Sunday, April 05, 2015

Phillies 2015 Opening Day 25-Man Roster

Behold the most uninspiring 25-man roster to don Phillies uniforms since the scabs of the 1994 strike.

Carlos Ruiz & Cameron Rupp

Ryan Howard/1B, Chase Utley/2B, Freddy Galvis/SS, Cody Asche/3B, Andres Blanco/UTL, Cesar Hernandez/UTL & Darin Ruf/1B/OF

Ben Revere, Odubel Herrera, Grady Sizemore & Jeff Francoeur

Cole Hamels, Aaron Harang, David Buchanan & Jerome Williams

Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, Dustin McGowan, Cesar Jimenez, Jeanmar Gomez, Luis Garcia & Justin DeFratus

*McGowan is the new kid on the block, no not Donnie Wahlberg.  He was released by the Dodgers last week, but quickly inked a MLB deal with the Phils.  He'll serve as the 8th man in the bullpen until a 5th starter is needed.  Dustin spent his entire career with the Toronto Blue Jays, racking up 25-27 record, 482.1 innings, 392 strikeouts, a 4.57 ERA, and a 1.38 WHIP over 7 seasons north of the border.

*Jeff Francoeur does not belong on a MLB roster.  Over the past 2 seasons with the Royals, Giants, and Padres he's posted a .511 OPS (ranked 439 out of 442 MLB players with 250+ plate appearances from 2013-2014).  Frenchy didn't exactly light it up during Spring Training either (.227/.523).

*Another player that has no business on a MLB roster is Cesar Hernandez.  He's out of options, so the Phils would risk losing him, but he only hit .143/.482 this Spring (8 for 56).  Yikes!


GM-Carson said...

Ryan Madson has made the Royals Opening Day roster. When he appears in a game, it will his first MLB action since 2011 with the Phillies.

rslitman said...

Dustin McGowan wore #29 with the Blue Jays - Joe Carter's old number.

Jeff Francouer was my personal choice for NL Rookie of the Year in 2005. The winner that year also has not done so well lately. His most memorable at-bat against the Phillies was as a Met on August 23, 2009, against Brad Lidge. No outs, 2 on base, Phillies up by 2 in the bottom of the 9th. He ended the game with one swing of the bat. Hmm, sounds like Joe Carter, on another 23rd of the month. If only Carter had hit into a triple play against Mitch Williams.