment.
  • 11/18 – Phillies designated RHP Jimmy Cordero for assignment.
  • 11/15 – Phillies released LHP Matt Harrison.
  • 11/11 – Dodgers traded LF Howie Kendrick to the Phillies for 1B Darin Ruf and 2B Darnell Sweeney.
  • 11/10 – RHP Luis Pacheco assigned to DSL Phillies
  • 11/10 – RHP Jose Perez assigned to DSL Phillies2.
  • 11/10 – RHP Jonas De La Cruz assigned to DSL Phillies.
  • 11/07 – 3B Carlos Alonso elected free agency.
  • 11/07 – LHP Anthony Vasquez elected free agency.
  • 11/07 – RHP Gregory Infante elected free agency.
  • 11/07 – DH Jake Fox elected free agency.
  • 11/07 – C Gabriel Lino elected free agency.
  • 11/07 – RF Christian Marrero elected free agency.
  • 11/07 – SS KC Serna elected free agency.
  • 11/07 – IF Raymond Mora assigned to DSL Phillies2.
  • 11/4 – Traded a PTBNL or cash to the Houston Astros for RHP Pat Neshek.
  • 11/3 – Philadelphia activated LHP Matt Harrison from the 60-day disabled list.
  • 11/3 – Philadelphia activated RHP Zach Eflin from the 60-day disabled list.
  • 11/3 – Philadelphia activated RHP Charlie Morton from the 60-day disabled list.
  • 11/3 – Philadelphia activated RHP Aaron Nola from the 60-day disabled list.
  • 11/3 – C A.J. Ellis elected free agency.
  • 11/3 – 2B Andres Blanco elected free agency.
  • 11/3 – RHP David Hernandez elected free agency.
  • 11/3 – 1B Ryan Howard elected free agency.
  • 11/3 – RHP Charlie Morton elected free agency.
  • 11/3 – RF Peter Bourjos elected free agency.
  • 10/26 – IF Juan Herrera assigned to DSL Phillies2.
  • 10/25 – Signed free agent RHP Alexis Araujo to a minor league contract.
  • 10/25 – OF Maximo De La Rosa assigned to DSL Phillies.
  • 10/25 – RHP Scot Hoffman assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 10/25 – LHP Casey Brown assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 10/15 – 2B Emmanuel Burriss elected free agency.
  • 10/13 – Signed free agent OF Luis Matos to a minor league contract.
  • 10/13 – RHP Frank Herrmann elected free agency.
  • 10/10 – RF Jimmy Paredes elected free agency.
  • 10/10 – LHP Patrick Schuster elected free agency.
  • 10/8 – DSL Phillies activated RHP Gregorix Mateo.
  • 10/7 – Outrighted Frank Herrmann, Dalier Hinojosa, Emmanuel Burriss, Patrick Schuster, Jimmy Paredes, and Colton Murray to Lehigh Valley.
  • 10/6 – Phillies signed free agent LHP Casey Brown to a minor league contract.
  • 10/5 – DSL Phillies activated 3B Leonardo Colagrossi from the 60-day disabled list.
  • Re-signed FA RHP Miguel Nunez
  • 10/6 – RHP Derwuin Marchan assigned to DSL Phillies2 (Signed July 2, 2016).
  • 10/4 – Signed NDFA RHP Scot Hoffman
  • 10/3 – RF Cedric Hunter elected free agency.
  • 10/3 – LHP James Russell elected free agency.
  • 10/3 – Signed free agent RHP Jose Perez to a minor league contract.
  • 10/3 – Signed free agent C Ronald Torrealba to a minor league contract.
  • 10/3 – Signed free agent RHP Luis Pacheco to a minor league contract.
  • Re-signed Chace Numata
  • The organization rosters are close to up to date.


105 thoughts on “Open Discussion: Week of January 23rd

  1. If Alfaro is ready for a midseason call up, Rupp will be added to the long list of potential trade deadline candidates. If Hoskins is hitting, so will Joseph. Hopefully all are holding their value by producing and staying healthy.

    God’s speed to Dutch!

    1. Yes..prayers for Dutch.
      Strange occurrence how Tug, Vuke and Dutch all have had similar glioblastomas.

      1. All amazing people as well . . . Not just great baseball people but humans in general. In HS one of my teammates Moms was friends w Tug and he would come out to our games with her all the time and spoke to our team once. Seems like a really genuine guy. Anyways hope Dutch keeps fighting.

