One of the most difficult times of the year is here. It’s time to make roster moves.
Some of the moves are simple and expected such as sending down to the minor league camp first baseman Rhys Hoskins, second baseman Scott Kingery, catcher Chase Numata, outfielders Andrew Pullin Dylan Cozens, pitchers Drew Anderson, Elniery Garcia, Alberto Tirado and Victor Arano.
They had no chance of making the opening day 25-man major league but gained valuable experience at the major league spring training level.
Other moves at the major and minor league levels are still pending but the most difficult move is the outright release. Some of your best friends that you have known for the last four of five years might be impacted.
With the start of the minor league spring training game schedule starting on Tuesday more moves are expected.
Baseball Betsy and I made it just in time Sunday morning to watch some of our friends that we have known since the Gulf Coast League days play on Roberts Field. All the Phillies minor league coaches and front office types were there.
We have been friends with Ranfi Casimiro for nearly five years. This is his seventh season in the Phillies organization. He had gone 12-4 combined during the last half of the season with Lakewood in 2015 and the first half with Clearwater last season. He struggled the second half and was removed from the starting rotation.
Another friend of ours, Herlis Rodriguez was playing in the outfield and hit the ball hard in his at bats including hitting a sacrifice rbi fly ball to left. Watch HERE.
The Phillies re-signed David Whitehead as a free agent pitcher but he gave up a three-run homer to minor league veteran Harold Martinez. Watch HERE.
Another type of player getting a good look is free agent, left handed pitching specialist Wander Perez. He struck out left-handed batter Cord Sandberg in his audition as a LOOGY. Watch HERE.
Sunday morning was important to all these guys. We will have to wait and see what happens.