Tagged: AA Reading

Phillies Add More Non-Roster Invitees

In mid-November, the Phillies invited 12 players to Spring Training as non-roster invitees.  Today they announced seven more NRI’s will join the group for a total of 19.

The previous 12 announced are as follows:

  • Josh Barfield, INF
  • Eddie Bonine, RHP
  • Tagg Bozied, INF/OF
  • Ryan Feierabend, LHP
  • Erik Kratz, C
  • Jeff Larish, INF
  • Dan Meyer, LHP
  • Matt Miller, OF
  • Brandon Moss, OF
  • Pete Orr, INF
  • Juan Perez, LHP
  • Dane Sardinha, C

The additional seven will be:

  • Brian Bass, RHP
  • Tuffy Gosewisch, C
  • Joel Naughton, C
  • Robb Quinlan, INF
  • Michael Schwimer, RHP
  • Michael Stutes, RHP
  • Delwyn Young, INF/OF

Of these seven, Bass, Young and Quinlan had some time in the majors in 2010.  None of the three had much success, although Young finished third in the majors with 16 pinch hits.

Naughton.jpgAs for the minor leaguers, Gosewisch is invited every year to help with catching duties and then sent back to the minors.  The other three have much in common.   Naughton, Schwimer and Stutes, are all 24-years old and they all have great potential.

Naughton hit .308 with five homers and 31 RBI in 51 games for single-A Clearwater in 2010.  He is good with runners in scoring position, hitting .426 in that situation.  But he is also injury-prone, having been on the DL twice in 2010.

Schwimer pitched for both between double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2010.  His combined ERA was 2.85 in 48 games and of those, 36 were scoreless appearances.

As for Stutes, between Reading and Lehigh Valley in 2010, he collected three saves, a record of 7-1 and a 3.42 ERA in 53 games.  His career ERA is 3.36 over 93 games with a 22-11 record.


Naughton photo by lakelandlocal on Flickr

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Brick Wall: Meet Head

Before today’s game against the Cardinals, the Phillies announced that Jamie Moyer would be placed on the DL after injuring his elbow yesterday.  Vance Worley, 22, was called up from AA Reading to take his roster spot.  Nelson Figueroa was claimed off waivers from the Astros, which is not great news.  But that was the chance the Phils took when they designated Figueroa for assignment.  Andrew Carpenter, who pitched 3 innings last night, was sent back to AAA.

We may see a lot of odd moves this week as the Phillies are trying to make a trade, probably for a pitcher.  Rumors have Roy Oswalt in the works, but it appears he want guaranteed money through 2012, which the Phillies probably cannot afford.  Ruben Amaro Jr. is probably regretting kicking Brett Myers to the curb right about now, among other things.

The Phillies have not been playing well; perhaps this is an understatement.  But what makes it even harder to swallow are things like this:  With 2 outs and the bases loaded in the 7th inning, the Phillies do NOT pinch hit for the pitcher, Joe Blanton.  With a 1-1 tie, knowing that Blanton has not gone past 6 innings all year without running into trouble, how do you not pinch hit for him here?

So the Phillies do not score as Blanton strikes out.  Then in the bottom of the 7th, Blanton threw ONE pitch and it went straight out of the ballpark.  Am I really the only one who saw this coming?  Really?  This is just one more piece of evidence to indicate that manager Charlie Manuel has NO confidence in the bullpen.

I do not know conclusively what Blanton’s issue has been this year and I do not really care at this point.  Because what I do know, with overwhelming evidence, is that he cannot be counted on past 6 innings, especially in a tight game like this one.  He did not enter today’s game with a 6.21 ERA for no reason.  The Phillies have to know this as well, unless they are just closing their eyes and praying instead of watching the game.

Yes, the Phillies faced a very good pitcher today.  So, knowing runs would be tough to come by, the Phillies should have been ready to use the bullpen.  Blanton did get out of the 7th with just the one run, but he gave up the lead and then they sent him out again for the 8th. 
And without recording an out, he gave up 2 runs to cushion the lead for the Cards, 4-1.  Shocked?  I was not.  If Manuel keeps turning a blind eye in these situations, this team may not recover.

Fans are frustrated, and with good reason.  Philly fans are passionate and understand the game.  So it is easy to see how bad moves like we saw tonight infuriate people.  We want to see our team win and these mistakes make it seem impossible.  How many times do you have to bang your head against a brick wall before you realize it hurts?  Not pinch hitting for the pitcher in the 7th inning with the bases loaded is equivalent to the brick wall-head scenario.  Of course, that is just one gals humble opinion ;o)

So the Phillies went on to lose by a score of 5-1.  The only run for the Phillies was a solo homer from Ryan Howard.  Tomorrow afternoon, Cole Hamels will pitch and everyone is praying he can help this team avoid a demoralizing 4-game sweep.  Game time is 2:15pm; tune in if you can stomach it.  Just load up on Tums first.


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