Friday, December 12, 2014

Phillies New Rule 5 Gems

Say hello to Andy Oliver and Odubel Herrera.  And as quickly as you greet them, you might just say adios shortly there after, because neither may last past Spring Training.  The life of a Rule 5 pick is glib. They spend time rotting away in the minor leagues, to then get a small glimmer of hope from a savior for a franchise, to probably being sent right back to the same organization they were rotting away in.  All in a matter of months.  Then again, maybe these two guys will stick.

Andy Oliver is an erratic lefty that recently switched to relief.  Originally drafted in the 2nd round in 2009 by the Tigers and even made 7 starts for them over two seasons (2010 & 2011).  The Phillies selected him from the Pirates in the Rule 5 draft yesterday.  In Triple-A last year, he made 48 appearances, amassing 64 innings and 85 strikeouts with a  2.53 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 13 saves.  Those numbers seem promising for the 27 year old.  However, he's averaged 5.8 walks per 9 innings over his minor league career, and that number has actually gotten worse over the past 3 seasons (247 BB in 306.1 IP, 7.3 BB/9).  Amaro is hoping he'll magically fix his control issues and turn into a reliable bullpen piece. 

Odubel Herrera will soon turn 23 and hasn't played above Double-A.  Over 6 minor league seasons in the Rangers organization, he's hit .294/.730 with little extra base power, but decent on base skills.  He has played second base primarily, along with subpar shortstop, and a little outfield.  It seems he has some speed, racking up 128 stolen bases, but he's also been caught stealing 50 times.  Not sure how this guy will actually help the Phillies in 2015 or beyond.  Seems like a waste of a $50,000 drafting fee.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I Just Don't Know...

Jimmy Rollins, a Top 20 shortstop in Major League Baseball history, a possible Hall of Famer, and a Philadelphia Phillies franchise stalwart has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. For what? I just don't know. It's likely Amaro took his typical fleecing and whatever returns to Philly is a package of crap that are about as useful as a fart in a bathtub. I'm sad. I'm mad. I'm disgusted. I hate Ruben Amaro Jr. A tribute to J-Roll is forthcoming, but I need time to marinate on this before posting.

In other news, Antonio Bastard is set to become a Phucco (Phillies + Bucco = Phucco), as he was sent to Pittsburgh for a minor league pitcher named Joely Rodriguez.  He's a lefty that pitches to contact (only 5.3 K/9 in 441.1 IP) and hasn't done anything noteworthy aside from a nice 2013 (2.70 ERA over 26 starts).  Doubt he ever makes an impart and quite possibly never a MLB debut.  Yeah Amaro!  Idiot.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Amaro: Dumber, Stupid, Brain Cramp?

Who here thinks Amaro is dumb, stupid, etc.?  All of you; that's what I thought.  Pat Gillick doesn't think so...
"Because I've got confidence in him. He didn't all of a sudden get dumber. People don't want to hear this, but there were five years from 2007-11 [with success], and the last year in 2011, we won 102 games. He didn't all of a sudden get stupid the last three years. There were just a lot of factors to factor in there. And it isn't what you've done in the past, it's what are you doing for us now. And we haven't done anything the last three years. But as far as him getting a brain cramp or something, it hasn't happened. I have confidence in him. I've got his back." ~Pat Gillick

Friday, December 05, 2014

Nothing to Blog About

As loyal reader Bob D put it - "This team has stopped doing anything. No moves at trade deadline (except Mayberry), only 2 re-signed (Jerome Williams and Grady Sizemore), and several minor league signings. But no trades or bigger free agents. Next week is the Winter Meetings, which I do expect for something to be done, but so far any change hasn't really happened."
Hence, Thus, Therefore, nothing to blog about. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Two More Minor League Signings

Missed in the hoopla of the breaking Chris Nelson news, were two more minor league contract signings.  Cord Phelps and Rene Garcia now join the Phillies organization in hopes of starting a new dynasty.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Drip, drip, drip...sarcasm.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Phelps is a former highly regarded prospect with the Indians, but hasn't done much of anything at the MLB level in parts of 4 seasons, batting only .155/.457 in 56 games.  Cord, who is set to turn 28 years old in January, has played every position in the minors, save catcher and center field.  Over the past 5 years in Triple-A he's been decent, hitting .281/.820 in 462 games.  Once again, nothing but added depth here.

Garcia is a 24 year old catcher snatched out of the Astros franchise.  A lifetime .258/.635 hitter in 7 minor league seasons with a 35% caught stealing rate.  Too young to call a likely minor league lifer, especially given that a no-talent ass-clown like Michael Martinez got multiple opportunities in the Majors.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Phillies Land Well Traveled Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson is an everywhere man, in that he plays all over the infield and all over the map.  By signing a minor league contract with the Phillies, Nelson has joined his sixth organization since the beginning of 2013. 

Nelson began his career in Colorado in 2010 and has since played for the Yankees, Angels, and Padres totaling 282 games while batting .265/.699 with a -2.3 WAR.  His lone good season came with the Rockies in 2012 (.301/.810 in 111 games).  The 29 year old is versatile, but doesn't play any position well, and hasn't shown the power/speed combo he displayed early in his minor league days (19 HR/27 SB in 2007 in Single-A).  Nonetheless, he provides another bench option for the Phillies in 2015 and depth in the minors.  Is it me, or are the Phillies becoming an organization filled with these type of Quad-A players?