    2. If Joseph is producing and staying healthy do you think they will keep him at first and trade Hoskins? Or play Hoskins and trade Joseph

      1. Good question. They trade the player they value less. They have all kinds of scouts and statisticians determining the players’ values. I think they trade Joseph, but it is an opinion. Tommy Joseph is 1 and 3/4 years older than Rhys Hoskins. I read somewhere that players are generally deteriorating earlier nowadays, and older players cost more than younger players.

    3. How about trading Knapp? Don’t want all rookie catchers, I should think.

      Too much sad news today

    4. I don’t see the point in trading away players until the new guys show they can produce in the majors.

      This should be the case between Hoskins and Joseph. With Cesar, you know what you have in playing performance and there is higher ceiling depth at 2B in the minors. I like Rupp’s leadership and would like to see if he is a longer term solution as backup catcher to Alfaro.

      This team has the potential for tremendous depth at each position with a mixture of young and seasoned talent.

      Of course high value trade offers can change everything.

      1. I can’t see Knapp being a better catcher than Rupp. I hope they keep Rupp as a veteran backup catcher to Alfato

        1. There are some bad catchers in this league. Rupp is not a back-up. If there are 30 teams in the league I almost guarantee he can start for 15 of them if not 20.

          1. Agreed. Rupp has too much value as a starter to keep him as a back-up. I also don’t see Knapp as a long term back-up. Back-up catchers are usually great with the glove with limited offensive upside. Knapp is limited with the glove and has a pretty decent offensive upside. I think, unless he hits like a demon for us, Knapp ends up in the American league where he becomes a hybrid DH and back-up catcher and first baseman. If the NL had the DH, he would perfect in that role.

        2. If the Phils are just planning to use Rupp as a back up to Alfaro, they rather trade Rupp for value and hire an experience catcher not only to back up Alfaro but also to mentor him.

    1. I just read about Yordano Ventura’s untimely death and send my condolences to his family. This creates a large hole in Kansas City’s rotation and they may have interest in our starters.

      1. What an awful thing to think about. Glad you care more about a trade than someone gone way to young.

      1. He is one of the best pitchers of the college arms and the BPA of LHPers.
        Even his freshman metrics were outstanding compared to the other college pitchers in the top ten. And that is a rarity with college arms.

    1. I saw that article this morning and immediately thought of you, Romus.
      McKay is definitely going to be a good, safe pick for someone. However, I’d rather see the Phillies take a guy with a higher ceiling. Here is my top 15 for the 2017 draft:

      1. Kyle Wright
      2. Tanner Houck
      3. Hunter Greene
      4. Blayne Enlow
      5. Corbin Martin
      6. Cole Turney
      7. Alex Faedo
      8. Jordon Adell
      9. Brendan McKay
      10. Royce Lewis
      11. Jeren Kendall
      12. Trevor Rogers
      13. Mark Vientos
      14. JB Bukauskas
      15. DL Hall

      Second and Third Round Options
      1 Jeremiah Estrada
      2 Alex Toral
      3 Zac Lowther
      4 Bryce Montes De Oca
      5 Hagen Danner
      6 Shane Baz
      7 Kyle Hurt
      8 Deon Stafford
      9 Mitchell Stone

      1. Faedo could go a little higher.
        Especially if leads Florida to the CWS,
        As for Hunter Greene, I can see him falling, similar to Jason Groome, since HS pitchers are now considered more riskier these days.
        And the Phillies pick in the 2nd is at 45 and in the third it is at 83.
        I would hope Zac Lowther would be there at 45, but who knows.

        1. Yes, Faedo (and Kendall) are at or near the top of most lists. This list is just my opinion.

    2. On the subject of LHRP on e Big Club, the Phils need to add an experienced arm. Since they will have 5 RH starters, clubs will be able to pack their lineups with LH hitting. I do not think anyone thinks they can be a playoff team this year, however the glaring lack of lefties will cost them games that do not need to be lost. They can stand to lose Luis Garcia from the 40 man, there are guys still unsigned out there.

      1. They have two experienced starters, which may already may be one too many. There are far too many young arms that need an audition on a rebuilding team to acquire another veteran arm.

        1. I see you are just talking about relievers, but I still think there’s no room for that now. Perhaps they will revisit this in spring training.

      2. IMO the Phils cares more on developing their young talent rather than losing games because teams pack their roster with their LH hitting. If the Phils will go to the playoffs, then, this is a legitimate concern.

  2. Prayers for Dutch, a really good player and one of the great leaders in team history.

  3. I really think the Phils are going to focus this year on not just developing young players, but increasing the odds of their value increasing for possible deadline trades or trades next offseason.

    When we look at 1B, this could go a few different ways – an internal option could prove to be the long term guy like Joseph or Hoskins, or both could have question marks at year end and Hosmer comes into play.

