The Phillies announced Sunday that they’ve added four players (thus far) to their primary roster, as we turn our calendars to September, and roster size expands to 40 for the final time.
Leading the charge of call-ups is 23 year-old catching prospect, Deivy Grullon, who managed to avoid the Rule 5 Draft this year, and has proceeded to put up an exceptional season with the Iron Pigs in 2019. His impressive slash of .283/.354/.496 and 21 homers over 108 Triple-A contests are cause enough for excitement, and it just so happens that Grullon boasts an extremely powerful arm from behind the dish (not AS powerful as former teammate, Jorge Alfaro’s arm, mind you, but powerful nonetheless!) Deivy will surely replace the struggling Andrew Knapp as the club’s go-to backup catcher, and is one to watch throughout the remainder of the regular season.
Another interesting name entering the fray is RHP Nick Vincent, who was DFA’d by the San Francisco Giants earlier this season. Once a highly touted ‘pen arm, Vincent has since regressed from his shutdown days of old — but is far from a lost cause. While he has, indeed, lost some stuff over the years, Vincent has been nothing short of stellar throughout his Minor League campaign with the Phillies, pitching to a 1.46 ERA and striking out 13 over 12.1 frames of work for Lehigh Valley. It will be interesting to see how he fares in his second Major League stint of the 2019 season.
INF Phil Gosselin and LHP Cole Irvin round out this first class of September call-ups, both of whom we’ve seen previously this year.
None of these particular names will be making any super significant impact upon this team, but they certainly aid any worry of depth as we approach what is easily the most crucial stretch of the season for this Phillies team.
It’s make or break now, folks.