Phils Sign Gallagher, Release Blanco – Phillies Nation
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Phils Sign Gallagher, Release Blanco, the Phils did not sign the balding man who smashes watermelons. The Phillies did, however, sign Austin Gallagher, a 24-year old Lancaster, PA native formerly of the Dodgers organization. Gallagher is a former 2007 Third Round pick who was at one point fast-tracked to High-A as a 19-year old in 2008 but has had issues staying on the field and has not progressed past High-A. Gallagher was released by the Dodgers in January after being suspended for a positive test for Methylhexaneamine. He will start the year by missing 50-games for using the popular fitness supplement.

Gallagher has posted strong Minor League career numbers but has spent four of his six seasons repeating High-A. Why he never was afforded the chance at a promotion to Double-A is a bit of a mystery (.290/.368/.447, 10 HR/season), but if he sticks with the Phils, he should compete for time at first base for Reading.

In other Phillies transaction news, the Phillies released Minor League non-roster invitee Andres Blanco this week. Blanco hit .235/.301/.346 for the IronPigs last year and is a career .255/.301/.333 Major League hitter. Blanco was expected to resume the role of starting shortstop for the IronPigs but struggled with injuries over the winter.

Credit: Matt Eddy, Baseball America for the transaction news.

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  1. Ken Bland

    February 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Here’s who we’ll be watching today as the Phils take on the Tigers in a home and home set.

    Tigers pitchers: RH Justin Verlander, LH Kyle Lobstein, RH Octavio Dotel, RH Al Alburquerque, RH Joaquin Benoit, RH Brayan Villarreal, LH Phil Coke.

    Phillies pitchers: RH Roy Halladay, RH Rodrigo Lopez, LH Antonio Bastardo, RH J.C. Ramirez, LH Jake Diekman, LH Joe Savery.

    Frankly, I’ve always thought Rodrigo Lopez had the stuff to be a regular rotation guy, but that’s never developed. And at age 37 or so, if it hasn’t happened yet, it’s wait til next lifetime. He reminds me of Robert Person as a guy who I thought might have had more success than worked out. Decent struff, but I guess ya need more than decent. One guy we won’t see today is this hard throwing youngster with a shot at nailing the Tiger closing spot, Bruce Rondon. He threw hard yesterday against Toronto. He’s the luxury of a team in a division that should be won, you can give a youngster a chance to settle in. Lotta righties for the Tigers today, maybe help Howard get settled in.

    Charlie’s lining ’em up this way


    Gillies cf,

    Ruiz c

    Howard 1b,

    Ruf dh

    Mayberry rf

    Frandsen 3b

    Galvis 2b

    Collier lf

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