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Several Phillies had “a day” today. Nola looked sharp striking out 9 in 5.1 innings. He allowed one hit, a second-inning home run by the 2020 first overall pick Spencer Torkelson. It wasn’t your garden variety two-strike HR as the two battled to a 3-2 count and the HR came on the 11th pitch of the at bat. It was great to Nola pitching like we know he can as he goes into an opening day start.
Bryce Harper (first overall pick in 2010) went 3 for 4 with a double, 2 HR, and 3 RBI. He missed a third HR when the wind held up his towering drive in the fifth inning that died at the wall.
Mickey Moniak (first overall pick in 2016) went 2 for 3 with 2 HR and 3 RBI. He won the battle between first overall picks with Tigers’ starter Case Mize (first overall pick in 2018) with a towering shot that landed in the pond between the ballpark and Route 19.
Jose Alvarado looked fine. He threw more balls than strikes (8-7) in his first game action of the spring. But, he threw 5 pitches over 99 mph (2 of them over 100 mph). We should hear Monday that he feels good and can start the season in the bullpen. That’ll be welcome news.
This Phillies team is built to score runs. The starters, when healthy, are formidable. And, we should be able to take heart that most of the bullpen runs this spring were given up by guys who aren’t making the opening day roster. Alvarado, Falter, Nelson, C. Sanchez, Jones, Familia, Hand, Knebel, and Dominguez all have posted ERAs under 3.00. Yeah, small sample, but reassuring at the very least. Right?
The opening day roster is still in question. The Phillies are still mulling over a 16-pitcher staff and 3-man bench versus a 15 and 4. The early season relaxed option rules give them some options and the DH eliminates the need for a lot of pinch hitters. I mean who are you going to pinch-hit for in this lineup? Third base? Maybe CF in certain situations? Certainly not for RF, LF, DH, C, 1B, 2B, SS. Have you noticed Didi Gregorius intentionally going to left field this spring? He’s been trying almost every at bat it seems.
The starting rotation seems set – Nola, Eflin, Gibson, Suarez, Wheeler. (fingers crossed)
The bullpen is still in question due to injuries and an absence – Knebel, Familia, Hand, Dominguez, Alvarado, Jones, Falter, Sanchez, Nelson, Brogdon (?), Norwood (?). Coonrod and Sherriff look like they might start the season on the IL. They have 23 pitchers on the 40-man roster. Three have been optioned (Crouse, McArthur, Morales) and none look opening day ready. Two have been moved to the 60-day IL (Emanuel and Romero). The eighteen remaining leave no margin for error in selecting a 16- or 15-man staff with some of those 18 questionable.
The catcher is Realmuto with Stubbs as backup.
The infield is Hoskins, Segura, and Gregorius who has looked really good all spring. (Should mention that I’ve been to every home game, a couple of away games, and watched all televised games thru April 1st plus a couple after.) Third base comes down to Bohm vs. Stott with Camargo likely as the utility infielder. I’ll come back to this.
The outfield is a platoon of Schwarber and Castellanos in LF and as the DH. Harper in RF. And Vierling and Moniak platooning in CF.
Congratulations to Mickey, Matt, and the Moniak family on his selection. I heard this Saturday night but held off posting it in last week’s comments until I was sure Mickey and his family found out and Matt had a chance to “in your face” us if he chose. He showed his class with a nice announcement in the comments section Sunday morning.
Depending on the number of bullpen pitchers, a 3-man bench looks like Stubbs, one of the CF, and an infielder (Camargo/Maton). A 4-man bench looks like Stubbs, one of the CF, and both Camargo/Maton. This assumes that Bohm is the starting 3B and Stott is assigned to Lehigh Valley.
WHY??? Well, there is that service time manipulation thing to consider. But, the reason the Phillies might pose is actually valid. Stott only faced Triple-A pitching for ten games last season. He had a great 2021 season at 3 levels plus a solid showing in the AFL, plus an excellent minicamp, plus an excellent spring. However, Stott has just 9 starts at 3B including college, the AFL, and the minors. They could easily make the case that he needs more reps at third and some Triple-A at bats. However, more to the point, the spot on the 40-man roster that is needed to move him to the active roster might have to be spent on a reliever. Seriously.
