Earlier this month I took a guess at the hitters likely to make the team coming out of spring training. Here’s what I came up with:
I guessed Frandsen, Ruf and Quintero would win the three remaining spots.
Since then, the Phillies have added Delmon Young, adding the right-handed corner outfielder everyone knew they were looking for. They also signed 30-year-old right-handed outfielder Joe Mather. Mather will come to spring training as an NRI and the linked article says he will be joined by Tommy Joseph and Cody Asche.
Here’s my updated guess on how things look at this point:
|5||M Young||E Inciarte|
|11||D Young||P Orr|
I think Galvis still has to make the team. Somebody has to backup short. I think Martinez is the only guy with a real shot to take that slot from him and I don’t think it will happen.
Five outfielders now — Young, Revere, Brown, Mayberry and Nix. I think all five start the year with the Phils unless they are traded or injured before Opening Day.
Five infielders on the list — Howard, Utley, Rollins, Young and Galvis. Galvis can backup second, third and short and the outfield crew can backup first. I think it means another infielder isn’t a necessity.
If all those guys make the team and the Phillies start the year with 13 hitters, it means they have two slots open. One of them has to go to a catcher. I’d still give that slot to Quintero. Lerud seems like the other guy with a shot to be the second catcher, but I’d guess Quintero takes the job.
That would just leave one open position on a team with five infielders, five outfielders and two catchers. Ruf and Frandsen seem like the obvious choices to fill the final hitting position. My guess is still that it will go to Frandsen.
That would give the Phillies 13 hitters — Kratz, Quintero, Howard, Utley, Rollins, Michael Young, Galvis, Frandsen, Delmon Young, Revere, Brown, Mayberry and Nix.
Six new NRI invites to spring training are discussed here.
In this article, Amaro says that Brown and Ruf will be battling it out for the left field position. It also points out that Brown and Ruf have options remaining that would allow them to be sent to the minors while Mayberry does not. Again, I like the idea of Brown playing in left field rather than right a lot. I am going to be surprised if Young spends much time in right field in 2013, though. If Brown is uninjured and does not start the year with the team, I will be stunned.
Delmon Young’s contract includes $2.75 million in incentives. The article suggests that $600,000 in incentives are related to his weight.