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Year In Review: Eric Bruntlett

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Tue, November 10, 2009 09:20 AM | Comments: 79
2009 Year in Review, Analysis, Opinion, Posts

Eric Bruntlett’s contribution to the 2009 season can be summed up in the video below:

2009 numbers: 72 games, .171 avg., 18 H, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 15 R, .462 OPS

GRADE: .5/10 – Orchestrating one of the most improbable plays in sports helps Bruntlett garner feeble accolades for what has been otherwise a dismal season. His efforts will be remembered in such esteem with former futile ex-Phillie bench players Kevin Sefcik and John Zuber .

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  • Posts: 0 Manny

    0.5!! haahahahha poor guy

    I kinda feel bad for him now.

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Seems like a good clubhouse guy, great grizzly adams beard, decent fielder at multiple postions, ok baserunner, but a slap hitter who can’t hit. Nothing personal against him, but to get back to the ws next year, we need a bench guy who can spell Utley and Rollins more than 2 or 3 times a season, and has at least a reasonable chance of getting a hit.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    One of the worst seasons I have ever seen by a utility player. Must upgrade this position. Which is why the Phillies were linked with De Rosa.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Even if they go and sign a 3B, it is essential to get DeRosa, because he can actually play enough to not get rusty. Manuel needs to do better giving his stars a break. They overworked Raul and Chase Utley, but in his defense there really wasnt anyone on the bench who was good enough to spell Rollins or Utley enough to not suck.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Geoff you are right that the Phillies have been linked to DeRosa but from what I am hearing, it is as a starting 3B, not a super utility guy, which I think would be an awful move. He can not be depended upon to be an everyday starter.

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Manny, I kind of agree with you. He’s not a great player, but something about him, I just feel bad how this season played out. Seems like a good guy.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    I agree. He is also like 34 going on 35. It would be stupid to sign him as an everyday player. I’d have to think they would choose Beltre as the everyday 3B, and try to sign DeRosa as the Rover. That is the most logical choice.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    That would be a fantastic move. If they can pull that off, with Dobbs and Francisco already on the bench, I would be pretty happy with things. If they can manage to get Yorvit to back up Ruiz then all the better.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Let’s take a look at the Phillies 25th Man the past few years:

    Tomas Perez.
    Ramon Martinez.
    Abraham Nunez.
    So Taguchi..
    Eric Bruntlett..

    Obviously, none of these guys are All-Stars.. Nunez was very good defensively, but also couldn’t hit his way out of a brown paper bag

    Of all these guys, Bruntlett is the most useful “UTILITY MAN” .. can’t really hit, but he can play multiple positions, is an slightly above-average baserunner and basestealer

    Cut the guy a break.. people need to stop expecting great things from every player on the entire roster every year, because that isn’t the reality of baseball

    Give him at least a 1.387 on the scale

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Dude, whoooooooa. A 1.387? What are you his cousin?

    Id give him like a 1 even. He did a few memorable things. But they need to upgrade and move on.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    As much as I hate Bruntlet, and I do, anyone that pulls an unassisted triple play garners at least a 1.

    The Dipsy

    Hamels for Halladay, eh?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I wouldn’t trade Hamels for Halladay. But that’s just me. I would however trade Happ and one of our two MLB ready OF prospects.

    Personally, if I have to go through a few more weeks of Halladay banter I am going to go crazy. It was bad enough the first time around.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    I really hope that either they grab Halladay quickly at these GM meetings or announce before the Winter Meetings that they wont do it. I completely concur that I dont want to hear it for weeks and weeks. Just like, either do it this week or forget about it and move on and go out and trade for someone else.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    NO Hamels for Halladay. You dont trade 25 year old former/once again maybe aces if you want to try and keep winning….

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I agree Geoff. If it is going to happen it has to happen at these meetings. I can’t handle more of this. I really can’t. I understand some people’s hesitation in not wanting to further empty our farm system for someone who may be gone next year but at the same time, Halladay is a proven ace, minor leagues are unknown. They could be great, they could be garbage. More often than not they are garbage. The Phillies have to think win now because who knows what will happen in a few years.

    I would however trade Drabek over Hamels. I really think Hamels will win 15-18 games next year. Drabek could become the second coming of Carlton and so be it. But he already has arm issues and that scares me a bit.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Also, it goes without saying that Lee or Halladay has to resign. I think Halladay would be more likely to stay to be honest with you.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Id go Happ, Brown or Taylor, filler prospects: Final Offer. Take it or leave it then move on.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    That seems about right. Though I wouldn’t be shocked to see Happ, Drabek and Taylor be what is needed to get it done.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Bruntlett couldn’t hit all year… until the end of August when he went on a 3 game tear and went 5 for 10 if I remember correctly. Then suddenly he wasn’t given an at bat until October. Why that happened, I have no idea but it impossible to go that far in between at bats and expect anything but failure.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Derosa is perfect, but won’t he be real expensive for a utility player? Love his power against lefties. He doesn’t play much SS though.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Aren’t pitchers usually safe once they’ve already had Tommy John surgery?

