As all of you know, the Phillies are playing a series against their minor leaguers. Today they have announced the roster for the series. No information on who will start and how much they play.
C: Jorge Alfaro/Andrew Knapp
1B: Brock Stassi/Rhys Hoskins
2B: Scott Kingery/Jesmuel Valentin
SS: J.P. Crawford/Malquin Canelo
3B: Mitch Walding/Angelo Mora
OF: Nick Williams/Dylan Cozens/Aaron Brown/Andrew Pullin/Carlos Tocci/Roman Quinn
DH: Tommy Joseph
SP: Mark Appel (Thursday)/Zach Eflin (Thursday)/Jake Thompson (Saturday)/Ricardo Pinto (Saturday)
RP: Joely Rodriguez/Tom Windle/Victor Arano/Edubray Ramos/Miguel Nunez
- Given that the Phillies seemed to want to stick to only players in hi-A or higher this was about as well as the Phillies could do. No Cornelius Randolph or Franklyn Kilome is disappointing, but unsurprising.
- Tommy Joseph really is not much of a prospect anymore, but he showed up to a camp where he would be an easy cut in great shape and then mashed. He is now a R/R first baseman, and all you need to do is look at the lack of hype for what Rhys Hoskins did last year to know how difficult a profile that is. Making this game is a nice tip of the cap by the Phillies to a guy working his ass off after having his career ruined by concussions.
- Third base is really rough. The two best prospects at the position for me are Luke Williams and Jan Hernandez, but both stand zero of chance of not being embarrassed vs a major leaguer. Mora started hitting some last year and is working on becoming more of a utility player. Walding might finally be healthy and has hit some home runs this spring, he is 23 so maybe the power is finally coming, but hopefully so is everything else.
- Appel, Eflin, Thompson, and Pinto are my 4 highest rated upper minors pitchers and Pinto getting the nod in Citizen’s Bank Park is nice.
- Outside of third base and DH the hitters are as I would choose and expect, once again it seemed they didn’t want low-A hitters otherwise Randolph should be in the outfield.
- The bullpen is a bit weak. Victor Arano has been up to 97 this winter so he could be impressive in short bursts. Rodriguez is erratic and Nunez is unproven against advanced bats. Ramos and Windle could be shut down or they could be all over the place. The big name missing is Jimmy Cordero, but there good be a variety of reasons for his non-inclusion, starting with his late start this spring.