Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Camp Headcount Increases to 54

2011 Topps #554
There has been little to no Phillies news for the past few weeks, which is why I got excited yesterday morning when my Twitter feed started percolating with Tweets from the Phillies beat writers.  The news wasn't all that major, unless you happen to be a Cedric Hunter super collector.  Hunter, the sole outfielder among the now 14 Phillies non-roster invitees, will be joining the team in a little over six weeks in Clearwater.

Hunter spent all of last season with the Braves Triple-A club in Gwinnett, hitting .283 in 138 games with 12 home runs and 77 RBIs.  His sole big league experience in his 10 year professional career came in 2011 when he appeared in six games for the Padres.

With the addition of Hunter, the camp headcount now stands at 54.  Also of note is the fact that the Phillies, earlier than ever, have assigned new uniform numbers to the herd of new additions joining the roster so far this offseason.  Every player except Hunter has been assigned a uniform number per the Phillies website.  I'll have a post up soon looking at the uniform number assignments.

Player (position) - 2015 Organization - Last Major Baseball Card Appearance
1.  James Russell (lhp) - Cubs - 2015 Topps #255 (Braves)
2.  Emmanuel Buriss (inf) - Nationals - 2010 Topps Update #US-82 (Giants)
3.  Ryan Jackson (inf) - Royals/Angels - 2013 Panini Prizm #238 (Cardinals)
4.  Frank Herrmann (rhp) - Angels/Pirates - 2010 Topps Update #US-89 (Indians)
5.  Chris Leroux (rhp) - Brewers/Phillies - 2013 Panini Select #205 (Pirates)
6.  Reinier Roibal (rhp) - Phillies - N/A
7.  J.P. Arencibia (c) - Orioles/Rays - 2014 Topps #627 (Rangers)
8.  Greg Burke (rhp) - Blue Jays - 2009 Bowman Chrome #103 (Padres)
9.  Ernesto Frieri (rhp) - Rays - 2014 Topps #240 (Angels)
10.  Gregory Infante (rhp) - Blue Jays - 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter #84 (White Sox)
11.  Angelys Nina (inf) - Rockies - 2012 Bowman Prospects #BP45 (Rockies)
12.  Andrew Bailey (rhp) - Yankees - 2013 Topps Heritage #344 (Red Sox)
13.  Edward Mujica (rhp) - Red Sox/Athletics - 2015 Topps #131 (Red Sox)
14.  Cedric Hunter (of) - Braves - 2011 Topps #554 (Padres)


Anonymous said...

I imagine that Cedric Hunter would be the first Cedric in Phillies History, and a quick search on baseball-reference.com would seem to bear that out. All the more reason to root for Mr. Hunter.

Jim said...

No matter what happens with Cedric, there will be a BUNCH of new Phillies players this year receiving their first Chachi cards.