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We are down to twelve days before opening day. The Phillies have ten games remaining and have started paring down the bodies in the major league camp. You will see that players have been assigned to or optioned to their minor league teams. The list of all transactions is below.
You will notice that a lot of minor leaguers are assigned to the Phillies. This is a common practice when a group of minor leaguers is brought up as bench depth on a given day. These players get the experience of sitting in a major league dugout or bullpen during a game, they often get into the game, and they receive major league meal money for the day, a big perk for a minor leaguer. They will not have to be reassigned to their minor league team afterward.
I bring this up because if you look closely, you will see below that Ronald Torreyes was assigned to Lehigh Valley on March 19th. He was assigned to the Phillies for a game on March 23rd. He does not have to be assigned to play in any future games during spring training. The important distinction is that he was assigned to the Phillies NOT selected. He remains an IronPig until his contract is selected. I point this out because that indicates to me that barring injury to a player still in major league camp, Torreyes would appear to be out of the running for the opening day roster.
Also of note is that the practice of bringing so many many minor leaguers up to the big team during spring training really blossomed under Gabe Kapler. It may be the only carry-over from his stewardship.
I’ll save you a little scrutiny below and list the assignments and options here.
Options – Luis Garcia, Jhailyn Ortiz, Rafael Marchan, Francisco Morales, Hans Crouse, Simon Muzziotti, James McArthur
Assignments – Ronald Torreyes, Dillon Maples, Austin Wynns
Designated/traded – Luke Williams
I haven’t seen today’s post-game options but expect that the starters and bench guys will get more reps as we get closer to the start of the season. Of the ten remaining games, three require hardly any travel to Dunedin and Tampa. They close with a game against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field before breaking camp. The only big travel game is to Lakeland on April 1st. Most of the players might be optioned or assigned after that for the start of the Triple-A season.
Heckuva game on Sunday. I’ve been to all the home games and Sunday’s game in Dunedin. I watched or listened to all the other games except Saturday’s game in Lakeland. This has cut down my attendance at the Complex. So, I have seen a lot less of the minor leaguers as I am accustomed. I haven’t seen enough reps to report accurately on the activities on the backfields. I may have seen enough to construct the affiliates roster with a decent degree of accuracy, but until I know which NRIs are going to be kept/released it’ll be tough to guess the pitching staffs. That said, I’m pretty sure I’m getting Painter and possibly Ottenbreit with the Threshers.
I guess you saw Jim Salisbury’s article about Stott. He writes that Stott has a shot at going north with the Phillies. And, that Joe says if that were the case he would be playing every day. Salisbury does not print rumors. He researches the things he wears and gets verification before writing. He’s a solid source. So, If Stott has a chance of winning a spot on the 28-man roster, and barring a trade, it would look like “somebody” may be optioned to Lehigh Valley. Again. Stott’s and Camargo’s positional flexibility as well as their hitting this spring makes such a move possible.
That Reynolds trade I hinted last week probably died before I posted the possibility. It may have been a ploy to get the Pirates to up the prospect package exacted from Miami or it more likely fell apart when the Phillies didn’t want to include all the prospects the Pirates wanted in addition to Rojas.
No matter, has Mickey Moniak hit his way back into the platoon picture? Moniak has made changes in his stance and where he holds his hands based on advice from Kevin Long. The changes have paid dividends recently. He even played center field in the Toronto game, a position Girardi and Dombrowski have stated he can’t play. SMH. So, maybe he gets a look over the struggling Haseley until Herrera comes off the IL. Oh, BTW, the advice from Long is the same guidance he received from Jason Ochart the past couple of years. SMH, again.
You may wonder why Marchan was optioned without getting into a game. Quad. He may start the season at the Complex. There are quite a few injuries so far this spring. A couple pitchers have “disappeared” from the Complex, Jordan Viars is on crutches, so was B. Schulze for a while early on.
