FINAL UPDATE: Wednesday April 20
Welcome to the 2022 IronPigs, where if you don’t like the roster, just wait, because it will change. My annual roster preview post is woefully late as I (and others) await clarity regarding the minor league teams, who were forced to break camp before the big club due to schedule changes brought on by the lock-out. This roster will continue to evolve over the first home-stand and on through April, I believe. In addition to the normal injuries and perhaps trades, the roster exceptions and changes for the major leagues will impact who gets assigned to Triple-A, and who’s active or available on any given night.
I will try to keep this post up to date at least through the start of the second home series in April, versus Rochester. Changes and additions will be in italics or bolded to make them easy to find, and players moved will end up at the end of the post with their status noted. Finally, don’t go counting players, because at any moment there could be the normal roster shenanigans to keep extra guys around.
As far as story lines? Early on it’s the veteran nature of the club–look how many times below I used the term “veteran” or “veteran leadership” in the capsules below. How will our first-time-at-triple-a manager handle things? Can he keep the veteran team locked in enough to be a good team? I think we’ll hit enough, but the pitching could be shaky at times until things get figured out–kind of just like the big club.
UPDATE: ROSTER LIMITS: It is my understanding that each Triple-A team these days may have a roster of 30 players, 28 of whom are active on game day. I believe you’ll count about 32 or more below. Updates about injuries and “injuries” and inactive status will be made when available. It is generally thought–although I haven’t found anything official anywhere–that the Triple-A clubs are allowed to carry a couple extra players for the month of April, just like the big league teams, due to the shortened spring training schedule.
#13 Donny Sands
26yo, 6’2″ 190lb, RHB
Where Did He Come From? Came over from the Yankees in a pre-season trade, along with pitcher Nick Nelson. He was on the precipice of becoming a 40-man roster casualty at the time, but the Yankees liked him enough to try to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. He was originally drafted in the 8th Round in 2015, by the Yankees, out of high school in Arizona. He split last season between AA Somerset and AAA Scranton hitting .253/.316/.459 and .272/.339/.476 respectively. He is on the 40-man roster. He has some pop, cranking 18 combined HRs over two levels last season, splitting 94 games.
Outlook: Sands provides outstanding 40-man roster depth at catcher, despite not having made his MLB debut yet. We expect him to split time with Marchan (when healthy) and either of them could be the first guy up to Philadelphia in case of injury at the position. I thought Sands’ roster spot on the 40-man could be in jeopardy, but the injury to Marchan makes him the number three in the organization and an important depth contributor.
#19 Austin Wynns
31yo, 6’0″ 190lbs, RHB
Where Did He Come From? Winnie signed as a minor league free agent after spring training began. He spent most of last season with the Orioles, playing in 45 games and .185/.232/.308. He was a 10th round pick out of Fresno State for the Baltimore club. He also spent some time with AAA Norfolk last season slashing .333/.448/.563 in a small sample of 15 games. He did crank 3HR, though, in those minor league games.
Outlook: The Phillies have veterans Stubbs and Sands on the 40-man along with the prospect Marchan, who is now dealing with a hamstring or quad injury. Wynns, on a minor league contract initially, does not require the roster space should one of those guys get traded or released to free up space. Plus, he’s got the major league experience to get his contract selected if it becomes necessary. That flexibility could keep him in the organization should a 40-man roster crunch claim another catcher.
#8 Edgar Cabral
26yo, 5’11” 210 lbs, RHB
Where Did He Come From? 11th round draft pick by the Phillies in 2015 out of Mt San Antonio College. Cabral became a free agent last fall, but re-signed with the Phillies this spring. He spent all of last season on the IronPigs, but appeared in only 29 games, hitting .221/.333/.302.
Outlook: Cabral came up through the Phillies system and has worked with many of the pitchers, now at the top levels of the minors. He provides some veteran stability along with that familiarity. Should the IronPigs or Reading not carry three catchers, he could face some roster squeezes along the way.
#23 Darick Hall
26.5yo, 6’4″ 232, LHB
Where Did He Come From?: The big lefty first baseman returns to the IronPIgs following an uneven campaign last season were he slashed .239/.338/.403 while mashing 14 HR. 100 K over 120 games isn’t great, but 55 BB isn’t horrible, either. Swing and miss has always been the challenge for the power hitter out of Dallas Baptist, taken in the 14th round by the Phillies in 2016.
