Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Expanded Roster & 6-Man Rotation

With September upon us and the minor league seasons coming to a close, the rosters have expanded.  Erik Kratz/C, Colton Murray/RP, Dalier Hinojosa/RP, Nefi Ogando/RP, David Buchanan/SP, Ken Roberts/RP and Brian Bogusevic/OF are the lucky group to be summoned to the active MLB roster.

Buchanan will step into the rotation and take the ball every sixth day.  Yep, the Phillies are going to a 6-man rotation in order to protect their young arms.  Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, Alec Asher, Aaron Harang, Adam Morgan, and David Buchanan will be toeing the slab for the remainder of the 2015 season in the starting rotation.

Domonic Brown's Phils career may be over.  He suffered a concussion on an errant attempt at a catch last week and is likely done for the season.  He's making $2.6M this season and is due for a raise next year, but he's unproductive and probably won't be tendered a contract.

Maikel Franco recently tested out his ailing wrist and it didn't respond the way he had hoped.  His rookie season is likely over, with Asche and Blanco manning 3rd base to close out the year.


Andrew said...

don't forget Adam Morgan in the rotation

GM-Carson said...

Oops. Fixed.

Rob F said...

Awesome outing by Nola. Can't help but think that he is a future star.

GM-Carson said...

Nola has tremendous mound presence. He is wise beyond his years. He will be successful, he doesn't know how to not to be.

GM-Carson said...

Odubel Herrera has been a great pickup. He's a pure hitter. He plays good defense, hits for average, has some pop, flashes speed. Nice all-around player. If he learns a bit of plate discipline, he'll be unstoppable.

1. Cesar Hernandez/2B
2. Odubel Herrera/CF
3. Maikel Franco/3B
4. Ryan Howard/Darin Ruf/1B
5. Aaron Altherr/RF
6. Darnell Sweeney/LF
7. Cameron Rupp/C
8. Freddy Galvis/SS

Bench - Carlos Ruiz/C, Andres Blanco/UTL, Cody Asche/3B/LF.

Ideally they find a take for Chooch and bring up Knapp or Lino. Dom should be ixnayed. Wouldn't be surprised to see Frenchy back, but they don't need him and shouldn't be counted on for a repeat performance. Sweeney has something special. He, Altherr, and Odubel all have the speed element and to varying degrees, power. All three also play solid defense. I think the 3 of them could have he makings of something good.

ripjgarcia said...

Great bounceback by Nola after gettin smacked around least weak. #maturity

Bob D said...

And with that win the Phils eliminate Braves from wildcard contention and keep their own playoff hopes alive. The magic number is 2 for the division for the Phillies (before elimination) meaning they need to win 27 in a row while Mets lose 27 in a row.

So I'm telling you that there is a chance!

Bob D said...

Nola does not look like a #3 pitcher as some say he is, that is only league average. He looks more like an above average pitcher with a chance to be an ace. Thompson is another (in AA) who I understand could be an above average pitcher. If the team can get those two and at least two of the other half a dozen pitching prospects scattered between AA, AAA, & majors then they have a good foundation for a rotation in the making. That doesn't even count on Kilome, Pinto, and other possible top prospects in lower levels.

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