January 4, 2008
Reds add to their collection of former Yankees
The Reds signed a bunch of players to minor league contracts today, including former Yankee first baseman Andy Phillips.
I love a man with a big bat:
Also signed by the Reds to minor deals with spring training invites: righthander Jim Brower, infielders Jolbert Cabrera and Andy Green, and lefthander Adam Pettyjohn. And outfielder Jeff Fiorentino was claimed off waivers from Baltimore.
Every year it’s got to be something. This year: the all “Phillips” infield.
Thanks for the post, BF 🙂
In 2006, Andy shared first base duties with Craig Wilson. “Wilson Phillips.” (And he does sing. He once sang the national anthem before a minor league game when the singer didn’t show up. I wasn’t there, but they said his voice was beautiful.)
I like Andy. He’s a really nice guy (and not bad-looking, if you like the boyish type). He’s kind of a tweener, though. Glove not quite good enough for anything except 1B, bat not quite good enough for 1B.
At least in the AL, where first base is covered by the likes of Jason Giambi and David Ortiz. Maybe he’ll have a better shot in the NL, where he’s not competing with DHs.
I do think that if he got a fair chance, he would be very good at the plate. Not Big Papi good, but good. The funny thing about Andy is that his splits reverse whenever he’s called up the big leagues. He’s right-handed, and has hit lefties better than righties throughout his minor league career. But in the big leagues, his splits are reversed. I suspect it’s the scouting. They’ve found a hole in his swing against lefties. If he figures it out, and his splits return to anything like his minor league norm, his numbers will be very respectable.
From Baseball America:
I didn’t know they played baseball in Italy!