Late Wednesday night, presumably before the 8:00 p.m. deadline to do so, the Phillies added some names to their 40 man roster ahead of the freeze before the Rule V draft.
#Phillies add RHP Garrett Cleavinger, RHP Mauricio Llovera and LHP JoJo Romero to 40-man roster, protecting them from Rule 5 Draft. Also acquired Triple-A left-hander Cristopher Sanchez from Rays for minor league INF Curtis Mead. Added Sanchez to 40-man. 39 players on 40-man.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) November 21, 2019
Had you been following the Phillies’ minor league systems, their protection of Jojo Romero and Mauricio Llovera shouldn’t be all that surprising. Both represent good depth for the team to have and stand at least a shot of making the major league bullpen during spring training. It’s Garrett Cleavinger that might be a bit surprising. However, maybe we shouldn’t be all that surprised.
Cleavinger (Hellickson trade) has long had control problems. April to July 36.2 IP 30 BB.— Matt Winkelman (@Matt_Winkelman) November 21, 2019
In August he was mid to upper 90s and went 14.2 IP 4 H 2 R 1 ER 3 BB 22 K for Reading
If you have a left-handed reliever that is pumping upper 90s heat and looks (small sample size) to have found at least some control, that’s exactly the type of guy who will get chosen in the Rule V draft. The Phillies must be convinced that the control is no longer an issue.
Surprisingly, prospect Rafael Marchan was left off, thus exposing him to the draft, but as Winkelman earlier noted, that shouldn’t be that much of a surprise.
I don't think anyone would take Marchan, and I don't think he would stick, and the Phillies REALLY don't want to have 4 catchers on the 40 man roster. But he is a top 10 prospect in the system and if you think you are going to lose him, you have to not lose him— Matt Winkelman (@Matt_Winkelman) November 20, 2019
As Zolecki noted, the team stands at 39 players on the 40 man roster headed to the Thanksgiving holiday.
I’ll expect the Gerrit Cole announcement on Friday.