Phillies Send Mayberry Back To Lehigh Valley

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Tue, June 02, 2009 01:08 AM | Comments: 26
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David Murphy reports (via twitter) the Phillies have sent John Mayberry Jr. down to AAA Lehigh Valley to make room for Tuesday starter Antonio Bastardo.

Charlie Manuel claimed after the series in the Bronx that Mayberry would get chances to prove himself; he has only had one appearance since. Chances are Mayberry will be back when the Phillies visit American League teams again.

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  • Posts: 0 pb

    nice win tonight, thought charlie should’ve gotten mayberry in one of those games over the wknd (fri or sun) and given ibanez or werth a day off… but ah well

    the phillies gotta start putting teams away so that we can usher out the likes of taschner and park instead of our main guys

  • Posts: 0 PGD

    yea considering how little they used him so far its a good move so he can get regular at bats, A pinch hit role doesn’t seem like it fits him well

  • Posts: 0 matt

    i’m glad, i’ll get to see mayberry play this week in indianapolis. i’m gonna be at 3 of the 4 iron pigs games this week here in indianapolis. does anybody have any links that i can find out the rotation for the iron pigs for the next few games?

  • Posts: 0 PGD

    the next 4 games would include chacin tomorrow, carrassco on wednesday, lopez on thursday, and carpenter on friday

  • Posts: 0 matt

    awesome, i’ll be at the wednesday and friday games for sure. it’s calling for rain tomorrow, so i may try the thursday game as well. i appreciate the info.

  • Posts: 0 Marine1

    Speaking of the Ironpigs…Kendrick took another L but put up some decent numbers 7IP/5H/2R/3K’s. He now has his ERA down to 4.05.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    Yeah my only concern for Kendrick is does he have that other pitch yet, stats won’t show that unfortunately

  • Posts: 0 Chooch's Cooches

    I don’t like doing this to a prospect. Bring him up, put him down, bring him up again. It can mess with his head too much. I think we should’ve sent someone else down (taschner) and just kept mayberry til at least after the interleague play.

  • Posts: 0 Steve-o

    Mayberry was just rotting away on the bench though Chooch. I think this was a good move. Although honestly, I think we should have sent him down right after the Yankees series. It was obvious he wouldn’t get much time up here.

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    It’s just being sensible, Mayberry will not develop without playing everyday and he has the ability to be an everyday player that may force a trade in the outfield.

    A good season in AAA is what we want from Mayberry so he can become a productive major league outfielder with the Phils a little down the line.

  • Posts: 0 Justin

    I honestly can’t believe the Phils are leaving their bench so bare, with so many pitchers being on the staff right now, I guess Mayberry being sent down means that either Bastardo or Escalona get sent down tomorrow when J.C. returns to the bullpen. The bench only has bruntlett, coste, dobbs, and stairs. Not a very deep bench.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    THIS is why I post all the time about how important it is to have those guys like Cairo or whoever… guys that are content with their role, not playing much, but they have the ability to play multiple positions if they are ever needed..
    .. and of course they aren’t going to hit .350, because they never get a chance to get into a groove.

    At some point I think we see Ozuna or whatever get called up.. but their main problem was pitching, so they tried to address that..

    Once the pitching gets settled, we can worry more about the little-used 25th man

  • Posts: 0 Jeff of NoVa.

    I think either Mayberry at this point is trade bait if that is they route they go with the pitching or Werth is trade bait and Mayberry comes up for good

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Mayberry can’t carry Werth’s jock.. even with Werth struggling right now, he is still on pace for more than 20 HR and more than 20 SBs… great defense, great baserunner.. you can’t trade him

    somebody mentioned yesterday about Carrasco, Marson, and Mayberry for Oswalt.. I would definitely do that, but I think the Astros would ask for Brown or Taylor instead of Mayberry .. They would need an arm, and a Catcher, both of whom would play in the big leagues next year..

  • Posts: 0 Jeff of NoVa.

    Don I agree, about Werth, but you never know with the FO and what other teams want, vs need. Wade is not necessarily about need over want, but we shall see. I am hoping for a little more time with the young pitchers coming up and filling like Bastardo, only time will tell.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I wouldn’t give up Werth or Victorino as part of a deal for Oswalt, who is on the down turn of his career

    If Brown or Taylor turn out to be as good or better than Werth or Victorino.. we can look back and judge the deal, but to me, i’d almost always rather have the guy who has already done something at the big league level instead of the guy that “might”

    Look at all the can’t-miss prospects, Jeff Francouer, Lastings Milledge, Felix Pie, etc.. who knows what you’ll ever get from prospects

  • Posts: 0 christopher

    don do you honestly think the phils have missed cairo? in what game/situation if so? if anything i think they’ve been much better off without him and the extra arm in the pen… as i said all along.

    as for mayberry, i wish they could have gotten him at least one more start, especially with how werth has been struggling. but if he plays well enough he’ll get his chances sooner or later.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff of NoVa.

    I don’t think by any means they are giving up on them or are going to trade those 2 by any means. I personally don’t think they are going to trade anyone on the current starting roster, this is the best starting 8 outside the pitchers in baseball hands down.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Was anyone aware that Koplove is now a free agent???

