Now that Spring Training has begun, I’ll get going with my annual, futile, attempt to guess the IronPigs roster for when they take the field on April 9 at Coca Cola Park. Below, I’ll not mention the possibility of trades, injuries, and outright releases, because they are always possible and I have no inside information which would allow me to predict such. I’m just calling it as I see it. It’s a bit different this season, because I believe the Phillies’ own motivations on how to construct their roster may be a bit different than in recent years. We’ll see, I guess. Oh, one more thing: I’ll likely forget somebody or make an inappropriate assumption somewhere along the line. Please feel free to add information or corrections in the comment section. Thanks. Here we go:
We’re going in the order of position, and we’re up to number 6: Shortstop. (Pitchers will have to wait until last.)
Andres Blanco and Chase d’Arnaud
All eyes are on Freddy Galvis in Philly. Jimmy’s old job is his to lose. He’ll certainly perform well in the field, but will he hit? Will he be able to stay healthy? Those are the operative questions. He and Cesar are out of options, and Cesar’s spot on the 25-man will be as a backup to Freddy and Cody and Chase, initially. Remember, Odubel Herrera can play some middle infield as well. However, Freddy’s real backup will likely be our starter–Blanco or d’Arnaud. Neither are on the 40-man, and both are signed to minor league deals. Duran will be back in Reading to start, but could come up to us if a our guy leaves for Philly. A couple of our other guys (see 2B and 3B) could fill in at Shortstop at AAA if needed, too.
On the horizon, you can start to see J.P. Crawford‘s shadow… The system-top prospect should start in Reading, although recent rumblings have him in Clearwater to start the season. I’m really hoping it’s Reading, though, so that we can get a peak at him right away. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that we see him in Allentown before the end of the season, depending on how things shake out. This is probably partly why the Phillies didn’t sign another veteran-type SS for Spring Training–It’s Galvis’ job for now, and Crawford is on the way. Blanco and d’Arnaud both have enough MLB experience to go out there and play the position for the Phillies if need be.
An infield review will follow before we get to the outfielders.
See you at the park,
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