Outlook: With the advantage of minor league spring training during the lock-out, and an invite to MLB Spring Training, Hall has represented himself well this spring with a .308 average and a 1.000 OPS as of this writing. Expect Hall to be in the IronPigs lineup almost every night at either 1B or DH–now that we’ll have DH for every game. Look for him to work on pitch-recognition, patience at the plate, and putting the ball in play–to go along with some massive power. The Phillies have signed many power bats this offseason, but if the injury bug strikes hard, Hall could be a LHB off the bench for them if needed.
#39 Drew Maggi
33yo, 6’0″ 192lbs, RHB
Where Did He Came From? The veteran infielder played with AAA St Paul last season in the Twins system. Originally he as drafted in the 10th round by the Pirates, out of Arizona State. He as AAA experience with Okalahoma City, Columbus, Rochester and St. Paul, but has yet to make his MLB debut. He’s listed as 3B or SS in most places, but has played all over the diamond but mostly 3B or LF. Last season in St Paul is numbers were .252/.354/.456 with 16HR (by far his most) over 95 games. With that increase in power came an increase in strikeouts and decrease in walks.
Outlook: Maggi is set to provide some veteran leadership among the infield group, along with the flexibility to fill in the outfield as necessary. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play more than 3B and LF, as the way forward to the Phillies for a bench job is with defensive flexibility. Watch to see if he continues to swing for the fences this season.
#3 Ali Castillo — DEVELOPMENT LIST
32.5yo, 5’9″ 180lbs, RHB
Where Did He Come From? Castillo returns to the IronPigs following a year in the Nationals system. In 2019 Castillo came up from Reading to log 113 games and bat .316, garnering some team MVP votes from the likes of yours truly. He’s listed as a 2B, but we’ve already seen plenty of him playing SS and 3B. Castillo was originally signed by the Yankees as an international free agent out of Venezuela in 2007. Since then he’s played with many teams in the Yankees, Giants, Nationals and Phillies organizations. He does not have MLB experience.
Outlook: Castillo may find himself bounding between Reading and Allentown this season depending on where he’s needed. His bat took a big step back in 2021 but we hope he can return to form and put the bat on the ball no matter where he’s playing. He’s a fun player who adds energy to a game.
#10 Will Toffey
27yo, 6’2″ 205lbs, LHB
Where Did He Come From?: The 3B comes over to the Phillies organization from San Francisco in exchange for 3B Luke Williams. The trade effectively gained the Phillies a 40-man roster spot. Toffey was originally a fourth-round pick of the A’s out of Vanderbilt. He went to the Mets in the Familia (!) trade, and then to the Giants in the Banda trade. Toffey split last season between AA Binghamton (.178/.317/.386) and AAA Sacramento (.270/.407/.378). He did pound 8 HR on the season in a relatively small sample.
Outlook: Toffey will provide similar Triple-A depth to Williams as a third-baseman with some positional versatility. He played 1B, 2B, and the outfield corners last season, in only 70 or so games. He may lack some of Williams experience, but if you think Williams was going to be parked in Allentown all season anyway with the emergence of Bryson Stott as a third-base contributor, then this was a smart move to make.
#9 Dalton Guthrie –INJURED LIST–
26yo, 5’11” 195lbs, RHB
Where Did He Come From?: He’s a 2017 6th round draft pick of the Phillies out of Florida. He came up from Reading last season to fill a position of need as he was still finding his legs at that level. However, he seized the opportunity and raised his batting average by 50 points, his on-base by 10 points, and his slugging by 80! Then, an injury slowed him down before he could really put a stamp on his time in Triple-A.
Outlook: Guthrie will look to pick up where he left off before the injury last season, and prove that he should be considered on some prospect lists. At 26, time is short, but some positional flexibility–having represented himself well at 3B, 2B and all three outfield spots last season–might go a long way towards another opportunity, this time at the ultimate level. Sometimes you just need that shot, right? UPDATE: It’s early, but Guthrie is playing almost exclusively in center field to start the season. After the first two series he’s hitting .395/.439/.474. As that’s a position with some question marks in Philadelphia, it’s something to watch. He’s played well there, though, although he’s not on the 40-man roster. Then, he got injured.
