The Phillies shuffled six players off of their 26-man roster, according to a team announcement. They are lefties Austin Davis and Cole Irvin, righties Edgar Garcia and Reggie McClain and outfielders Kyle Garlick and Nick Williams
On what was originally scheduled to be Opening Day, the big baseball action of the day has instead been reruns of past games and procedural moves such as this one. None of these moves are particularly surprising.
The four pitchers all saw some time in MLB in 2019. But since they all posted ERAs north of 5.75 in their respective seasons, they will all have to go back down to the minors and wait for their next opportunity.
As for Garlick and Williams, they each had a decent shot of earning a roster spot a couple of weeks ago. But that was because Andrew McCutchen was not going to be ready to rejoin the team until April and therefore open the season on the IL. Now that the start to the season has been delayed until at least May, McCutchen should be able to get healthy in time to reclaim his regular role in left field. And with Bryce Harper, Adam Haseley, Jay Bruce and Roman Quinn also on the roster, that seems to push Garlick and Williams down the depth charts and into the minors.
no shockers really.
Damn shame, I liked Garlick
Man there are some busts from their rebuild the Phillies need to cut the cord on and Nick Williams is one of them.
Nick Williams is nice depth at AAA. He can be effective when he plays every day. He wasnt able to get into any lind of rhythm last year and he was mourning the loss of his brother. If any of Bryce, Cutch, Bruce, Hasely or Quinn go down with a significant injury; Nick will be ready from having regular reps at Lehigh
There is a weird phenomena that occurs amongst sports fan that they evaluate players according to their hype instead of objectively. Nick Williams has performed much like one would expect from a 6th or 7th OFer and that is what the Phillies use him as – the first OFer up in case of an injury. Why cut the cord on a player perfectly fulfilling his role, being paid league min, and who still has a possibility to be better?
Also Williams is only 23 and before last year’s struggles had a career ops+ over 100.
dynamite drop in monty
Kind sir, it’s a mollusk I found.
Nick Williams needs a change of scenery. Pretty obvious the suits in the front office no longer consider him part of their future.
Pity, of the five players we got from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade, none have performed well for the Phillies. Oh, Eickhoff, Williams and Alfaro had their moments, but let’s face it, we all thought that trade was gonna produce a large part of a strong foundation for the next really good Phillies team.
its ashame that Williams didn’t get a full chance after the 17 season. when kapler was mgr that was the end of William’s. as for the trade of Hamels for the 5 guys we got, you would hope as a team that 1 player would be a stud but unfortunately that was not the case. it was actually 4 bc Harrison was injured and was thrown in knowingly that he was never put on a Phillies uniform. only positive part of the trade was getting JTR for alfaro and phillies 1 prospect, of that will fizzle if the Phillies can’t resign or extent JTR. that trade would be a waste. anyway that’s baseball. in reality when a team trades a star player for a bunch of prospects usually none pan out but there are some exceptions although with the Phillies it’s always that we get the worst of the trades like these, well usually it seems that way.