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Phillies Add Four to 40-Man Roster

The Phillies added four players to their 40-man roster today, which protects them from December’s Rule 5 Draft.

The foursome includes outfielders Aaron Altherr and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen. It officially leaves the organization with 37 players on its 40-man roster, although that number will move to 39 once Marlon Byrd’s and Carlos Ruiz’s deals becomes official. Ruiz’s deal could be announced tomorrow.

Altherr, 22, hit .275 with 36 doubles, six triples, 12 home runs, 69 RBIs in 123 games with Class A Clearwater. He led the Florida State League in doubles and ranked in the top five in hits, triples and total bases. The Phillies selected him in the ninth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Dugan, 23, hit a combined .291 with 24 doubles, four triples, 20 homers, 59 RBIs and an .858 OPS between Clearwater and Double-A Reading. The Phillies selected him in the second round in 2009, their top selection that year.

Joseph, 22, missed most of last season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley because of a concussion. The Phillies still hope he can become a frontline catcher, which is why they acquired him front the Giants in the Hunter Pence trade in July 2012. Joseph is healthy and playing Winter Ball in the Dominican Republic.

Rasmussen, 24, went 3-11 with a 4.11 ERA in 28 games between Double-A Chatanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque. They acquired him in August, when they traded Michael Young to the Dodgers.

Players first signed at 18 years old must be added to the 40-man roster within five seasons or they become eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four seasons. Clubs pay $50,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, which is Dec. 12 in Orlando, Fla. If that player doesn’t stay on the 25-man roster the entire season, he must be offered back to his former team for $25,000.

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.

Phillies’ Top 20 Prospects

MLB.com ranks the Phillies’ top 20 prospects.

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Click this link to read profiles on the top 20.

Catcher Tommy Joseph ranks third in the system behind left-hander Jesse Biddle and right-hander Ethan Martin. Joseph will be interesting to watch in 2013. He will be competing with Sebastian Valle (ranked eighth) for the starting catching job with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. If Joseph wins the job and makes great strides this season, you wonder how the Phillies will view Carlos Ruiz‘s impending free agency? Ruiz is 34, so he isn’t young anymore. If Joseph looks great at Triple-A and Ruiz struggles following his 25-game suspension for using a banned stimulant, which way will the Phillies lean? Ruiz is immensely popular in the Phillies clubhouse. The pitchers love him. Everybody respects him. But the Phillies need to start getting younger. Maybe they look there.

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How does MLB.com come up with its Top 100 Prospect rankings?

This year it spoke to 25 individuals in the industry: scouting directors, scouts, front office executives, etc. Those 25 talent evaulators then ranked their top 50 prospects in a format similar to an AP college football or basketball poll. The No. 1 player on each person’s list receives 50 points. The No. 2 player receives 49 points. The 50th player receives one point. You get the idea. Jesse Biddle ranked 60th overall and Ethan Martin ranked 80th. MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo said he originally had Martin ranked lower in the Phillies’ organizational rankings, but moved him up based on the opinions of those talent evaluators putting together their top 50 lists. Interesting stuff.

Asche, Joseph and Others Headed to Spring Training

The Phillies announced today they have added six more players as Non-Roster Invitees for Spring Training.

This list includes several of the organization’s top prospects:

  • Third baseman Cody Asche. He hit .324 with 33 doubles, six triples, 12 home runs and 72 RBIs between Class A Clearwater and Double-A Reading last season. Asche, 22, will be in camp to get big-league experience. If he continues to progress in 2013, the Phillies could look at him as their everyday third baseman as early as 2014.
  • Right-hander Justin Friend. He allowed just one earned run in 39 2/3 innings and converted each of his 24 save opportunities with Double-A Reading last season. Friend, 26, will get a look in Spring Training, but the Phillies have plenty of relievers ahead of him on the depth chart. Expect him to open the season in the Minor Leagues.
  • Catcher Tommy Joseph. The Phillies acquired him in the Hunter Pence trade and he immediately became the organization’s top position player prospect. He will be in camp to get big-league experience, but will open the season in the Minor Leagues. Where he opens remains to be seen. Joseph, 21, is expected to compete with Sebastian Valle for the Triple-A job.
  • Outfielder Joe Mather. He hit .209 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 19 RBIs in 103 games last season with the Chicago Cubs. The Phillies have plenty of outfielders, so Mather, 30, joins the organization to provide depth at Triple-A.
  • Left-hander Adam Morgan. The Phillies are high on Morgan, so like others in this group they want him to get his feet wet in big-league camp. He had a 3.29 ERA last season with Clearwater, and went 4-1 with a 3.53 ERA in six starts with Reading. Morgan, 22, led Phillies Minor Leaguers with 169 strikeouts in 158 2/3 innings.
  • Right-hander Kyle Simon. The Phillies acquired him in the Jim Thome trade. The Phillies made him a reliever last season with Clearwater and Reading with positive results: He went 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA in 20 appearances.

Chooch Suspended 25 Games

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Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Carlos Ruiz has been suspended 25 games for using an amphetamine. The suspension begins at the beginning of the 2013 season, which means Ruiz is unable to play until April 28 against the New York Mets at Citi Field.

