Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The Problem with Daniel Stumpf

That drug abusing, Rule 5 pick, left-handed reliever Daniel Stumpf is set to be activated on Sunday from his 80 game PED suspension. A corresponding roster move must be made. But who should be demoted? Severino Gonzalez is the likely candidate, but is it the right move?
Stumpf is 25 years old and only appeared in 3 games before being dealt his consequence. In those 3 games he sucked - 40.50 ERA and 4.50 WHIP. Small sample size for sure, but I like being judgmental. In 5 "rehab" appearances with Single & Double-A, he put up a 3.86 ERA and 0.86 WHIP, but that's against much easier competition. Basically, I don't feel the Phillies should waste a roster spot on him for the entire season just because he's a Rule 5 pick and a lefty.

Gonzalez isn't amazing or anything, but I think he has a brighter future than Stumpf and is currently more valuable to the Phillies roster. He's 23 years old and can pitch multiple innings in relief, spot start if need be, and has almost identical minor league numbers to Stumpf. (Stumpf in 5 minor league seasons - 3.22/1.18, Gonzalez in 6 minor league seasons - 3.33/1.11, but has pitched in AAA, which Stumpf hasn't).

The even bigger issue isn't who Stumpf replaces on the active 25-man roster, it's who's place does he take on the 40-man roster. The answer could still be Gonzalez or a host of other guys toiling in the minors - Luis Garcia, Mike Mariot, Colton Murray, David Buchanan, or Elvis Araujo. My pick is Buchanan, who has taken a nosedive since pitching adequately in his rookies season of 2014. He was terrible with a 6.99 ERA in 15 starts last year with the Phils and has a 4.77 ERA currently with IronPigs.

10 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Phillies putting some pressure on Jenkins early, but coming up empty handed. C'mon Phils, keep the winning streak going!

ripjgarcia said...

you know who I vote to remove from the 40 man roster, right?

GM-Carson said...

Well, Ryan Howard would be the answer, but Phillies won't do it.

Phillies playing sloppy today. Bad base running, wasted opportunities, errors, bleh.

GM-Carson said...

Time to rebrand Frank's Red Hot as Franco's Red Hot. 4 straight games with a homerun and hitting very well overall over the last week or so.

rslitman said...

Another possibility- offer Stumpf back to the team from which he was selected. I think it was the Royals. That team would have to pay $25,000 of the $50,000 the Phillies paid them for Stumpf. If they refuse, the Phillies no longer have to keep Stumpf on the 25-man roster.

rslitman said...

Another possibility- offer Stumpf back to the team from which he was selected. I think it was the Royals. That team would have to pay $25,000 of the $50,000 the Phillies paid them for Stumpf. If they refuse, the Phillies no longer have to keep Stumpf on the 25-man roster.

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