Saturday, February 06, 2016

Free Agent Squad 2016

With roughly 2 weeks remaining until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, there remains some unsigned talent on the free agent market. Because I enjoy playing armchair GM, I decided to construct a 25-man roster from the players still searching for their next meal ticket.  Enjoy...
Catcher:
Taylor Teagarden - .202/.637 career in 180 games, 0.4 WAR
Bryan Anderson - .221/.556 career in 40 games, -0.5 WAR

First Base:
Justin Morneau - .310/.821, 49 G, 0.4 WAR

Second Base:
Juan Uribe - .253/.737, 40 R, 17 DBL, 14 HR, 43 RBI, 1.7 WAR

Shortstop:
Ian Desmond - .233/.674, 69 R, 27 DBL, 19 HR, 62 RBI, 13 SB, 2.0 WAR

Third Base:
David Freese - .257/.743, 53 R, 27 DBL, 14 HR, 56 RBI, 2.3 WAR

DH:
Pedro Alvarez - .243/.787, 60 R, 18 DBL, 27 HR, 77 RBI, 0.1 WAR

UTL:
Clint Barmes - .232/.633, 98 G, 0.2 WAR
Jimmy Rollins - .224/.643, 71 R, 24 DBL, 13 HR, 41 RBI, 12 SB, -0.1 WAR

Outfield:
Marlon Byrd - .247/.743, 58 R, 25 DBL, 23 HR, 73 RBI, 1.5 WAR
Dexter Fowler - .250/.757, 102 R, 29 DBL, 8 TRPL, 17 HR, 46 RBI, 20 SB, 2.2 WAR
David Murphy - .283/.739, 38 R, 18 DBL, 10 HR, 50 RBI, 0.0 WAR
Austin Jackson - .267/.696, 56 R, 25 DBL, 9 HR, 48 RBI, 17 SB, 1.6 WAR

Lineup:
1. Dexter Fowler/RF
2. Austin Jackson/CF
3. Justin Morneau/1B
4. Marlon Byrd/LF
5. Pedro Alvarez/DH
6. David Freese/3B
7. Juan Uribe/2B
8. Ian Desmond/SS
9. Taylor Teagarden/C

Rotation:
Yovani Gallardo - 33 GS, 184.1 IP, 13-11, 3.42/1.42, 121 K, 4.1 WAR
Mat Latos - 24 G, 21 GS, 116.1 IP, 4-10, 4.95/1.31, 100 K, -1.5 WAR
Alfredo Simon - 31 G, 187 IP, 13-12, 5.05/1.44, 117 K, -0.7 WAR
Aaron Harang - 29 GS, 172.1 IP, 6-15, 4.86/1.39, 108 K, 0.7 WAR
Kyle Lohse - 37 G, 22 GS, 152.1 IP, 5-13, 5.85/1.46, 108 K -1.3 WAR
*It is believed that Mark Buehrle is retiring, therefore not in this rotation

Bullpen:
Tyler Clippard - 69 G, 71 IP, 64 K, 19 SV, 8 HLD, 2.92/1.13, 1.2 WAR
Blaine Boyer - 68 G, 65 IP, 33 K, 19 HLD, 2.49/1.25, 1.3 WAR
Matt Belisle - 34 G, 33.2 IP, 25 K, 8 HLD, 2.67/1.46, 0.8 WAR
Neal Cotts - 68 G, 63.1 IP, 58 G, 5 HLD, 3.41/1.26, 0.5 WAR
Franklin Morales - 67 G, 62.1 IP, 41 K, 8 HLD, 3.18/1.16, 0.7 WAR
Ryan Webb - 40 G, 50.2 IP, 31 K, 3.20/1.15, 0.6 WAR
Matt Thornton - 60 G, 41.1 IP, 23 K, 18 HLD, 2.18/1.07, 1.2 WAR

Monday, February 01, 2016

Phillies 2016 Bullpen Competition

Last week the Phillies plucked yet another pitcher off the waiver wire. This time it was lefty Bobby LaFramboise. He took the 40-man roster spot of injured former 1st round pick Jesse Biddle. With the addition of LaFramboise the bullpen competition has become even stiffer (that's what she said).  There are currently already 7 worthy candidates to take the 7 spots. Then there's a group of veterans on minor league contracts that have been effective in the past. And there's the group of minor league depth guys that are on the 40-man roster.  It's going to be interesting to see who opens the season in the bullpen.

