Roster Moves; Asche and Joseph Impressed

Cody Asche, Tommy JosephThe Phillies made eight roster moves today:

They reassigned left-hander Adam Morgan; right-handers J.C. Ramirez and Kyle Simon; infielder Michael Martinez; catcher Tommy Joseph; and third baseman Cody Asche to Minor League camp. They also optioned left-hander Joe Savery, and released outfielder Joe Mather.

They informed right-handers Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin and outfielder Zach Collier they will be optioned Monday.

Asche and Joseph impressed. Asche hit .357 (5-for-14) with two doubles, two walks and two strikeouts in eight games. Joseph hit .462 (6-for-13) with two doubles, one home run and two RBIs in six games. Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and third baseman Michael Young will be free agents after the season, so if Asche and Joseph continue to develop with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season the Phillies could have some interesting decisions to make in the offseason.

Could Asche and Joseph be significant contributors in 2014?

“Next season, maybe. Maybe,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “Not 2013 necessarily. It’s a possibility. It’s hard to tell. A lot of it will depend on how they continue to advance. Neither one of these guys have played Triple-A baseball.”

“They still need to put together solid seasons,” Charlie Manuel said. “They need a little more experience. But at the same time they’re more advanced than I thought they were … than I expected. Very much so.”

Manuel also complimented Morgan, Martin and Pettibone.

“They’re going to pitch in the big leagues,” Manuel said.

The Phillies didn’t see Savery in competition for one of the team’s three job openings in the bullpen. Martinez wasn’t a candidate to be one of the team’s utility infielders.


So wait, is Joseph definitely gonna be in Triple A to start the season? And if so, is Valle going to start back in Double A or they gonna split time in Lehigh Valley?

I’m guessing Valle will be in AAA and Joseph will be in AA in the long run so they can play everyday. Frankly, I think one of them should be starting in MLB until Chooch gets back. Kratz is a backup, nothing more. Maybe Valle because of his experience, but Joseph looks like a future star.

That is what I was assuming would be the case, seeing as though Valle was already with LV last year, but he kinda stalled offensively and Joseph really impressed both last year and in spring training. It might hurt Valle’s psyche if he got demoted, but Joseph, to this point, seems like the front runner. Then when I saw this statement…

“so if Asche and Joseph continue to develop with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season the Phillies could have some interesting decisions to make in the offseason.”

I figured Zolecki might have some inside info. I was hoping he would respond. Maybe he did that as a teaser for things to come…?

Will Ethan Martin ever be tried at 3rd base? He was a high school all american at that position with tremendous batting numbers. He hit with power and average, also a great glove.

I don’t really think that would make sense at this point. He is too valuable as a starting pitcher, and we already have Asche in Triple A and Franco possibly starting in Double A, if not almost certainly making it there by the end of the year.

Martin has pretty good stuff, and with Halladay and Lee getting up there in age, and Hamels being the only starter we have locked up long term, we need as many possible replacements as we can get.

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