September Call-Ups Have Officially Begun

What had been previously rumored is now official:

Earlier this week in my September call-up predictions, I noted that I expected the Phillies to call up one of Patrick Schuster or Elvis Araujo and one of Dalier Hinojosa or Colton Murray… and then I proceeded to guess the wrong member of each pairing. You win some, you lose some. Point being, the expected bullpen reinforcements has arrived and as postseason play ends for Lehigh Valley and Reading over the next two weeks, expect even more reinforcements to join the big league squad.

It’s great to see that Andres Blanco is ready to come back. He’s been an absolute gem of a utility player for the Phillies over the past two and a half seasons and he’ll be a free agent after the season, so this could very well be his last go around with the Phillies. His playing time is likely to be severely limited this month as all four of the Phillies infielders — Maikel Franco, Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez, and Tommy Joseph — are all likely to be under consideration for roles with next year’s squad.

The surprise here which I alluded to yesterday is Darin Ruf. There’s no apparent role for him to fill with the Phillies this month as Mackanin has already explicitly expressed his desire to get more playing time for the other right-handed first-base only player: Tommy Joseph. Ruf could conceivably get playing time in the outfield despite his horrendous defense, but they already have three outfielders contending for jobs with the Phillies next season in Tyler Goeddel, Odubel Herrera, and Aaron Altherr. If Nick Williams gets the call later this month, that will only serve to further crowd Ruf out.

This winter Ruf will be eligible for arbitration for the first time and, at this point, it’s hard to see the Phillies extending him an offer. He is already 30 years old and they have a younger and potentially better version of him in Tommy Joseph. But, whatever the reasoning, Ruf is back and, if nothing else, he will serve to provide right-handed pop off the bench for the final weeks of the season.

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  1. Major Malfunction

    September 02, 2016 05:17 PM

    Ruf starts LF tonight. Howard at 1B. So much for the plan of the extended look at Joseph at 1B this month and Ruf not showcasing his horrific LF defense in the already log jammed OF.

    • Magic 8 Ball

      September 02, 2016 05:23 PM

      Darin Ruf will become a valuable member of the Oakland A’s or Cleveland Indians in 2017.

      • Romus

        September 03, 2016 08:13 AM

        Or maybe even the Giants……of Japan.

  2. boomerbubba

    September 02, 2016 11:13 PM

    Stiff of the Night:
    Gómez (L, 3-3) 0.0 4 4 4 0 0 0 15-10 3.56

  3. joe goldberg

    September 03, 2016 08:25 AM

    I’d like to see the Phils use some of the boatload of money that’ll be freed up by getting Howard’s and Matt Harrison’s salaries off the books to sign a veteran outfielder who can hit,and hit with power, to a one or even two year deal (if necessary to sign him). Someone like Matt Kemp. Goedell
    is not a major league hitter and I fear neither is Altherr. Why rush Nick Williams? Play Altherr, Odubel, and the free agent next year and hope both Herrera and Franco improve in their 2016 production, and give Altherr a whole season to see if can develop into more than a .240-.250 hitter. The following year, between Cozens, Williams, Pullin, and maybe even Quinn and Goedell at that time, there should be plenty of viable OF candidates.

    • Major Malfunction

      September 03, 2016 09:51 AM

      Altherr started out a house of fire but he’s fallen off tremendously. His last 28 days consists of 86 ABs, 4 BB, 28 K, 2 2B, 2 HR, .221/.264/.314 line. Also, he slashes .923 in wins but only .407 in losses. At least his fielding is still superb.

      Maybe his wrist is still bothering him? That kind of injury normally takes a year or more to totally heal. He seems to have the talent so hopefully this is just a rough spot for him until the strength returns.

      • Romus

        September 03, 2016 05:40 PM

        MajMal…not sure why that should surprise…..after over 2800 PAs ( 7 years) in the minors his slash was 263/ .325 / .738. Players normally do not out-perform their minor league metrics, that are that large of a sampling.

  4. joe goldberg

    September 03, 2016 08:35 AM

    Is it fair to ask J.P. Crawford to actually EARN a big league spot? Is he an upgrade defensively over Galvis? Can he produce as much power, or even a much higher batting average either? Certainly not right now. The guy just turned 22. I don’t know why he’s even at AAA, but what’s the rush with him? Can he be asked to hit at least .275 with some pop before we begin asking when should be called up? He seems to be getting set up for failure by all the hype. His numbers at Reading or Lehigh Valley have merited it, and we can only hope his fielding is as good as Freddy’s.

    • joe goldberg

      September 03, 2016 08:40 AM

      I meant to say his numbers at AA & AAA HAVEN’T merited it……

  5. boomerbubba

    September 04, 2016 01:23 AM

    Stiffs of the Night:
    Howard 1B 3 0 0 0 1 1 14 .197 .252 .440
    Ruf LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 19 .156 .200 .188
    Herrera CF 3 0 0 0 0 2 17 .278 .354 .404
    Galvis SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 18 .234 .268 .388

    • Romus

      September 04, 2016 07:42 AM

      Howard may be one of your stiffs….but there could be a silver lining in continually playing him in the 4th hole, as he wants…..the Phillies are now tied for the 9th pick, and only 3 games behind the pack for the 4th pick in next June’s draft……playing Howie is like ‘tanking without the guilt’

      • Steve

        September 04, 2016 09:01 AM

        All the talk of tanking is nothing new, but it would be foolish for them to win their way out of a protected pick.

      • boomerbubba

        September 05, 2016 12:18 AM

        They’re as bad as the sixers. The only thing left to play for is a higher pick next year.

      • Romus

        September 05, 2016 08:34 AM

        Especially if the pick can be a pitcher like Alex Faedo…who seems to be the consensus number one right now…but it is too early for that conjecture.

  6. boomerbubba

    September 05, 2016 12:16 AM

    Star of the Day:
    Thompson (L, 1-5) 7.0 4 1 1 4 6 1 100-61 6.48

    • boomerbubba

      September 05, 2016 12:19 AM

      A wasted fine pitching performance.

  7. boomerbubba

    September 05, 2016 06:19 PM

    Triple stiffs of the day:
    Franco 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 13 .248 .299 .426
    Howard 1B 4 0 0 0 0 3 21 .194 .248 .433
    Rupp C 4 0 0 0 0 2 14 .259 .314 .457

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