    I wouldn’t trade Drabek OR Hamels

    Look how much it costs to get pitching, either Free Agents, or via Trade… so when you already have above-average pitching on your team.. you can’t get rid of it, for one year of “better pitching” ..

    Because there is no gaurantee that Halladay is going to better than Hamels over the next 3 years .. I would bet my life that Halladay is better NEXT year, but you can’t go all-in and gamble with pitchers when you already have good ones

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    If the Phils wouldn’t give up Happ, Drabek and Brown for 2 seasons of Halladay, they won’t give up Happ, Drabek and Taylor for 1 season of Halladay.

    Hamels for Halladay would be idiotic. I heard that on WIP this morning and couldn’t believe what I was hearing…because it is not true.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I don’t think DeRosa will be terribly expensive, and given that he can play 1B, 2B, 3B, LF and RF, I would be willing to pay a little extra. Especially since he hits lefties for power.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Lest we not forget that DeRosa’s wife is smoking hot and I wouldn’t mind seeing her in the stands/ on tv.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    If the Phillies get DeRoas, it would be to play full-time 3b …

    You can’t spend crazy money on your bench, because our regular 8 are so strong, that you don’t want to be taking them out of the lineup just to keep your bench players sharp … its tough

    On one hand, you want your bench players to play enough to remain game-ready..

    on the other hand, you want your regulars to play so well that you just can’t take them out of the lineup (which is what happened last year)

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Well said Don. Well said. By trading Happ in the deal you sell high on Happ and still have room for a mid season Drabek call up at the 5th slot.

    Trading Hamels for one year of ANYONE is retarded. Pencil him in at the 3rd slot, and try and trade for a righty to balance the rotation.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Kyle Drabek will not be traded.. not even for the guarantee of a 2010 World Series TROPHY

    He’s in their plans for the long-term, and he’s not going anywhere…

    Happ and one of the OF’s (probably Taylor) are the trade bait that we’ve got

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Speaking of hot wives, I just read that Burrell’s wife Michelle was in the Marines for 5 years. I had no idea.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Hamels, Moyer, and a nice minor leaguer (Galvis, etc.) for Halladay. Done.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    And If Im moving Taylor I want more than one year of someone. unless you can guarantee me that one of Hallday or Lee will decline arbitration and the team taht signs him will have an unprotected first round pick to net the Phillies two extra picks (their first rd, and sandwich pick) AND that the one the Phils decide to keep signs a long term extension.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    No other MLB team wants Moyer.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Taylor is closer and its safe to say that he will be a good powerhitter for some MLB team. So you know more what yorue losing. Brown is still a year behind Taylor I feel, but may have higher upside as a top of the order hitter.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Trade Galvis, and then you don’t have a legit SS to take over for Rollins in 2-3 years ..

    Galvis is said to be MAJOR LEAGUE READY.. DEFENSIVELY .. (which you’ll take from a SS, if your 2b hits 30+ HRs the way Utley does) . .

    Can’t trade Galvis.. he’s close to untouchable because of the value of that position, and the lack of depth there in the organization


    I would trade Happ and Taylor …for Halladay in less than one second

    Taylor will be ready to play this year, and we don’t have a spot for him.. Domonic Brown will seemingly be ready to play in 2011 (when Werth might be gone?) .. but they can’t hold Taylor back if he’s ready to play … get value for him if you can

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    me and Geoff agreeing on things… weird

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Galvis actually started hitting a little better this year for a while. Nothing great, but he did show improvement.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Hamels isn’t going anywhere. The only shot of trading Moyer would be to the Mariners at the deadline for the minimum $$$.

    It’s simple. Happ/Taylor and another minor league player for Halladay. I agree with those that say if it’s turned down, move on.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Thats true, Galvis is really being positioned to replace Rollins, however, he needs to develop his bat a bit more. Kyrell Hudson is too raw, he could end up being moved to SS as well, but you cant tell with those guys that early. They made the mistake of holdign Howard back in the exact same situation and they lost years of potential production and more wins because of it. Werth will be a free agent after next season, Victorino has another year beyond Werth, and we know Ibanez technically does. Victorino said that he wants to remain here long term, but that was in the middle of the regular season I think. There will be one sure spot when Werth walks, and I presume it will be filled by Brown unless they can keep Taylor happy until then.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    That is wierd….

