The annual rite of deciding who is protected from the 40-man roster and who is not protected came to a head with five recent roster additions. The Phillies deemed Justin DeFratus, Freddy Galvis, Harold Garcia, Cesar Hernandez and Matt Rizzotti worthy of needing protection and added the five to the roster.
As usual, there were also some notable players who weren’t protected and can now be taken by another team in the Rule 5 Draft, which will be held December 9.
The Phillies haven’t made a big free agent move – yet – but they have been busy getting minor league free agents signed and in some cases, re-signed to deals for 2011. They’ve also kept themselves pretty busy filling out the coaching staffs for their minor league clubs, but there is still a lot to decide.
For Brody Colvin, the 2010 season was a definite success. In just his second professional season, Colvin spent the entire season at Low-A Lakewood and had the usual struggles of a young pitcher making the jump from the Gulf Coast League to the South Atlantic League, especially early in the season.
Pitchers (29) – Gabriel Arias, Phillippe Aumont, Jesse Biddle, Lisalberto Bonilla, Jake Borup, David Buchanan, Garrett Claypool, Jared Cosart, Jacob Diekman, Sergio Escalona, Craig Fritsch, Percy Garner, Nick Hernandez, Mario Hollands, Steven Inch, Colin Klevin, Tyler Knigge, Derrick Loop, Scott Mathieson, Mike McGuire, Marek Minarik, Brian Morgado, Jon Musser, Hector Neris, Miguel Nunez, J.C. Ramirez, Juan Sosa, Ethan Steward, Kevin Walter.
Brian Bocock started the season on the Phillies 40 man roster and there were numerous times when fans questioned why he was there. And really, you couldn’t blame them; the IronPigs shortstop saw his average dip below the .200 mark a week into the season and it wouldn’t come back to that level until just over three months later.
Domonic Brown and Scott Mathieson were honored as the Phillies Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year. Both Brown and Mathieson are with the Phillies
Both players have come up through the Phillies system after being drafted by the club. Mathieson was drafted in the 17th round of the 2002 Draft and Brown was taken in the 20th round of the 2006 Draft. Continue reading
Pitcher Derrick Loop, who was signed as a minor league free agent earlier this season, will join the Lehigh Valley IronPigs for the final two games of the International League season. The 26 year-old Loop was 4-1-0, 0.36 in 15 games with Clearwater this season and has pitched as high as Double-A when he was in the Red Sox organization in 2009.
Loop was initially drafted by Cleveland in the 26th round of the 2006 Draft and has a career mark of 26-11, 2.63 in 128 minor league games, 21 of them in independent leagues.
The ‘Pigs had roster spots open when pitchers Scott Mathieson, Vance Worley and Nate Robertson were all added to the Phillies 40 man roster following Saturday night’s game.