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The Battle for the 25th Man: Week 3 Report

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We’re getting closer to a final roster with the moves made this week

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LOTS of clarification on the situation heading into the final full week of spring training games. Yes, this is the last full week of spring, which means we are that much closer to meaningful baseball. Hip, hip...

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On to the battles!

Infield/Outfield

  • Ryan Flaherty - 11 for 33, 7 runs, 8 RBI, 3 walk, 3 strikeouts, 4 XBH (3 2B, 1 HR)
  • Pedro Florimon - 10 for 33, 9 runs, 2 RBI, 5 walks, 8 strikeouts, 5 XBH (4 2B, 1 HR)
  • Scott Kingery - 14 for 37, 5 runs, 5 RBI, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts, 5 XBH (2 2B, 3 HR)
  • Adam Rosales - 8 for 32, 5 runs, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts, 3 XBH (2 2B, 3B)
  • Roman Quinn - 5 for 22, 7 runs, 4 RBI, 6 walks, 5 strikeouts, 1 XBH (HR)
  • Jesmuel Valentin - 9 for 32, 5 runs, 11 RBI, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts, 5 XBH (2 2B, 3 HR)
  • Tommy Joseph - 9 for 21, 2 run, 1 RBI, 2 walk, 4 strikeouts, 3 XBH (3 2B)

Stock Up - Flaherty, Florimon, Valentin
Stock Down - Quinn, Rosales

Well, we can pretty much write one of these guys in stone. Pedro Florimon had his contract selected this week, meaning he’s pretty much guaranteed a spot on the roster.

He’ll be a pretty good bench piece, as he’s able to back up J.P. Crawford in case of injury. He’s played pretty much everywhere this spring, so he fits that versatility requirement that it seems Gabe Kapler has for his bench pieces.

The other spot - man, I just don’t know. Flaherty just keeps earning at bats every game, playing all around the diamond as well. But Valentin leads the team in RBI this spring and is tied in home runs. That will probably be juuuuuuuust enough to keep him on the roster, but I really don’t know.

Roman Quinn looks ticketed to head to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. He’s missed so much developmental time, he just needs the at bats. It also wouldn’t surprise me at all if he’s traded this week if a team finds itself in need of an outfielder on the cheap.

Catcher

  • Andrew Knapp - 3 for 18, 3 runs, 2 RBI, 2 walk, 6 strikeouts, 1 XBH (HR)
  • Cameron Rupp - 6 for 28, 5 runs, 2 RBI, 2 walk, 13 strikeouts, 2 XBH (2B, HR)

Stock Up - Knapp, Rupp
Stock Down - neither

This one is also getting interesting. On one hand, Rupp is hitting a little bit more while Knapp is not (he went hitless this week). On the other hand, when Jake Arrieta pitched his simulated game the other day, it was Knapp the one doing the catching for him. Whether that is something that had to do with the schedule for the day, I don’t know, but it is interesting. At the very least, Rupp is making it more difficult to send him down.

#4/5 starters

  • Zach Eflin - 4 G (3 GS), 13 13 IP, 12 H, 7 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 11 K, 3 HR
  • Thomas Eshelman - 3 G (1 GS), 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 8 K
  • Ben Lively - 4 GS, 14 IP, 11 H, 6 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 9 K, 2 HR
  • Nick Pivetta - 4 GS, 13 13 IP, 14 H, 8 R (8 ER), 14 H, 6 BB, 11 K, 4 HR

Stock Up - EVERYBODY...
Stock Down - ...except Eshelman

Wow. One guy gets hurt and everybody perks up a little bit.

Eickhoff getting injured opens the door to another pitcher joining the fray. As I wrote last week, the Phillies don’t need to have five starting pitchers in the month of April and really don’t need one until the 11th. But having their #2 starter (until Arrieta is ready) get hurt just as the season is about to begin throws a wrench into the plans for who would be that last member of the rotation. So, now everybody (except Eshelman, who will be headed to Lehigh Valley) is back in the fray.

Relievers

  • Fernando Abad - 1 G, 0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR
  • Victor Arano - 6 G, 6 13 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
  • Zac Curtis - 8 G, 5 13 IP, 7 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 6 K
  • Drew Hutchison - 4 G (1 GS), 10 23 IP, 8 H, 5 R (5 ER), 4 BB, 11 K
  • Mark Leiter, Jr. - 5 G, 12 13 IP, 13 H, 6 R (6 ER), 3 BB, 17 K
  • Hoby Milner - 9 G, 6 23 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 7 K
  • Ricardo Pinto - 5 G, 4 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 3 K

Stock Up - Leiter, Milner
Stock Down - Pinto, Hutchison, Curtis

Not going to say much with this one, since we have a tweet from a beat:

Seems like Curtis was never really under consideration, which is odd because he’s been every bit as good as Milner this spring. Oh well...

Predictions:

Backup catcher: Knapp (waffling on this one)
Infielder/Outfielder: Florimon, Valentin (I’m sticking with this guy for now)
#4/5 starter: Pivetta, Lively
Relievers: Leiter, Milner

One more week to go....