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.

9 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Not sure how many of you thought about this yet, but currently Freddy Galvis is the Phillies starting shortstop in 2015. He of a career .259 on base % (514 at bats).

Depressing.

Bob D said...

Oliver will have the hardest time sticking, however the Phillies may still retain him via trade or Pirates refusing to pay the $25,000 to reclaim. He would be good as AAA insurance for the pen. Oh his stats sound very much like Aumont.

Herrera sounds like Cesar Hernandez type of player. I do predict that he will stay on the team. He does have some shortstop experience but reviews are mixed on him. But the team really needs someone who can hit and get on base.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Andres Blanco, Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez, and Odubel Herrera competition for SS. Oh, so exciting!

Bob D said...

Posting begins this week for Kang, a 27 year old Korean Shortstop/3rd baseman who hit 39 homers this year. Wonder if the Phils would take a chance on him. Rumor has it at 3 years $24million plus the posting fee.

He could end up as a bust or a good find. Won't necessarily block Crawford but would vie for time with Galvis.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Ben Rowen just DFA'd by Texas. Career 1.72 ERA in 5 minor league seasons. Get him!

Andrew said...

This waiting to hear if the Rollins deal goes through is annoying me. They're dragging on this already painful (to us) event...

Robert Dalton said...

I know, I'm just about dead by holding my breath on this

Andrew said...

Does anyone really think Eflin or Windle develop to be anything more than Kyle Kendrick? I still feel really off about this trade. I hate trading for "prospects."

GM-Carson said...

I hate trading for prospects so low in the minors. Neither of their numbers seem all that great. Hope they pan out, but we know Amaro sucks at evaluating youngins.