Current Roster: The duo of Pedro Severino and Chance Sisco continue to be serviceable and their improved defense made 2020 easier to handle. Both could continue improving next season, but we are probably very close to their ceiling which is a combined OPS that’s been around .730 the last two seasons with too many K’s and a little bit of pop. Bryan Holladay and Austin Wynns provide solid defensive back up options and could still be in the mix in 2021, especially if Elias tries to trade Severino or Sisco.
Future Outlook: This is all about Adley Rutchman, and the current options on the MLB roster can allow us to wait until he is truly ready to take over the position for hopefully the next 6 plus seasons. However, there will always be the battle to be his back up. Does Severino or Sisco stay on the roster as a back up and DH option when we return to playing playoff baseball? If they become expendable does an option arise out of Brett Cumberland, Maverick Handley, or Martin Cervenka? It does thin out a bit after Rutchman in the system.
Players of Note: Cody Roberts, Jordan Cannon, Harris Yett, Taylor Davis
Rutchman alone pushes this grade up, but the overall depth on the MLB staff and AAA help as well. There is a need for depth in the lower parts of the system, but if Rutchman comes as advertised, the need for depth isn’t crippling, as it essentially comes down to finding a quality back up. Moving on, Elias probably tries to find a cost effective way to improve this depth with international development and mid round picks in the upcoming draft.
Hess is awful; no argument there.
But, look at Phillips FIP and K/9 numbers the past two seasons. There is more in there and my eyeballs saw it in his nice scoreless innings run this season. I say he gets one more season. Will pitch at 26 next season and I saw flashes this year that make me believe he carve out a role at the MLB level.
Sedlock has been disappointing when you see the 1st round sticker on him, but his numbers have improved greatly since his awful collapse in 2017. K numbers have steadily risen since, and if converted to Bullpen, he could piece a solid piece.