#0 Ronald Torreyes
29yo, 5’8″ 155lbs, RHB
Where Did He Come From?: Sent to the minors on Monday, he’s been a mainstay utility player for Phillies manager Joe Girardi since back in his days with the Yankees.
Outlook: Expect him to add additional veteran leadership to the Triple-A squad until a bench spot opens in Philadelphia. Then he’ll be gone.
#6 Yairo Munoz
27yo, 5’11” 200lbs, RHB
Where Did He Come From?: The Dominican infielder was originally signed as an international free agent with Oakland. He didn’t make the big leagues with them, but did after he was traded to the Cardinals in the Piscotty trade. He signed as a free agent with Boston and was not resigned this off-season, coming to the Phillies as a minor league free agent. Last season with Worcester .308/.340/.444 Mostly at 3B, but he’s dabbled in the other infield positions as well as all the outfield positions as well.
Outlook: Unclear. He provides some experience in the system depth around the infield and perhaps a better bat than some of the other infielders. It will be interesting to see where and when he plays at Triple-A, but I think the Phillies like him at 3B, and that’s still a position with some questions in Philadelphia.
#7 Nick Maton
25yo, 6’2″ 178lbs, LHB
Where Did He Come From?: Phillies 2017 7th-round pick out of high school in Illinois. Maton was optioned in the last round of cuts before the Phillies came north to Philadelphia to start the 2022 season. He hit .199/.332/.345 over 63 games with the IronPigs last season.
Outlook: The versatile infielder is on the 40-man roster and should be one of the first call-ups should the Phillies need additional infield depth. He’ll need to continue to show competence at the plate and versatility and skill in any number of infield and possibly outfield positions. He’s listed as ‘2B’ on MilB.com, but has played primarily SS in the minors. In a way it does give the IronPigs a “true” shortstop, but we expect to see him move all around the field to 3B, 2B, CF and more.
#2 John Andreoli
31.5yo, 6’1″ 215lbs, RHB
Where Did He Come From?: Andreoli signed as a minor league free agent out of the Padres system, on March 10. He was originally drafted by the Cubs in the 17 round of the 2011 draft, out of Connecticut. He made it all the way to Triple-A with Cubs’ PCL affiliate in Iowa. As a minor league free agent he then went to Seattle, followed by Baltimore. In both locations he was able to log some big league time. He also got 7 games with the Padres last season. As a Triple-A hitter his lifetime line is .258/.373/.414 over a rather large sample, and includes 54 Triple-A Home Runs.
Outlook: Andreoli gives the Phillies some veteran outfield experience in Triple-A and a guy who looks like he can give you a good at-bat if needed. Although he’s listed as a right-fielder, he did log a reasonable amount of time in CF last season for El Paso.
#47 Jorge Bonifacio
29yo, 6’1″ 220lbs, RHB
Where Did He Come From?: The Dominican outfielder and brother of Emilio Bonifacio returns to the Phillies minor leagues to provide further depth following the trade of former first-round pick Adam Haseley.
Outlook: Last season Jorge parlayed a minor league deal at Double-A into some major league service time. He’s back for another go at it, just looking for the next opportunity.
#4 Justin Williams –INJURED LIST–
26.5, 6’1″ 235lbs, LHB
Where Did He Come From?: The lefty batting Williams signed as a minor league free agent back on March 3, and looked good getting time in the MLB Spring Training games. Originally, he was a second-round pick of the Diamondbacks out of high school in Louisiana back in 2013. He has MLB time with Tampa and St. Louis. Career in Triple-A he’s hit .272./.330/.442 with 24 HR in 174 games.
Outlook: Another outfield depth piece for the Phillies, but Williams was signed early and bats lefty, so I’m thinking he’ll stick around and wait for an opportunity in Philadelphia. UPDATE: Justin may have been injured in the first game of the season. He was added to the Injured List thereafter and no injury information has been released.
#3 Roman Quinn
29yo, 5’10” 175lbs, Switch-Hitter
Where Did He Come From?: He’s Back! Our old friend Roman was drafted by the Phillies in the second round back in 2011. Following an achillies injury which ended his 2021 season, he was designated for assignment and elected free agency. He spent spring training with the Marlins, and was one of their final cuts. He elected free agency instead of reporting to Triple-A Jacksonville. The Phillies then re-signed him to a minor league contract to help with depth at the center field position following injuries to Odubel Herrera and Mickey Moniak, and the trade of Adam Haseley to the White Sox.
