Darn Mets! Darn Reds!
The Phillies will go into their final weekend series with a slim lead over the Cincinnati Reds for the worst record in baseball and the prize that come with it, the number one pick in the 2016 June Amateur Draft.
After sweeping the Mets (a team they were 2-14 against this season), the Phillies find themselves in danger of improving from the worst record in baseball for the first time since June 8th when they successfully held off the Milwaukee Brewers. But the Phillies have won six of their last ten and the Reds are mired in an 12-game losing streak. Continue reading What? We Worry?
The Phillies activated Maikel Franco from the DL this morning. Todd Zolecki made the announcement in his post today. He is expected to play this weekend. Jordan Hall got a couple quotes from manager Pete Mackanin in this article.
Playing Franco in meaningless games in Philadelphia is not that big of a deal. He would be playing in Instructs games in Clearwater anyway as he continues to ready himself for winter ball. He may as well play the games in the big league environment in Philadelphia in front of season ticket holders and Phillies’ execs. Continue reading Phillies Activate Maikel Franco
After Monday night’s game, Cody Asche was informed that he was being optioned to Lehigh Valley to learn how to play left field. No word on a corresponding move to fill the roster spot. Friday would be the earliest that we should expect Maikel Franco to be promoted.
Todd Zolecki broke the story here.
Earlier, the Phillies announced that they would be keeping their major league coaching staff intact. Today they announced the coaching staffs for their minor league affiliates. Bold represents a change, Italics indicates the change is from outside the organization.
Lehigh Valley remains intact
- Dave Brundage, Manager
- Mickey Morandini, Coach
- Sal Rende, Coach
- Ray Burris, Pitching Coach
- Dusty Wathan, Manager
- Frank Cacciatore, Coach – steps up from Clearwater, replacing Rob Ducey
- David Lundquist, Pitching Coach
- Greg Legg, Manager – steps up from Lakewood replacing Nelson Prada
- Rob Ducey, Coach – dropping down from Reading replacing Frank Cacciatore
- Steve Shrenk, Pitching Coach – jumping up from GCL
- Shawn Williams, Manager – moving up from Williamsport replacing Greg Legg
- Nelson Prada, Coach – former Clearwater manager replacing Lino Connell
- Aaron Fultz, Pitching Coach – moving up from Williamsport replacing Les Lancaster
- Pat Borders, Manager – from outside org replacing Shawn Williams
- Eddie Dennis, Coach
- Les Lancaster, Pitching Coach – moving down from Lakewood replacing Aaron Fultz
- Rolano de Armas, Manager
- Brian Sweeney, Pitching Coach – from outside the org replacing Steve Schrenk
- Rafael Delima, Coach
The odd men out so far seem to be Bob Milacki, the Threshers pitching coach; Lino Connell, the Blue Claws batting coach; and Matt Tolbert who had been added to the Crosscutters as a coach after retiring mid-deason.
Just a quick note – Aaron Altherr will make the start in left field tonight for the Phillies. Altherr was called up in June while Tony Gwynn was on bereavement and took one PA, and he was recalled yesterday when Dom Brown went on the paternity list. The German-bron Altherr, nicknamed “The Rhineland Rocket” (by me – I am beating it into the ground, folks), OPSed .930 in June at AA Reading, but is OPSing .688 on the season between two MiLB levels.
One of the first big moves of the offseason is the reshuffling of the 40 man roster. The Phillies have already made their first round of cuts but they still have some work remaining to get down to enough to protect newly Rule V eligible players as well as sign free agents. We are going to kick off this series by looking at the players already on the 40 man roster who may be on the bubble. I have deemed players with established major league roles as safe and won’t discuss them here (this includes De Fratus, Diekman, Pettibone, Asche, Galvis, and Hernandez), I am including players who either are on the fringes or are pure minor leaguers. I am going to give my opinion on what the Phillies should and give my guess at what they will do.
When it comes to players already on the 40-man roster, removing them subjects them to the waiver process. This gives each team the option of claiming them, if claimed a player most only then be placed on his team’s 40 man roster. If you are looking to keep some of these players in the org the big thing to look at is number of options years left. A player with multiple options and some talent is likely to get claimed purely for a look, other, more fungible players can be snuck through waivers a bit easier. (*All ages are for Opening Day 2014) Continue reading 40 Man Roster Decisions – Part 1 – On the Roster
The Phillies have been trying to acquire Young for over a year, and it appears that they have finally completed a deal involving to RH relievers with live arms in Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla.
Michael Young (36) has a long list of past accolades but they mean little now on the field as he is well into his decline phase. At the plate Young will provide a good amount of contact but there is little power or walk ability to supplement. At one point in his career Young was a good baserunner but at this point he is below average and is merely a station to station runner. In the field Young isn’t good let alone average at anywhere other than DH, but he can play third base and that is where the Phillies intend to play him full time. The Rangers are paying $10 million of Young’s $16 million 2013 salary. Continue reading Phillies Trade Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla to the Texas Rangers for Michael Young
The Phillies have found their center fielder and they have paid quite the price to get him.
Ben Revere (24) is a former first round pick, he has had a very good contact rate each stop in the minors and after a down year in his full season major league debut in 2011, he posted a .294 batting average. Overall Revere is a Juan Pierre starter kit with slightly better CF defense. Revere has 20 power and has yet to hit a HR in the major leagues (when he does it will likely be an inside the park HR) and his arm is below average but not a liability in center. Revere has plus speed and knows how to use it and can steal bases at a successful clip. Continue reading Phillies Trade Vance Worley and Trevor May to Twins for CF Ben Revere
As suggested, here is a place for all of your off-topic rants and other miscellaneous discussions. Spring training is almost here, and then we’ll have more things to discuss. I’m also planning a few things for this week, so stay tuned for that.
I wanted to quickly thank everyone for their continued support this year, including everyone who has helped provide original content here and those of you who read the site regularly and especially those of you who provide comments and feedback on a regular basis. I am planning a major post next week at some point, but I don’t want to promise it in case something else comes up and delays my timeline for releasing it here. This is something I have spent a considerable amount of time on, and I hope it is something that is well received. I will be off the grid quite a bit over the next 2 weeks, so I’ll create this discussion thread now, and it may be the last post for a little while. Of course if something major happens, like a trade, I will do my best to put something together.
So, discuss whatever it is you’d like here, trying to keep it related to the minor league system, and enjoy your holidays. I expect to have my major feature posted next week, so look for that. Thank you again for your continued support, and I am really looking forward to 2012, as I have a number of ideas and things I’d like to introduce here.