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Phillies Reassign Ten to Minor League Camp

Morgan was reassigned to Minor League camp but it may not be long before the southpaw is in a Phillies uniform.

Last night, the Phillies reassigned lefties Adam Morgan and Joe Savery, righties Ethan Martin, Jonathan Pettibone, J.C. Ramirez, and Kyle Simon, catcher Tommy Joseph, third baseman Cody Asche, infielder Michael Martinez, and outfielder Zach Collier to minor league camp. Collier, Martin, and Pettibone’s reassignments are active Monday.

None of these reassignments were particularly surprising: in our non-roster guide, the players out of this group that had the best chance to make the club out of camp were Morgan and Joseph at F-minuses. Martin and Pettibone likely had about the same shot but, along with Collier, their chances were not assessed because they were invited as part of the 40 man roster. The rankings were not based on talent but rather purely on odds that they would make the big league club out of camp.

For some players, their Spring performances opened up a lot of eyes: Joseph hit .462 (6-13) with two doubles and a homer while Asche .357 (5 for 14) with two doubles. In an interview with Todd Zolecki, Ruben Amaro believes Joseph and Asche have, at the very least, a shot to contribute to the Phillies next year and left the door open cracked just wide enough if there’s an emergency while pointing out their developmental youth: “Next season, maybe. Maybe. Not 2013 necessarily. It’s a possibility. It’s hard to tell. A lot of it will depend on how they continue to advance. Neither one of these guys have played Triple-A baseball.”

In the same piece, Charlie Manuel was very impressed by Joseph and Asche: “They need a little more experience. But at the same time they’re more advanced than I thought they were … than I expected. Very much so.” Manuel also noted that he believes Martin, Morgan, and Pettibone will be Major League pitchers and that Savery and Martinez were not in consideration for any of the final roster spots.

The moves leave eleven non-rostered invitees in camp and 36 players who are on the 40-man roster. The most intriguing name still in camp from the non-roster invitees may be Justin Friend, whose impressive performance last year in Double-A got him a look in Triple-A. Friend combined for a 1.33 ERA in 50 appearances between Reading and Lehigh Valley last season while setting Reading’s single-season saves record.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Brooks

    March 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Yada yada yada … and Mini mart will be the utility infielder.
    ?

  2. bacardipr

    March 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Brooks sure a lot of people where relieved that Martinez finally was assigned to AAA. I knew he would be but some thought somehow or someway (perhaps he rubs Charlies feet after every game) he would make the roster.

    • Brooks

      March 10, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      As relieved as I am over that news Bacardi – its a bad visual dude..

  3. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    March 10, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    The end of Mini-Mart? Guy has more lives than a cat.

  4. Dave

    March 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Why was mini-k sent down? He can swing a bat, he can run around and he can put a glove on his hand.

  5. Bruce

    March 11, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    It will be interesting to see where the young catching prospect, Tommy Joseph will be assigned. Since the other prospect Sebastian Valle is catching in AAA, Joseph goes to AA Reading?

    Darin Ruf is having a difficult time in the OF as well as with the bat in Spring training exhibition games. I be disappointed if he is given a bus ticket to AAA Lehigh Valley. It’s probably best for him to get as much playing time in left field as possible.

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