Four relievers are still among the NRIs – Bedrosian, Bellatti, Maples, and M. Kelly. Of those, Braden Ogle looked the best. Oh, he’s not there. Then Bellatti. Kelley looked good today. Maples didn’t and hasn’t come close to the upper 90s arm he’s supposed to have.
And, there’s always the possibility that DD signs another FA or trades for another arm.
If Stott wins the job, Bohm goes to TripleA and plays primarily first base. Not outfield. He’s not cracking the Phillies outfield for at least four years. And, have you seen him catch a pop up? Scary, very scary.
Now, two more things about the 40-man slots. First, god forbid, I’m afraid that Joe is going to find a way to get Torreyes onto the active roster. He’s been reassigned to the minors and is still managing to get into every game it seems, twice in the outfield recently. He may play a lot of possible positions, but none of them well enough to be a defensive replacement for any starter not named Bohm.
And, finally, one or two 40-man spots could become available from a move that no one knows of or has considered. I’ve heard that Herrera’s contract isn’t guaranteed. I vaguely remember that some player with a major league contract was released before the 2021 season at no (or little) cost to the team. I think that this is possible when a free agent is signed. If true, then Camargo could also be at risk.
Moniak and Vierling along with the bullpen needs have made Herrera’s contract expendable. (Hah! So, Dave and Joe, we did have a CF option internally.)
Also, shedding all or part of even these two contracts and replacing them with first-year players’ salaries sheds some salary if they try to get under the cap to save the draft pick penalty. This speculation is contingent on the contracts not being guaranteed.
Phillies’ Opening Day roster (28)
- Pitchers, Starters (5) – Zach Eflin, Kyle Gibson, Aaron Nola, Ranger Suarez, Zach Wheeler
- Pitchers, Relievers (10) – Jose Alvarado, Connor Brogdon, Seranthony Dominguez, Bailey Falter, Jeurys Familia, Brad Hand, Damon Jones, Cory Knebel, Nick Nelson, Christopher Sanchez
- Catchers (2) – J.T. Realmuto, Garrett Stubbs
- Infielders (6) – Alec Bohm, Johan Camargo, Didi Gregorius, Rhys Hoskins, Jean Segura, Bryson Stott
- Outfielders (5) – Nick Castellanos, Bryce Harper, Mickey Moniak, Kyle Schwarber, Matt Vierling
Lehigh Valley and Reading played a game Sunday night. They provided the following rosters.
If you have trouble reading –
- Lehigh Valley (34)
- Pitchers, Starters (5) – Hans Crouse, Colton Eastman, Michael Mariot, James Marvel, Ricardo Sanchez
- Pitchers, Relievers (14) – Mark Appel, Aaron Barrett, Cam Bedrosian, Tyler Cyr, Kyle Dohy, Nick Duron, Joe Gatto, Jakob Hernandez, Dillon Maples, Scott Moss, Jake Newberry, Braden Ogle, Tyler Phillips, Jeff Singer
- Catchers (3) – Edgar Cabral, Donny Sands, Austin Wynns
- Infielders (9) – Daniel Brito, Ali Castillo, Dalton Guthrie, Darick Hall, Drew Maggi, Nick Maton, Yairo Munoz, Will Toffey, Ronald Torreyes
- Outfielders (3) – John Andreoli, Jorge Bonifacio, Justin Williams
- Reading (30)
- Pitchers, Starters (5) – Josh Hendrickson, Adam Leverett, James McArthur, Jack Perkins, Noah Skirrow
- Pitchers, Relievers (12) – Mike Adams, Julian Garcia, Nick Lackney, Brian Marconi, Erik Miller, McKinley Moore, Francisco Morales, Bubby Rossman, Matt Seelinger, Billy Sullivan, Zach Warren, Braden Zarbnisky
- Catchers (3) – Jack Conley, Logan O’Hoppe, Vito Friscia
- Infielders (6) – Sal Gozzo, Jonathan Guzman, Josh Ockimey, Wendell Rijo, Madison Stokes, Kevin Vicuna
- Outfielders (4) – Matt Kroon, Hunter Markwardt, Simon Muzziotti, Jhailyn Ortiz
Jersey Shore was supposed to fly out Saturday, but heavy rain postponed their flight. They won’t fly out until Monday. Many of their players attended the Phillies game Sunday.