  4. I don’t think this happens too often but after this year Tocci is a MiLFA . . . when was the last time the Phillies had a player in their top 30 (who was still young and with potential) lost to MiLFA . . . It is basically the same rules and concept as MLB FA?

    1. Dodgers acquire Logan Forsythe leaving one less potential new home for CeHe if the Phillies are inclined to trade him, which they probably aren’t given Pete Mack’s comments at Williamsport.

  5. I think Twins made a mistake not taking Deleon for Dozier. Good trade for Tampa. look at these numbers, Player 1 .264/.333/.444/.778. Player #2, .294/.371/.393/.764. Granted, Player #1 has more HRs and 2Bs, but player #2 has a lot of 3Bs. Take player #1 if you want, but player #2 cannot be far behind. Player #1 is Forsythe and Player #2 is Cesar.

    1. Gotta disagree with you. I think the Dodgers made a mistake in not offering a second prospect for Dozier. They should have included a guy like Mitchell White to get that deal done.

      1. Hinkie, I agree with you on that side of the deal as well. But I think when the Twins trade Dozier at the deadline, they will get less for him than Deleon. Dozier would have been a better get for the Dodgers than Forsythe.

      2. Yeah Mitchell is nice player but they wanted a position player along with Deleon and they wanted a good one…

        And I agree with the Twins frankly. Arms are always a risk doesn’t matter how good they are they do blow…

      1. And almost forgot…their defense is not even close by SDI standards….L.F. was a minus 5 and Cesar a positive 6.5 for 7th best in all MLB.

        1. So, I am not crazy? Cesar matches up very well, if not better. I know he makes bone headed plays that drive us nuts. But, I appreciate a guy who improves like he did. And, if he continues to improve and adds some Baseball awareness and base running improvement, I think that is a really good player. And, if Kingery ends up beating him out, then that has to mean Kingery is a helluva player. I don’t think there is any chance Galvis gets 2B when JP comes up, rather he becomes the utility guy.

          1. I think they trade him. He has more value as a starting SS somewhere else than as an expensive bench player you can’t count on as a pinch hitter.

  6. For those of you hanging on to the career if Severino Gonzalez, the Marlins just picked him off the heap.

    1. I hope it will not be for an org PTBNL, but some international money to add to their allocated base already..

          1. 8mark…..The Phillies were able to get money for two low A pitchers from the D-backs in 2015 for assistance in the Jhailyn Ortiz’ signing.
            And for example the Phillies slot money from last year range from the following:
            Slot 1………..$3.75M
            Slot 2(31)…….$.54M
            Slot 3(61)……..$.36M
            Slot 4(91)………$.24M
            So Sev could get them something in the slot 3 or 4 category….not a whole lot, but something to add to their base of currently $4.75M for July 2017.

            1. I’ll defer to your brilliant analysis, Romus. You’ve got a world of info at those fingertips, bro.

  7. Romus, what can you tell me about Cuban righty Hector Mendoza other than he’s 22 and declared by MLB as a free agent, probably waiting until March 5 birthday to sign with a club to avoid bonus pool restrictions…?

  8. By way of Mike Eddy, former Phils Reiner Roibal signed with the Dodgers and Josh Lindblom signed with the Pirates and Barry Enright with the Padres.

  9. One of my favorite players when I first remember watching the Phillies on TV was Bake McBride. I loved the name I loved the hair. As I was thinking more about Nick Williams and wondering what he could become that was the old school name that popped into my head.

    Does anyone realize Bake was a career .299/345/765 hitter…

        1. 8mark…..he probably will get some nibbles next month some time. I would guess he would prefer to play for the Rays, not far from home.

          1. He might get a late ST assignment and he might even hit well enough in ST to sneak on an AL roster, but if he plays the way he has, it’s hard to imagine him sticking around for more than a month or so in the major leagues. His last 5 years in the big leagues (yes, the same 5 years of his massive contract), he played to a NEGATIVE 4.5 bWAR in what has to be the worst, or clearly one of the worst, contracts in major league history. I like Ryan Howard the person, but he’s done.

          2. Romus, I see where Tampa is looking for a 1b/dh bat but a righty NOT a lefty, especially since trading away power in Forsythe.

            1. 8mark……shame Ruf, could have fit the bill there….but then again LAD could have sent Ruf there the other day in that trade.
              And also heard, Ken Rosenthal, Tampa ready to pull the plug and move to Montreal.

            2. About time. Personally I’d like to see a realignment of MLB divisions. Even schedule where teams within their division play each other 18 games, teams in other 2 divisions 6 games, and rotate year to year playing 6 games vs each team in one division in other league. Comes to 162 games. I don’t understand why the current convoluted schedule system is in place.