“I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant,” Ruiz said in a statement. “I apologize to my teammates, the Phillies organization and the Philadelphia fans … I look forward to returning to the field and working toward bringing a championship back to Philadelphia in 2013.”

Losing Ruiz the first month of the season will make that pursuit a little more difficult. Ruiz, who will forfeit about $770,000 of his $5 million salary, had a career-season in 2012, hitting .325 with 32 doubles, 16 home runs, 68 RBIs, a .394 on-base percentage, a .540 slugging percentage and a .935 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

This is the second time Ruiz has tested positive for an amphetamine. The first time a player tests positive for a prohibited stimulant the results remain private and the player is not suspended.

“The Phillies fully support Major League Baseball’s Drug Program,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. “We are disappointed by the news of this violation of the program. We will support Carlos in an appropriate manner and move forward to achieve our goal to play championship-caliber baseball in 2013.”

The suspension means Erik Kratz likely will open the season as the team’s starting catcher.

Kratz hit .248 with nine doubles, nine home runs, 26 RBIs and an .809 OPS in 50 games last season. But he hit just .181 with two doubles, two home runs, nine RBIs and a .515 OPS in 23 games from Aug. 24 through the end of the regular season.

Ruiz’s absence the first month of the season means catching prospects Tommy Joseph and Sebastian Valle could get closer looks in Spring Training as the Phillies will need a backup catcher. Brian Schneider is not expected back.

Ruiz will be able to participate in Spring Training workouts and Grapefruit League games in Florida in February and March. He also will be allowed to take batting practice before the gates open before regular-season games. He is eligible to begin a rehab assignment five days before the end of his suspension, which would be April 23.

Phillies Hire A Couple Coaches

The Phillies have filled a couple coaching vacancies in their Minor League system.

They announced today they have hired Dave Brundage as Triple-A Lehigh Valley manager. They also hired former Phillies bullpen coach Ramon Henderson as a coach, likely for one of the lower-level teams.

Brundage, 48, had managed the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate the previous six seasons, leading the team to the 2007 International League championship. He spent 19 seasons with the Mariners as a Minor League player, coach and manager. Baseball America named him Minor League Manager of the Year in 2003.

“With Dave’s success and experience at the triple-A level, we feel he is the ideal person to manage the IronPigs,” director of player development Joe Jordan said in a statement. “His resume speaks for itself.”

Henderson, a popular coach most famous for throwing to Bobby Abreu and Ryan Howard when they won the 2005 and 2006 Home Run Derbies, respectively, left the Phillies in 2008 because of alcohol-related issues.

“I’m willing to do whatever it takes,” Henderson told MLB.com this summer, when asked about getting back into baseball. “If I have to start from way below, that’s what I’ve got to do. All I’m looking for is for somebody to give me a chance. I believe I’ve got a lot to offer. I have a lot of desire and energy to help any organization in any way I can. I think it’s going to be some kind of story if somebody gives me a second chance. I think I’m going to be way better this time around. Because I have the motivation to prove to myself and prove to others that I’m [sober] and that I’m capable of doing even a better job.”

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Phillies prospects Cody Asche and Tommy Joseph were named to the Arizona Fall League’s West Division team in the Rising Stars Game.

Asche, a third baseman, is hitting .259 with five doubles, one home run, seven RBIs and a .712 OPS in 54 at-bats. Joseph, a catcher, is hitting .172 with one double and a .480 OPS in 29 at-bats.

Can These Guys Play?

Here is what MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo wrote today on the prospects the Phillies got in the Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence deals:

HUNTER PENCE

  • Tommy Joseph, C: The 2012 Futures Gamer was ranked No. 5 on the Giants’ Top 20 at the time of the trade. Drafted in 2009 out of the Arizona high school ranks, his calling card was his bat, with many feeling he wouldn’t be able to stay behind the plate long-term. The bat was on display in 2011 as he broke out as a power-hitting run producer. He hasn’t been as dangerous with the move to Double-A, but he still has solid hitting skills, especially if he can continue to improve his plate discipline. His defensive game has improved tremendously – a strong arm in particular helps control the running game – and questions about him staying behind the plate have ended. He could be ready to take over when Carlos Ruiz’s contract is up after the 2013 season.
  • Seth Rosin, RHP: Rosin was the No. 19 prospect on the Giants’ Top 20 at the time of the trade Taken out of the University of Minnesota in 2010, he began his first full season as a starter, but then moved to the bullpen and that’s his long-term home. Out of the pen, his fastball hits the mid-to-upper 90s in shorter stints and he commands it well. He has a very good changeup to go along with it. His breaking ball isn’t as good, but he can thrive with two pitches in short relief.

SHANE VICTORINO

  • Ethan Martin, RHP: Martin was the No. 7 prospect on the Dodgers’ Top 20 at the time of the trade. A 2008 first-round pick, Martin has been a little slow to develop, but patience can be a virtue when it comes to high-ceiling young arms with arm strength. Martin still has the raw stuff that made him a hot commodity coming out of the Georgia high school ranks four years ago. He has a plus fastball and curve and his changeup is continuing to improve. In his second taste of Double-A, it does appear like things are starting to come together for the right-hander. His command has improved, though he still needs to refine that to be a starter at the highest level. His power stuff would play well coming out of the bullpen, but at age 23, it might be too early to give up on him as a starter, especially given his improvement this season.
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