Velez claims that pitchers Luis Ortiz and Andrew Vasquez are giants of the giants
Phillies demands 2 throws through concessions, 5 players removed from 40-player roster originally featured on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Velez added their first two new players from the off-season via concessions from the San Francisco Giants, claiming left bowler Andrew Vasquez and right bowler Luis Ortiz.
Vasquez is a 29-year-old who has appeared in parts of four seasons in the big league with the Twins, Dodgers, Blue Jays, and Giants. He spent most of the 2022 season in Triple A, holding left-handed hitters to 0.148 with no additional base hits in 65 plate appearances. He has a 2.41 ERA with 440 strikes in 295⅓ of minor league innings.
Ortiz is a 27-year-old former first-round player for the Texas Rangers. He was named 30th overall in 2014, the same first round that produced Aaron Nola. Ortiz was selected three times before Michael Kopech and four selections before Jack Flaherty.
Ortiz has been traded twice. In 2016, he was hooked up from Texas to Milwaukee with ex-hunt prospect Louis Brinson Jonathan Lockroy and loyal Jeremy Jeffress. After two trade deadlines, he was dealt from Milwaukee to Baltimore for veteran player Jonathan Schaop.
Ortiz appeared in just three major league games in 2018 and 2019 prior to this season, when he put in a good showing for the Giants over the last month. It allowed one run in 8 runs with four looks lasting longer than the stroke.
While Vázquez and Ortiz joined Velez’s roster of 40 players, five players were removed. Players Jairo Muñoz and pitchers Mark Abel, Hans Kroos, Kent Emmanuel and Damon Jones were all placed in outright concessions. Muñoz, Emanuel and Appel could become free agents for the minor league, while Crouse and Jones would remain in the organization.
A year earlier at this time, Velez used outright concessions to part with Andrew Knapp, Ronald Torres, Ramon Russo, JD Hammer, Travis Jankowski and (temporarily) Odubel Herrera, with all six players elected free agency.
Muñoz was one of many companions the Phillies used in 2022, appearing in 29 games. Most of his playing time came during the period following Johan Camargo’s knee injury and before Felice got hold of Edmundo Sosa from the Cardinals.
Appel is the first former overall pick Phillies earned in the 2015 Vince Velasquez-Ken Giles trade. He was out of baseball from 2018 to 2020 before returning to the Phils Organization in 2021 and making his way to the majors for a short stay this summer. He allowed two runs in 10 rounds in six reliefs with the Phillies and went 6-0 with a 3.15 ERA in Triple A’s 40 innings, hitting 36 and running 17.
Crouse was the promotion prospect Phillies got from Rangers in the summer of 2021 when they replaced Spencer Howard and brought back Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy. In the second round in 2017, Crouse actually started two games for the Phillies in 21, allowing four runs and seven walks in seven. Injuries have limited him to just five games this season with Triple A Lehigh Valley and he has been ineffective with 13.14 ERA and more than two starting players in each half.
The left-wing Emmanuel was one of the first players to be added by Dave Dombrowski in an unsuitable season, demanding a waiver from the Astros last November 19. He spent most of the first half recovering from an elbow injury and did not appear in a game for Phils. . He shot to 2.37 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 10 starts with IronPigs.
Jones has been with the organization since 2017 and has made five appearances in the major tournaments in the past two seasons, walking seven times in five innings. Control was an issue for the 28-year-old left-hander, who walked 5.0 hits in all nine rounds in the minors.
Phillies’ list of 40 men is 34.
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