Have you noticed that among the guys who figure to make the roster that Segura has not struck out and Gregorius has only struck out once? Eighteen guys are hitting above .290? Including Stott, Muzziotti, Realmuto, Camargo, Harper, Maton, Gregorius, and Vierling from the 40-man roster? Hoskins is at .267. I know it’s a small sample, but better they hit well than be hitting at the Mendoza line. Castellanos is also above .290 but has only had two at bats. I am excited by their everyday lineup. And, before you point to the bullpen, a lot of the late-game damage is being done against pitchers who will be pitching in Allentown or for another team. Don’t know if you’ve noticed but Alvarado hasn’t pitched yet. Hmm.
- April 1, 2022: Lehigh Valley breaks camp
- April 2, 2022: Reading, Jersey Shore, and Clearwater break camp
- April 5, 2022: Lehigh Valley season opener at home v. Columbus
- April 7, 2022: Phillies final spring training game (at Tropicana Field)
- April 8, 2022: Phillies season opener at home v. Oakland
- April 8, 2022: Clearwater season opener at home v. Fort Myers
- April 8, 2022: Jersey Shore season opener at home v. Aberdeen
- April 8, 2022: Reading season opener at home v. Somerset
3/27/2022 – C Anthony Quirion assigned to Phillies
3/27/2022 – RF Jadiel Sanchez assigned to Phillies
3/27/2022 – SS Freylin Minyety assigned to Phillies
3/27/2022 – RHP Aaron Barrett assigned to Phillies
3/27/2022 – 3B Will Toffey assigned to Reading
3/27/2022 – Phillies trade 3B Luke Williams to San Francisco for 3B Will Toffey and cash
3/26/2022 – C Vito Friscia assigned to Phillies
3/26/2022 – RHP Andrew Schultz assigned to Phillies
3/26/2022 – SS Kevin Vicuna assigned to Phillies
3/26/2022 – CF Yhoswar Garcia assigned to Phillies
3/26/2022 – LHP Zach Warren assigned to Phillies
3/25/2022 – RHP Braden Zarbnisky assigned to Phillies
3/25/2022 – SS Dalton Guthrie assigned to Phillies
3/25/2022 – Phillies optioned RHP James McArthur to Lehigh Valley
3/25/2022 – Phillies optioned CF Simon Muzziotti to Lehigh Valley
3/24/2022 – RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Phillies
3/24/2022 – CF Hunter Markwardt assigned to Phillies
3/23/2022 – C Austin Wynns assigned to Phillies
3/23/2022 – SS Ronald Torreyes assigned to Phillies
3/23/2022 – SS Kendall Simmons assigned to Phillies
3/23/2022 – Phillies optioned RHP Hans Crouse to Lehigh Valley
3/23/2022 – Phillies optioned RHP Francisco Morales to Lehigh Valley
3/23/2022 – Phillies optioned C Rafael Marchan to Lehigh Valley
3/23/2022 – Jersey Shore BlueClaws released RF Ben Pelletier.
3/23/2022 – Clearwater Threshers released 3B Juan Aparicio.
3/22/2022 – OF Jared Carr assigned to Phillies
3/22/2022 – Phillies designated 3B Luke Williams for assignment.
3/22/2022 – Phillies signed free agent 3B Nick Castellanos.
3/21/2022 – RHP Bubby Rossman assigned to Phillies
3/21/2022 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Phillies
3/21/2022 – RHP Jason Ruffcorn assigned to Phillies
3/21/2022 – SS Jonathan Guzman assigned to Phillies
3/21/2022 – Phillies optioned RF Jhailyn Ortiz to Reading
3/21/2022 – Phillies optioned SS Luis Garcia to Jersey Shore
3/19/2022 – C Austin Wynns assigned to Lehigh Valley
3/19/2022 – RHP Dillon Maples assigned to Lehigh Valley
3/19/2022 – SS Ronald Torreyes assigned to Lehigh Valley
3/17/2022 – RHP Aaron Barrett assigned to Lehigh Valley