Inside Track:
ERA/WHIP
Blue = 2015, Red = Career
Luis Garcia/R - 3.51/1.64, 3.94/1.66
Jeanmar Gomez/R - 3.01/1.33, 4.16/1.41
David Hernandez/R - 4.28/1.31, 4.15/1.32
Dalier Hinojosa/R - 0.73/1.05, Debuted in 2015
Hector Neris/R - 3.79/1.19, 3.70/1.16
Elvis Araujo/L - 3.38/1.39, Debuted in 2015
Brett Oberholtzer/L - 4.46/1.59, 3.94/1.33

Minor League Contract Veterans:
Andrew Bailey/R - 5.19/1.62, 2.74/1.08
Ernesto Frieri/R - 4.63/1.33, 3.55/1.23
Edward Mujica/R - 4.75/1.25, 3.85/1.17
James Russell/L - 5.29/1.50, 3.90/1.29

On 40 Man Roster:
Bobby LaFromboise/L - 1.13/0.75, 3.63/1.12
Mario Hollands/L - Injured last year, 4.40/1.40
Daniel Stumpf/L - Rule 5 pick, 3.21/1.18 in minors
Colton Murray/R - 5.87/1.70, 3.30/1.24 in minors
Michael Mariot/R - 6.11/1.68 in 19 MLB appearances 2014-2015
Jimmy Cordero/R - 3.58/1.42 in minors
Edubray Ramos/R - 3.12/1.15 in minors

Thursday, January 28, 2016

2016 Preview: Ryan Howard

 
As we move toward the 2016 season, let us take a look at each player on the roster and what a reasonably successful season would look like. We started with Aaron Nola. Our most recent entry was Jeremy Hellickson.

Name: Ryan Howard
Position:1B
Age: 37 in November
Bat/Throw: Left/Left
Number: 6
Experience: 1,460 games

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2016 preview: Jeremy Hellickson

 
As we move toward the 2016 season, let us take a look at each player on the roster and what a reasonably successful season would look like. We started with Aaron Nola. Our most recent entry was Freddy Galvis.

Name: Jeremy Hellickson
Position: P Age: 29 in April
Bat/Throw: Right/Right
Number: 58 in Arizona
Experience: 142 games


Monday, January 25, 2016

The Lowdown on David Lough

One position the Phillies are not in need of is the outfield, but nonetheless David Lough has been brought into the mix on a minor league pact.  With the starting 3 mapped out as Peter Bourjos, Odubel Herrera, and Aaron Altherr, reserves in the form of Cody Asche and Tyler Goeddel, minor league wunderkinds Nick Williams and Roman Quinn knocking on the door, and Darnell Sweeney on the 40-man roster, Lough's nothing more than a depth piece.  He's a good depth piece at that. Oh, and he's incredibly ripped!

Lough can play all outfield positions and at a high level, having graded out at 3.1 DWAR in parts of 4 MLB seasons with the Royals and Orioles.  His bat is less than ideal, but he's flashed promise here and there.  In 312 games, he's posted a .255/.672 line, being buoyed by a solid 2013-2014.

He's going to have a difficult time cracking the Phillies 25-man roster, but could be a legitimate 5th outfielder option should the Phils trade Cody Asche.  I am in favor of an Asche trade, because he is horrible defensively at both third base and left field.  His bat is average and he is still young at 25, but I'd rather see other players getting playing time heading forward.  Sending him packing for some sorta low level prospect might be what's best for Asche and the organization.

Monday, January 18, 2016

2016 Preview: Freddy Galvis


As we move toward the 2016 season, let us take a look at each player on the roster and what a reasonably successful season would look like. We started with Aaron Nola. Our most recent entry was Cameron Rupp.

Player 

Name: Freddy Galvis
Position: SS
Age: 27 in November
Bat/Throw:  Switch/Right
Number: 13
Experience: 322 games





Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 Preview: Cameron Rupp


As we move toward the 2016 season, let us take a look at each player on the roster and what a reasonably successful season would look like. We started with Aaron Nola. Our most recent entry was Aaron Altherr.


Player 

Name: Cameron Rupp
Position: C
Age: 28 in September
Bat/Throw:  Right/Right
Number: 29
Experience:103