            3. Rosenthal seems to think they will remain in the AL-East….also a natural rivalry with Toronto. Sort of like the Astros and Rangers I guess.
              If so, the scheduling probably does not morph into anything more reasonable.

            4. I’m fine with that, Romus. In fact, with the distinction between NL and AL all but vanished, I would like to see the following:


              Montreal (frm.Tampa)




              St Louis
              Kansas City

              San Diego

              LA Dodgers
              LA Angels
              San Francisco

  10. You know, it was about 10 months ago that we were greeted with the information that Andrew Pullin had retired. A 22 year old fringe-prospect outfielder was just suddenly stepping away from the game after enjoying some moderate success in the minors.

    There was no real fanfare about it happening, and I was left just kind of wondering why. Well obviously he came back and enjoyed arguably his finest (partial) season to date. And he’s even gotten a little more attention from national scouts (not to say he’s a blue chip prospect or anything). And since then a little more information has come out to make the decision seem less baffling than it was at the time.

    But now we have a 23 year old pitcher retiring. And this time there’s a lot more notice. Not because he was a better prospect (arguable at best). Not because he was closer to the majors (he wasn’t). And not because he has a household name (Imhof?). Simply because we know the reason why, and we know there’s no coming back this time; his opportunity was taken from him, not given up voluntarily.

    It’s weird to say, but I would much prefer that he retired without any fanfare at all and just faded into obscurity as another prospect that didn’t pan out. Because at least that would be less tragic.

    Good luck with everything to come, Matt.

    1. Dan,

      Matt Imoff lost his baseball playing career. At some point, everyone does. What he seems not to have lost is his character. I would not be surprised to see Matt Imhof succeed greatly in his life’s endeavors.

      The old expression that was so popular some years ago is what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. To me, that’s the message Matt expressed in his piece.

      I’ll be rooting for him. The doctor said he can do anything he did before. Who knows, maybe he comes back some day as a coach, manager or front office executive.

      Whatever he does, I suspect he’ll do it well.

  11. Additionally I’m thinking about another former prospect Jake Diekman who needs to have surgery to have his colon removed.

    1. They posted video of Diekman walking down hospital hallway with the aid of a walker on MLB Network today. Video shot by his girlfriend on her cell phone.

  12. Opinions on the Ryan Hannigan sign to a minor league contract? Are they second guessing using Knapp as the back-up or is this an indication he may be traded?

    1. Perhaps they are thinking Ryan Ha. or Bryan Ho. could be the back-up in the beginning of the season…perhaps letting Knapp get 50/75 PAs at LHV before he gets called up and then only gets less than 10 PAs a week as Rupp’s back-up.

      1. I hear RH has an outstanding reputation for working with pitchers. If you didn’t have the Holaday sign it makes sense

    2. As Sam Hinkie called it – OPTIONALITY.
      But yes I do think trade packages are in the offing. My money is that Rupp is gone by July 31. Hanigan is the next best mentor since Ellis moved on.

        1. Depending on how ST goes, if I were the Phillies, I would start Alfaro in Reading again and Knapp in AAA, at least for a month and a half. I don’t feel Alfaro has really mastered AA yet and I think Knapp could use the at bats. A guy like Hanigan provides a good placeholder for at least a few months.

          1. Gotcha. I don’t see them trading Rupp midseason. I guess it could happen but its rare for catchers to get moved in the middle of the season unless its a veteran back-up (chooch type move last season)

            And I think its more likely that Alfaro needs a full season in AAA before he is ready and as Catch suggests they may even start him back in AAA for a month.

    3. It is time to find out what Andrew Knapp can do at the MLB level and forget Hannigan or Holoday(light hitting catchers) who has proven what they can do already. If Knapp does well then he becomes a valuable trade chip if necessary. We are not in contending mode yet so lets find out about Knapp’s ability.

      1. philabaltfan…..Knapp, as a backup may not get the opp to show his true value prior to July.
        A few PHs roles, maybe a DH role in interleague play, catching a day game after a night game from Rupp. Just too sporadic appearances to get a real feel for him in three months.
        I am sure he wants to be there in the majors, back-up or not.
        If he is going to be the back-up, why not let him get a month or so at LHV and get his swings in, then bring him up for the remaining 4/5 months of the year,and then maybe in the next off-season see if you can get something in return.

  13. Does anybody know when Bryan Ho and Ryan Ha can opt out (and choose FA again) if not added to the 25-man? Normally it’s by end of March or by May. I think the FO may want to see what they have in they young prospects during the ST before they decide on how to do with them. But I think a trade involving young MLB-ready prospect is almost imminent.

