Rupp Optioned, Valle Reassigned, Hill in Camp & Adams Set To Pitch

Posted by Pat Egan, Tue, March 25, 2014 04:16 PM | Comments: 10
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The Phillies reorganized the catching position at camp today. According to Todd Zolecki, Cameron Rupp has been optioned, Sebastian Valle has been reassigned, and newly acquired catcher Koyie Hill is in camp as a non roster invitee.

Rupp, a 3rd round pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, is slated to be the starting catcher at AAA Lehigh Valley. Valle, a former top prospect, struggled mightily last season in AA Reading, hitting a measly .203 with a .245 OBP. Hill, acquired from the Nationals on March 17th for a PTBNL or cash considerations, is likely slated to backup Rupp in AAA but for now remains in camp with Carlos Ruiz and Will Nieves.

Mike Adams will make his Grapefruit League debut tonight as he is scheduled to pitch 1 inning against the New York Yankees. Adams, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, has targeted April 15th as a return date. First pitch is at 7:05 and can be seen locally on the MLB Network.

David Buchanan has been told that he will not make the big league club. He will pitch Saturday in the exhibition game against the Pirates and then report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Buchanan, a 7th round pick in the 2010 draft, was trying to make the club as a 5th starter. He posted a 4.40 ERA last season between AA Reading and AAA Lehigh Valley.

None of this news is overly shocking. It will be nice to see what Mike Adams can do tonight. In his last outing his fastball consistently hit 90 MPH and he struck out 3. Buchanan could be an option to be recalled if the Phillies need a 5th starter or one of the starting four comes down with an injury.


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  • Posts: 5529 Lefty

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    Why did the Phils and Abreu agree to delay his opt out clause which was supposed to be tomorrow, and is now Sunday?

    I get that he had a sore shoulder, but I thought this was an easy decision. He provides nothing that a team highly unlikely to contend needs, heck, he provides little that a team that will contend needs.

    Sorry- just my opinion, I was a fan of Bobby years ago, but father time catches up to all of us.

  • Posts: 0 Bob D

    They have until Sunday. It looks like Hernandez will make the team at least till Galvis gets back. Also Gwynn will now likely make it, but Mayberry could easily be moved or cut as they shown with Frandsen earlier. Ruf will likely end up in AAA for a rehab when he is ready then replace Mayberry if he is still around or Abreu or whom ever.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Its likely already decided. The Phils are known to go above and beyond for older players (vet) especially former players. Could be they want to show other teams that he is still healthy to play. However with Rube and their penchant for old guys who knows for sure.

  • Posts: 0 schmenkman

    Frandsen signs with the Nats. From mlbtr:

    9:18am: Frandsen’s deal is a fully-guaranteed MLB contract worth $900K, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports (Twitter links). It also includes $300K in perofrmance bonuses and a $400K awards package, Crasnick adds. In essence, then, Frandsen will receive the same contract he had with the Phillies, but with some additional upside.

    • Posts: 191 photoFred

      Avatar of photoFred

      Not completely clear about “awards package” but sounds like on top of the $900K. If so, a nice raise, percentage wise, even without the incentives. Looks like he made the right choice.

      • Posts: 0 c. schreiber

        He also gained a chance to make the playoffs since he had none with P’s.

  • Posts: 0 Stanley Hall

    The Phils look like they have a good starting eight and good starters for the first two
    rotation spots. Hopefully, they can get good work out of the other three.
    This is off the track a little, but I read somewhere years ago that the reason guys hit
    .300 plus averages back in the nineteen twenties was because of the gloves that were
    used. I don’t know, maybe. But maybe not. That would depend some on the scoreke-
    epers, I would think.. If they thought a fielder could field a ball and didn’t he might
    have given the fella an error. I mean rather than say ” that’s a hit- because look at the
    glove he’s using”. I don’t think they did that. They didn’t know any better I bet. I don’t
    think they said “these fielders need better gloves…that’s why we got dozens of guys
    hitting well over .300″ Anyone care to comment?

    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      The smaller, less substantial gloves meant there more errors then. I agree, that was not the reason batting averages were higher.

    • Posts: 0 George

      Scorekeepers may have had somewhat different standards then. Also, the smaller gloves could have had some effect., because a ball might totally go by a fielder with a tiny glove, which would be a hit, but with a modern large glove, it might be caught. There are other possible factors, too. Modern fielders are probably faster than those 20′s guys, and it’s possible that reflexes were somtimes muddied in an era when a lot of players caroused all night and maybe consumed some less than healthy bootleg hooch. Bad reflexes could have equaled bad jumps and bad hangovers could have equaled bad reads.

      You’d have to figure in batter approaches and pitching approaches, too. I don’t think there’s any record of split fingered fastballs, cutters, and even sliders in accounts from the 20′s.

      Some of the outfields were huge, too. If an outfielder has to play way back in a place the size of the Polo Grounds to prevent doubles from turning into inside-the-park home runs, there are going to be some bloopers and gappers he won’t get to.

      Anybody who claims it was all the gloves is an idiot, in my opinion.

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