Phillies invite Kingery, Eshelman, 6 others to spring

The Phillies have invited eight non-roster players to spring training. They are:

  • SP Enyel De Los Santos
  • SP Tom Eshelman
  • SP Brandon Leibrandt
  • SP Cole Irvin
  • RP JD Hammer
  • C Edgar Cabral
  • 2B Scott Kingery
  • OF Andrew Pullin

You’re basically looking at guys who will either be in Reading or Lehigh Valley in 2018. Does anyone have a shot at cracking the opening-day roster? Possibly. Kingery, of course, could find his way in if the Phils trade Cesar Hernandez, but that may not happen quite yet. Eshelman has an outside shot at a rotation spot right now, but he’s still down the chart and the Phils have yet to add any starting pitchers this offseason. Leibrandt is about in the same position.

Hammer might actually have the best chance at making some noise, as bullpen spots are always in flux and, even though he ended last season in Clearwater, he could rise quickly at age 23.



  1. betasigmadeltahag

    January 18, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Kingery should have made the team last year. I think they are wasting his talent in the minors let him progress in the majors. I do not understand when you look at other teams who bring their young players up and see if they can play in the bigs. It would be nice to see the phillies try that for once

    • schmenkman

      January 18, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      I don’t get the rush to bring up Kingery.

      It would have exacerbated the 40-man roster crunch, and would have meant another prospect made available for other teams to grab.

      But even setting that aside, where would he have played when he came up? Hernandez is a top 10 player at his position, and I can certainly understand not wanting to give up on Franco just yet.

      Kingery has been a good prospect, with a flash of more than that in Reading’s launch pad. His AAA numbers were pretty good, let’s see if he can build on those for a month or two and we’ll see him by June or so.

      By then they’ll see if Franco can show any return to his 2015 success, and they may have made progress on a trade of Hernandez (or Kingery).

      Contrary to what some think, the Phillies have NOT been slower than most teams to advance prospects.

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