    1. KuKo……FWIW, Hannigan has incentives based on starts, have not seen that clause in Holaday’s contract. Not sure that gives yuo any indication for what yuo are looking for.
      And OTOH, Holaday and Rupp are both from the same area north of Dallas, right around Richardson, and a year apart, but different HSs. So they are probably both bonded as BDCFFs.

  14. Just watched an MLB clip on Moniak ranked 6th top OF prospect. It’s nice finally having a player regarded by most industry people as having the hit tool to conceivably contend for a batting title someday, along with his defensive and base running aptitude. We have reason for real hope when a kid like this is coming up the ranks. I was very impressed with his interview recorded in a car by a BA guy on the way to a practice session.

  15. I did not guess that they would have him this high. I think that is terrific. His hit tool, speed and defense we have talked about here, but I thought the national writers would have waited another year on him.

    1. ….and he’s the youngest at (18, turns 19 in May) among their top 10. Eager to see where BA places him.

      1. Cozens did not make the list….Kyle Lewis at 10.
        All the red flags (BA/OBP, hi-K rate, low-BB rate) vs LHP must have really outweighed the power projection, athleticism, even as a LHB.

        1. Callis had a big role in the list. On MLB today he admitted he is a BIG Kyle Lewis fan. He thinks Lewis at 1:11 was a steal and he would have selected Lewis 1:1 over Moniak if he were making the decision.

          That said, it kinda puts Lewis’ inclusion at 10 in question. I wonder who was bumped to appease Callis. (I see conspiracies everywhere.)

    2. Matt,

      Moniak had a nice introduction to pro ball last summer, and the scouts obviously like him, so I’ll take that to mean he’ll be a major leaguer, and maybe a very good one.

      But what has really impressed me is the interviews he’s done. He seems like a really good kid who will mature into a good man. Character and baseball skills will be a really good combination.

  16. Romus, I am really hoping Cozens makes a breakthrough this year in terms of cutting down on his Ks and walking more. He is a very good athlete, so I think it is certainly possible.

      1. Romus, the interview with Mickey Mo at the end is worth a listen. Kid’s got a head on his shoulders.

      2. This doesn’t surprise me. Cozens has a lot of natural talent and power, but he had awful platoon and home/away splits and a really tough time with contact. My view on Cozens is that if he can hit around .280 at AAA with a decent # of walks, he will hit enough to make his power play up in the majors. But he isn’t over the hump yet.

  17. AL champ Indians picked up Richie Shaffer who we dumped. Hey maybe things are looking up when our refuse is valuable to WS contenders.

  18. I’m a big Cozens fan so I dug a bit into his numbers to see if all these red flags mean the doom and gloom suggested:

    Against LHP graph by season BA only 200/247/255/253/197

    K Rate by season 24%/23%/28%/19%/32%

    so last season he really seemed to have a rough time with LHP but the 3 seasons prior he demonstrated that he could at least hold his own against them.

    And with the K Rate he still managed to OPS 941 last season over a 350 OBP. What that tells me is with some more approach awareness and more experience maybe he has the required skill set to put it all together.

    What is even more remarkable is this young man came in with a cloud over his head and since then he has completed every level without a single repeat. And doesn’t even turn 23 until May.

    1. DMAR,

      Cozens definitely has potential. If he does put it together, he’s a fearsome all-star.

      I happen to be more partial to Hoskins, who appears more predictable, but Cozens, as you say, has performed at every level, and there’s reason to believe he can continue to improve.

  19. He dropped the Phils farm to 14 because guys like Thompson did not have the best season, Appel got hurt and was not very good before the injury and Williams stunk up the month of August. Meanwhile “C” had a mediocre, albeit injury marred season, and the Latin SPs he has as no more than a mid-rotation ceiling for. Overall, I cannot argue with him all that much, although I believe, still, in Thompson, think there is still something there in Appel, and believe that at least 1 of the LA SPs has a higher ceiling. If that happens, and/or Williams can come back from the disgard pile, then the farm becomes a definite Top 7 or 8 farm.

    1. On another note….Phillies pool money for 2017 draft is $8.3M total
      1st Rd (8th)……..$4.55M
      2nd Rd(45th)……$1.45M
      3rd Rd(83rd)……..$.64M
      4th Rd(113th)……$.45M

  20. Wilians Astudillo, the man with one of the best ever K rates in minor league ball….3% in over 2000 PAs, signed with the D- Backs. As a Phillie minor leaguer, he went up to number 36 in the 2015 poll.

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