Peek at 2017 Roster

Dusted off my old crystal ball to see what the Phillies roster will look like in the future. For some reason, this highly-sophisticated ball skipped to 2017. When asked for 2016, the ball reverted back to 2017. Crystal balls sometimes can be stubborn.

Starting Pitching
Goal this winter is to add a couple of veterans to help ease the innings load on the young arms.  When asked for the identity of these vets, the ball turned cloudy.  RH Aaron Nola and RH Jared Eickhoff have two other spots. In the mix are RH Jake Thompson, RH Zach Elfin and LH Adam Morgan.  Waiting in the wings, RH Ricardo Pinto, RH Alec Asher, and LH Brandon Leibrandt, Nick Pivetta.

RH Ken Giles anchors the pen as the closer. He’ll be joined by a veteran arm plus LH Elivs Araujo, LH Tom Windle with RH Ben Lively, RH Jimmy Cordero, RH Edubray Ramos trying a spot.

Some combination of Andrew Knapp, a switch hitter and right-handed hitters, Jorge Alfaro and Cameron Rupp.

First Base
Darrin Ruf from the right side, Brock Stassi from the left side. Crystal ball says something about Alfaro possibly changing positions.

Middle Infielders
J. P. Crawford will be the shortstop and for a long time. Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis will be dueling for second base and a back-up role. Cody Asche is a super sub, first, third, left field, pinch-hitter.

Third Base
Maikel Franco. Period.

Rookie Ramon Quinn will take over in centerfield.  He’s a switch-hitter with a strong arm as he was once a shortstop. Odubel Herrera switches to left field and Aaron Altherr remains in right.  Nick Williams begins as the fourth outfielder.  Fifth outfielder will be a right-handed hitting vet. Waiting in the minors are Dylan Cozens, Andrew Pullin, Aaron Brown, Cord Sandberg, Herlis Rodriguez. All are left-handed hitters, as are Herrera and Williams.

Pete Mackanin

Bench Coach
Yikes. Crystal ball turned green: Phillie Phanatic? So, who’s going to be the mascot? Chris Wheeler?  The crystal ball turned cloudy again, started shaking and went up in smoke.  They just don’t make quality crystal balls anymore.

Phun Facts
100 years ago today Grover Cleveland Alexander won the Phillies’ first World Series game, 3-1, over the Boston Red Sox at Baker Bowl. Check out the complete story about the 1915 Series at

George Stephen Vukovich Position: Rightfielder Bats: Left, Throws: Right Height: 6' 0Pinch-hitter George Vukovich is the only Phillies player to hit a walk-off homer in the postseason–10th inning, Division Series against Montreal at the Vet, Game 4, October 10, 1981. 6-5 win tied the series, 2-2.  Expos advanced with a 3-0 win the next day.


Another flashback moment to remember took place October 6, 2010, at Citizens Bank Park when Roy Halladay no-hit the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of the NLDS.  It was Halladay’s first postseason start and second no-hitter in baseball’s postseason history.  The other: the Yankees’ Don Larson’s World Series gem in 1956.


Any chance Brandon joins his father Charlie on that 2017 roster? Haha. Wish you had asked the crystal ball who the GM would be in 2017.

Jim: Thanks for the Leibrandt correction.

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