Phils Re-sign Three Minor Leaguers, Lose Numata

Logan Moore bats against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a game at Coca-Cola Park on May 4, 2017. (Photo by Cheryl Pursell)

The Phillies moved quickly to re-sign three of their own minor league free agents. Pitcher Ranfi Casimiro, catcher Logan Moore and infielder Mitch Walding all re-signed with the Phillies early in the process. Another catcher, Chace Numata, signed with the New York Yankees.

Casimiro, 25, signed initially with the Phillies as an international free agent in June 0f 2011 and spent the rest of that summer pitching in the Dominican Summer League. This past season – Casimiro’s seventh in the organization – he pitched for both Clearwater and Reading, making the switch from being primarily a starter to pitching in relief. Of his 37 appearances, 33 were out of the bullpen, but he made four starts for Reading. Between the two stops, Casimiro was a combined 3-7 with two saves and a 3.39 ERA. He struck out 64 batters in 82 1/3 innings of work, while walking 22.

Moore initially served as the back-up to catcher Jorge Alfaro with Lehigh Valley in 2017, but when Alfaro was brought to the majors, Moore took over as the primary catcher for the IronPigs. The 27-year old played in 64 games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this past season with a slash line of 6-31-.233/.310/.362. Defensively, Moore threw out 42-percent of would-be basestealers for Lehigh Valley.

It’s likely that Moore will receive an invitation to spring training with the Phillies, but the catching situation has somewhat of a logjam with Alfaro, Cameron Rupp and Andrew Knapp all getting playing time at the major league level last season. It’s possible that one of them will be dealt during the offseason.

The 25-year old Walding spent most of the 2017 season with Reading, but did play in two post-season games with Lehigh Valley. During the regular season, Walding played in 99 games at Double-A, hitting 25-63-.242/.330/.526 for the Fightins. He also went 4-for-8 in the International League Playoffs with the IronPigs. It’s likely that Walding will open 2018 as the starting third baseman for Lehigh Valley.

Numata was a pitcher and shortstop in high school and the Phillies drafted him in the 14th round of the 2010 Draft and immediately put him behind the plate, as many scouts had thought a major league team would do with him. Much like Moore, Numata isn’t known for his offense, but did hit .308 in 94 games at Clearwater in 2016. His average dipped to a more career-average-like .249 at Double-A Reading this past season, actually coming in below his .258 average through eight minor league seasons in the Phillies organization. Defensively, Moore tossed out an amazing 47-percent of baserunners attempting to steal this past season.

You can find a full list of Phillies minor league free agents under our GM’s Office tab.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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