Phillies ICYMI Monday: 01/16/17

On their site here they give a short bio of each one. The most intriguing to me is a chance to see Reading Fightin Phils slugger Rhys Hoskins in some games, as well as him getting the experience and added coaching that comes with being in a big league camp. Asked about this at a four-day prospect education program last week, which the Phillies hold every year at Citizens Bank Park , “I don’t know about expecting it,” Hoskins said about the invite. “But hoping, definitely. You never know. I show up and try to do my job, wherever it is. But I’m definitely excited about the opportunity.”
It will also be nice to see the newly acquired, well traveled, RHP Pedro Beato.

Arbitration Exchange Deadline:

Friday was the deadline for signing arbitration eligible players before having to exchange numbers before an arby hearing can be set.

Thursday We Do The Freddy:

On Thursday sources were reporting that they had agreed to one year, $4.35M deal w/ Freddy Galvis. Galvis, 27,  who ranked 3rd among MLB SS by FanGraphs in DEF (Defensive Runs Above Average), in a short time has also become a leader in the clubhouse filled with young players.  He has also impressed the coaching staff with his hard work and dedication to the game. He may be an average hitter for his position – last season hitting just .241, 26 2B, 3 3B, 20 HR, 67 RBI, .673 OPS, in 624 PA – but that can improve with experience and a bit more patience at the plate than he showed last season, walking only 25 times. It will be interesting to see how he handles having the team’s top prospect in SS J.   P.   Crawford, starting in Lehigh Valley.

Friday Is Gomez Time:

Friday the Phillies officially announced the Galvis signing as well as a one year $4.2M deal with Jeanmar Gomez. This left only 2B  Cesar Hernandez with whom they then exchanged arby #s. Hernandez asked for $2.8M and the Phillies countered with $2M. They can still reach an agreement before an arbitration hearing which would be scheduled sometime between Jan. 30 and Feb. 17 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Gomez, 28, who unforeseen by most, worked his way into the Phillies closer spot last year until the last week of the season, where his innings, and/or the league seemed to catch up to him. Before 8/13 he had 30 saves in 33 opps and a 2.52 ERA in 51 appearances. In his last 19 outings, while saving 7 of 10, his ERA was 13.20. He is slated to be a middle reliever next season. I will have more on Hernandez when his situation is resolved.

Next Ups:

Barring a plethora of news, next week I will concentrate on some of the new arms in the Phillies system and who may be a factor this coming season.




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