Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Pitchers and Catchers Report!

2014 Topps Update #US-281
We made it!  On Wednesday, there will be activity in Clearwater as it's the first official reporting day for the team's pitchers and catchers.  The day prior, the Phillies continued to tinker with their roster, making a few roster moves.

Kaleb Ort (rhp) was claimed off waivers from the Miami Marlins, and Diego Castillo (inf) was designated for assignment.  Castillo had been on the 40-man roster for eight days.  Ort has appeared in 47 games with the Red Sox over the past three seasons.  In 2023, he appeared in 21 games overall, making two starts, and was 1-2 with a 6.26 ERA in 23 innings pitched.  Ort has appeared in several minor league team sets, but has yet to receive a mainstream baseball card.

Andrew Bellatti (rhp) and Simon Muzziotti (of) both cleared waivers and were outrighted to the IronPigs.  They'll join the ranks of non-roster invitees, updated below.

And finally, David Buchanan (rhp) was signed to a minor league contract (!) and invited to spring training.  Buchanan, now 34, last pitched for the Phillies in 2015, and he's been active in Japan and Korea ever since.  In 30 starts last season with the Samsung Lions, Buchanan was 12-8 with a 2.54 ERA in 188 innings pitched.  It's an intriguing signing, and there's a good chance Buchanan makes a return with the Phillies at some point during the 2024 season.

Camp Head Count:  58

Player (position) - 2023 Organization - Last Major Baseball Card

1.  Mick Abel (rhp) - Phillies - 2023 Topps Pro Debut #PD-86
2.  Ryan Burr (rhp) - Rays - 2019 Topps Total (White Sox)
3.  Griff McGarry (rhp) - Phillies - 2023 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs #CPA-GM
4.  Tyler McKay (rhp) - Phillies - N/A
5.  Tyler Phillips (rhp) - Phillies - 2019 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs #CPA-TP
6.  Jose Ruiz (rhp) - White Sox / Diamondbacks - 2020 Topps Total #720 (White Sox)
7.  Nick Snyder (rhp) - Rangers - N/A
8.  Aramis Garcia (c) - Phillies - 2020 Topps Total #477 (Giants)
9.  Cody Roberts (c) - Phillies - N/A
10.  William Simoneit (c) - Athletics - N/A
11.  Scott Kingery (inf) - Phillies - 2022 Topps Opening Day Luck of the Irish #LI-3
12.  Nick Podkul (inf) - Phillies - N/A
13.  Carlos De La Cruz (of) - Phillies - 2023 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs #CPA-CDC
14.  Matt Kroon (of) - Phillies - N/A
15.  Cal Stevenson (of) - Athletics / Giants / Phillies - 2023 Topps Heritage #508
16.  Andrew Bellatti (rhp) - Phillies - 2023 Topps Heritage #568
17.  Simon Muzziotti (of) - Phillies - 2022 Topps Update #US19
18.  David Buchanan (rhp) - Samsung Lions (KBO) - 2015 Topps #218

1 comment:

John Bateman said...

That is interesting facts about Buchanan - hope he gets a Topps card in 2024. 10 years in between cards could be a record.

Did not realize that Kingery did not get a card in 2023.