Roster Moves: Phillies call up No. 6 prospect Johan Rojas, as Cristian Pache hits the IL; Drew Ellis expected to replace Josh Harrison
According to now multiple reports, the Philadelphia Phillies are calling up outfield prospect Johan Rojas.
Johan Rojas Called Up from Double A Reading
Rojas, the Phillies’ No. 6 overall prospect is just 22 years old and has been incredible over the first half of the minor league season with Double A Reading. He’s slashing .306/.361/.484 with 20 doubles, five triples, nine home runs, 45 RBI and 30 stolen bases.
With Josh Harrison heading to the 10-day injured list last Wednesday with a right wrist contusion, the Phillies needed to fill one roster spot at the time. Now it’s being reported that Cristian Pache will also be heading to the injured list with a “minor injury”.
The Phillies made their first move with Rojas getting the call and the second, is third baseman Drew Ellis.
In 153 at-bats in the minor leagues this season Ellis is batting .242 with a .905 OPS. He has 12 home runs and 40 RBI. In 18 at-bats at the major league level this season, Ellis has four hits, two home runs, and three RBI.
Johan Rojas is definitely an exciting move for the Phillies.
The 27-year old Drew Ellis? In my eyes, not so much.
Scott Kingery, while not currently on the 40-man roster has been absolutely on FIRE over the past 1.5 months of the MLB season and should have been the first option to call up to the majors when the Phillies needed an additional infielder.
This season with Triple A Lehigh Valley, Kingery has slashed .277/.353/.822 with 11 home runs, 30 RBI, and 18 stolen bases. Over his last 28 games, Kingery has been on fire. He’s averaging .330 with six home runs, 17 RBI, and four stolen bases. He has nine doubles while carrying a .617 slugging percentage and a 1.013 OPS.
June (21 Games): .343 AVG with a .754 OPS. 24 Hits, 7 Doubles, and 3 Home Runs, 9 RBI.
Kingery hasn’t slowed down in the month July either. Through the first seven games this month, Kingery is batting .292 with a 1.083 OPS. He has seven hits in 24 at-bats with three doubles, two triples, and three home runs and 8 RBI.
Scott Kingery at Triple A Lehigh Valley
Since Kingery didn’t get the call, I find it very hard to believe that it will ever happen this season and all things considered, that would officially mean the end of “JETPAX SZN” in Philadelphia.
The Phillies will open a 4-game weekend series tonight at Citizens Bank Park against the San Diego Padres.