OK. So We know the season’s over. Bummer. These things happen but it’s September, the time for minor league call-ups and with this team so woefully behind it will at least be fun to watch all the up and coming young players that we can get excited about for the future, like next year.
Well, I don’t know about you but Michael Martinez and Pete Orr don’t get me all giddy inside. They did call up Freddy Galvis, again. But he’s logged a lot of Major League playing time, not exactly a new face. And how about Tyler Cloyd? He was recalled for the fourth time.
I don’t begrudge those guys their chance. Let’s see Freddy Galvis again. But Pete Orr and Michael Martinez???
“[Martinez] is a good kid,” Phils GM Ruben Amaro said. “He works hard [and] he’s a versatile player. … He hasn’t had an extended period of success offensively, but he’s a versatile player.”
You’re scaring me here, Ruben. At 30 years old, Martinez doesn’t really qualify as kid in baseball terms and a .187 career batting average? No, you’re right there, that is not “an extended period of success offensively.”
I can hear my friend Hal screaming all the way from Corfu.
Where is 21-year-old Maikel Franco? Who is he you may ask? Well I’ll let his numbers speak for him. Franco hit .320 with 36 doubles, 31 home runs and 103 RBIs in 134 games with Class A Clearwater and Double-A Reading this year. He led all Minor Leaguers with 308 total bases. He finished tied for second in the Minors in extra-base hits (70), ranked fourth in hits (173), tied for seventh in homers.
Perhaps he doesn’t have call waiting and missed “the call.”
Or what about 20-year-old right-handed pitcher Serevino Gonzalez? He went 7-5 with a 2.00 ERA in 25 games (14 starts) with Class A Lakewood, Clearwater and Reading. He struck out 119 in 103 2/3 innings this season.
Phillies assistant general manager of player personnel, Benny Looper had this to say about Gonzales
“His fastball can go both ways. He’s fun to watch. He’s real competitive on the mound. He doesn’t mind throwing inside. He pitches like a veteran. He has three or four different pitches, throws them in any count. Throws a lot of strikes. He had a very good year last year in Venezuela and he just continued that this year. He pitched well wherever we’ve thrown him.”
Well throw him here, Benny! Don’t we deserve some fun watching him on the mound after the season we’ve had to endure?
The Phillies organization has a history of waiting too long to bring up their prospects, fearful that they’re not ready for the heat of the Major League spotlight.
Well if you wanted to take a look at someone in a situation where there is absolutely no pressure, wouldn’t this be the time??? Come on, if these kids can’t get over a tough day or two, they’e not going to make it anyway.
I’m tired of getting beaten by teams with line-ups half the Phillies age. Those teams weren’t afraid to give someone a chance.
And the Phillies shouldn’t be either!