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Who Will be a Phillie on September 1?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, August 29, 2011 12:00 PM | Comments: 34
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How much will Brown play if he returns to the Phils? (PHOTO: LehighValleylive.com)

September call-ups will play an important role for this Phillies team. Once the division is clinched (the Phils are at 99.9 percent to make the playoffs and 94.2 to win the division, according to Coolstandings.com) they’ll filter in Triple-A players and bench guys as a way to give the regulars a blow.

With injuries to Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez, and guys like Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz who have spent an entire season being beaten up, the expansion to a 40-man roster will provide some rest for the vets. Not to mention the starting rotation that has logged the 4th most innings in the major leagues.

In each of the previous three seasons, the Phillies have added at least seven players to the big league roster. Last season, some of the usual suspects like Mayberry, Zagurski and Mathieson got the September call-up, along with a kid named Vance Worley. Brian Bocock, Greg Dobbs, and Paul Hoover added infield and catching depth, and a veteran pitcher was brought to Philly, only to last about two seconds: Nate Robertson.

(Note: Later today, either Pete Orr or Michael Schwimer will likely be sent back down to Lehigh Valley to make way for Cole Hamels. Whoever does get the boot will almost assuredly be back in a few days.) Pete Orr was optioned back to Triple-A to make room for Cole Hamels, who was moved from the DL. Hamels will start against the Reds tonight.

Players on the 60-day DL are not on the 40-man roster. Thus, Joe Blanton is not now considered a part of  the 40-man roster. If the Phillies choose to shift Jose Contreras (out for the season) to the 60-day DL, they can free up another spot, too. A minor league player like Brandon Moss could take one of those two potential spots.

Here is a look at who might get the call from the Iron Pigs for the final month of the 2011 regular season:

PITCHERS:

-Mike Zagurski: Ol’ Zags is a name you know, but a name that has been unable to stick around. Might be time to start calling him a Four-A player – a guy who is great in the minors and has nothing left to prove – but can’t seem to get the job done when he gets to the top. Zagurski is left-handed, which will keep him around.

-Juan Perez: Perez showed signs of being a legitimate LOOGY out of the ‘pen, and we’ll never forget his nine-pitch, nine-strike outing earlier this year (he tied a record, you know!). So, expect his name to be called once again soon.

-Scott Mathieson: Another of the now-veteran pitchers who has had his share of call-ups over the years, but also one that hasn’t been able to stand out and carve out his place with the Phillies. He’s more of a maybe, as it’s likely the Phils would want the lefties up ahead of Matheison.

-Andrew Carpenter: See Mathieson, Scott.

-Justin De Fratus: Now, we’re getting into the juicer names. De Fratus is on the 40-man roster, so summoning him to the majors is easy. He’s long been talked about as a possible member of this Phillies relief corps down the road, so he may have a chance to prove he belongs. With LV, De Fratus has fanned 51 in just over 38 innings this season, bouncing back from a rough start. Keep an eye on him as I’m sure many Phillies die-hards would love to see him get the call.

-Phillippe Aumont: At Lehigh Valley, Aumont has pitched in 16 games, striking out 32 batters over 20 1/3 innings. He’s the longest shot on this list because of his exclusion from the current 40-man roster, but is another name to watch for.

OUTFIELDERS:

-Domonic Brown: In the Phillies quest to find a decent bench bat for the remainder of the season, it appears Brown could be the solution. With John Mayberry Jr. getting most of the reps in left field, the needs is simply for a potent, home run threat in late inning situations. He doesn’t have the pinch-hitting pedigree that Ross Gload has – no one does, really – but he’s younger and healthier than Gload.

Although it has been a challenge for Brown since being sent down to Lehigh Valley, both at the plate and in the field, the Phillies can give him a few reps over the final few weeks of the season and hope they catch lightning in a bottle, and hope that he can recoup some positive vibes heading into 2012.

-Brandon Moss: Moss has been up and down for years, having played for the Red Sox and Pirates in the major leagues, but spending most of his time in the minor leagues. He has smashed 23 home runs this year for the Iron Pigs, so expect to see him as another late-inning replacement bat with some fire power, something the Phillies are sorely lacking now that Mayberry is getting most starts. Moss is not currently on the 40-man roster.

-Scott Podsednik: The speedy outfielder has dealt with numerous leg ailments over the past few seasons, which is why you haven’t seen his name anywhere lately. Half a decade ago, he helped the White Sox win the title, and while his role has changed as he has aged, he would do the same for the Phillies in September, provided he is healthy. The issue is that he hasn’t really shown much of that speed during limited at-bats in Lehigh Valley. He has two steals in 11 games, and is hitting .255. Podsednik isn’t on the 40-man, so it’s a long shot.

INFIELDERS:

-Pete Orr: He’s been up and down the Northeast Extension all season, so no reason to think he won’t be asked to rejoin the Phillies (if he goes back down later today).

