Sunday, November 20, 2016

Phillies Overhaul 40-Man Roster

2016 Choice Lakewood
BlueClaws #1
2016 Topps Heritage
Minor League #64
2016 Choice Reading Fightin
Phils Playoff #23
2016 Grandstand Clearwater
Threshers #9
On Friday afternoon, in the biggest 40-man roster overhaul in recent memory, the Phillies dropped three players and added 11 in preparation for the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  Over the past seven offseasons, the most prospects added to the 40-man roster in November prior to this was five.  Here's a look at the 11 players added, their 2016 clubs, and a few brief notes.
  • Drew Anderson (rhp) - Lakewood/Clearwater - Struck out 78 in 70 innings and pitched the first four innings of a combined Threshers no-hitter in July.
  • Mark Appel (rhp) - Lehigh Valley - Acquired from the Astros in the Ken Giles trade and missed most of the season with a shoulder injury.
  • Dylan Cozens (of) - Reading - Co-winner (with Rhys Hoskins) of the 2016 Paul Owens Award for the best Phillies position player in their minor leagues.
  • Elniery Garcia (lhp) - Clearwater - 12-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 20 games.
2016 Topps Heritage
Minor League #183
2016 Choice Reading Fightin
Phils Top Prospects #14
2016 Topps Heritage
Minor League #13
2016 Grandstand Reading
Fightin Phils #23
  • Andrew Knapp (c) - Lehigh Valley - Hit .266 with 8 home runs and 46 RBIs in 107 games.
  • Ben Lively (rhp) - Reading/Lehigh Valley - Winner of the 2016 Paul Owens Award for the best Phillies pitcher in the minors.
  • Ricardo Pinto (rhp) - Reading - Represented the Phillies on the World Team in the 2016 Futures Game.
  • Nick Pivetta (rhp) - Reading/Lehigh Valley - Acquired from the Nationals for Jonathan Papelbon, went a combined 12-8 with a 3.27 ERA in 27 starts.
  • Alberto Tirado (rhp) - Lakewood/Clearwater - Acquired from the Blue Jays (with Jimmy Cordero) for Ben Revere.
  • Jesmuel Valentin (inf) - Reading/Lehigh Valley - Hit .269 in 125 games.
  • Nick Williams (of) - Lehigh Valley - One of the top prospects in the organization, hit .258 with 13 home runs and 64 RBIs for the IronPigs.
2016 Choice Lakewood
BlueClaws #24
2016 Choice Reading Fightin
Phils Playoff #21
2016 Choice Lehigh Valley
IronPigs #2
To create some room for all the additions, the Phillies designated David Buchanan and Cordero for assignment and announced that Elvis Araujo was claimed off waivers by the Miami Marlins.

2016 Chachi Departures #5
Elvis Araujo Chachi Checklist

Memory Lane
2009 Additions - Quintin BerryYohan Flande and Jesus Sanchez
2010 Additions - Cesar Hernandez, Matt Rizzotti, Harold Garcia, Freddy Galvis and Justin De Fratus*
2011 Additions - Phillippe AumontJake DiekmanTyson Gillies and Sebastian Valle
2012 Additions - Zach CollierEthan MartinTrevor May and Jonathan Pettibone
2013 Additions - Aaron AltherrKelly DuganTommy Joseph and Rob Rasmussen
2014 Additions - Jesse BiddleAdam Morgan and Nefi Ogando
2015 Additions - Jimmy Cordero, Roman Quinn and Edubray Ramos
2016 Additions - 11 prospects

*Somehow I skipped 2010 and didn't do a post.


Anonymous said...

Gosh, the design for that 2016 Choice Reading Fightin Phils Playoff set seems awfully familiar, but I can't quite put my finger on what it reminds me of...

Good job with the Araujo custom, which proves to the world that you're not just recycling scans of original 1982 Topps cards.

Jim said...

When I first saw the 2016 Choice Playoff set I actually said, "Can they even do that?" I guess we'll find out if there are no more Choice card sets in 2017!

And thanks for noticing the Marlins custom. I worked out the colors to use for the post-1982 expansion teams in this post: