The Phillies are losing the third-highest total of veteran minor leaguers to free agency, according to Baseball America. We also look ahead to possible players exposed to the Rule 5 draft.
Here is the list, courtesy of Baseball America: RHP: Jason Anderson (AAA), Alexander Concepcion (AA), Tristan Crawford (Hi A), John Ennis (AAA), Santos Hernandez (Lo A), Gary Majewski (AAA); LHP: Cedrick Bowers (AAA), Gustavo Chacin(AAA), Jason Mackintosh (AA), Brian Mazone (AAA), Jake Woods (AAA); C: Paul Hoover (AAA), Orlando Guevara (AA), Kevin Nelson (AA); 1B: Andy Tracy (AAA); 2B: Brad Harman (AA), Fidel Hernandez (AA), Carlos Leon (AAA), David Newhan (AAA); 3B: Mike Cervenak (AAA), Terry Tiffee (AAA); SS: J.J. Furmaniak (AAA), Jorge Velandia (AAA); OF: Javis Diaz (Hi A), Jason Ellison (AAA), Kevin Mahar (AA), Mike Spidale (AA), Brian Stavisky (AA), Rich Thompson (AAA).
Beerleaguer:The Phillies continue to be among the oldest farm systems in baseball, and year after year, there is this mass exodus of mercenaries. A number of them are good soldiers who've taken a couple tours of duty and could return. Based on name recognition, the lefty Chacin, still only 29, has experienced the most Major League success and has the best shot at sticking on a 25-man roster, in my estimation.
Meanwhile, Phuture Phillies offers his best guess of possible players exposed to the Rule 5 draft (If it’s good enough for James at Phuture Phillies, it’s good enough for us). Notables include relievers Joe Bisenius, Edgar Garcia and Pat Overholt and catchers Tuff Gosewich, Tim Kennelly and Joel Naughton (catchers, of all levels, seem to be frequent targets). If Garcia is correct, he fits the profile of the type of pitcher a team may try to stash in their 'pen. Click here for the entire list.
In other news, the Phillies released catchers Luis Ramon Arzeno and Tim Gradoville earlier this offseason.