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2013 Player Reviews

Phillies Player Reviews: The Under 25 PA Club

Inciarte’s improbable run to the Phillies provided Spring Training’s most fun storyline to follow in 2013. Photo:

The Phillies had seven players travel with their Major League roster and accrue 25 plate appearances or less. Like other years, we are unable to give true grades to these players, but it is certainly worth discussing their presence on the team.

Ender Inciarte If you blinked, you likely missed Inciarte’s time with the Phils. Inciarte was the Phillies Rule 5 draft pick and, as such, had to remain on the active 25-man roster the entire year or be offered back to the team he was selected from. Inciarte was with the Phillies for exactly one game, the season opener in Atlanta, before being sent back to Arizona in favor of Ezequiel Carrera. Inciarte was known as a speed and defensive specialist and the 22-year old did not disappoint for Arizona’s Double-A Mobile, hitting .281/.327/.362 with 43 steals in 51 chances. I wish the Phillies could have hung on to Inciarte in some capacity but it was not in the cards. Inciarte’s time on the 25-man roster without appearing in a game puts him in the unique group of Phantom ballplayers.

Cameron Rupp The player on this list that Phillies fans will likely see the most of over the next several years, the 25-year old Rupp took advantage of the playing time he received due to injuries to Sebastian Valle (his platoon partner to start the year in Reading) and Tommy Joseph (out for most of the year with a concussion at Triple-A), hitting a career-high 14 home runs and a .437 SLG% across Reading and Lehigh Valley. Rupp looked comfortable defensively behind the plate in his September call-up with the Phillies and went 4-13 with a double in four games. Rupp will likely compete for the back-up catcher’s job in 2014 and will figure into the Phillies catching plans for the next several years.

Steve Susdorf  – Susdorf appeared in three games for the Phillies after being called up from July 25 through July 28. His most notable play with the Phillies was likely a dropped pop fly against the Tigers in a 12-4 loss but it should take nothing away from what the 27-year old Susdorf accomplished: a .313/.390/.403 line in Triple-A with 11 steals in 18 chances and his first taste of Major League action. Susdorf is a minor league free agent this off-season, but if his familiarity with the Lehigh Valley is any indication, Susdorf may return to the Phillies organization.

Ezequiel Carrera The Phillies selected Carrera off of waivers from Cleveland on April 2, 2013. The then 25-year old outfielder was brought in to bolster the outfield depth. Carrera was used primarily as a defensive replacement or pinch hitter, appearing in13 games but accumulating only 16 PA. Carrera had just one hit, posting a triple-slash of .077/.250/.077. Cleveland claimed Carrera off waivers from the Fightins on May 2, where he would play in just two games. He would spend most of the year in Triple-A Columbus.

Steven Lerud Lerud saw action in just six games for the Phillies in 2013, ending with a .000/.000/.000 line in five PA. Lerud has likely been surpassed in the organization as an emergency catcher by Rupp. Lerud hit just .217/.353/.311 in 219 PA with the IronPigs in 2013.

Pete Orr Orr saw action in 15 games for the Phillies in 2013, hitting .200/.273/.200, playing two games in left field and two at third. Orr, now 34 years old, filled in just about as well as you’d ask for when you get to Orr on the depth chart. Orr hit .258/.300/.385 with four homers and nine steals in sixteen attempts.

John McDonald The Phillies had two players on their active roster in 2013 that ended up being on the active roster for five Major League teams in 2013. Casper Wells was one, McDonald the other. McDonald played second, short, third, left field, and pitched a third of an inning for the Phillies in 2013 . Across 2013, McDonald was worth -0.9 WAR according to FanGraphs in just 77 PA, making him among the statistically least valuable players per plate appearance in the Majors.



  1. wbramh

    October 23, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    You never know what thinking is behind some of these decisions.
    Keeping Ender Inciarte might have meant giving up on Mini Mart!!

    Tough choice – do you throw out the baby or the bath water?

    Speaking of Casey Stengel and Michael Martinez in back-to-back posts, I’m reminded of that classic Stengelese observation when he pointed at two of his young Mets players and declared:

    “See that fellow over there? He’s 20 years old. In 10 years he has a chance to be a star. Now, that fellow over there, he’s 20, too. In 10 years he has a chance to be 30.”

    In 10 years, Martinez has a chance to be 43.

    Not that it was a 1-against-1 decision by Phillies management to either keep Mini or Ender but I would have liked to have seen a little more of of the latter and a lot less of the former.

    • G7

      October 23, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Phils need a right handed stud in the lineup..Stanton is the only one I can think of that fits the bill…whatever it takes..Dom Brown, cash, go get him!

    • c. schreiber

      October 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      A F—-g men.

  2. bacardipr

    October 24, 2013 at 5:13 am

    I advocated holding on to Ender in a different blog. Alas it was not to be.

  3. Pamikedc

    October 24, 2013 at 9:27 am

    @Wbramh, if I’m not mistaken and could use an assist from @Lefty on this, but Mini Mart was not on the 25 man opening day roster and that’s where Incartne (sp) had to be on opening day (which he was) but throughout the whole season. So, the Phils had no spot to keep him all season.

    In hindsight of course you keep Incartne over the Delmon Young project.

    • George

      October 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Mini wasn’t on the opening day roster. Rule 5 picks present problems because they have to be on the 25 man roster all year. Mini wasn’t even on the 40 man for much of the season, and isn’t now.

      It would be way to easy to blame the front office for not keeping this player or that when all of us now have the opportunity to see just how bad/injured that some players were, when management had to pick and choose before such hindsight was available to them.

      I thought they should have made a bigger effort to keep Enciarte, but of course, maybe they did try pretty darned hard. I wasn’t there. Those are the breaks, sometimes.

      The rest of the less-than-25 PAs people were pretty indicative of a roster so crummy it had to be shuffled repeatedly, and a system so shallow all the “fish” in it were pretty much already dead.

    • c. schreiber

      October 24, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      You keep anybody in the organiation over Mini.

      • hk

        October 25, 2013 at 6:39 am

        You are missing the point. When they had to decide whether or not to keep Ender on the 25 man roster, Mini Mart was not on the 25 man roster. Therefore, the decision to offer Ender back to the D-Backs was not one of Ender vs. Mini Mart. I do, however, agree with your general premise that Mini Mart should never have been on the 40 man roster, much less the 25 man roster, last year after how little he showed in 2011 and 2012.

    • Lefty

      October 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Sorry Mike, long day. You’re right.

  4. bacardipr

    October 25, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    While he be a good player to have it doesnt really address their needs in this line up. Not unless they can get him on the cheap.

  5. bacardipr

    October 25, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Ignore last comment posted in wrong thread.

  6. Bill

    October 26, 2013 at 5:00 am

    The Phils need some power in the line up. CBK is a hitters park and the phils have no pop in the line up.Come on RAJ get us some excitement in the line up.I have been a phillies fan for 50 years and its sad to watch whats been going on the past few years.

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