Sunday, August 23, 2015

Love 4 Blanco & 2016 Roster

Let's celebrate Andres Blanco.  Over the past two years he's played all over the infield and hit extremely well for a utility guy.  In 96 games he's hit .295/.875 with a 1.8 WAR.  That's great production from someone signed to a minor league contract in each season. He remains under team control through 2016, so expect him to be back in the same capacity next year.
Speaking of next year, it's good to see some more players getting a chance to showcase their talents before 2015 is over (Altherr, Eickhoff, and Sweeney recently).

Looking at the current roster gives some insight into 2016's.

C - Cameron Rupp & Carlos Ruiz 
1B - Ryan Howard
2B - Cesar Hernandez
SS - Freddy Galvis
3B - Maikel Franco
UTL - Andres Blanco, Darnell Sweeney & Darin Ruf/OF/1B
OF - Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, Cody Asche & Domonic Brown 
SP - Aaron Nola, Adam Morgan & Jerad Eickhoff
RP - Ken Giles, Hector Neris, Elvis Araujo, Luis Garcia, Jeanmar Gomez & Dalier Hinojosa

I wouldn't be surprised to see Alec Asher get a handful of starts in September.  Domonic Brown is a non-tender candidate. Kelly Dugan is knocking on the door in Triple-A, but the Phillies outfield is already filled with youth that need consistent at bats.


22 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Blanco with another double. He's been great!

GM-Carson said...

Great pitching by Nola today.

GM-Carson said...

I'd like to see Chooch traded this offseason. I know return would be minimum and Phillies would have eat large portion of his contract, but it would allow for Lino or Knapp to split time with Rupp.

Andrew said...

Agreed. We all love Chooch but at this point he's just blocking the way for some potentially major talent coming up. For me personally, the Utley and Hamels moves were the most emotional with Jimmy coming in third. Chooch and Howard, if possible, should be moved and I won't mind at this point. Time for the kids to come up!

GM-Carson said...

Howard isn't blocking anyone though. Unless they'll try Ruf there full-time or a platoon with Kelly Dugan. Brock Stassi has had a great season for Reading. Makes consistent contact and hits for average. More of a Mark Grace type first baseman than a prototypical slugger.

Bob D said...

Brock Stassi is in AA, meaning he will likely need some AAA time to at least start the year. What is exciting is that he, Knapp, Williams, Crawford and Quinn have had good to very good years in AA Reading and should be in AAA to start or shortly afterward. And on top of that they are all good prospects. Add in Lino and Dugan who have been promoted already to AAA after good AA year - note they both haven't hit well for AAA yet. AAA Leigh High could be a very exciting team to watch 2016.

If Sweeney and Altherr have a good finish this year then both Brown and possibly Asche could be gone. Ruf will have a likely make it or break it year next year.

Andrew said...

Maybe there's no heir apparent to 1B yet, but isn't that the easiest position on the field? We have a surplus of potentially good OF players. Maybe one of them can switch to 1B to get playing time.

Bob D said...

5 Years ago today Ryan Howard was tossed by Scott Barry in a 16 inning game featuring Roy Oswalt playing left field. I was so mad about Barry tossing Howard it was so unprofessional of him as he the umpire showed emotion.

ripjgarcia said...

yup.. that was one of the worst displays of umpriring I can remember.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWFtTi4wEvw

Beer-a-Thon said...

How in the holy hell do you give up 7 homeruns to the Mets? This pitching staff is the worst!

Andrew said...

deFratus and Loewen have got to go. They're done. I'll give Neris a pass this one time. Bring up two youngsters and let the auditions continue.

GM-Carson said...

Neris was very good, minus yesterday's meltdown.

DeFratus has been atrocious all season. Worst reliever in MLB. Loewen is a lost cause. I agree, time to concentrate on the youngsters.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Howard is a strikeout away from The Howard and essential a Phillies win.

Bob D said...

With Francoeur being pulled back off waivers I would expect him back next year. I would think the OF will also consist of Herrera, Altherr, and Sweeney(also for infield). I think Brown is gonna be let go and Asche is prime trade candidate. Dugan, Quinn, and Williams are all players who may arrive later in year but not likely out of spring training.

Howard with the Howard + walk.

Bullpen which was a strength needs some rebuilding. Giles has been good with Araujo, Garcia, Gomez having some success but some inconsistent.

Bob D said...

But at least Cesar Jimenez is pitching well, oh wait he was let go...

GM-Carson said...

Having a second lights out reliever is a must. Giles is the only one that fits that criteria. Double Luis Garcia can be that. Maybe Neris or Araujo with more improvement. Would be nice for some other minor league guys to get a chance and stop wasting time on DeFratus and Loewen.

Bob D said...

Williams to bullpen, Ascher to start Sunday, Ogando replaces Araujo who went on DL

Beer-a-Thon said...

Things are happening.

Araujo was alright this year. Hope he comes back healthy next year and continues to progress.

Asher is exciting. I think he's better than Eickhoff and Eickhoff is decent.

Nola, Asher, Eickhoff, and Morgan is a nice young rotation with upside. Biddle is shitting the bed in Triple-A. Perhaps Lively or Eflin for 5th spot. I can't deal with anymore Kevin Correia, Jerome Williams, Sean O'Sullivan shit fests.

Bob D said...

That Nola kid seems to be OK. Just 5-1, not bad for a mid rotation starter.

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