    I would be SHOCKED if you could get another team to take on ANY of Moyers salary. Totally shocked.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Geoff. I believe the Blue Jays would throw in a little extra with Halladay for Hamels, given that Hamels is young and signed. That said, that little extra I would want was for the Blue Jays to take Moyer, which they won’t want to do. But then Galvis is the sweetener to make it happen. Look, Galvis can’t hit. If he can’t hit now, lets not wish on a star that he will hit “eventually”. There are a million slick fielding infielders in San Pedro de Macoris. Put me on a plane and I’ll bring you back three.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Geoff, Believe it or not Moyer had a 3.77 era in July/August and September. Granted he didn’t last long. He was in Seatlle for 11 years. His family lives there. If Seattle is out of it who knows. Long shot I agree.

     
  • Posts: 0 bob

    I am a fan and defender of Cole. I think he will bounce back from his 2009 season.

    I do think Amaro would need to consider Hamels as part of a deal for Halladay under the following conditions:

    1. Lee or Halladay contracts are extended.
    2. The farm stays in tact, meaning that they get maybe Taylor OR Brown. Nothing else but a filter or 2 after that.

    I personally think that Cole will walk after his contract is up. If we could put Halladay in our rotation next to Cliff Lee, that is deadly. And it’s more deadly if we can keep 1 of them beyond 2010. And it better be a guarantee before I am thinking of putting Hamels in a package for Halladay.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Id argue that this is the year (reading) that you will be able to tell if Galvis can hit enough to be an everyday player or if he is just a utility bench player. He will be in the majors because of his fielding ability, but his role is entirely up to him THIS season at Reading.

    What else does Toronto have that you even want? They have a LOT, a LOT of junk. A couple nice young arms, but a lot of them are left-handed. They would not give up Hill or Lind, so dont bother. They have a lot of washed up guys floating around there.

     
  • Posts: 0 bob

    In this scenario we are looking at

    Lee or Halladay (most likely Lee), Drabek and Happ as 3 pieces of our rotation for years to come….Hamels is a steep price but this is something to consider if we can extend Lee’s contract.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Hamels is definitely walking, but his current contract makes him EXTREMELY valueable to the Phillies or any team.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    Tommy John surgery doesn’t always last. Scott Mathieson has had two of them. There are others who have as well. Let’s hope Drabek has no problems.

    Amaro has indicated a desire to possibly shake up the lineup, which would indicate to me an interest in Figgins, because none of the other options are really much different than Feliz. He also indicates signing relief help, but that doesn’t mean no starters are in the mix.

    You don’t trade Hamels, you trade Happ, if anyone, along with one outfield prospect and a second tier guy. There’s no need for two outfielders yet.

    I, too, feel the rating for Bruntlet is a little low. He’s a bench player, and you can’t expect all that much. He got almost no playing time, which can’t help anyone’s skills. Still, you can’t rely on a sub-.200 hitter, and he should, and probably will, be replaced. I doubt it will be DeRosa, though–he’ll be too much in demand to be cheap enough.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    There is only on guy Id consider trading Hamels for that I MAYBE think MIGHT happen (as it it has greater than zero odds, but like only barely): I would trade him for Zach Greinke.

    Obviously, the Giants would laugh at us if we called about Lincecum.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    COLE HAMELS IS NOT GETTING TRADED.. FOR ANYONE IN BASEBALL…

    He’s going to win Cy Young’s and throw No-Hitters, etc in his future.. and we’ve got control of him (at a reasonable price) for the next 3 years or something

    he’s not going anywhere.. neither is Kyle Drabek

    lets squash the rumors before they start.


    GALVIS can’t hit .. but he’s only like 19- or 20 or something right? He’s got plenty of time to learn how to be a small-ball player in the NL .. plenty of time

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Id agree. I really dont want to hear Hamels for this or that. They wont trade him. They wont Trade Drabek either. Its freakin annoying sometimes. THEYRE NOT GOING TO DO IT, so why keep beating it to death?

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Early reports is that Figgins is seeking 5 years, $50 Million …

    good luck, Chone..


    I would have to imagine the favorites for 3b are:

    A. Feliz to return
    B. Beltre
    C. Mark DeRosa

    DeRosa isn’t as good defensively as Feliz.. Doesn’t have that much more power.. and will have more teams seeking his services, so he will probably cost more than Feliz

    Which to me means Beltre has to be their #1 choice right now … and you have Tejada and Polanco as plan B’s

     
 
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