Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Down on the farm
Here's some savory news from the minors. Well, in the Phillies case it's not all that tasty, in fact it's not like Bob Evans at all, more like crappy burgers from the defunct Hot-n-Now. For crying out loud, White Castle has better food than that. Anyway, here are some sausage links, I mean players I've chosen to single out from the Phils system in AAA.
Coste, Sanches, Mathieson, and Roberson. Mathieson should be given a shot at securing a rotation spot for next year, and I would like to see him earn just that. Sanches is auditioning for next seasons pen. Roberson, by my analysis, sucks! His minor league #'s are good, but hasn't shown jack squat in call ups this season. Coste should be given every opportunity to be next year's backup catcher and even 2nd string corner infielder.
Bourn (23), Smith (27), Condrey (30), Brito (27), Ruiz (27), Floyd (23), Germano (23), Scales (28), Cameron (28), Mazone (30), and Thurston (26). Bourn is the player that excites me most in the Phillies system, and I would like to see Rowand traded and Bourn given the chance to man CF and bat leadoff. Hell, if Gillick is going with the overhaul idea, ya need to go full throttle! Smith, acquired in Abreu/Lidle trade, has the ability to be a quality left handed reliever for the Phils. Condrey, Brito, and Floyd have all had their shot with the Phils. Condrey could man next season's long man in the pen, but I've definitely seen enough of Brito and Floyd. It is worth mentioning that Floyd is still young, but I just can't see him succeeding in Philly. Ruiz should be part of the catching duo next season along with Coste, and bat them 8th and be happily surprised by production. If Wolf or Lieber go, Germano has shot at rotation next spring. I like Scales for no particular reason and just want him to get called up come September, and same goes for Thurston. Cameron just keeps pitching in the minors for the Phils and possibly will get a chance to see if he's worth anything come September. Mazone came out of nowhere to pitch brilliantly this season. He's old at 30, but who knows, maybe the Phils could actually get lucky for once and find a diamond in the rough. Well, probably not a diamond but at least a cubic zirconium.
I'm glad old dudes with big salaries are on the way out, but I don't want to see the money saved going towards anymore disastrous Franklin or Nunez type signings. Use your minors to fill out some of the bullpen and bench spots, and possibly even CF and C. Although not sexy, and outfield of Burrell, Dellucci, Victorino, and Bourn could be as productive as Abreu, Burrell, and Rowand. Problem is, you need a smart enough manager to mix-n-match properly, something Manuel just isn't known for.
*If there is a guy in Scranton I left off this list and you think deserves a mention, then by all means go ahead and speak up!