It is offseason time here in Phillies land. I will be writing this mailbag all offseason, so please send me all of your questions or suggestions and prevent my desperate pleading on Twitter. It's for the best.
Prospect Spotlight: Jonathan Guzman, SS
Guzman is not a player that I expect to see prominently ranked on prospect lists this offseason, but he is a player to be well aware of. Guzman turned 16 on August 17, 2015, and the Phillies gave him a $60,000 bonus to sign that very day. That made Guzman one of the youngest pro baseball players, and this year in the Dominican Summer League, he hit .300/.370/.346 with 21 walks against 25 strikeouts in 64 games. In addition to the youth and instant success, Guzman should be able to stick at shortstop.
The reason to not go crazy is that, at 6'0" and 155 lbs., Guzman simply lacks the strength to impact the baseball in a meaningful way. He is also going to play next year at 17, likely in the Gulf Coast League, which means he is an eternity away from the Major Leagues. That said, there is a lot to like about young shortstops with a good feel for contact and solid defense, and Guzman could be a breakout prospect down the road. For now, he is a name to be aware of.
@Matt_Winkelman Which Phillies players are eligible for arbitration this off-season and which do you think will and won't get offered.— Dan M (@dannmaal) October 6, 2016
I amn going to turn to Cot's Contracts for this. There are not a ton to sift through, so let's just run through them one at a time:
- Freddy Galvis (Arb 2): Galvis made $2,000,000 last year and I would expect a decent raise, but nothing that would make him overpaid for being the opening day shortstop.
- Cesar Hernandez (Arb 1): He is your opening day second baseman and he will probably still be a bargain, even if he is entirely frustrating.
- Jeanmar Gomez (Arb 3): Gomez made $1.4M last year and will see a raise, but not as much as he would have gotten without his late-season collapse. If it is under $4M, I could see him back for sure.
- Emmanuel Burris (Arb 3): He is gone.
- Cody Asche (Arb 1): I don't know if Asche is definitely back next year, but they can offer him arb and not have it be guaranteed. He won't make much, considering he got demoted to Triple-A this year.
- Darin Ruf (Arb 1): Ruf is out of options, I don't see how he has a spot on this team going forward.
- Luis Garcia (Arb 1): See Ruf, Darin
@Matt_Winkelman what do you think are the most important stats? Modern and old school— John Wetzel (@John___Wetzel) October 6, 2016
- Gavin Floyd
- Chase Utley
- Marlon Byrd
- Taylor Buchholz
- Cole Hamels
- Ryan Madson
- Anderson Machado
- Ryan Howard
- Elizardo Ramirez
- Zach Segovia