Outlook: Odubel has an oblique injury, which can be tricky. Reportedly, Mickey Moniak’s hand is broken in a pretty significant way. Símon Muzziotti was recalled to Philadelphia to back up Matt Vierling, but he has played only 12 games above Single-A and only had 20 games total last season due to problems travelling to the United States from Venezuela. Muzziotti needs to play at Double-A Reading or with the IronPigs. There’s a route for Quinn to get going at the ‘Pigs then get a spot in Philadelphia if Odubel and Moniak are not ready. I’ve already heard that Moniak could be a candidate for the 60-day Injured List, which would open a roster spot.
#41 Odubel Herrera — REHAB ASSIGNMENT —
Outlook: It is anticipated that Herrera will re-join the Phillies when they return from Colorado on Friday, Apirl 22. Likely, Simon Muzziotti will return to Double-A Reading at that time via option.
UPDATE: Peterson has not reported to the IronPigs or been issued a uniform number, as of this writing. He was not signed to the 40-man roster and was not optioned, despite official reports to the contrary. For that reason, the signing probably says more about Justin Williams’ injury, than anything.
27yo, 6’2″ 210lbs, RHB
Where Did He Come From?: The Phillies received Peterson from the Brewers in exchange for cash in a trade on 4/19/22. He was originally drafted in the second round by the Padres out of high school in Arizona. He has played in the Braves and Tigers organizations, including in the majors for those two clubs. He hit .271/.347/.416 with 9 HR in 77 games with Triple-A Nashville in 2021.
Outlook: This move might signify a more serious injury to Justin Williams, whom I thought played well in spring and in the very early season. It appears that it comes with some 40-man implications which is interesting and also makes me worry about Bryce Harper’s elbow.
#12 James Marvel
28yo, 6’4″ 215lbs, RHP
Where Did He Come From?: Pitched in Indy last season in the Pirates system, originally drafted by the Bucs out of Duke. He’s a ground-ball machine who put up 7-7, 5.26 last season over 25 games, 22 starts. Signed as a free agent on March 4, for Triple-A pitching depth and experience.
Outlook: The Phillies are so thin with starting depth, that anyone putting up reasonable numbers in Triple-A might be in line to get some starts if the conditions are right (or, wrong) in Philadelphia. He does have four starts with the Pirates.
#38 Hans Crouse
23yo, 6’4″ 180lbs, RHP
Where Did He Come From?: Hans came over from the Rangers in the Spencer Howard trade last season. His stuff didn’t play up like some of the scouting reports suggested, but he’s still a starting pitching prospect at the high levels, which is something the Phillies don’t have much of. He’s on the 40-man roster and did get a look in the big leagues at the end of last season. He had originally been a second round pick of the Rangers out of high school in California.
Outlook: I think the quirky Californian is still putting it all together. Perhaps he was send to the minors side a little sooner than he’d have liked, but I think he has some work to do on his different pitches, sequencing, and consistency. He has the inside track to make some starts in the big leagues this season but he’s going to have to be throwing it well.
#24 Colton Eastman
25yo, 6’3″ 185lbs, RHP
Where Did He Come From?: He’s a 2018 fourth-round pick by the Phillies out of Cal-State Fullerton. He was a late start last season due to injury, but got four games with the ‘Pigs and pitched very well. He doesn’t get mentioned with the prospects, but has performed well in the minor leagues.
Outlook: Like his rotation mates, he has an opportunity if he can continue to perform at the top level of the minors. Often the forgotten contributor, he may end up being the most consistent performer this season in the rotation. We’ll see.
#31 Michael Mariot
UPDATE: Mariot will indeed be a starter and is in the rotation.
33yo, 6’0″ 190lbs, RHP
Where Did He Come From?: Our old friend from the 2017 campaign returns after having pitched as a starter for Louisville last season. He was a late signee who was in camp with the Nationals. He’s listed as a starter for now.
Outlook: With some players going out on trades and pitching injuries in the Majors, I think the Phillies wanted to fill in Triple-A with some experience and length in case players needed to be called up They also wanted to do that without occupying space on the 40-man roster. Mariot will have the opportunity to the big leagues for the first time since 2016 with the Phillies.
#37 Ricardo Sanchez
25yo, 5’10” 220lbs, LHP
Where Did He Come From?: Sanchez did not pitch last season while recovering from injury. He appeared in four games in the 2020 pandemic season, with the St Louis Cardinals, as a reliever. In 2019 he started 27 games for AA Arkansas, 8-12, 4.44, 135K/38BB.
Outlook: Somewhat of a project, but Sanchez will work as a regular starter in the rotation to begin the season. He looked good versus AA Reading in the 222 Exhibition. He has a nice late-breaking hammer curve.
#11 Dillon Maples
30yo, 6’2″ 230lbs, RHP
Where Did He Come From?: Split his time between Iowa and the Cubs last season. He was signed by the Phillies on a minor league deal on March 19 as veteran bullpen depth.
Outlook: He was one of the last to be sent to the minors, staying in Clearwater until Monday. If he performs, he should be in high consideration to support the big league relief corps.
#35 Mark Appel
30.5yo, 6’5″ 220lbs, RHP
Where Did He Come From?: The former first-overall by the Astros came out of retirement to pitch at Reading last season and made 9 starts and 15 appearances for the ‘Pigs. The numbers weren’t great, but he’s running it back as a full-time reliever this time.
Outlook: He looked great Sunday night in a shut-down inning versus the Double-A squad. I’m hoping his stuff plays up and that he can make the majors. It’s still a long road, but he seems motivated to put in the work to get there in whatever the role–and if not he’ll be a strong presence in Triple-A.
#22 Aaron Barrett
34yo, 6’4″ 230lbs, RHP
Where Did He Come From?: Originally a 2010 pick of the Washington Nationals, he appeared in the majors in parts of four seasons for them–mostly in 2014 and 2015. Last season he had a 2.22 ERA at Rochester. He was signed as a free agent on March 16.
Outlook: Could he be the Triple-A closer? He has put up some nice numbers over the years. And, he was the Harrisburg closer in 2019.
#40 Cam Bedrosian –INJURED LIST–
30yo, 6’1″ 225lbs
Where Did He Come From?: Came to the Phillies mid-season last year after losing favor in the Oakland system. He put up a 2.25 ERA for the ‘Pigs before getting 11 appearances with the Phillies. He had elected free agency but re-signed with the Phillies. He was one of the minor league contract guys who didn’t show up until the lock-out ended, I’ve been told.
Outlook: He’s another candidate to take the ball in high-leverage situations as we begin the Triple-A season. With 311 MLB appearances, he’s certainly a nice depth piece for the Phillies bullpen, pending an open 40-man spot.
#61 Connor Brogdon
27yo, 6’6″ 205lbs, RHP
Where Did He Come From? An important part of the Phillies ‘pen in 2021, his offseason was impacted by the MLB lockout as a member of the 40-man roster. He’s been optioned to the IronPigs.
Outlook: Look for Brogdon to get plenty of work in Triple-A, and once is velocity returns, he’ll be back with the big club to contribute important middle-relief outs.
#67 Tyler Cyr
29yo, 6’1″ 205lbs, RHP
Where Did He Come From?: A December minor league signing after coming up through the Giants system out of Embry-Riddle University. 4.91 ERA in 32 games with Triple-A Sacramento last season. Middle reliever, throws hard.
Outlook: As an early signing by the Phillies they obviously liked what they saw through scouting. Hopefully the radar gun works and we can see if he can get back up to 99.
#46 Kyle Dohy
25yo, 6’2″ 202lbs, LHP
Where Did He Come From?: The 16th round Phillies pick returns with tremendous stuff from the left side. Had been on the 40-man, but returned on a minor league deal.
Outlook: In the past, sometimes lost complete ability to throw strikes. Was in the process of getting that fixed when the pandemic hit. Hopefully the new development staff throughout the Phillies system can harness his stuff with some consistency and aggressiveness.
#48 Nick Duron
26yo, 6’4″ 190lbs, RHP
Where Did He Come From?: Released by Boston where he was drafted out of Community College, he’s been in the Seattle system the last couple seasons. Signed as a free agent in January when only minor leaguers could sign.
Outlook: He made the jump to the higher levels last season with middling success. Reports suggest he’s throwing harder now than his scouting report says. Middle relief contributor. UPDATE: It wasn’t a save situation, and he could have been scheduled to throw anyway, but notable that Duron closed the game on opening day.
