Monday, March 07, 2016

Spring Training- What We've "Learned" So Far

Daniel Stumpf is the best Rule 5 draftee ever!  Not only should he make the team, but he shouldn't just be relegated to the lefty specialist role...hand him the keys to the closer's Corvette.

Aaron Nola is a wannabe.  C'mon, dude (or should I say "dud") gave up 4 runs in 2 innings and has an unsightly 18.00 ERA.  Clearly not ready to handle MLB action, send him back down to Rookie ball.

Edubray Ramos has NO control!  5 walks in a mere 2.1 innings.  His 2014 - 2015 walk rates must be a outlier (2.1 walks per 9 innings pitched).

Cedric Hunter may be an unknown minor league lifer now, but come April he'll become a MLB superstar.  How could he not be with 6 RBI and a 1.036 OPS through 5 Grapefruit League games?

Watching yesterday's game against the Yankees, I couldn't help but think "This is likely Charlie Morton's best start of the season."  Glad I tuned into the meaningless game.

Ryan Howard is going to go hitless for the entire 2016 season, but Pete Mackanin plays him everyday regardless, due to "what he's meant to the organization".  Then the Phillies do the unthinkable and actually pickup Howard's 2017 option, claiming "he's due for a rebound".

The Phillies are 3-3 through the first week of Spring Training games.  That equates to an 81-81 record over the course of an entire season.  Seems legit.

For those of you that haven't been able to decipher the amount of cynicism in my writing, shame on you.


GM-Carson said...

Dalier Hinojosa better make the 25-man roster. He was great last year, albeit with a small sample size, and has been good recently in the minors and has been good so far this spring. Phils might have gotten a steal from the BoSox on the waiver wire.

GM-Carson said...

Altherr to miss 4~6 months due to wrist surgery. This sucks! Really think he was going to put up 15 HR/15 SB this season.

Bob D said...

I realized the cynicism when I read Howard's 2017 option picked up because he is due for a rebound. Altherr's injury could open a spot for Sweeney or another AAAA outfielder until Williams/Quinn are ready later in the year.

GM-Carson said...

Sweeney could be a useful player in the Majors, but he still needs regular at bats.

Peter Bourjos just doesn't make sense to me. He can't hit, hasn't for all but 1 year. His defense has slipped too.

I'd much rather see Goeddel, Herrera, and Sweeney get the majority of playing time with Asche and Bourjos mixed in.

Bob D said...

I could see Herrera play CF with Asche (lefty)/Goeddel (righty) and Bourjos (righty)/Sweeney (switch hitter) splitting time in the corners. Also Sweeney getting time at second and possibly SS and third at times. If that happens he will get regular at bats. If not then send him to AAA for starts every day. Just remember Phillies have 1st waiver wire claim thru end of April and many players get cut or exposed to waivers at end of Spring Training. There could be another diamond in the rough via waivers or trade.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Yes, it's only Spring Training, but I'm liking that the Phillies are 7-3 and scoring runs. It's encouraging.

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