Lehigh Valley Roster

Six more days until opening day for Lehigh Valley and with that, the Phillies have announced the ‘Pigs roster. The roster is as follows:  Players age in (    ). Bold indicates on 40 man roster.  Look for Jake Thompson to get the nod opening day.

Catchers: Jorge Alfaro (23) and Logan Moore(26)

1B: Rhys Hoskins (24); 2B: Jesmuel Valentin (22); SS: JP Crawford (22); 3B: Taylor Featherston (27); INF: Hector Gomez (29); INF: Pedro Florimon (30)

OF: Dylan Cozens (22); Nick Williams (23); Roman Quinn (23); Cameron Perkins(26)

SP: Jake Thompson (23);  Ben Lively (25); Nick Pivetta (23); Mark Appel (25); Ricardo Pinto (23)

RP: Pedro Beato (30); Luis Garcia (30); Mark Leiter (26); Michael Mariot (28); Hoby Milner (26); Wander Perez (32); Cesar Ramos (32); Pat Venditte (31).

Notes: The roster contains 6 of the top 10 prospects in the Phillies system (Baseball America)

–Expect to see Luis Garcia as the closer at the beginning of the season.

–Hector Gomez played in the Korean League in 2016 and hit 21 homers.  He has played in the majors for both the Rockies and Brewers.

–The ‘Pigs play the Reading Fightin Phils in an exhibition game on Tuesday in Allentown before opening the season next Thursday against Pawtucket at 7:05.

17 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Roster

  1. No real surprises. Pinto got Eflin’s spot while he stays in Florida for a bit. They took an 8th reliever (4 man bench) expecting starters not to throw more than 6 innings most nights. Garcia is the only reliever on the 40 so it will be interesting to see which starter gets called up to be a reliever in the event of two injuries in Philly.

    1. Does Pinto get sent back to Reading when Eflin is ready, or does he get put into the bullpen.

  2. Lineup might look like….

    1 Quinn
    2 JP
    3 Hoskins
    4 Williams
    5 Alfaro
    6 Cozens
    7 Valentin
    8 Perkins
    9 Featherston

    1. I think I read somewhere that it will be
      Quinn cf
      Crawford ss
      Alfaro c
      Cozens rf
      Hoskins 1b
      Williams lf
      Valentin 2b
      Perkins dh
      Gomez 3b

      1. This has to be one of the top AAA teams in the league. LHV will be poppin this year!

    1. Romus, if the FO believes in Kingery like I hear they do (whether they be right or wrong), all the better that Cesar succeeds and build his trade value. Then you have Valentin to consider, and later on perhaps, Brito.

      At 1b we have Joseph, Hoskins and now Darick Hall is turning heads literally with his lefthanded thump.

      Galvis isn’t an everyday ss on a good team but a very good utility player. Our other options at this point are JP, JP, and JP.

      At 3b, this is the year for Franco to establish himself as a building block. If not, that FA-to-be down by Inner Harbor may be getting a call. If he doesn’t answer, Stobbe might be the guy by ’20.

      That’s my review of the infield right now.

    2. Romus,

      Thanks. Very interesting.

      Mack said on Friday that the team has prospects on the Big League roster, citing Hernandez, Galvis and Franco. I might throw Odubel into the group, as well. I’m not sure about Freddie, but I think Franco and Odubel will improve, and if Hernandez maintains his second-half performance and improves his base stealing, he will be more of a contributor, too.

      In other words, a big part of the future might be in Philadelphia, not just Allentown.

  3. Mike L, I agree with your lineup, Hoskins should bat 3rd and Alfaro 5th. I expect the Pigs to have a terrific season, with legit prospects everywhere except 3B, and a Pitching staff filled with them. Seeing who does what this year is more important than how the big league club plays.

  4. Man, the April Fools possibilities on this site are endless. But of course I wouldn’t do something like that. I did however text a fellow Phillies fan/friend that a reputable national baseball writer is reporting that the Phillies and Yankees are close to a deal involving Galvis and VV for “several top prospects.” I’m awful! (I also got him a couple years ago with a bogus Hamels trade report)

  5. Looked at all the rosters on the teams websites. LV mega strong, Clearwater and Lakeland good. Reading seems like the weak sister. Kingery , Drew Anderson, Viza and Pullin interest me. Have partial season passes to LV and REading. Should be a great year

  6. In my own top 50 list, the breakdown is 11 (7 position players) at LHV, 10 (5) at Reading, 8 (3) at CWater, 10 (4) at Lwood, 10 (7) still in Extended. CWater seems a little light offensively.

  7. LHV is loaded. Even Gomez could be above average in AAA.
    I would have have been more protective of 40man is my roster construction.

    Elfin to 60day to give more time to re-learn how to pitch on new knees. I see Valentin as a utility guy moving forward so I would have started him on the 25 instead of Nava. Nava is redundant to Stassi who could have been DH in LHV until call up needed, if Phillies believed Nava was a ‘pro hitter’. I wanted to see more of Knapp at 1B anyway.

    With Eleniery Garcia out, Pinto could start at AA and Asher could have been kept as AAA starter until needed. I do agree with keeping extra pitchers, as the everyday lineup is set. Only need backup C, INF in Featherston, and Perkins in OF.

    I like Reading’s lineup, I think Tocci, Canelo, Walding, Numata, and Goedell all benefit from ‘Reading Effect’. I like sending Goedell to AA since he may show some power there, but doubt he remains a Phillie.
    Clearwater lineup pretty weak, especially INF. Randolph is only top notch hitter.
    Lakewood staff looks to have 8 starting pitchers. Not sure how they manage, as Arauz seems a level too low, and Gowdy may end up there soon.

    Minors will again be very exciting!

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