Did I ever tell you how I got involved with NoiseNation? I forget exactly when it was–I think during the 2009 season. I was watching guys warm up, and I thought one player in particular was pretty good, and he looked familiar to me. I finally figured it out: It was Miguel Cairo. I didn’t even know he was on the team. There had been a roster move and it wasn’t announced, and my normal source of local news in those days failed to update me. Social Media wasn’t around so much, or was difficult to use on the mobile phones of that time. I had to find out more. That’s when I found Dan and the rest of the NoiseNation crew of the day–and this blog.
So even from the beginning, I’ve always been interested in the roster. “Who’s on the team?” is an important question–and cheering for the team and the players is easier when you know who they are.
This season, it seems that roster moves and manipulations have been taken to a new level in the Phillies minor league system. I’m not sure why–it could be because the Phillies have a new minor league director, or perhaps the way they’re communicating with the media departments at the affiliates is poor. In any case, I’ll always try to chase things down for you, gentle reader, and post it here when I can. In addition, I’ll try to provide a printable copy of the roster so that you can print it at home now that office paper is verboten at the park.
Official Roster Moves Yesterday:
INF Andrew Romine placed on the temporary inactive list
INF Jose Antequera promoted to Triple-A, Lehigh Valley from Double-A, Reading
P Abdallah Aris assigned to Extended Spring Training
P Kyle Arjona assigned to Extended Spring Training
P Austin Davis assigned to Triple-A, Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia (MLB)
P JD Hammer promoted to Triple-A, Lehigh Valley from Double-A, Reading
Antequera will wear #33
Davis will wear #43
Hammer will wear #31
Roster is at 25
Notes: As expected, GCL pitchers were returned to Florida, as Davis and the newly promoted Hammer were added. Romine attends to some personal matters as Antequera is added. Always look for a player to get a uniform number before considering him a part of a team. When the Phillies “assign” a player to a level, he still has to report and/or get officially added to the roster before you can anticipate him playing–otherwise some moves can be considered “paper” moves.
As we know, OF Nick Williams was optioned by the Phillies on Sunday morning. He was not officially added to the roster yesterday, despite my fine story, but should be added soon. It’s being reported by The Morning Call‘s Tom Housenick that Nick will play tomorrow (Thursday) for the IronPigs before taking the weekend off for a family commitment. I don’t begrudge Nick the time to get himself together or to spend some time attending important family events, but this isn’t quite what I had in mind when I wrote that he could quickly hit his way out of AAA and back onto an MLB roster quickly. This kind of tells me he thinks he’ll be here for a while. Perhaps he was told that–I don’t know.
Reliever RHP J.D. Hammer was promoted from Reading in a late move that didn’t make the column yesterday. He’s been pitching quite well this season, and has just the kind of quirky mentality and personality to really make it as a reliever. He didn’t pitch last night, so look for him to get his first AAA opportunity tonight. Remember, new for 2019 is that we are using the MLB baseball in AAA, rather than an MiLB ball. Because the stitches are a bit different and the surface feels a little different, it might require some adjustment from pitchers promoted during the season. Also keep that in mind when looking at the stat lines of guys like Dohy and Leftwich, who were already promoted this season. My advice is to look more critically at recent outings rather than overall stats. I’ll have an update on Hammer, probably in Friday’s column.
We also found out yesterday that OF Dylan Cozens would be out for the season after having had surgery on his ailing foot/toe. Then, Dylan himself tweeted that he’s not out for the season. Aggressive toe rehab is in order, I presume. Of course, there’s no 60-Day IL in the minors, so the Phillies kind of lose a roster spot here while he’s healing. We’ll await further information. We wish Dylan well in his recovery and hope that he can get back and try to raise his numbers a bit, which will help him headed into an off-season where he may have the opportunity to change his scenery a bit.
