We might get the official information we’re looking for, later today. The Minor League players have intra-squad work this morning, then break camp. The Phillies have a 1PM exhibition at Citizen’s Bank Park against the Pirates. I’m thinking we’ll start to get the official news once the Phillies’ game is over. I’m also of the mind that players may be added–waiver claims may need to be processed and the like, so at this late date, we still don’t have all the information we need to formulate the 2015 IronPigs opening day roster.
But, there have been some whispers. Here’s some stuff I’ve heard in the last couple days:
- OFs Perkins and Altherr to Reading. It may be just temporary, but it looks like the Phillies want to get these two young outfielders off to a good start. Playing with Roman Quinn in CF should be fun for them, as well. Aaron Altherr has been out a few days after stepping on a ball. They say he’ll be OK, but with the 7-day DL in the minors, they could stash him for a few days if they’re waiting for things to shake out, roster-wise.
- Severino Gonzalez to Allentown. I’ve had him with us all along, but his performance coupled with the quotes I’m reading have me even more certain. This morning’s news reports reinforced that. Word is he will not be the opening day starter for the IronPigs.
- Catchers in Flux. Hester, who had his knee scoped, is showing up in the box scores. He’s probably just batting, but he’s getting healthy. This fits with the previous news that the Phillies were looking to add a catcher, but since they haven’t, they must be comfortable with Ruppy, who’s having a great Spring, in Philly and Koyie in Allentown. Rene Garcia is a bit of a puzzle. He’s a tremendous defensive catcher who is still with the Phillies, but has minimal experience at AAA even. The ‘Pigs could have three catchers–we’ve done it before–or someone like Lino could get held back to Clearwater if Tommy Joseph is with Reading. That’s the key: Where will Tommy be?
- Tyler Henson is safe. Recent roster moves, and news from Florida, and we’re comfortable Tyler will be back “home” with the ‘Pigs. He’s one of our favorites, so we’re happy to have him back and hoping he gets a shot in the Majors this season.
- Tyler Greene released. This Tyler–not so lucky. The former first-round pick of the Cardinals had been in minor league camp all Spring. I had read some reports that he had been playing fairly well, but I guess he’s the one who got squeezed in the roster crunch. He was released on Thursday. Think Brian Bixler from last season.
- ‘Pigs look good. I read minor league “group” record was 8-4. I’ll take it. I’m always optimistic this time of year, but maybe a little more right now. I’m feeling the right combination of youth, experience, and talent.
We’ll have more later, as the official word comes out–rosters, player capsules and analysis, plus a possible podcast. Stay tuned.
See you at the park, soon!
(featured image for this article by Cheryl Pursell)