Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2013 Non-Roster Invitees - 7 More Added

2012 Topps Heritage Minors #115, #128 and #153
A sure sign that we're getting closer to pitchers and catchers reporting is that the official number of non-roster invitees now stands at 19.  Last week, the Phillies added five of their top prospects to the list of players who will wear numbers in the 60s and 70s while hoping to impress Charlie Manuel and the rest of the coaching staff.  They also added outfielder Joe Mather, who spent 2012 with the Cubs, and infielder Yuniesky Betancourt, who had a rough year last year with the Royals before earning his release in August.

For me, the most intriguing names on the list are Cody Asche and Tommy Joseph.  Asche is the heir apparent at third base for the Phillies and if all goes according to plan, he'll be manning the hot corner in 2014.  With Clearwater and Reading last season, he hit .324 with 12 home runs and 72 RBIs.  Joseph was acquired from the Giants in the Hunter Pence deal and MLB.com named him the organization's top position player.

Player (position) - 2012 Organization - Last Major Cardboard Appearance

2012 Bowman Chrome
Prospect Autographs
1.  Steven Lerud (c) - Phillies - 2004 Bowman #160 (Pirates)
2.  Michael Martinez (inf) - Phillies - 2012 Topps #64 (Phillies)
3.  Pete Orr (inf) - Phillies - 2008 Topps Update #UH72 (Nationals)
4.  Cesar Jimenez (lhp) - Mariners - 2009 Upper Deck #857 (Mariners)
5.  Zach Miner (rhp) - Tigers - 2009 O-Pee-Chee #314 (Tigers)
6.  Humberto Quintero (c) - Royals/Marlins/Brewers - 2012 Topps #590 (Astros)
7.  Andres Blanco (inf) - Phillies - 2007 Topps #659 (Royals)
8.  Josh Fields (3b) - Dodgers - 2010 Topps #387 (Royals)
9.  Jermaine Mitchell (of) - Athletics - 2012 Bowman Platinum Prospects Autographs #JM (Athletics)
10.  Rodrigo Lopez (rhp) - Cubs - 2007 Topps #348 (Rockies)
11.  Juan Cruz (rhp) - Pirates - 2012 Topps Update #US36 (Pirates)
12.  Aaron Cook (rhp) - Red Sox - 2011 Topps #230 (Rockies)

13.  Cody Asche (3b) - Phillies - 2012 Topps Heritage Minors #115 (Phillies)
14.  Justin Friend (rhp) - Phillies - 2012 Topps Heritage Minors #153 (Phillies)
15.  Tommy Joseph (c) - Giants/Phillies - 2012 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP100 (Giants)
16.  Joe Mather (of) - Cubs - 2012 Topps Update #US25 (Cubs)
17.  Adam Morgan (lhp) - Phillies - 2012 Topps Heritage Minors #128 (Phillies)
18.  Kyle Simon (rhp) - Orioles/Phillies - 2012 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP56 (Orioles)
19.  Yuniesky Betancourt (inf) - Royals - 2012 Topps Update #US47 (Royals)


Anonymous said...

I saw on MLBTradeRumors.com that Brian Schneider has retired... Has he ever appeared as a Phillie on anything other than that one autographed insert and the team-issued cards?

I'd meant to do up my own custom of him last year and go off about the huge injustice of his never getting a card, but I never quite got around to it. At least he's got Chachi cards...

Dan said...

Why?!?...that is all.

Steve F. said...

Rules question: Does Tommy Joseph not need to be on the 40-man roster by reason of him not having enough service time? Or did the Phils just decide they didn't need to protect him because no team would be likely to draft him in the Rule V draft and then stash him on their 25-man roster? I had just assumed he was on the 40-man roster so I was surprised to see this reference to him as an NRI.

I have never seen Schneider on anything besides that autographed insert and the team-issued photocards. He deserved better!

Steve F. said...

By the way, tickets went on "pre-sale" today to people with season and partial season ticket packages. I'm now set for Opening Day, the two bobblehead days and a fireworks night. Tickets are at full retail for this pre-sale opportunity; after this, they will be available to season ticket holders at the discounted season ticket price (assuming they do the same as last year). Most of the rest of the games should be purchasable during the season either at that discounted price or else on StubHub for even less.

Bring on the 2013 season! (Even if it seems likely to end on September 29 for this team.)

Jim said...

I am pleased to announce that Brian Schneider will have a final Chachi Transactions card, coming soon.

Collectors everywhere rejoice.

Jim said...

Steve - On your Joseph question, I'm pretty sure it has everything to do with service time.

High hopes for the '13 season!