#44 Joe Gatto
26.5yo, 6’3″ 220lbs RHP
Where Did He Come From?: Former second round pick of the Angels. Features an outstanding curveball. 4.35 ERA in the PCL last season in middle relief over 24 outings.
Outlook: Another early/December signing of a player the Phillies targeted as a minor league contributor and possible prospect. His numbers aren’t horrible when you consider the PCL. UPDATE: Also not a save situation, but Gatto closed the second game of the season.
#5 Johnathan Hennigan
27.5yo, 6’4″ 193lbs, LHP
Where Did He Come From?: Phillies 21st round draft pick, 2016. 32 appearances in AA Reading last season, 7.04 ERA.
Outlook: LHP are always in demand and Hennigan gets the promotion early this season. Depending on rosters and performance, he may bounce back and forth from Reading more this season.
#62 Jakob Hernandez
26yo, 6’4″ 260lbs, LHP
Where Did He Come From?: The Phillies draft pick out of Texas-Arlington is a big lefty who has experience closing at each level of the minors.
Outlook: He projects as more of a middle-innings lefty at the upper levels, though, and needs to be consistent and set up his breaking pitch for outs.
#17 Damon Jones
27yo, 6’5″ 233lbs, LHP
Where Did He Come From?: The Idaho native rose quickly in the Phillies system through 2019, and through the pandemic-shortened 2020 and into 2021 was converted to a relief role full time. His two-pitch mix plays up in this position.
Outlook: As a member of the 40-man roster, don’t be surprised to see Jones re-called periodically to contribute on that stage. I believe they have him as a 2-inning guy, so that’s something to watch as we observe his role in relief for the Triple-A club.
#16 Michael Kelly
29yo, 6’4″ 200lbs, RHP
Where Did He Come From?: Signed as a minor league free agent last November. Made 35 appearances for Triple-A Sugar Land last season posting a 2.82 ERA. 53K / 17BB in 44 2/3 innings.
Outlook: The Phillies saw something they liked and added Kelly early on in the process. He was kept with the big league club until the end of their training games. If roster space and performance allows, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make his MLB debut this season.
#45 Scott Moss –INJURED LIST —
27yo, 6’6″ 225lbs, LHP
Where Did He Come From?: A waiver claim from the Guardians, where he was drafted out of Florida, he finds his way through another DFA and onto the Triple-A Phillies. Pitched briefly in a starting role for the Clippers last season.
Outlook: A big lefty can be a lot to deal with for hitters–especially LHB. He’s only pitched in 9 games since 2019 and the thought is that he’ll be working in a middle-relief role in this organization. We’ll have to watch how his stuff plays as a reliever.
#43 Jake Newberry
27yo, 6’2″ 200lbs, RHP
Where Did He Come From?: Another of the group of relief prospects the Phillies brought in on minor league deals back in December. Pitched in 44 outings in mostly middle relief for Triple-A Omaha last season. His numbers were better in 2019 and 2018.
Outlook: The veteran minor leaguer looks to contribute and keep the dream alive. He was a 37th round pick of the Royals.
#21 Braden Ogle
24.5yo, 6’2 215lbs LHP
Where Did He Come From?: The hard-throwing lefty came over in a minor league deal from the Pirates last season, but his numbers kind of took a tumble following the trade.
Outlook: He’s been one of the most consistent performers during spring training. If he had a 40-man spot he’d probably be in consideration for a big league job right now. I’m wondering if the Pigs coaching staff will challenge him with some leverage appearances to keep the pressure on the Phillies to make a call-up.
#57 Jeff Singer
28yo, 6’0″ 200lbs, LHP
Where Did He Come From?: Local product from Rutgers-Camden just keeps showing up and getting batters out. He’s earned his way up through the system.
Outlook: Singer looked good in brief opportunity in MLB spring training. He’ll look to contribute from the left side in any relief role, including closer which he has done before. He had a brief stint with the Phillies recently, which was good to see, but he didn’t get any action. He’s returned to Triple-A.
Hey, What About….? (Players who ended up elsewhere)
Rafael Marchan — INJURED
23yo, 5’9″ 170lb, Switch Hitter
Where Did He Come From? International Free Agent, Phillies signed out of Venezuela in 2015. 67 games for the IronPigs last season hitting .203/.283/.232; 20 games with the Phillies hitting .231/.286/.346 He is on the 40-man roster.
