Sunday, January 15, 2006

Phillies 2006 Non-Roster Invitees

Phils 2006 NRIs with Details: (My comments below the stats in italics)

• Peter Bergeron, OF - Former major league outfielder Bergeron spent most of last year with double-A Bowie, where he hit .296 with five home runs and 33 RBI in 91 games, primarily playing center field. He also played in 10 games for Nashua of the independent Atlantic League (.341, 6 RBI). Bergeron, 28, last appeared in the major leagues in 2004 with the Expos.

Former highly regarded prospect with some speed and the ability to play CF. Could be a candidate for 5th OF in case of an injury or trade. Don't know where he fits in AAA with Roberson/Bourn needing CF time.

• Ryan Cameron, RHP - With double-A Reading in 2005, Cameron went 6-5 with 19 saves and a 2.55 ERA in 58 games. The 28-year-old struck out 99 batters in 88.1 innings (10.01 SO/9.0 IP), held opponents to a .216 batting average and only once all season did he allow more than two earned runs in an appearance.

Long time minor leaguer with high Ks and low H/IP closed for the first time with Reading last season. Probably slated for AAA

• Clay Condrey, RHP - 2006 will be Condrey's second spring training with the Phillies. He spent the 2005 season with triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he went 7-8 with a 4.15 ERA in 25 games (24 starts). Condrey, 30, spent four days in the major leagues with the Phillies, but did not appear in any games. He has a career major league record of 2-4 with a 5.49 ERA in 18 games (nine starts), all with San Diego (2002-03).

Condrey is a career minor leaguer probably here for depth at AAA. From a performance standpoint (don't know that he isn't a great clubhouse guy) he's the kind of player who I wish we didn'thave in the organization--I'd rather take a chance on a younger guy with better peripheral numbers.

• Chris Coste, 3B - After coming to the Phillies' spring training camp in 2005, the 32-year-old Coste spent last season with triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He hit .292 with 20 home runs and 89 RBI. His RBI total was third-best in the International League and tied for third-most in club history. Coste led the team in games (134), at-bats (506), home runs and RBI.

Career minor leaguer who probably could have played in the bigs in some role 4-5 years ago, but never really got the chance. Think Gene Schall. He'll help SWB and could contribute if an injury arises.

• Jeremy Cummings, RHP - Cummings, 29, split the 2005 season between double-A Springfield (5-3, 4.50 ERA) and triple-A Memphis (7-1, 2.77 ERA) in the Cardinals' organization. His combined numbers were 12-4 with a 3.76 ERA in 26 games (18 starts), allowing only 105 hits in 122.0 innings.

A very interesting signing, a relatively young arm who posted great numbers in AAA last year. His peripheral stats are solid but not spectacular. Could provide major-league starting pitching depth and almost surely will help SWB.

• Shawn Garrett, OF - As an outfielder/first baseman with triple-A Sacramento in 2005, Garrett hit .295 with 27 doubles, 17 home runs and 82 RBI in 131 games.

AA/AAA vet who doesn't hit with quite enough power or draw quite enough walks for a corner OF job in the majors.

• Gio Gonzalez, LHP - Acquired as the player to be named later from the White Sox in the Jim Thome trade, Gonzalez split last season between single-A Kannapolis and single-A Winston-Salem. The 20-year-old went a combined 13-6 with a 2.82 ERA in 24 starts. He allowed only 97 hits in 131.0 innings and struck out 163. He averaged 11.19 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. Gonzalez was originally selected by Chicago as a sandwich pick between the 1st and 2nd rounds of the 2004 draft (38th, overall).

A significant part of the Thome trade, slight LH has great K numbers and could be a mid-season call-up to the pen or rotation if he stays healthy. Only 19, so he probably is at least 2 years away unless he posts Hamels-like numbers

• Tim Gradoville, C - 2006 will be Gradoville's second straight spring invitation to major league camp. Gradoville, 25, split last season between double-A Reading and triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, appearing in games for both clubs in one day on May 24.

Good glove, no hit catcher to help in ST.

