Phillies announce a slurry of roster moves

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Phillies Mark Appel
CLEARWATER, FL – FEBRUARY 25: Mark Appel (66) of the Phillies delivers a pitch to the plate during the spring training game between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies on February 25, 2017 at Spectrum Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)

The Phillies announced a variety of roster moves Wednesday afternoon.

They claimed right-handed pitcher Luis Ortiz and left-handed pitcher Andrew Vasquez off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

Ortiz, 27, made a total of six appearances for Gabe Kapler’s Giants in 2022. Posting a 1.04 ERA across 8.2 innings pitched, allowing five hits while striking out six and walking three.

Vasquez, 29, started 2022 with the Toronto Blue Jays before making his way to the Bay Area. Vasquez had a 6.23 ERA in 8.2 innings across 10 appearances. Vasquez also struck out 10 while walking four hitters in that time.

With all of the recent bullpen arms hitting free agency in recent days, both men will have ample opportunities to be major contributors for Philadelphia in 2023.

Other Phillies moves

Additionally, the Phils have outrighted RHP Mark Appel, RHP Hans Crouse, LHP Kent Emanuel, LHP Damon Jones, and INF Yairo Muñoz to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Mark Appel was the first overall pick of the 2013 first-year player draft by the Houston Astros. He made his Major League Debut in 2022 with the Phillies making his return to professional baseball after taking time off from baseball. He was originally traded to the team in 2015 as a part of the Ken Giles trade to Houston.

Yairo Muñoz played a limited role for the Phils in 2022. He was signed Muñoz after spending time with both the Cardinals and Red Sox.

Hans Crouse was traded to Philadelphia along with Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy at the 2021 trade deadline a deal that sent former top prospect Spencer Howard to the Texas Rangers. He only made three appearances at Lehigh Valley in 2022 after battling injuries most of the season.

Appel, Emmanuel, and Muñoz are all able to become Minor League Free Agents and can sign with any organization.

Crouse and Jones will remain in the Phillies minor league system but are not on the 40-man roster.

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire