2014 Spring Training

Phillies Move 7 to Minor League Camp, Release Marson

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/images/headshot_46384.jpgPer Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Phillies have moved seven Phillies’ players to minor league camp, optioning catcher Tommy Joseph, LHP Jeremy Horst, and outfielders Zach Collier and Tyson Gillies while re-assigning LHP Cesar Jimenez, RHP Ken Giles, and shortstop Andres Blanco. Additionally, the Phillies have released catcher Lou Marson and Sebastian Valle has been re-added to Major League camp even though he is no longer a member of the 40-man roster.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. bacardipr

    March 14, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Feel this should be it for Gilles. The natural ability was there but the mind was not apparently. Jimenez might be this year Valdes. Marson cant hit an unfortunately no room for him in AAA.

    • schmenkman

      March 14, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      If it wasn’t “it” after 2013, that decision wouldn’t (shouldn’t) be made based on 10 spring at bats.

      But I also don’t think there is a reason to stop the clock on him, either. He can be parked in AAA for 3-4 years in case he’s needed as an emergency fill-in, and there’s a chance he could still figure it out (all provided he’s not preventing prospects with more potential from getting playing time).

  2. George

    March 14, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    If people are willing to read a little more thoroughly, they’ll know that Giles was RE-ASSIGNED, not released, so no one has given up on him yet. He was simply sent to the minors.

    Marson, on the other hand, is no longer even in the minors, at least until some other team gives him another chance.

    • schmenkman

      March 14, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      George, if you’re referring to the two comments above, they were about Tyson Gillies, not Ken Giles.

      • George

        March 16, 2014 at 11:08 am

        I must have misread, although that’s understandable when Gillies is spelled GILLES. It would have been nice if someone had included the first name. That way, a misspelling won’t be misinterpreted so easily.

        If I sound nasty, I’m just in a foul mood. That’s understandable, too, considering the almost constant negativism on this site.

  3. J.L.

    March 15, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Nooooo not Marson! *snickers*

  4. photoFred

    March 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Meanwhile, à propos of nothing at all, Darin Ruf is quietly hitting his way into a position where Ryno will want/need to give him regular playing time. Exactly how that lineup might work will be interesting to see. Franco, so far, not so much.

  5. MadDawg

    March 15, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Horst couldn’t pitch last year. What made them think he could pitch this year?

  6. bacardipr

    March 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I agree Schmenk but one tends to wonder about his character. MadDawg, Horst was pitching injured last year. He had good minor league #’s and was pretty good in his 45 inning of MLB. Best case he is just a little rusty worst case that elbow is shot. Hopefully his success at MLB wasnt a fluke.

    • schmenkman

      March 15, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      I know about his couple of incidents with drugs and the bus driver, but I’m not sure what you mean about his character. If the Phils can employ Brett Myers, Delmon Young, and I’m sure others I’m forgetting right now, there is certainly room for Tyson Gillies.

      • wbramh

        March 15, 2014 at 10:38 pm

        Amen!
        At least Gillies is still a kid.
        More than can be said for the transgressions of Mssrs. Myers, Young and others who should have known better..

  7. Ken Bland

    March 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Apparently, the Phillies might have a drastically better year than general public expectation has come across.

    Around these parts, these days, you cling to whatever hope you can, and the crux of the hope is the apparent meticulous course Skipper Sandberg is following to name his opening day starter. The choices are maybe more widely multiple than I’d thought,

    As recently as this morning, quote marks around the words of Sandberg indicated he’s still in the process of deciding. When you think about it, that makes a lot of sense. After all, this once in a blue moon storied franchise has offered up the likes of Sid Fernandez, Floyd Youmans, and Dennis Bennett in this honored role, so who knows what name might spill forth when Sandberg makes up his mind. After all, there are still a couple healthy shoulders down Clearwater way, and Roberto Hernandez threw brilliantly in his last start.

    It would have been too easy…too logical for Sandberg to answer the OD subject by simply saying “we just haven’t announced it yet …but no…..he had to play it cute and state that he was still thinking about it.

    Don’t strain your brain, Ryne. Just flip a coin. And if flip comes up the wrong way, for some reason, I think you might have a better shot at winning game 2 than I do now.

    • photoFred

      March 16, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Ha! Funny but sad.

      Early indications are skipper Ryno is cut from the tough, old-fashioned cloth of hard-ass. You may think there is only one possible opening day starting pitcher but “I’ll name him when I’m damn good and ready.”

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