Phils fill out 40-man roster; leave off James
November 18, 2011
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Today is the deadline for teams to complete their 40-man roster before the Rule-5 Draft next month.
A player eligible for the Rule-5 Draft are players signed at 19 or older with four years of minor-league service time and players signed at 18 or younger with five years of minor-league time.
So in order to fill out the 40-man roster, the Phils added right-handed pitcher Phillippe Aumont, catcher Sebastian Vaille, left-hander Jake Deikman and outfielder Tyson Gillies.
Missing from that list is outfielder Jiwan James. As Matt Gelb pointed out, James is 22 and has not played a game above the Single A class. That is the reason the Phils most likely left him off the roster, feeling he has a good chance of not being drafted due to his lack of higher-level experience. A player like Gillies had a good shot at being drafted.
The Phillies still do have one more spot left on the roster. Guys like right-hander Scott Mathieson, catcher Erik Kratz, infielder John Bowker and infielder Harold Garcia (torn ACL last season) are all at a risk of being taken in the draft.
Personally, Erik Kratz should not be let go. Mathieson still has no control, Bowker can’t hit and Garcia is 25, damaged and hasn’t even gotten past AA.