-Freddy Galvis: Galvis is another intriguing name and you have to believe the Phillies want to see what he’s made of at the highest level. The 21-year old shortstop has taken immense strides this year split between Reading and Lehigh Valley. His .331 average stands out as he is finally rounding into form as a complete player. The only issue with Galvis is his inability to draw walks – he has two with the Pigs. The glove is exceptional, so there is nothing to worry about there. But can Galvis hit at the major league level? I think we’ll find out come September.

-Josh Barfield: A long shot because he, too, is not on the 40-man roster. Barfield nearly made the Phillies out of camp, but Orr was given the job. Considering Barfield and Orr are similar utility-type players, it would be hard to imagine the Phillies going with both, and making room on the 40-man for him. I’d like to see him get some time with the Phils, but it’s not likely.

-Erik Kratz: Forget Dane Sardinha, he doesn’t deserve the call. Kratz does. The Phillies need a third catcher as Carlos Ruiz is due some time off, and Kratz is a guy whom the Phillies pitchers all respect and love to work with. That was the talk throughout Spring Training earlier this year, but the Phillies decided to go with Sardinha when Ruiz and Brian Schnieder got hurt. They don’t have to make that move this time around; they can and should go with Kratz as the number three. The Telford, PA native is doing a little bit of everything: handling a very good pitching staff, and hitting for average and power (15 homers, .291 average).

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Jay Floyd of PhoulBallz.com contributed to this story.

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  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    I’d love to see Podsednik (who probably just has to play himself into shape) platoon some with Mayberry in LF after the Sep 1. I also would like to see a lot of Juan Perez. Further, I really don’t care who gets mad, but these starters have to be taken out of the game when they get big leads. Letting them stay in the games as so they can pitch complete games and/or shutouts is much less important than sparing some miles for the post season. I don’t care about anyone else.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 283 Jay Floyd

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    Scotty Pods could be a valuable piece for the Phils for the final 3-4 weeks of the season, if he can show he’s healthy and ready for action.

    With no days off until the season is over, I could see some of these call ups, like Kratz, getting a good amount of game action.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    You have a point Dipsy although for the time been i would hate to see them put in XYZ reliever to blow a 3 point lead on the 7th inning. If we could only get the Braves to cool down a little it would be of great help to the whole team in general an give players some rest. Not only from a Physical standpoint but also from a mental one. I thought the Perez guy was stinking it up in the Minors?

     
  • Posts: 498 Bruce

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    I have not checked on LeHigh Valley team for their record to see if they are going to the playoffs which could delay some potential call-ups to the Phillies in September. It could mean that players like Brown, Moss, Kratz, etc. will continue to play there.

    If Mayberry continues his hot hitting, he most likely will platoon with Ibanez in LF as Manuel like to play percentages against lefty/righty pitchers. That would leave Francisco as primary fill-in off the bench. This means any call ups for hitters will have pinch hitting as their primary role in addition to giving regulars a rest. I’m more certain that Manuel will focus on bullpen help for a majority of the call-ups. Perez and Zagurski are likely choices for their ML experience.

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Definitely intriguing to see if Galvis makes the leap. I’d be interested to see him start a game here or there to see what he’s made of. I think he’s still a year away from really handling ML pitching.

     
    • Posts: 498 Bruce

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      With Rollins on the DL indefinitely, I also would like to Galvis get the call as I am curious about his ability with the bat and fielding. However, Orr is the likely choice for his ML experience and he would be backing up Valdez and Martinez.

       
    • Posts: 4145 Lefty

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      If he can play good D, that would help with the JRoll contract offer decision too.

       
      • Posts: 498 Bruce

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        IMO, Galvis, as a prospect, is likely another year or two away from being tested in the Majors.
        And I can’t possibly seeing the Phillies management willing to let Rollins go because of salary demands. They will go the extra mile in the contract negotiationto keep Rollins. After all the long time veteran has become the heart and sole of the team over the years. He is the spokesman (also a union rep…[smile] ) and leader for the players. Not to mention all the career accomplishments ON the field.

        Rollins still has some mileage left in his tank for at least a few more years to be a part of an aging but still potent lineup that includes Utley and Howard to continue their success in the coming years.

         
      • Posts: 4145 Lefty

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        Your opinion is always welcome and well stated Bruce. I understand that Galvis is a year away, that’s it what it says in Pat’s posting. However, you can measure raw talent and see if it is worth getting by for a year with a low cost replacement if you think the kid has the goods. Sometimes we have to let go to continue to build. Read The Dipsy’s take below, it starts with -”Better to get rid of a guy one year too early than one year too late.” I agree with that theory. Mileage left?, of course. But championship mileage? I’m not so sure. Sometimes you thank them for their great service to the team and community, and you let them walk. No hard feelings, just like with Jayson. If they can go get paid more, they deserve it if someone will pay it. So we sub for a year, or 3/4 of one while we wait for raw talent to develop. But how do you know if he has ML capability, if you don’t give him a look in September call up?

