5 Phillies Who Don’t Belong on the 40-Man Roster

With Spring Training underway in Clearwater, Florida, we discuss five Phillies who are holding up a spot on the 40-man roster.
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4. Kolby Allard

Even if Allard makes the 40-man roster, it would not be surprising to see him spend the majority of the 2024 season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The 26-year-old pitcher was a former first-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2015 but has been plagued by injury throughout his career. Last season with Atlanta, the right-handed pitcher made four appearances (three starts) and posted a 6.57 ERA and .308 opponents batting average.

Allard dealt with injuries in 2023 as he was placed on the 60-day IL at the start season with a Grade 2 oblique strain. The veteran starting pitcher returned to the mound to make those four appearances but was hampered by shoulder inflammation that forced him to miss the rest of the season.

The Phillies hope Allard will stay healthy and make a push to be a long-reliever out of the bullpen. If not, there’s a strong chance Allard could be pitching in Triple-A this season, as he has one minor-league option remaining.

5. Yunior Marte

The 29-year-old right-handed relief pitcher struggled in his first season with the Phillies. Marte posted a 5.03 ERA in 40 games, which caused him to be sent down multiple times to Triple-A during the regular season.

Marte recorded 38 strikeouts in 39.1 innings of work, which is solid. However, he allowed six home runs, 22 earned runs, 17 walks, and an opponents batting average of .288. The Phillies tried to use him in high-leverage situations last season, but it didn’t work, as opponents hit .333 against Marte.

The right-handed reliever, who was touted to have a good fastball and wipeout slider, struggled noticeably in the eighth inning. Marte had a 4.91 ERA in 11.1 innings, which included six walks, six earned runs, and a .256 opponent batting average.

Marte will get the benefit of the doubt as it was his first year with the Phillies after he made his major league debut in 2022 with the San Francisco Giants. However, the right-handed pitcher will need a strong spring as the Phillies have a lot of competition on the 40-man roster and non-roster invitees.

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