The Phillies continue to stock their farm system with marginal players. New to the party on minor league deals are Dave Bush, David Purcey, and Steve Lerud.
Bush (player not trendy alt-rock band) is an 8 year vet of the Majors. He's pitched for the Blue Jays, Brewers, and Rangers compiling a 56-69 record to go along with a 4.70 ERA/1.31 WHIP. He ended last season with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and that's likely his destination again as he awaits a chance to spot start for a fallen member of the Phillies rotation. Fun fact- he was the winning pitcher for the only game Milwaukee took from the Phils in the 2008 NLDS.
Purcey is a former 1st round pick of the Blue Jays, but he's never come close to living up to the hype. In 4 seasons he owns a 5.38 ERA/1.56 WHIP with Toronto, Oakland, and Detroit. He has strikeout type stuff, but his control is poor. He'll be 30 years old next year, so maybe he'll "figure it out" yet. Doubtful.
Lerud is a career minor league catcher, playing in the Pittsburgh and Baltimore organizations for the past 8 years. He's only 27, but has only played 9 games at Triple-A and his bat is weak (.221/.665). Hey, somebody's got to catch the pitches I suppose.