Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Who is Chris Snelling?

You may or may not agree with all the moves Pat Gillick has made this offseason, but you do need to recognize he is being active and not just standing pat. The turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes haven't even been plated yet and Patty G has already landed this club a new closer (Lidge), utility infielder (Bruntlett), starting pitcher (Myers), and retained a valuable left-handed reliever (Romero)...and now he has added some insurance in the outfield. The insurance's name- Chris Snelling. Who? Don't worry, he's Australian. Gillick purchased Snelling for cash consideration off of those cheap bastards in Tampa Bay, after they just claimed him off waivers on October 25th (remember last year when the Rays sold us Bobby Livingston after they claimed him off of waivers and then the deal was revoked by MLB...let's hope it doesn't happen again). Snelling was once a hyped prospect coming up through the minors with Seattle, that was until he suffered a brutal leg injury. Since his MLB debut in 2002, he's bounced back and forth between the minors and majors. Spanning parts of 4 seasons in the majors with Seattle, Oakland, and Washington, he's managed to only wiggle his way into 89 games, while posting a .240 avg. and .737 OPS. His minor league stats suggest if given a chance he could become a productive extra outfielder or perhaps more (he is only 25 years old). Over 9 minor league seasons he has a .311 avg. with a .857 OPS. I'll be pissed if this is the 4th outfielder to platoon with Werth in RF, but I'm happy if this move was to simply add depth to the organization in Triple A...the verdict is still out on this move.

~Carson

16 comments:

SirAlden said...

Chris Snelling was the top position player in the Seattle Organization in 2005, Batting .370 with an on base of almost .500. He knows how to take a pitch and get on base.

Here is the question, that has always confused me. IF he is healthy and we want to send him to AAA, how and where can we go and easily see if he or any other player still has options. Or do they have to pass through waivers.

I do not think we can send Chris Snelling to AAA. Same is true with Durbin as well. The IRON PIGS our AAA's opening season will not have much in the way of talent to start them off. Do not know where I can easily go research who on the 40 Man Roster has to go through waivers.

This said just Google Chris Snelling. In the articles, people adored his talents he was born in Miami but grew up in Australia, great eye, a leader, the works. The kind of drooling press we would give an UTLEY. I love these kinds of redemption stories. Shane Victorino is one of them.

SirAlden said...

"Snelling, 24, is the clear-cut best hitter in the system and still draws some comparisons to the likes of Lenny Dykstra and Tony Gwynn. Snelling’s inability to stay off the disabled list is his only problem."

"The Mariners's Offensive Prospect of the Year: Chris Snelling .370/.452/.553, 8 HR, 46 RBI, 36 BB, 43 K

Snelling’s season was cut short by promotion and injury but the 23-year-old was far and away the best hitter in the system this season. Snelling could probably hit .300 right handed with a napkin in his lap."

Considered the best postion prospect in the Mariners System in 2005.

SirAlden said...

I think we got him from Tampa Bay because they knew they were going to lose him in the Rule 5 Draft, because they did not have a spot on the 40 man Roster, and a spot to keep him in the majors all season.

The Phillies always loved oft-injured Rocco Baldelli of Tampa Bay, and his cost to Tampa is way up this year. Maybe this Snelling trade is the start of something bigger between the Phightin's and the Ray's

furiousBall said...

I am still scratching my head over the Lowell offer. Why offer that kind of money to Lowell instead of Rowand, who is younger, better defensively (IMHO), arguably better at the plate (just based on last year's numbers), good for the clubhouse, and loved by the fans?

I don't get it.

GM-Carson said...

Rowand wants ridiculous years and cash that I think the Phils would be foolish to offer. Fence-Face is a good guy to have on a team, but not at the cost of 14 mil per season like he wants...his career year was last season. I know he's ballsy and a blue-collar player, but he simply wants to much in terms of contract.

GM-Carson said...

Jimmy Rollins may have won the NL MVP yesterday, but Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and even Aaron Rowand also got consideration on the ballot.

Bob D said...

The offer to Lowell suggests that the Phils are willing to spend not the reported 10-12 million but rather 20-24 million more. That would land either a 3B, 1 SP, 1 RP or and OF, 1 SP, 1 RP. With Arod and Lowell gone, then Rowand may be plan B (ARod not even being considered). Gillick won't show his hand until he moves - that is why the secretecy of the Lowell offer.

Snelling - sounds like last years moves with Karim Garcia, Gregg Dobbs, and Rod Barajas. Pulling someone off another teams scrap heap to see if you get a gem like Dobbs did this year.

Expect maybe a few more of those moves.

GM-Carson said...

Snelling hasn't gotten a steady diet of MLB pitching yet, so it's difficult to analyze his ability in the bigs. However, he's ripped up in the minors, and because he is still young this could prove to be a good pick up.

GM-Carson said...

The Phillies are one of the 10 teams interested in Trop Percival. It's doubtful they can land him though, because other clubs will be offering him the closer job while here he'd only be in the mixture to set-up.

GM-Carson said...

Big news- the Phils have supposedly offered contracts to both Randy Wolf and Hiroki Kuroda. I always liked Wolf, and if healthy he's a good pitcher...problem being health. I would like to also see the Phils land Kuroda, but he's unproven against MLB hitters and that's dangerous territory.

GM-Carson said...

Other pitchers on the Phils radar according MLBTradeRumors.com- Matt Clement, Kris Benson,Mike Wood, Jon Lieber, Bartolo Colon, Kenny Rogers, Livan Hernandez, Mark Prior, Shawn Chacon, Joe Kennedy, Brian Fuentes, and A.J. Burnett.

It at least seems like Gillick is trying to upgrade the pitching staff.

Bob D said...

Kudaro would be a good pick up. If he signs both Wolf and Kudaro that gives them an extra pitcher, maybe paving the way to another trade. Kendrick is likely the most tradable pitcher that would bring a good return back (Fuentes or a 3B). Or the team will enter next year with that extra pitcher as they always seem to need 6 or more starters.

BloodStripes said...

Snelling is a good pickup because he is an AUSSIE! No worries boys. Given a chance the Aussie will produce. Good to see some talent from down here finally reqaching the Phils. Will be watching him closely. At least he has upside being young. Just needs to stay healthy.

BloodStripes said...

Even though he was born in Florida we're still claiming him as an Aussie.

GM-Carson said...

If you've lived in Australia long enough to pick up the accent, then you're an Aussie.

Brad Harmon is an Aussie too in the Phils minor league system and was just promoted to their 40 man roster.

BloodStripes said...

Wow, two Aussies on the 40 man roster. Thats good going.