• Cole Hamels, LHP - Limited to only six starts in 2005 due to injuries, Hamels went a combined 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA for single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading. The 22-year-old was shut down after a July 19 start with back spasms.

One of the best LH in the minors if healthy. Could help the big club sometime this season if he can control his behavior and remain injury-free. Personally, I think his wide variety of injuries, especially with the latest being a back problem, have short-circuited his career.

• Jason Jaramillo, C - After being drafted by the Phillies in the 2nd round of the 2004 draft, this will be Jaramillo's first invitation to major league camp. The 23-year-old switch-hitter appeared in 119 games for single-A Lakewood in 2005 and hit .304 with 28 doubles, eight home runs and 63 RBI.

Catching depth this year in ST, but if he can continue to hit, he'll make the majors before the end of 2007. Moves well behind the plate and handles pitchers well.

• Aquilino Lopez, RHP - Lopez, 30, pitched for five different teams in 2005, including the Phillies. In 11 major league appearances - 10 with the Phillies - Lopez went 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA. He struck out 22 batters in 16.2 innings (11.88 SO/9.0 IP). Lifetime in the big leagues, Lopez is 2-5 with 14 saves and a 3.72 ERA in 101 games.

Slightly built RHP has great stuff but occasionally struggles with his control. Should be in the mix for a bullpen role, but off-season lack of comments from Manuel and Gillick have me thinking they don't like him for some reason, which means he'll be in AAA.

• Travis Minix, RHP - Minix shuttled between double-A Reading and triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre throughout the 2005 season. He combined to go 2-1 with a 1.77 ERA in 53 games. In 76.1 innings, Minix, 28, allowed only 53 hits and only five home runs. In his final 14 appearances with Reading, he compiled a 0.43 ERA (1 ER, 21.0 IP).

Career minor league reliever posted mind-boggling WHIPs last year. Could surprise people and compete for a bullpen spot.

• Aaron Myette, RHP - Myette pitched in three games for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Pacific League in Japan, where he went 0-0 with a 20.77 ERA.

Phils liked him when they had him for half a season 2 years ago in SWB. Was injured last year, so it remains to be seen if he can bounce back.

• Brian Sanches, RHP - As a reliever with triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2005, Sanches went 5-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 51 games (two starts). The 27-year-old held left-handed hitters to a .212 average. Sanches was originally acquired in a trade with San Diego on April 1, 2004.

Career minor leaguer who pitched well in relief for the Barons last season. Probably not a contender for a big-league spot.

• Bobby Scales, INF - With triple-A Portland last year, Scales hit .274 with 14 home runs and 61 RBI in 120 games, playing second base, third base and left field. A switch-hitter, Scales, 28, was originally drafted by San Diego in 1999.

The latest incarnation of David Doster or Kevin Sefcik. Ticketed for AAA.

• Joe Thurston, INF - Thurston, 26, split last season between two triple-A teams, Las Vegas and Columbus. He hit a combined .272 with eight home runs and 42 RBI. At the major league level, Thurston has appeared in 37 games, all with the Dodgers. He is a career .275 hitter in the majors.

See above.

• Dusty Wathan, C - A veteran of 12 professional seasons, Wathan has spent the last three seasons in the Cleveland organization, hitting .262 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI for triple-A Buffalo in 2005. The son of former Royals catcher John Wathan, Dusty played three games with Kansas City in 2003, going 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Minor league back-up catcher has played well in AAA for the last three years. Don't think he has any shot at a big legue job.

• Matt White, LHP - White, 28, went 8-6 with a 3.72 ERA in 35 games (16 starts) for triple-A New Orleans of the Nationals' organization. He finished the season with 15 consecutive starts. As a reliever, White struck out 33 batters in 29.1 innings (10.13 SO/9.0 IP). He made one start in August for Washington at the major league level and lost, allowing four runs in four innings.

Lefty had a nice year in hitter-friendly N.O., and southpaws are always in the mix for major-league LOOGY jobs. Probably headed to AAA.

Blurbs from, stats from Baseball Cube


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