Printable Roster Tuesday 5/21: 2019 LHV Roster 5-21-19
Full list of IronPigs transactions for May, as of 1PM May 22:
Ranger Suarez was placed on the IL with a right abdominal strain on 5/1
Seth McGarry was promoted to Lehigh Valley from Clearwater (A+) on 5/2
Edgar Garcia was promoted to Philadelphia from Lehigh Valley on 5/6
Enyel De Los Santos was assigned to Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia on 5/9
Luke Leftwich was promoted to Lehigh Valley from Reading (AA) on 5/9
Alexis Rivero was promoted to Lehigh Valley from Reading (AA) on 5/9
Tom Windle was assigned to Extended Spring Training from Lehigh Valley on 5/9
Seth McGarry was assigned to Extended Spring Training from Lehigh Valley on 5/9
Grenny Cumana was promoted to Lehigh Valley from Reading (AA) on 5/10
Dylan Cozens was placed on the Injured List with a left great toe inflammation on 5/10
Austin Davis has been promoted to Philadelphia from Lehigh Valley on 5/11
Tom Windle has been promoted to Lehigh Valley from Extended Spring Training on 5/11
Cole Irvin has been promoted to Philadelphia from Lehigh Valley on 5/12
Seth McGarry has been promoted to Lehigh Valley from Extended Spring Training on 5/14
Alexis Rivero has been assigned to Extended Spring Training from Lehigh Valley on 5/14
Alexis Rivero has been promoted to Lehigh Valley from Extending Spring Training on 5/15
Kyle Arjona has been promoted to Lehigh Valley from GCL Phillies East (R) on 5/17
Abdallah Aris has been promoted to Lehigh Valley from Williamsport (R) on 5/17
Enyel De Los Santos has been promoted to Philadelphia from Lehigh Valley on 5/17
Tyler Gilbert has been placed on the IL with a left hamstring strain on 5/17
Tom Eshelman has been promoted to Lehigh Valley from Reading (AA) on 5/18
JoJo Romero has been assigned to Reading (AA) from Lehigh Valley on 5/18
Austin Romine has been placed on the temporary inactive list on 5/19
Jose Antequera has been promoted to Lehigh Valley from Reading on 5/19
Austin Davis has been assigned to Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia on 5/21
JD Hammer has been promoted to Lehigh Valley from Reading (AA) on 5/21
Kyle Arjona has been assigned to GCL Phillies East (R) from Lehigh Valley on 5/21
Abdallah Aris has been assigned to Williamsport (R) from Lehigh Valley on 5/21
Nick Williams has been assigned to Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia on 5/22
One other way we can tell that a roster move is “permanent” is if the player promoted gets immediately replaced by another promoted player. Hennigan comes up from Clearwater to replace Hammer, who is not likely to return to Reading any time soon. Here’s the move from yesterday:
RHP JD Hammer promoted to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
LHP Jonathan Hennigan added from Clearwater Threshers
Roster stands at 25 active, with 4 on the IL.
Reading is heating up with the bats, and once we get deep into June, we might get an idea if one of the position prospects is shoving his way to AAA in 2019. Otherwise, we may need to wait until next April. There are a couple starting pitchers there who could find their way east on 222 later in the summer, as well.
Hennigan had been putting up some impressive relief numbers in Clearwater. I look forward to seeing him pitch in Baseballtown soon.
Printable Roster: 2019 Roster
Complete List of May Transactions
(1) IF Jose Gomez was added to the Active Roster from Clearwater (A+) and OF Cornelius Randolph was re-activated from the IL / IF Jose Antequera was placed on the IL
LHP Jeff Singer was re-added to the Active Roster / IF/OF Grenny Cumana was assigned to Extendes Spring Training / LHP Jakob Hernandez was removed from the Active Roster
(3) LHP Jakob Hernandez was re-added to the Active Roster and RHP Alexis Rivero was assigned to Extended Spring Training
(9) RHP Luke Leftwich was assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and RHP Connor Brogdon was added to the Active Roster from Clearwater (A+)
(16) IF Scott Kingery was added to the Active Roster from the Philadelphia Phillies for a Minor League Rehab Assignment (right hamstring strain – April 20 on IL)
(18) RHP Tom Eshelman was assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and LHP JoJo Romero was added to the Active Roster from Lehigh Valley
(21) RHP JD Hammer was assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and LHP Jonathan Hennigan was added to the Active Roster from Clearwater (A+)
See you at the park,