2015 IronPigs Roster Prediction: 3.1

With this morning’s roster moves, the 2015 ‘Pigs squad takes one more step towards clarity.  A small step, maybe…

Joely Rodriguez delivers. Photo: (c) Cheryl Pursell

Joely Rodriguez delivers.
Photo: (c) Cheryl Pursell

Three players made their way from Phillies big league camp over to the minor league campus this morning.  Making the walk were 3B/1B Maikel Franco, LHP Joely Rodriguez and RHP Nefi Ogando.

As we’ve predicted all along, Franco should get the regular playing time that will be available in Allentown, and delay his service-time clock another season, by serving approximately two months with the IronPigs to start the season.  He’s been a bit of a slow starter in the past, and dislikes the cold weather, but I think this was the plan all along.  I know he’s probably disappointed this morning, but he’ll be back with the big team soon enough:  June 1st I predict, so long as his health and Cody Asche’s remain intact, and so long as Ryan Howard is still on the team.

Joely Rodriguez (“Joe-Elly”) is the lefty pitcher who came over from the Pirates in the Antonio Bastardo deal.  While he’s never pitched above AA in seasons past, he impressed the big club with his ability to generate ground-ball outs, and missed more bats than was predicted.  Alas, he still needs seasoning, and for now, he’s a starter.  Expect him to slot right into the ‘Pigs rotation and be on the short list of considerations the moment the big club needs a starter.  Should he falter, some have predicted a bull-pen job following the career path of the player he was traded for.

Right-handed flame-throwing reliever Nefi Ogando came to the Phillies organization from the Red Sox in exchange for veteran utility infielder John “Old” McDonald.  Not originally known as a top-end velocity guy, Ogando started throwing gas out of the Fightin’s pen last season.  The problem?  Inconsistency.  He spent some time in the Arizona Fall League this past year, under the close watch of ‘Pigs pitching coach and “slider-whisperer” Ray Burris.  Ogando is no Kenny Giles–but perhaps a similar arc is forming as his heater will play up if he can develop a slider to throw for strikes.

The Kram 25:  Version 3.1 3/20/2015

1. Koyie Hill

2. Tommy Joseph

3. Chris McGuiness

4. Russ Canzler

5. Tyler Henson

6. Chase d’Arnaud

7. Andres Blanco

8. Chris Nelson

9. Maikel Franco

10. Cam Perkins

11. Aaron Altherr

12. Darin Mastroianni

13. Brian Bogusevic

14. Adam Morgan

15. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

16. Joely Rodriguez

17. Jesse Biddle

18. Sean O’Sullivan

19. Elvis Araujo

20. Nefi Ogando

21. Hector Neris

22. Seth Rosin

23. Ethan Martin

24. Paul Clemens

25. Jeanmar Gomez


Conspicuously Absent:

Cord Phelps (Phillies)

Jordan Danks (Phillies)

Tyler Greene (Velandia)

PJ Walters (EST)

Jason Berken (Velandia)

Anthony Vasquez (Reading)

Cesar Jimenez (Mets)

Luis Garcia (Phillies)

Phillippe Aumont (Gwinnett, near Sandy Springs, GA)

“Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.”

See you at the park,


Categories: Kram's Korner - From the Club Level, Lehigh Valley IronPigs

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