Monday, September 14, 2015

Phillies Refill Chase Quota, Call Up d'Arnaud

If you watched the Phillies game yesterday, you knew Cesar Hernandez's season was over after seeing his effed up thumb from the collision with Anthony Rizzo.  He's been placed on the 60-day DL.  See ya in 2016.

This opened up a spot on the 40-man roster and the Phils have gifted that to Chase d'Arnaud.  He is the older brother of Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who was once a top prospect in the Phillies system.  The Phillies have a long record of having the wrong brother, so this just continues that trend.  Travis is batting .296/.920 this season and is on his way to stardom.  Chase has played for Pittsburgh in parts of the 2011, 2012, and 2014 seasons.  He's a career .208/.507 hitter in 64 MLB games.  He's been better in the minors, having hit .268/.671 for the IronPigs this year, playing mostly SS, but is quite capably of playing almost any position on the diamond.  Possibly the only positive coming out of all this...he'll be a Phucco (Phillies + Bucco = Phucco).  This also fills their "Chase" quota, which has been lacking since Utley departed.

15 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Chase struck out in his Phils debut. Travis went deep for the Mets. Ugh...

GM-Carson said...

I hate Jayson Werth. You're in your mid-30's and not in Nickleback. Cut your f'n hair and shave your stupid hipster beard.

Andrew said...

Nothing looks uglier and, frankly, less comfortable than the hair choices Werth has made. Even this was a better choice than the caveman beard:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bf/JaysonWerth.jpg

Bob D said...

Howard left the clubhouse on crutches. I guess Ruf will get a bit more playing time now. Is there anyone left in AAA to call up?

GM-Carson said...

Wonder if he has a broken kneecap?

Beer-a-Thon said...

Morgan, Eickhoff, and Nola can all be counted on for the rotation next year. They'll all suffer their lumps like they have this season, but hopefully continue to progress.

David Buchanan and Alec Asher appear to be completely overmatched. Need more Triple-A seasoning.

Bob D said...

Now since most veterans have departed, the way the team makes trade will likely change as well. Gone will be veterans for prospects, instead players who are under 30 will likely comprise of most trades. Cesar Hernandez had a really good year, however he may be a prime candidate to trade for a valuable player. It would be a sell high type of trade to help improve elsewhere (whereas an Asche trade would be a sell low trade). He is the least versatile middle infielder on the team with Sweeney, Galvis, and Blanco all as capable replacements. At some point next year Crawford may push Galvis off SS as starter and if so it would create a glut in middle of infield. Ideally Sweeney shows to be the best second baseman and Blanco and Galvis fall into utility IF. So it may behoove the new GM to look or entertain such trade possibilities to improve the team. A 2B who can field adequately with good average and OB% and good speed to steal 20+ a year would be valuable. Or it could be Galvis being traded or the GM just chooses to hold on to all going into the year.

Andrew said...

Why do people keep saying Sweeney is a good player. So far he's been miserable and I don't see any future for him on this team. Not based on MLB performance so far, at least.

rslitman said...

I read the wrong brothers article to which you linked. I knew of most of them, but the Quinlans were new to me. One pair that you missed are Marty and Tommy Barrett. Marty was the Red Sox starting 2nd baseman in the mid-1980s, including the 1986 AL champs. Tommy, also a 2nd baseman, was a Phillies farmhand around that time. The players union had agreed to allow a team to carry just 24 players, although 25 were still permitted. Of course, teams went with 24. Tommy Barrett was the last cut at the end of spring training multiple times during the 24-man era.

In all fairness, the Phillies did have at least one right brother. I am old enough to have grown up in the Washington, DC, area when there was still a team called the Senators. Near the end of their tenure there, they had a player named Hank Allen. Allen was definitely the wrong brother. His brother was a star with the Phillies and White Sox.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Sweeney can play acceptable defense at multiple positions and has a nice power/speed combo. He hasn't been that great so far, but it's a very small sample size.

My biggest issue was bringing Jerome Williams in the 8th inning with a 1 run lead. Seriously?! Dude shouldn't even be on the team, let alone protecting a 1 run lead. Hate this pitching staff.

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