Happy New Year Philadelphia Phillies Phans!
We here at PattisonAve hope you all got your wishes fulfilled over the holidays, and look forward to a 2018 filled with new and returning players, leading this up and coming team back to the playoffs.
Though this was pretty much a given, on Wednesday 12/20 the Phillies made official the signing of 1B Carlos Santana to a 3 yr deal which includes a club option for 2021. Most of his stats have been detailed in past posts, but his career .365 OBP and .810 OPS and an AL leading 689 BB in seven seasons, all with the Cleveland Indians, are what should be most helpful for this young club. It is also not unreasonable to think that hitting at CBP, possibly as a DH as well in interleague games, will add to the 23 HR’s he hit last season.
How this will affect Rhys Hoskins, now officially listed as an OF on the 25 man roster, and the rest of the OF before and during the season will be something to watch.
Phillies Player Developement Moves:
The new manager for the AAA Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs will be Gary Jones. He has spent the last four years as 3B coach for the Chicago Cubs. Jones brings his 28 years of experience as a professional manager and coach, including more than 1,000 games as a skipper in the Oakland, Boston and San Diego systems to the Iron Pigs. Ex Phillie – albeit for one year (2007) – Wes Helms, will also be a LV coach. Helms served as a guest instructor in spring training for the Phillies in 2017.
Another Phils alum, Rico Brogna, will join Greg Legg, who is in his 2nd year in a row as AA Reading Fightin’s manager, a position he also held from 2002-04. Brogna will join the coaching staff after his most recent stint as a Pro scout for the Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim. Brogna spent parts of four of his nine MLB seasons in Philadelphia. From 1997-99 he hit at least 20 HRs.
For a full list of the Player Development moves see the article below
With just under a month and a half until Pitchers and Catchers report on 02/14/18, we should soon get a glimpse of who will be invited to Clearwater as non-roster invitees. Once that list is put out there and finalized we will, as we did last season, detail those players by position, and their chances for making the Bigs, or their designations in MiLB.
This may be a quiet week for the club as the next important date on the MLB calendar is Jan. 12th when the deadline to exchange salary arbitration figures hits. Unless something momentous occurs we may take two weeks before our next post.
Also we are always looking for more Phillies writers in the off-season and going forward so we can expand our coverage to include game/and or series recaps and previews. If you think you have the write-stuff DM me on twitter @brett5355.
Stay tuned and until then Best of Luck to the other outdoor team on Pattison Ave: