Rouding Out The Roster

The 2012 roster is shaping up.  Oh, Ruben still needs a shortstop, no small detail, and possibly a left-handed bat in the outfield.

Beef up the bench was one of his goals.  Well, he’s added 480 pounds to the bench in LH power bat Jim Thome (250 pounds) and RH power bat Ty Wigginton (230 pounds).  More importantly, that’s 762 career home runs. Let’s hope the bench is made out of oak wood.

Wigginton’s ability to play first, third, second and the outfield adds versatility.  He’s been on the Phillies radar for a few years and now he’s finally in their uniform.

Things you didn’t know about Tyler: He grew up in San Diego and was a season ticket holder with the Padres . . . He was the 17th round selection of the Mets in 1998 . . . His sister was a member of Stanford’s synchronized swimming team, which was the national runner-up in 2000.

Four prospects were added to the 40-man roster last week, removing them from being eligible for the Dec. 8 Rule 5 draft at the Winter Meetings: right-handed reliever Phillippe Amount (a 6-foot-7, 255-pounder), lefty reliever Jacob Diekman, catcher Sebastian Valle and speedy outfielder Tyson Gillies.

Aumont and Diekman join fellow young relievers Justin DeFratus (RH), Michael Schwimer (RH), and Joe Savery (LH).  Don’t remember that many relief prospects on one roster before.

All will be trying to impress big league eyes in Clearwater, same path Michael Stutes took this past spring training.

Speaking of the 40-man roster, the Phillies are now at 40 with the signing of Wigginton.  All the team’s scouts and minor league managers, coaches and instructors are paging through the players eligible for the Rule 5 draft.  The last two years of that draft have brought David Herndon and Michael Martinez into the organization.  Before that, Shane came through the draft and way, way before that, Dave Hollins.

If they come up with a candidate or two, a roster spot will be needed.  Stay tuned.

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