Outlook: Even with the “lost” season in 2020, Marchan worked his way up through the system quite quickly as a light-hitting, glove-ready catcher. At the lower levels, he did demonstrate some better bat-to-ball skills than recently, so we expect some improvement. Marchan is a Phillies prospect, and with Logan O’Hoppe coming up through behind him you may see one of them become expendable in a trade this season.
Garrett Stubbs — PHILLIES
29yo, 5’10” 170lbs, LHB
Where Did He Come From? Stubbs came over in a trade with the Astros last fall. Like Sands, he has a 40-man roster spot as well as an option. He’s a 2015 8th round pick by the Astros out of USC. Last season he had 37 games at AAA Sugar Land and 18 with the Astros. In the PCL last season he hit .265/.418/.363 with 29K and 30BB, but only 2 HR.
Outlook: Stubbs provides veteran 40-man depth for the Phillies at an important position. Stubbs has a strong arm and can keep potential base-stealers in check. While he lacks power, he will give you a good at-bat each time up.
Jack Conley — READING
25yo, 6’1″ 190lbs, RHB
Where Did He Come From? 27th round pick in 2018 out of high school in North Carolina. His defense has kept him moving through the system, even getting seven games with the IronPigs last season. Still, he has only 346 total at-bats in his professional career.
Outlook: Pre-season he was thought to be the leading candidate to pair with high-level prospect Logan O’Hoppe in Reading. He’ll provide a good back-stop and leadership for whichever pitching staff he works with this season.
Josh Ockimey — READING
26yo, 6’1″ 238lbs, LHB
Where Did He Come From? The 1B/DH veteran came over as a minor league free agent in February. He was originally drafted by the Red Sox out of Neumann Goretti HS in Philadelphia. He faced the IronPigs in both 2019 and 2021 while playing for the Red Sox AAA-affiliates. He was at the alt-site for the Red Sox in 2020 and has not yet made his MLB debut. Last season he appeared in 98 games for the Woo-Sox putting up .225/.358/.416 with 15 HR. In 2019 with P’tucket he cranked 25HRs. He’s an “outcomes” guy, walking 62 times last season against 117Ks.
Outlook: Ockimey provides another alternative to Hall in the 1B/DH/Masher role, as well as with the Phillies off the bench if needed. The two big lefties in the IronPigs lineup every night should provide some fireworks, if it works out that way.
Scott Kingery — INJURED
28yo, 5’10” 180lbs, RHB
Where Did He Come From?: A second round pick by the Phillies in 2015 out of Arizona, Jetpax fell out of favor and was removed from the 40-man roster. He then suffered a shoulder injury which required surgery. He’s currently rehabbing that shoulder but still making a major league salary as he works his way back. While remaking his swing, he only got 23 games with Lehigh Valley last season and hit but .181/.307/.292.
Outlook: I have Scotty listed as an infielder because I feel like the best way back for his rehab and swing is to put him at 2B and let him play through everything. But, the need for CF in Philly may push him to get reps there, assuming his shoulder is capable of making the throws. It’s an interesting story line for 2022. We’ve always been big fans around here, and we always cheer for the comebacks, too.
#24 Braden Zarbnisky — READING
25yo, 6’2″ 191lbs, RHP
Where Did He Come From: Signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent out of West Virginia University during the pandemic season of 2020. Pitched at three levels in 2021, A+, AA, and AAA IronPigs where he posted a 7.24 ERA.
Outlook: Unknown. Finally, media outlets are starting to spell his name properly (Matt) but he was added to the Triple-A roster just prior to opening day. His status and availability are not known at this time, but I might expect him to contribute in middle relief for both Reading and Lehigh Valley this season.
#29 INF Daniel Brito — INJURED
Brito is recovering from a brain bleed suffered last season. He’s doing baseball things in Clearwater, though, which is super good to see!
RHP Tyler Phillips — INJURED
Phillips was signed to Reading last season, pitched briefly but may never have been healthy. He re-signed in the fall and was added to the IronPigs 60-day Injured List.
#41 Andrew Bellatti — PHILLIES —
See you at the park–remember to check back for updates over the next couple weeks,
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