Possible rosters for Jersey Shore and Clearwater probably won’t be available until Tuesday or Wednesday. However, based on who was at the game and a lot of guessing based on the Triple- and Double-A rosters and who I’ve seen practicing in which groups this spring, they might look like this. Note that a lot of guys are repeating levels.
These are incomplete. I’ll continue to add names below over the next couple of days.
- Jersey Shore (32)
- Pitchers, Starters (6) – Mick Abel, Ben Brown, Cristian Hernandez, Griff McGarry, Christian McGowan, Dominic Pipkin
- Pitchers, Relievers (13) – Erubiel Armenta, Andrew Baker, Carlos Francisco, Jonathan Hughes, Ethan Lindow, Tyler McKay, Jhordany Mezquita, Carlo Reyes, Jason Ruffcorn, Matt Russell, Andrew Schultz, Victor Vargas, J.P. Woodward
- Catchers (3) – Karl Ellison, Nick Matera, Andrick Nava
- Infielders (5) – Luis Garcia, Casey Martin, D.J. Stewart, McCarthy Tatum, Nicolas Torres
- Outfielders (5) – Jared Carr, Carlos De La Cruz, Baron Radcliff, Johan Rojas, Ethan Wilson
- Clearwater (32)
- Pitchers, Starters (6) – Gabriel Cotto, Rafael Marcano, Gunner Mayer, Oswald Medina, Micah Ottenbreit, Andrew Painter
- Pitchers, Relievers (12) – Malik Binns, Alex Garbrick, Tristan Garnett, Buddy Hayward, Victor Lozano, Fernando Lozano, Tommy McCollum, Matt Osterberg, Rodolfo Sanchez, Jared Wetherbee, Cam Wynne, Gabriel Yanez
- Catchers (3) – Arturo De Freitas, Anthony Quirion, Micah Yonamine
- Infielders (7) – Alexeis Azuaje, Jamari Baylor, Wilfredo Flores, Lee Hao Yu, Freylin Minyety, Kendall Simmons, Rixon Wingrove
- Outfielders (4) – Yhoswar Garcia, Marcus Lee Sang, Felix Reyes, Jadiel Sanchez.
Most of the guys below are injured/rehabbing or DSL guys I expect will play in the Complex League.
- Complex Team(s), Unassigned, Injured, Rehabbing, and RL (82)
- Pitchers (55) – Jose Acuna, Samuel Aldegheri, Aidan Anderson, Chase Antle, Konnor Ash, Andrew Bellatti, Albertus Barber, Carlos Betancourt, Trevor Bettencourt, Andrew Brown, Blake Brown, Jean Cabrera, Tyler Carr, Eiberson Castellano, Starlyn Castillo, Joel Cesar, Ty Collins, Sam Coonrod, Jonas De La Cruz, Emanuel Kent, Jaydenn Estanista, Ethan Evanko, Jordan Fowler, Maikel Garrido, Kyle Glogoski, Jonathan Hennigan, Sam Jacobsak, DJ Jefferson, Estibenzon Jimenez, Michael Kelly, Keylan Killgore, Taylor Lehman, Dillon Maples, Jordi Martinez, Jake McKenna, Alex McKenney, Daniel Mejia, Juan Miranda, James Norwood, David Parkinson, Jose Pena, Corey Phelan, Nicoly Pina, Mark Potter, JoJo Romero, Austin Ross, Brett Schulze, Parker Scott, Eduar Segovia, Ryan Sherriff, Christopher Soriano, Tom Sutera, Manuel Urias, Spencer Van Scoyoc, Giussepe Velasquez
- Catchers (9) – Edward Barboza, Colby Fitch, Freddy Francisco, Oscar Gonzalez, Herbert Iser, Rafael Marchan, Adony Mejia, Rickardo Perez, Jackie Pertuz
- Infielders (10) – Erick Brito, Chris Cornelius, Aldrem Corredor, Matt Goodheart, Albert Jerez, Scott Kingery, Ronald Torreyes, Wilson Valdez, Randy Vasquez, Uziel Viloria
- Outfielders (8) – Christopher Burke, Jefferson Encarnacion, Yemal Flores, Odubel Herrera, Leandro Pineda, Josh Stephen, Gavin Tonkel, Jordan Viars
If you are into the numbers, that’s 210 players below the major league level, 212 when that roster drops from 28 to 26. That’s quite a bit above the offseason limit of 190 stateside minor league players and the 180 in-season limit.
- 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
4/03/2022 – C Chris Burke assigned to Phillies
4/03/2022 – RF Felix Reyes assigned to Phillies
4/02/2022 – OF Leandro Pineda assigned to Phillies
4/02/2022 – 2B Alexeis Azuaje assigned to Phillies
4/02/2022 – 1B Rixon Wingrove assigned to Phillies
4/01/2022 – Phillies signed free agent LHP Ricardo Sanchez to an MiLB contract
4/01/2022 – Clearwater released RHP Dallas Dyar
4/01/2022 – RHP Aidan Anderson assigned to Philadelphia
4/01/2022 – 3B D.J. Stewart assigned to Philadelphia
4/01/2022 – SS Randy Vasquez assigned to Philadelphia
3/31/2022 – Lehigh Valley released SS Cash Case
3/31/2022 – Jersey Shore released SS Jose Tortolero
3/31/2022 – C Nick Matera assigned to Phillies
3/31/2022 – OF Baron Radcliff assigned to Phillies
3/31/2022 – LHP Ethan Evanko assigned to Phillies
3/31/2022 – LHP Kyle Dohy assigned to Phillies
3/31/2022 – SS Casey Martin assigned to Phillies
3/31/2022 – Phillies optioned C Donny Sands to Lehigh Valley
3/31/2022 – RHP Michael Mariot assigned to Reading
3/31/2022 – RF Jorge Bonifacio assigned to Reading
3/30/2022 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Michael Mariot to an MiLB contract
3/30/2022 – Phillies signed free agent RF Jorge Bonifacio to an MiLB contract
3/30/2022 – OF Carlos De La Cruz assigned to Phillies
3/30/2022 – 2B Nicolas Torres assigned to Phillies
3/30/2022 – Phillies traded SS Kervin Pichardo and cash to San Diego for RHP James Norwood
3/29/2022 – RHP McKinley Moore assigned to Jersey Shore
3/29/2022 – C Adony Mejia assigned to Phillies
3/29/2022 – C Karl Ellison assigned to Phillies
3/29/2022 – 3B McCarthy Tatum assigned to Phillies
3/29/2022 – CF Yemal Flores assigned to Phillies
3/29/2022 – CF Marcus Lee Sang assigned to Phillies
3/29/2022 – Phillies traded CF Adam Haseley to Chicago White Sox for RHP McKinley Moore
3/28/2022 – SS Erick Brito assigned to Phillies
3/28/2022 – Clearwater released RHP Dylan Castaneda
3/28/2022 – Clearwater released RHP Jose Ulloa
3/28/2022 – Clearwater released 1B Joe Genord
3/28/2022 – FCL Phillies released LHP Tyler Adams
3/28/2022 – FCL Phillies released SS Edgar Made
3/28/2022 – FCL Phillies released SS Guarner Dipre
3/23/2022 – RHP Yoan Antonac released
3/23/2022 – RHP Ji Tae Lee released
3/23/2022 – LHP Manuel Silva released
3/23/2022 – LHP Jaylen Smith released