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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Phillies - Signed King, Swann, Rushford

Philadelphia Phillies - Signed 3B Brennan King, OF Pedro Swann and 1B Jim Rushford to minor-league contracts.

All 3 of these players were in the Phillies organization last year and are being re-signed as minor league free agents.  King is the most interesting, but his BA is probably too low and his secondary skills not enough to ever get him more than a cup of coffee.  Rushford and Swann would both have been terrific role players 4 or 5 years ago, but both their skills have declined in their mid-30s and they’re just filling some organizational holes on their way to coaching jobs.

2007 ZiPS Projections
Player     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
King       403 44 100 25 1 13 48 23 80   3 .248 .293 .412
Rushford   391 44 100 21 1   5 45 33 43   2 .256 .323 .353
Swann     338 44   88 22 2   9 45 22 80   4 .260 .311 .417


Dan Szymborski Posted: November 16, 2006 at 05:39 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 17, 2006 at 03:06 AM (#2240024)
I don't care whether Rushford can still play or not. I'm happy to see him stay in uniform as long as he can swipe one off the laundry cart.
   2. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: November 17, 2006 at 03:35 AM (#2240046)
I agree with Vlad. Now that the Red Barons are a Yankees team, I can be sure that my best Red Barons memory will be the game in 2003 where he went 4-for-4 with a walk, 6 RBIs, and a walk-off 3-run homer.

As for the other two, never heard of them, so I'll look on Baseball Cube.

Swann: Ah, now this is the definition of a journeyman.
Drafted - Selected by Atlanta Braves in 26th Round (674th overall) of 1991 amateur entry draft (June-Reg) Jun 11,1991 - signed Oct 17,1997 - Granted Free Agency. Dec 8,1997 - Signed as Free Agent by Tigers. Oct 16,1998 - Granted Free Agency. Dec 17,1998 - Signed as Free Agent by Tigers. Oct 15,1999 - Granted Free Agency. Dec 18,1999 - Signed as Free Agent by Braves. Oct 15,2000 - Granted Free Agency. Jan 22,2001 - Signed as Free Agent by Braves. Oct 15,2001 - Granted Free Agency. Feb 14,2002 - Signed as Free Agent by Blue Jays. Oct 15,2002 - Granted Free Agency. Feb 3,2003 - Signed as Free Agent by Orioles. Oct 9,2003 - Granted Free Agency. Oct 17,2003 - Signed as Free Agent by Orioles. Oct 15,2004 - Granted Free Agency. Jan 24,2005 - Signed as Free Agent by Reds.

King: Spending three full seasons in Jacksonville is generally not good, especially when you don't improve at all during that period.
   3. alkeiper Posted: November 18, 2006 at 12:02 AM (#2240818)
I agree with Vlad. Watching Rushford in Scranton, he was almost ALWAYS out signing autographs for kids before games. No player was more accomodating. Brennan King has good hands at third base with average range. He's got some pop but his average is probably too low to merit any kind of a Major League future. Swann I didn't see long enough to merit a real opinion. In any case, I'm happy to see all three remain, even if the AAA team moved.
   4. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: November 18, 2006 at 12:18 AM (#2240824)
The sponsor from Swann's BRef page notes:

Delaware Baseball sponsor(s) this page.

The persistent Swann is one of a handful of Delawareans to play fifteen seasons of professional baseball.

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