    “[R]ighthander Mike Koplove, a Philadelphia native, has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract that allowed him to ask for his release if he was not promoted to the big-league roster by June 1. Koplove, who was 1-3 with a 1.14 ERA for Triple A Lehigh Valley, is now a free agent.”

  • Posts: 0 christopher

    that’s a shame about koplove, i liked him.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    He’s good enough to pitch in the big leagues.. he just wanted a chance to do that in his hometown..

    can’t blame the guy for opting out and wanting to play in the show instead of on the farm

    good luck to him.. I thought he would have been called-up at some point, but Taschner was too filthy??

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    Some observations:

    It’s nice to read of a poster’s comment about Kendrick’s continued improvement and has lowered ERA again to 4.05. Personally, I think he is overdue for a callup to the Phillies. Bastardo will probably be optioned back to AAA after tonight’s start as JC Romero’s official return is due tomorrow. Could Kendrick’s number be called?

    Manuel’s stated intention of giving Mayberry Jr some ABs last week was not followed through as the manager for reasons of his own continued to play Werth inspite of his dreadful slump. He is now hitting .247 (.240 vs righties) and looking totally lost at the plate. With the slump, he still continues to allow himself get behind in the pitcher’s count. His bat stays on the shoulder as pitchers are aware and take advantage with first pitch stikes. More often than not, he gets himself out. A message to Werth; a little more aggressiveness is required when in a slump. As of now, offensively, he is an automatic out and some fans have a new nickname for him..”Worthless” Werth.

    Oh, and to Don M’s comment..”..even with Werth struggling right now, he is still on pace for more than 20 HR and more than 20 SBs..”, you may have to lower that calculation if Werth continues to be an automatic out.

    Final note; I recall a poster (was it Phil?) commenting a while back that Victorino is “overrated”. I couldn’t believed what I read there. Victorino came into his own last season as regular in the lineup compiling in 146 games played…293BA; 102 runs scored; 167 hits; 14HRs; 58 RBIs; and 36 SBs. And add that to his defensive prowess, he was arguably one of the most valuable contributers to the team’s success.

    Now, Victorino is continuing his success this season as he pursue a banner year. While currently hitting .295, he is 6th in the NL with 62 hits (200 hits are not out of his reach); he is 8th in runs scored with 35 (going for another 100+ runs this season); remarkably has 27 RBIs at this juncture.

    Overrated? That’s a laughable statement by that poster.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I think its funny that you ask for a Kendrick return, and then call someone’s Victorino-overrated statement “laughable” in the same post

    If Kendrick was going to get called back up.. they would have done it here, instead of this stretch of calling in Bastardo with 2 starts above the AA level.

    Kendrick should and most likely will be moved to another organization at some point soon because he has nowhere to go here in Philadelphia.. he can’t pitch as part of the rotation for a winning organization.. send him to Pittsburgh for a low 3b prospect

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    Don M, I wouldn’t be too presumptious about Kendrick’s fate this season. With just 49 games played and Myers likely out for the season, there are several open options contingent on such factors as a failed start by Bastardo, injury to another starter (hoping it’s not Hamels), etc.
    And the one obvious option is enlisting the aid of Kendrick to their rotation. ;-) How well Kendrick performs will also be a factor in how the Phillies will approach the non-waiver tradedeadline in two months.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    If they were at all looking forward to a Kendrick return to the Majors, don’t you think they would have given him his chance here, being that he’s got so much big league experience, he’s looking as good as he can in AAA, and they are playing in a “Pitcher’s Park” in San Diego?

    If they wanted Kendrick on the roster, he would be starting tonight.. and he’s not.. because he’s not good enough to help a contending team

    I like the guy and im glad he helped us win.. I just dont see a future here with him at all, especially with Carrasco and now Drabek nipping at his heels.

    We’ll see with Bastardo tonight, I thought it was too soon to rush him up, but if they like him better than Carrasco right now, I hope they are right

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Yes, thank you. All of a sudden all these Kendrick apologists came out of the woodwork for the past week calling for his promotion.

    Bastardo must really be on fire if theyre bringing him up this soon, riding the hot hand I guess – not wanting to tinker with guys like Carrasco, Worley, Drabek, etc. Which is understandable and a good call.

    What I read of him was a bit different then Tim’s post in that I read his fastball is more like 91-95, with that plus plus changeup and a developmental slider. Which is what Johan Santana was like as a prospect. However, I think thats a premature comparison and I dont know where it came from. That would chap the Mets fans behinds though. I would love that – we FARMED UP a clone of Santana. Just like how the Marlins thought they had a Hamels clone in Andrew Miller before he came to Earth.

    Still, all premature annointments aside, Im really excited to see this guy pitch tonight. Its always exciting when a prized prospect makes his debut.

    Finally, Mayberry wasnt playing AT ALL so he shouldve been sent down earlier to knock the rust off. Charlie does that a lot – calls up a kid and then finds out the kid cant take away playing time from the everyday guys.

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