The Phillies don’t have that many outfielders, it just feels like they do because every time they have enough of them to fill the lineup, a new one shows up. Aaron Altherr resurfaced with a boom and he’s all anyone is talking about*. But before that, he had been out of the picture long enough that it was easy to forget that he would factor into future decisions. His entry onto the roster bumped off Peter Bourjos, who had a shoulder injury to nurse anyway, but now Bourjos’ return is going to create something of a traffic jam.
In an uncharacteristic moment of transparency, Pete Mackanin opened up to reporters about what the team’s plan is for the short term future.
"Then we'll make a move on somebody," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said before Monday's series opener against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. "I don't know who yet. We've talked about some guys."
Sounds like a plan, Pete. As in, it sounds like what the text book definition of a plan is, regardless of the lack of specifics your outline includes.
This all makes the promotion of an outfield prospect like Nick Williams feel all the more distant, especially with the Phillies seeming as thoughtful and conservative about prospect movements as they have. Williams, who has gone through some polarizing disciplinary issues this season, is slashing .281/.311/.462 with 12 home runs, five triples, and 27 doubles in 102 games with the IronPigs. He is good, no matter which novelty uniform they dress him in.
Another thing that makes Williams joining the big club seem far away is the fact that Mackanin also said it wasn’t really being discussed at the moment**.
"I don't know if [Triple-A outfielder Nick] Williams is in the picture," Mackanin said. "I haven't talked about it. It depends on who we send out."
This doesn’t really sound like Mackanin had just gotten off the phone with the front office; it sounds like he knew things were going to be discussed in the near future and he just hadn’t had that conversation yet. Some people*** are just a little anxious to see exciting prospect promotions and this feels like an intersection of outfield movements - Mackanin did say that Odubel Herrera will not be moved to a corner - that maybe could result in one.
*in my apartment
**by anyone outside of my apartment
***twitchy, sweaty people who should probably leave their apartments from time to time