Jesus Sanchez (pictured), a BlueClaw in 2008 and 2009, and Yohan Flande were released by the Phillies yesterday, freeing up room on their 40-man roster in case they want to sign a free agent or select somebody in the Rule 5 Draft which is tomorrow at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.
The Phillies recently added five to their 40-man roster (Matt Rizzotti, Justin De Fratus, Freddy Galvis, Harold Garcia, Cesar Hernandez) to protect them from the Rule-5 Draft.
Sanchez, who was a reserve catcher with Lakewood in 2008, with Joel Naughton and later Travis d’Arnaud, was converted to a pitcher in 2009 and went 10-6, 3.44 with Lakewood. This year, he had a 2.99 ERA with Clearwater.
Flande, who skipped Lakewood in 2009 after starring in the GCL in 2008, played in the Futures Game last year but struggled this year with Reading. He went 10-8, 4.38 but struck out just 84 in 158 innings.
The Phillies could sign both back to minor league contracts.
Two of the best organizations in baseball are going to be loaded for bear in the 2011 draft.
The Phillies, after losing Jayson Werth to the Nationals, will receive the top compensatory pick in the supplemental first round, plus Washington’s second round pick (their first, #6, is protected, as are the top 15). So the Phillies will pick 30-34 and then roughly 50-55.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, will have two compensatory picks for losing Victor Martinez to the Tigers and then two more for Adrian Beltre, who, now that they have added Adrian Gonzalez, will not be re-signed.
These two teams typically spend money in the draft and it’s no coincidence they typically have good farm systems (and farm systems that can be pierced to go get good players via trade).