Monday, November 10, 2014

Canzler Re-Signed & Giles 4th in R.O.Y. Voting

Russ Canzler has been re-signed to a minor league contract. He last saw MLB action in 2012 with the Indians and previously in 2011 with the Rays.  He's hit .271/.700 in 29 games.  Canzler is now 28 years old and has been impressive in the minors.  He has the ability to play corner infield and outfield and  hit for a decent average with some pop.  In 11 minor league seasons, he's hit .275/.807 with 256 doubles, 131 homeruns, and 604 RBI.  Based on those numbers, his age, and alright production in a small sample size in the Majors, I'd like to see him given an opportunity for a bench spot with the Phillies in 2015.  Far lesser players have been give far greater chances (I'm looking at you Michael Martinez!).

Rookie sensation and future closer, Ken Giles, finished 4th in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting.  He was 3-1 in 44 games, spanning 45.2 innings with 64 strikeouts a 1.18 ERA and 0.79 WHIP.  Had the 24 year old power pitcher been up the entire season, he'd have likely placed higher in the voting.