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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Phillies - Signed Fasano

Philadelphia Phillies - Signed C Sal Fasano to a 1-year contract

He doesn’t play defense or run or bunt or hit singles, whether they be the pulled or opposite field variety or draw walks or run the bases smartly.

What Fasano does do is swing the bat hard and occasionally hope to crush something.  He does it just enough to be sort of useful when things are falling right for him, as with the O’s last season, but he won’t be as good a backup for Lieberthal as Pratt has been.  I suspect that Fasano and Bobby Estalella are the same person trying to collect 2 AAA paychecks.  If the Phillies wanted a no-defense hacker with power to fake catcher, they should have just added John Castellano to the 40-man.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Sal Fasano
207 23   45   7 0 11 34 10 49   0 .217 .265 .411

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 01, 2005 at 11:52 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. catomi01 Posted: December 02, 2005 at 06:57 AM (#1756320)
john castallano is probably the nicest guy to ever come through the long island ducks clubhouse...i really hope he gets a shot some day.
   2. catomi01 Posted: December 02, 2005 at 06:58 AM (#1756322)
and, at least against atlantic league pitching, 6 years ago, he could rake...not the best endorsement in the world i know, but its more than you can say about some people who've made more money than he will.
   3. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: December 02, 2005 at 04:40 PM (#1756627)
Good for plunky! Not so good for Philadelphia (though, outside of last year, his defense is normally fine).
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2005 at 04:41 PM (#1756629)
Isn't his defense pretty brutal?
   5. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 02, 2005 at 04:43 PM (#1756636)
Having spent a few years in KC, Sal is warmly regarded in our household. My kids will be amused that he is signed by the Phils.
Is he really 40-man roster worthy in the off season?
   6. HowardMegdal Posted: December 02, 2005 at 06:54 PM (#1756916)
Did anyone else think Bobby Estelella was going to be a star? Hey, catchers often develop late- maybe he still will be (though the constant injuries, steroid abuse and general lack of success argues against it)...
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2005 at 07:22 PM (#1757009)
I thought Estelella was going to be a star.

And appropos of nothing, my best friend's sister dated Fasano when he was in KC. And I believe he was engaged to another woman at the time.
   8. DFA Posted: December 03, 2005 at 12:01 AM (#1757509)
Fasano is worth a roster spot for aescetic reasons alone. He'll be missed in Baltimore, as we have to look forward to Geronimo Gil. Can't wait for that to happen, much like I can't wait to die.
   9. covelli chris p Posted: December 03, 2005 at 02:49 AM (#1757671)
this makes the phillies favorites to win the world series. brilliant move.

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