RHP Severino Gonzalez recalled by Philadelphia
INF Andres Blanco placed on 15-day DL by Philadelphia
INF Taylor Featherston recalled by Philadelphia, from AAA Lehigh Valley
INF Jesmuel Valentin promoted to AAA Lehigh Valley, from AA Reading
OF Aaron Altherr promoted to AAA Lehigh Valley on MLB rehab assignment
INF Scott Kingery promoted to AA Reading from A+ Clearwater
RHP Jimmy Cordero promoted to AA Reading from A+ Clearwater
LHP Daniel Stumpf returned to Kansas City (accepted) and assigned to AAA Omaha
Valentin will wear uniform #7
Altherr will borrow uniform #41 while he’s here
It’s good to see Aaron Altherr–The “Rhineland Rocket”–back healthy. He hit really well in Florida and looked OK to me Saturday night in Reading. He didn’t play yesterday. Expect him to play with the IronPigs tonight and tomorrow, then skip the day game on Wednesday and get activated after the game–the Phillies also have a day game in Miami on Wednesday. What the Phillies do to make room for him is up for debate.
Junior, our buddy Steve, and I, had a nice conversation with INF Carlos Alonso prior to the game Saturday night. We wished him the best, of course, and told him we’d like to see more of him in Allentown. He had a really, really good take on things, telling us how much he enjoys being part of the atmosphere in Reading and playing on that team–getting more playing time and such. Of course he wants to move up, but he was very, very positive about the situation. For that reason, it was a little surprising to see Valentin called up, but .276/.346/.399 over 89 games in AA is pretty good for the 22-year old. The Phillies may want to see what they have with Valentin, if they think he might be able to contribute to the big club on some level, at some point next season, or not. In addition, they may want to get 2B Scott Kingery up to Reading for the playoff push, and see how he responds to that.
Featherston, who has hit the ball well–very well at times–is somewhat of an adventure as a fielder. He’s racked up 16 errors this season between 3B, SS, and 2B, for a fielding percentage that varies between .929 at 3B, and .964 at 2B. He did benefit from the regular playing time, though, as the Angels had him stashed on the bench most of last season. Hopefully his fielding will be on point for the Phillies when called upon.
In Reading things only getting better: Kingery is a top-level prospect joining the team after hitting a ton of doubles at A+, and Jimmy Cordero can crank it up north of 100MPH–at least before the injury. In addition, CF Roman Quinn started his rehab in Florida today with the GCL Phillies.
See you at the park,
Featured Image by Kram, from 2015