Phillies Using 40 Man Roster As Bullpen

The Phillies’ 40 man roster is full of pitchers, a fact that becomes very clear they have any hitting injuries. Some of the pitchers on the 40 man roster (Drew Anderson, Franklyn Kilome, Jose Taveras, and Ranger Suarez) are prospects in development, and others like Ben Lively are rotation depth. The rest of the roster is relievers stuck in the process of trying to be major leaguers. In this era of baseball teams have used those pitchers as a taxi squad of sorts. The Phillies to open the year mostly stuck with their opening bullpen, only making changes when injuries demanded it. In the past week they have made the following moves.

  • RHP Luis Garcia to 10 day DL
  • Mark Leiter Jr to AAA
  • Jake Thompson to MLB
  • Yacksel Rios to MLB
  • Hector Neris to AAA
  • Austin Davis to MLB
  • Jake Thompson to AAA
  • Zac Curtis to MLB

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Phillies Sign Alec Bohm and Many Others

With the current era of draft slots, the odds of a team taking a player in the top 10 rounds of the draft without signing them is extremely low. So it is not surprising that at just about a week after the draft the Phillies were able to lock up #3 overall pick Alec Bohm to a deal (as well as 19 other draftees). It is also not surprising that that the Phillies signed 6th round pick Logan Simmons, nor will it be surprising when the Phillies officially sign 9th round Dominic Pipkin. The real question was after the Phillies took Pipkin in the 9th round, how much money would they have to spend on later picks. After the Phillies took Stetson RHP Jack Perkins in the 11th it seemed they may have been out of money after likely having to give overslot bonuses to Pipkin and Simmons. Continue reading…

The Kingery Shortstop Dilemma

Last week Matt Gelb wrote about the difficulty the Phillies are facing with trying to compete and trying to develop their young players. There is no player at the center of this more than Scott Kingery. Coming into the year, Kingery didn’t look entirely major league ready. He was coming off a strong spring, but his AAA numbers were not great, especially with regard to his approach at the plate. Despite this, the Phillies saw enough upside to sign him a large contract and send him right to the majors.

The problem was and has been that Scott Kingery is a second baseman and the Phillies already have a solid second baseman. The Phillies have tried to deal with this by shoehorning Kingery in at other positions. Kingery can play a competent outfield, but outside of the Rhys Hoskins’ brief 10 day trip to the DL the Phillies have had 4 outfielders they all want to get playing time. That leaves shortstop and third base. At shortstop the Phillies have another top prospect in J.P. Crawford who is known for his glove, and at third they have a former top prospect in Maikel Franco who the Phillies would like to see improve. When Crawford was out with an arm injury, this all made some sense because the Phillies didn’t have another shortstop and it got Kingery’s bat in the lineup for development. Continue reading…

Crash Bag #8: Mini Post-Draft Crash Bag

The MLB Draft happened this week, so without time for a massive mailbag you all answered the call for a few good questions.

@Lead_FarmerSD: Is Bohm the safest first round pick the Phillies have made since Nola?

The answer is yes and it isn’t particularly close, but that is boring, so I decided to rank the safeness of Phillies 1st round picks back to 2000 when the Phillies took Chase Utley. These are at the time of the draft, and I am going safe as safest to be an everyday major leaguer. Continue reading…

Phillies 2018 Draft Day 2 Recap

Today was the second day of the 2018 MLB Draft. Picks today covered rounds 3 to 10. The Phillies did not have a second or third round pick, so they went from pick 3 until pick 107 waiting for things to happen. I wrote about much of my own thoughts on the Phillies picks here, but I wanted to take this time to see what how the Phillies picks related to what the internet had to say and rank coming in. Continue reading…

Phillies Select Alec Bohm with the #3 Overall Pick

After 24 hours of speculation and some hope around Casey Mize sliding to the #3 pick, everything went as expected with the Phillies selecting Wichita State 3B Alec Bohm with the #3 overall pick. Bohm was widely considered the best bat in the draft. There may have been some prospects with better hit tool and some players who can compete on raw power, but Bohm’s combination of hit tool and power put him ahead of other hitters in the draft. Bohm has also shown improvement every year and has a track record of hitting with wood bats. He profiles as at least an everyday regular at third, but if he can fully tap into his raw power without sacrificing much hit tool, he could be an all-star level, middle of the order contributor. Continue reading…

Draft Day 1 Preview: Pick #3

For a team picking as high as the Phillies, it is a relatively quiet draft day. Due to the signings of Carlos Santana and Jake Arrieta the Phillies do not have their 2nd and 3rd round picks. That means their day should be over by 7:30pm eastern and not have anything draft related until the second round tomorrow. The loss of the picks (and their associated slot amounts) means that the Phillies are also not really able to pull off any shenanigans with bonus manipulations. There is a chance their first pick will be over or under slot, but that won’t be to float a specific player down the draft, rather it will allow them or prevent them from being flexible on the rest of day two and greatly affect what they can do in the 11th round on Day 3 (more on that when we get to day 3). Continue reading…