         
      • Posts: 498 Bruce

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        @Lefty: In an earlier post on this thread I expressed an interest in seeing Galvis to be called up for September, mainly out of curiosity. Again, I don’t expect him to do anything special at this highest level that would convince me to see him play next season for the Phillies. In the future? Who knows? Playing for LeHigh Valley a full season next year will give management a better picture.

        As for Rollins, I do believe that Phillies management would rather have him for all he is worth to the team..be it a year; two years or whenever. His teammates and MOST fans know his value, including all of his intangibles that would help the team continue their success AND make his new contract a worthy one. Rollins is not going anywhere, my friend. :-)

         
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    I would prefer an Scotty Pods/Junior platoon. That would be perfect.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Guest

    I know this is off topic but is anyone worried that the Brewers could pass the Phillies for best record in the N.L. 2 back in win column but 8 in the loss. On this article would like to see Galvis and Brown back up along with bullpen help.

     
    • Posts: 4145 Lefty

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      Not at all. We have 5 games in hand. With 33 left to go, we know we will win well more than 5. Once we do that and catch up in games played, the Brewers and Braves are in the rearview mirror for good.

       
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    I’d like to see Galvis start for an entire week — seven straight games. He supposedly has a great glove and if he falters, we have Valdez. Also, let’s see Kratz. The guy had a huge year and he may be a decent backup next year. Also, he has some power. Dom Brown in left for a few games might me interesting, as well.

     
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    The Dipsys prediction for the 25 man playoff roster

    Rollins
    Utley
    Valdez
    Polanco
    Martinez
    Howard
    Mayberry
    Podsednik
    Shane
    Pence
    Ibanez
    Francisco
    DBrown
    Ruiz
    Schneider

    Halladay
    Hamels
    Cliff
    Oswalt
    Worley
    Perez
    Bastardo
    Stutes
    Madson
    Herndon

    The Dipsy

     
    • Posts: 4145 Lefty

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      Wait that’s 26. Oh I see, you put yourself on the roster. What position do you play? :)

       
  • Posts: 4145 Lefty

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    Nice write up Pat.
    I’m for bringing as many of these guys up as MLB allows. Get our guys the rest they need. Once the second week of September is over, (Braves, Brewers) and we’ve solidified our hold on home field, let them heal all their nagging bumps and bruises.

    Then after we get those eleven W’s in the postseason, let’s go eat!

     
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    @OriginalChuckP from previous thread. Short sighted. One at a time:

    Madson is absolutely a “consistently good reliever”. No question. But those guys aren’t worth the money he wants (4/48m is my guess). He’s not a closer yet. He’s not a proven commodity. He’s been a real good set up man/sometimes closer. He’s not even close to the money you would give him. Wish you coulda done it here Ryan, but see ya.

    Hamels has to get signed next year because if he pitches great and gets a whiff of Free Agency, he’s gonna cost an arm and a leg to sign. If he had the mind to, he could get 7y/140 from some crazy ass team. His shoulder does not concern me in the least.

    Rollins – Better to get rid of a guy one year too early than one year too late. He played well, won a WS, and is a valuable member of the team. He is also gonna ask for a ton of money for a long period of time. He gets hurt. He falls asleep at the plate for weeks at a time. If Moyer and Ibanez’ and Ryan’s contracts have taught me anything its that there’s nothing worse than a brutal albatross of a shitty long term contract hanging around your neck. If Jimmy wants to stay so bad he can stay a 3/27, which is a raise and something the Phils would probably pay him. But he won’t sign for that. He thinks the contract he’s on now is a bad one.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Has anyone ever heard ANYTHING about Madson’s demands/expectations other than when he said he’d “love to/wants to stay in Philadelphia” ?

    I think the belief is that since Boras is his agent, he’s gone …. but if the Phillies give him a decent offer, something between $8-10 M is my guess, for 2-3 years … Are we certain he wouldn’t take that deal ??

     
    • Posts: 498 Bruce

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      The same thing can be said for Rollins. I have NOT heard or read of Rollins having “demands/expectations” for a new contract. And most certainly “love/wants to stay in Philadelphia”. I think Rollins is open to a fair and reasonable offer for not less than 3 years (and possibly a team option for a 4th year) on a new contract.

      Management will certainly go the extra mile to keep Rollins for all the obvious reasons. Besides, all-star infielders are had to find in the open market.

       
  • Posts: 2920 Chuck A.

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    Dipsy, Moyer’s and Raul’s contracts really didn’t prevent us from getting anyone else.

