Meet the new Phillies:
Newest member of the bullpen is RH David Hernandez, a free agent the Phillies signed yesterday. His last three seasons were spent in the Arizona bullpen. Because of Tommy John surgery he missed the entire 2014 season. He returned to active duty this past June 7. Over his last 12 appearances, he allowed five hits and three runs while striking out 11. His workload coming off the surgery was 587 pitches in 40 appearances. Most often arms that had TJ surgery are stronger the second year after surgery.
In six big league seasons, he has a 4.15 ERA with 414 strikeouts in 414.1 innings. During his last three full seasons, he relieved in 74, 72, 62 games.
His arsenal: 94.3 mph fast ball, 78 slider and 84 change. He was originally drafted by the Orioles in the 16th round in in the 2005 draft. Andy MacPhail and Joe Jordan were with the Orioles at the time.
Rule 5 Draft
For the second straight year, the Phillies took a position player as their first selection in the annual Rule 5 Draft, 23-year-old outfielder Tyler Goeddel from the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-handed hitter played in double-A ball last season: career-high .279 with 17 doubles, 10 triples, 12 homers, 72 RBI and 28 steals. Included was a game in which he set a franchise record by hitting three homers in a game.
He was originally selected as a compensation selection by the Rays out of a California high school. A brother, Eric, is a pitcher in the Mets system.
J. J. Cooper of Baseball America: “His bat seemed to take off somewhat this year after he moved from third base to the outfield. He’s an athletic, if a little slight-framed right-handed hitter with a smooth swing who is above-average in the corners and playable in center field. Goeddel is one of the more polished hitters available in this year’s Rule 5 draft. Pros: Athleticism, youth, plate discipline, plus defense, power, and speed. Cons: Yet to reach Triple-A.”
Goeddel posted a tweet this afternoon: “So thankful for the opportunity the Phillies have given me. Excited to start this new chapter!!!”
For the second straight year, their second selection was a left-handed reliever, Daniel Stumpf, 24, from the Kansas City Royals. Pitching in AA ball, he was 5-4, 3.57 EREA in 42 games. He struck out 76 batters in 70.2 innings while holding opponents to a .212 average, including a .167 mark against left-handed hitters. He finished third in the Texas League in 2015 in both strikeouts per 9.0 innings (9.68) and opponents average.
Over his four-year minor league career, Stumpf is 20-23 in 118 games (34 starts) with a 3.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 306 strikeouts in 311.1 innings pitched. He was originally selected by the Royals in the 9th round of the June 2012 draft out of San Jacinto Community College in Houston, TX.
Left-handed relievers are much in demand. Andy Oliver was taken by the Phillies in the second round of the Rule 5 draft.
Goeddel and Stumpf must be kept on the Phillies 25-man roster all season or offered back to their respective clubs.
The Phillies spent $100,000 for two prospects in double-A ball.
(Will post again once the rumored Phillies-Astros trade has been announced).