With the signing of the collective bargaining agreement this past week between owners and the Major League Players Association, the entirety of the Phillies roster is headed to Clearwater, Florida (some quicker than others–see below.)
This certainly gives us a clearer picture of what the IronPigs might look like when they take the field on Sunday night, 4/3 versus the R-Phils in the 222 Classic, or Tuesday 4/5 versus Columbus. At least, clearer than the post I just deleted which had a Triple-A roster devoid of 40-man players. Certainly, roster battles, trades, free agent signings, and the like will have an impact on the Phillies roster that will likely trickle down to the IronPigs roster–as always.
Let’s get right into it,
We’ll list 13, as well as some other names to know. At this point, those things: injuries, effectiveness, trades, MLB free agents and the like have not been fully considered.
1. Rafael Marchan
2. Donny Sands
Discussion: While Marchan’s name continues to be mentioned in trade talks, he’s a nice prospect, on the 40-man, and could certainly benefit from regular playing time in the minor leagues over sitting on the bench in Philadelphia. Sands comes via trade with the Yankees, who were perhaps ready to DFA him for the 40-man spot prior to the lock-out. He’s on the 40, but does have an option, I’ve been told. He hit .272 with 8 HR in AAA Scranton last year, over 42 games.
Other names to know: Logan O’Hoppe should open as Reading’s every day catcher, and has perhaps passed Marchan n the prospect lists. Jack Conley, Nick Matera and Colby Fitch have AA experience and could come up to help. Garrett Stubbs is also a trade acquisition, but has more MLB experience than Sands, so I have him in Philly.
3. Darrick Hall
4. Josh Ockimey
Discussion: Any number of infielders could see time at first base, of course, but most nights it will probably be the returning Hall. Ockimey comes over from the Red Sox organization after hitting .225 and .204 in 2021 and 2019 respectively. But, he did hammer 40 HR over those two seasons. We’ll have a DH for every game from now on, so Ockimey should be in the lineup there on many nights if not at 1B.
5. Ali Castillo
Discussion: The Phillies should be signing players as we speak, and that may push some guys down to Triple-A–at least temporarily. And, with very few dedicated 2B-only players anymore, you’ll likely see a bunch of different guys playing here. And you might see Castillo in Reading.
Other names to know: Nick Maton, Scott Kingery, Daniel Brito (inj), Sal Gozzo, Dalton Guthrie, Wendell Rijo
6. Bryson Stott
Discussion: The upper-level prospect Stott should be starting here most every night and batting in the top three, until his shoves his way onto the MLB roster. He’s in a roster battle with Didi Gregorious for the Philadelphia job, but I bet he hends up in Triple-A to start the season.
Other names to know: Luke Williams, Kevin Vicuna, Nick Maton, Ali Castillo
7. Dalton Guthrie
8. Drew Maggi
9. Yairo Munoz
Discussion: Maton and Williams are certainly in the mix to be with the Phillies. With the DH you have to figure Alec Bohm will be in Philly one way or the other. And, while you could see Stott get some reps here, we’ll list these possibilities knowing that they could be playing elsewhere–on this team or another. Munoz is a free agent signing from the Red Sox organization. He could have an opt-out at some point.
Other names to know: Nick Maton, Luke Williams, Madison Stokes, Ali Castillo
10. Adam Haseley
11. Justin Williams
12. John Andreoli
13. Scott Kingery
Discussion: The lefty-batting Williams has 55 games of MLB experience and comes as a minor league free agent having played for Cardinals and in their system the last couple seasons. Andreoli is a veteran left fielder who has been up with San Diego, also a free agent signing. We don’t know if Kingery’s shoulder is healed, but I’ve got him listed here in the mix for CF to start–he could also play 2B of course. The Phillies need MLB guys in their outfield mix as well, so look for signings that could be high-profile, potentially, and will push names down to Triple-A.
Other names to know: Mickey Moniak, Josh Stephen, Simon Muzziotti, Matt Kroon, Madison Stokes, Matt Vierling
Again we’ll think about 13, but there are a lot of names to know. I wouldn’t be surprised if the IronPigs carry more than 13 to start, as some won’t be fully stretched out, and others will need to be ready to help the Phillies for the same reason.
14. RHP Hans Crouse
15. LHP Bailey Falter
16. RHP James Marvel
17. RHP Jack Perkins
18. LHP Cristopher Sanchez
Discussion: LHP Ranger Suarez is not likely to be ready to go for the Phillies as he’s stuck in Venezuela awaiting passage to the US (I believe it’s actually a passport issue, not a visa issue.) RHP Zach Eflin may not be fully healthy to start the season. And now we hear Zack Wheeler could be behind in preparations just due to resting his arm. However, just this morning, GM Dombrowski and Manager Girardi suggested that they were optimistic about the timing for those fellas. The Phillies could sign additional starting pitching, but this morning made it sound like that was doubtful. Should the rosters start with extra spot or they just need a start or two, they could steal it from this list above. So you’ll need to know a bunch of other names. Perkins is up from Reading. And, Sanchez could be a reliever now. Falter, too. Oh, and Marvel above comes to us as a free agent from Pittsburgh where he logged a ton of innings for AAA Indianapolis the past couple seasons. He’ll get you some ground balls, that’s for sure.
Other names to know: RHP Colton Eastman, LHP Josh Hendrickson, RHP Adam Leverett, RHP James McArthur, RHP Francisco Morales, RHP Kyle Glogoski, LHP David Parkinson (restricted list), LHP Scott Moss
The balance of the roster will be relief pitching and could be 7-9 players. And might depend on who’s healthy and who’s ready. Let’s just divide them into three groups of names to know:
Names You Might Already Know:
RHP Braden Zarbnisky, RHP Mark Appel, LHP Jakob Hernandez, RHP Cam Bedrosian (NRI), LHP Damon Jones, LHP Jeff Singer, LHP Braeden Ogle, LHP Kyle Dohy (NRI)
MLB Veteran Invitees:
RHP Andrew Bellatti, RHP Tyler Cyr (inj?), RHP Joe Gatto (inj?), RHP Michael Kelly, RHP Jake Newberry (inj?)
Other Names to Know:
LHP Zach Warren, LHP Jonathan Hennigan, RHP Mike Adams, RHP Matt Seelinger, RHP Austin Ross, RHP Brian Marconi, RHP Yoan Lopez, RHP Aaron Barnett
I won’t list the guys who have 40-man status right now; there’s a lot to shake out. But, those are the names to know going forward.
Gonna be good to see some real Spring Training baseball coming up here at the end of the week. Above are your potential IronPigs to keep an eye on. Almost certainly I’ve missed someone or mis-labeled them in some way. Please add corrections, additions, or further information in the comments for all to see (rather than FB or Twitter)–you can remain anonymous if you like.
See you at the park,