    Don, that’s right…that’s the only thing that I heard as well…that he “wants to stay in Philly” I think we all just assume that because Boras is the agent that it will be near impossible to sign him, which may not be the case. I would think though that if Madson has a great postseason and the Phillies win it all or go deep in the playoffs that those numbers and years that you suggest will go way up.

     
  • Posts: 220 The Dipsy

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    Chuck – A player doesn’t hire Boras unless he is trying to extract every red cent out of someone. Jimmy has been quoted as saying that the Phillies will not get a hometown discount (nor should they). This might be Jimmy’s last contract. If the Giants go nuts and give him 4/58 or something, I’msure Jimmy would much rather have that then go year to year with us. I just don’t want the Phillies to get tied into a long contract with an older, injury prone player, Jimmy or whoever. Why do you think that we are up against the luxury tax right now? What useless, overpriced glut are we carrying on our roster that we don’t want? Raul Ibanez. That and Ryan’s contract are two that go a long way towards putting us as close to the tax as we are. You don’t think the Phils wanna add a nice pitcher for the pen? They’re maxed out. And Moyer’s contract was a huge factor in the first trade of Cliff Lee. Believe that.

    The Dipsy

     
    • Posts: 147 Don M

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      Boras client, Jered Weaver, JUST left money on the table to sign and stay with the Angels … I don’t think its that much of a stretch for the Phillies and Madson to come to an agreement ……..and the difference will be if some team is willing to completely OVERPAY Madson – like the Nats were with Werth … if $$$ and Years are close, I would think Madson would leave some on the table to stay here

       
      • Posts: 2920 Chuck A.

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        Jimmy as well.

        And careful with the Raul criticism. “Useless, overpriced glut” is a tad harsh, no? I’m gonna laugh my a$$ off when he pulls a Matt Stairs in the postseason and jacks some pitch into the right field seats at a clutch moment.

         
      • Posts: 2920 Chuck A.

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        ^ The Raul comment was meant for Dipsy, even if it was part of a response to Don.

         
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Someone types you cant let Rollins walk.
    He does it in CAPS LOCK. Like it makes it more important.

    Well you couldnt let the first baseman walk either. Thats a franchise killer and something that gets a GM fired.
    Hes trying to overcome the signing and the player.
    It wont be easy.

    LOL
    I love when they say leave money on the table to stay here.
    Somehow the Phillies are paying Howard 16% more than Adrian Gonzalez for the next 5 years.

    DonTROLL should be broadcasting with Wheeler and Mccarthy and yelling about the distance of the homers!
    OH MY!

    A MOON SHOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Another clutch homer down by 8. or up by 8

     
  • Posts: 147 Don M

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    Andrew … what’s your feelings about Ryan Howard’s contract?

     
  • Posts: 220 The Dipsy

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    I pray that Raul comes off the bench and whacks a home run in the post season. That would be awesome.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    If he was even on a Billy Butler or Morse level id be fine with it.

    He isnt. Sure 35 games he will hit homer. Then you have 125 where he does everything else wrong.

    He runs the bases worse than Cliff Lee and all the other pitchers. Hes on second Pence hits a gapper and he cant score. Then there is the defense.
    Does anyone run the bases worse in the majors?

    Besides the 35 homers the other 650 plate appearences you have possibly the worst player in the league.
    The contract is kind of moot. Hes over paid at 12 million.
    Or 10
    Thats its 25 dor the next 5 years is really kind of comic.

     
  • Posts: 147 Don M

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    Oh ok… thanks!

    I didn’t really know where you stood on the subject, and figured that the guys that follow baseball for a living and have voted him 1st, 5th, 2nd, 3rd and 10th in MVP voting over the past 5 years, respectively, obviously don’t know what they’re watching …

    He’s defintiely terrible …

    and the 19 Home Runs that he’s hit so far this year while the team is either “Tied, Trailing, or Ahead by 1 run” clearly show that he only does his damage when the game isn’t on the line..

    Thanks again, amigo!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    No problem.
    He is the ONE and ONLY way this team can lose in the NL playoffs.

    Kind of like 2010

    Only hes actually noticabley worse this year.
    But maybe he will hit a bomb and you guys can be happy.

    Anyone ever at Harrahs chester and Pence Hanover wins jump in the winners circle.

     
  • Posts: 220 The Dipsy

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    If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with. Thats how I feel about Ryan.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 JB

    I think they might consider calling up Dane Sardinha as well… Rube and Cholly usually like to use three catchers in the stretch. He could catch for spot-starter Kyle Kendrick and maybe one of the aces on occasion. He batted around .220 while he was up here earlier in the season. He’s not on the 40-man, but like Hoover last year, they can add him easily.

     
    • Posts: 0 JB

      They would need to call up about three players ASAP so they qualify as postseason replacements for Blanton and Contreras. I recommend Brown and Perez… and the choice of Orr or Sardinha.

       
 
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