Player News - Phillies

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Jesmuel Valentin will begin the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

He was vying for a bench spot but lost out to Brock Stassi and Daniel Nava. Valentina more than held his own in the Grapefruit League, batting a robust .366 over 41 at-bats. The 22-year-old should debut in the big leagues later this year.
Mar 30 - 4:48 PM

Brock Stassi has made the Phillies' Opening Day roster.

This became a foregone conclusion once the Phillies released Chris Coghlan. Stassi had an electric spring, batting .339 across with six round-trippers over 56 Grapefruit League at-bats. Raking in March isn't the same as doing it against big leaguers in April, but the 27-year-old did more than enough to earn his spot. It's a nice story, but there's no fantasy value here.
Mar 30 - 4:39 PM

Daniel Nava has made the Phillies' Opening Day roster.

Nava was probably a long shot to make the roster when camp opened but solidified his place by mashing to the tune of a .386 average over 44 Grapefruit League at-bats. Despite an impressive spring, the 34-year-old backup offers no fantasy value.
Mar 30 - 4:34 PM

Jerad Eickhoff was pulled after giving up six runs in two-thirds of an inning Thursday against the Yankees.

When Eickhoff can't find that curveball right away, outings like this can happen. He allowed four hits and walked two before being lifted from what was due to be a shorter outing anyway. He was having a perfectly fine spring before this, so one bad day doesn't matter much.
Mar 30 - 4:11 PM

Jeanmar Gomez will open the 2017 regular season as the Phillies' closer.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin confirmed that news Thursday in camp. Gomez was sharp this spring, registering a 0.93 ERA over 9 2/3 innings in the Grapefruit League, but he's a lower-tier fantasy option at closer given his poor numbers last year and the talent behind him in the Philadelphia bullpen. Hector Neris and Joaquin Benoit will work in setup roles for now.
Mar 30 - 10:37 AM

Phillies optioned RHP Luis Garcia to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

This opens the door for Adam Morgan and Joely Rodriguez to make the Phillies' bullpen. Garcia, 30, owns a 4.24 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 127 1/3 career major league innings.
Mar 30 - 9:33 AM

Brock Stassi went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk as a Phillies split-squad topped the Tigers 8-2 on Wednesday.

The Phillies signaled that they'd keep Stassi when they made the move to release Chris Coghlan. Stassi has had an awesome spring, hitting .339 with six homers in 56 at-bats. The power outburst is somewhat out of character; he finished with 12 homers in 375 at-bats in Triple-A last year and his career high is 15 homers. He has a nice approach at the plate and he could contribute in the majors in a limited role, but not a whole lot should be expected.
Mar 29 - 5:24 PM

Aaron Altherr went 3-for-5 wand hit his fourth homer as a Phillies split-squad beat the Pirates 8-2 on Wednesday.

Altherr was set to be the Phillies' right fielder before the team signed Michael Saunders, and the team probably would have been content to keep him in that starting role had they known he was going to be this impressive this spring. He should wind up with ample playing time anyway. He can start over Saunders against lefties initially, and Saunders is about as fragile as outfielders come. Plus, odds are that either Saunders or Howie Kendrick will be traded by the July 31 deadline. It makes Altherr plenty interesting as a fifth outfielder in NL-only leagues,
Mar 29 - 4:33 PM

Aaron Nola lasted just 1 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, surrendering five runs on seven hits and a walk.

He did strike out four and will finish the spring with 23 punchouts over 19 1/3 innings. However, Nola hasn't been very sharp in his last four outings and will end Grapefruit League play with an 8.38 ERA and 1.81 WHIP. He has insisted that his elbow is fine, though. Hopefully that's the case.
Mar 28 - 11:26 PM

Phillies released OF Chris Coghlan.

Coghlan appeared to have a leg up for a bench spot, so this move comes as a surprise. With Coghlan out of the picture, the final two bench spots figure to come down to Jesmuel Valentin, Daniel Nava, and Brock Stassi.
Mar 28 - 11:55 AM

Tommy Joseph went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer on Monday against the Blue Jays.

And the longball came off of Jays closer Roberto Osuna. Joseph also added a double and a couple singles. The Phillies' first baseman got off to a slow start this spring but has heated up of late and is now up to a .304 average and .909 OPS with three dingers.
Mar 27 - 9:55 PM

Vincent Velasquez whiffed seven across five frames of one-run ball against the Blue Jays on Monday.

Russell Martin popped a solo shot off of Velasquez, but the right-hander held the Jays in check otherwise. Velasquez has had an excellent spring, boasting a 2.75 ERA and 25/9 K/BB ratio over 19 2/3 innings. He's a durability risk but should produce for fantasy owners while healthy.
Mar 27 - 9:51 PM

Phillies reassigned RHP Michael Mariot to minor league camp.

Mariot had a 4.15 ERA and 9/4 K/BB ratio in 8 2/3 innings this spring in Grapefruit League play. The right-hander will function as organizational bullpen depth for Philadelphia in 2017.
Mar 27 - 2:29 PM

Phillies optioned OF Roman Quinn to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Quinn was always ticketed for Triple-A out of spring training, but he should be brought up for good at some point in 2017. The 23-year-old outfield prospect batted .302/.372/.451 with six home runs and 36 stolen bases in 77 games last season between rookie ball and Double-A Reading. He then made his MLB debut as a September callup.
Mar 27 - 2:28 PM

Andrew Knapp has been named the Phillies' backup catcher.

Knapp beat out Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday for the job. The 25-year-old batted .266/.330/.390 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 107 games last season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Mar 27 - 2:23 PM


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