The eleventh pitcher on the Phillies appears to be right-hander Tim Lahey, who the Phils claimed off of waivers today. Barring another move, which seems at the very least possible, Wes Helms would be the fourteenth hitter and final man on the 25-man roster. Snelling and Olmedo were sent to Triple-A. Lahey is right-handed — unless the Phils trade Helms for a left-handed pitcher it appears they will go into the season with Romero as the only lefty in the pen.
Lahey turned 26 in February and was taken by the Twins in the 20th round of the 2004 draft as a catcher. In 2005 he was converted into a closer. After spending 2005 and 2006 in the low minors, Lahey spent most of ’07 in Double-A and threw three innings at Triple-A. Between the two levels in ’07 he went 8-4 in 52 games with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.44 ratio and 14 saves. In 81 1/3 innings he gave up 82 hits and 35 walks while striking out 59.
The Devil Rays took him with the first overall pick in the 2007 Rule 5 draft and almost immediately traded him to the Cubs. He pitched in 11 games for the Cubs this spring, throwing 11 innings in which he allowed 11 hits and eight walks (1.73 ratio) and struck out seven while throwing to a 6.55 ERA.
It’s kind of hard to find the element in all of that you would focus on if you were trying to make the case he’s sure to help the Phillies on the field next month. We’ll see, but if it turns out to be pretty there are going to be some surprised people.
Article about him here.
This article linked in the first paragraph also says that the Phils signed Chris Woodward to a minor league contract. Woodward has gotten 1,598 major league at-bats with the Mets, Braves and Blue Jays and has a career 243/299/375 line. He turns 32 in June.