Over the past year, the Phillies have acquired one catcher, four outfielders, and–are you ready–24 pitchers via trades, major league free agent signings and the Rule 5 draft. (Waiver claims and minor league free agents aren’t included). Three of the 24 pitchers are no longer with the organization, Andy Oliver, Aaron Harang and Chad Billingsley.
Fourteen different pitchers started for the Phillies last season. Six remain. Matt Klentak’s plan was to add pitching depth at both the major league and minor league levels. Clearwater will be “Competition City” in spring training.
Roll the drums for a time-line review of the new faces and their ages:
Antonio Bastardo sent to the Pirates: LHP Joely Rodriguez (24).
Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers: RHP Zack Elfin (21) and LHP Tom Windle (23).
Marlon Byrd to the Giants: RHP Ben Lively (24).
Jonathan Papelbon to the Nationals: RHP Nick Pivetta (22).
Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman to the Rangers: C Jorge Alfaro (22), LHP Matt Harrison (30), RHP Jake Thompson (21), RHP Jerad Eickhoff (25), RHP Alec Asher (24), OF Nick Williams (23).
Ben Revere to the Blue Jays: RHP Jimmy Cordero (24), RHP Alberto Triato (21).
Chase Utley to the Dodgers: RHP John Richy (23), INF-OF Darnell Sweeney (24).
Sam McWilliams to the Diamondbacks: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (29).
Signed free agent RHP David Hernandez (30).
David Whitehead to the Pirates: RHP Charlie Morton (32).
Ken Giles to the Astros: RHP Vincent Valasquez (23), LHP Brett Oberholtzer (26), RHP Mark Appel (24), RHP Thomas Eshelman (21), RHP Harold Arauz (20).
Rule 5 Draft: 2014 OF Odubel Herrera (23), LHP Andy Oliver (27) . . . 2015: OF Tyler Goeddel (23), LHP Daniel Stumpf (24).
Fifteen of MLB.com’s Pipleline of the top 30 Phillies prospects were not with the organization a year ago. Thirteen were acquired in trades and two were June draftees, OF Cornelius Randolph and 2B Scott Kingery.