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Phillies Claim OF Casper Wells

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Wells and his highlight reel defensive plays are coming to Philadelphia.

According to our Pat Gallen, the Phillies have claimed outfielder Casper Wells from the Chicago White Sox. Wells, 28, joins his fifth team in 2013, sporting a .236/.305/.407 career line, hitting .249/.330/.450 against southpaws. According to Gallen, Wells will join the team tomorrow in DC. He figures to take Michael Martinez’s spot on the 25-man roster.

According to FanGraphs, Wells has been a plus-defensive outfielder, posting a career 15.9 UZR/150 in 1547.1 innings in the outfield. Wells has primarily played right field in his career but has seen time in both left and center as well. A 14th-round pick in 2005 out of Towson, Wells broke out in 2008 with 27 homers for the Tigers’ Single A and Double A affiliates.

Analysis: Wells’ power keeps getting him chances in the majors. He’s hit .155/.211/.169 this season and .236/.305/.407 for his career, but had 21 homers in 557 plate appearances in 2011 and 2012. His addition could mean that it is only a matter of time before the Delmon Young experiment is over. Despite his paltry triple-slash, Wells has averaged 1.3 wins a year previous to 2013. Wells is definitely worth a waiver flier for a team like the Phillies who have only three “true” outfielders on their active roster.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Hogey's Role

    August 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Lets only hope delmon is on his way out

  2. George

    August 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Wow! So thrilling! The Phils replace one worthless outfielder with another worthless outfielder. It seems as if Amaro can’t stockpile enough poor hitting right fielders.

    • Lefty

      August 8, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      If this guy can play defense as well as this piece says, and can hit with occasional power, that’s a big improvement over Mini, Nix, or Delmon.

  3. Andy Schreiber

    August 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Better than having Nix & Martinez on the bench or in the OF.

    • c. schreiber

      August 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      What’s up cuz??

  4. Richard

    August 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    In this lost season, does anyone think it would be worthwhile to give Steve Susdorf a real look in the majors? I know he’s 27 and he has the AAAA-player stamp but he has hit over 300 during his minor league career with an over-370 OBP. Although it’s not likely, maybe you have something there. I would have preferred finding out over signing Casper Wells.

  5. Pamikedc

    August 9, 2013 at 7:27 am

    @Richard, I agree w you.

  6. c. schreiber

    August 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Does anyone realize this is Wells 5th MLB team this season? He’s been waviered or released by four other teams. Nice pickup Rube. I’m available Rube, Switchhitting SS, Average power, good glove, 6′ 2″ 250, DOB 3/22/44.

    • schmenkman

      August 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      And yet he looks to be at least as good a hitter as Delmon, and a much better fielder. I’ll take that trade any day.

      • devin

        August 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm

        .155/.211/.169

        ….
        ….
        ….

      • schmenkman

        August 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm

        Hopefully that’s not meant to be serious (76 PAs with .229 BABIP)

        Along the same lines, .323/.364/.538 in 99 PAs with .371 BABIP in 2010. Fact is both of those are small sample outliers.

        Career is .236/.305/.407 in 732 PAs. Or, if you throw out the outliers:
        .232/.308/.416 (.724), wRC+ of 103, ISO of .184, (.290 babip in 559 PAs)

        The batting average isn’t pretty, but he’ll draw the occasional walk. He also has similar platoon splits to Delmon.

        But the most important thing is that he won’t be starting nearly as often as Young did.

      • Double Trouble Del

        August 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm

        Well said or wellsaid for that matter.

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