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The Phillies have had quite a few surprises and busts this spring that are no longer in major league camp, or in some instances, with the club. Here is a quick rundown and recap of how each player earned their designation.
Bust: Justin De Fratus — Came into camp as a favorite to win a bullpen spot, but never got it together over the course of the spring. He'll start the year in Triple-A Lehigh Valley and should be back soon.
Surprise: Jake Diekman — Showed some real promise this spring, but the Phillies optioned him back to the minors to refine his command and continue developing his offspeed pitches.
Bust: B.J. Rosenberg — Rosenberg was absolutely shelled this spring, leaving some to wonder about his place on the depth chart. After spending his time with the major league camp as a reliever, the plan is now to stretch him out as a starter in Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Bust: Sebastian Valle — Came into camp in what should have been a depth chart battle with Tommy Joseph, but wasn't particularly close. Nothing is confirmed, but it looks like he'll open the season in Double-A Reading, with Joseph in Triple-A.
Bust: Tyson Gillies — Could have made a name for himself with a good spring, but struggled. He'll start in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where the goal will be staying on the field for a full season.
Bust: Darin Ruf — The biggest bust on the list. Ruf could have been the Phillies' Opening Day left fielder with a good spring, but he struggled mightily. The Phillies are sending him to Triple-A to continue learning left field and to settle in at the plate. My guess is that he is back at some point in the season.
Surprise: Aaron Cook — Cook was good for the Phillies this spring, but not good enough to earn a spot on the major league roster. Instead of going to the minors, he asked for—and has been granted—his release.
Surprise: Adam Morgan — Morgan was nothing short of impressive this spring. He pitched well in every opportunity and will open the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He could be a mainstay in the Phillies' rotation as soon as 2014.
Bust: J.C. Ramirez — Not to make too much out of this, but Ramirez's downward spiral continues.
Surprise: Tommy Joseph — Played really well in camp with the Phillies and has likely earned himself the role of Triple-A Lehigh Valley's starting catcher.
Surprise: Steven Lerud — Once wrote off as camp filler, Lerud could very well be the Phillies' backup catcher on Opening Day.
Surprise: Cody Asche — Continues to prove the naysayers wrong. After a great spring, he'll open the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley and could be the Phillies' everyday third baseman next season.
Surprise: Yuniesky Betancourt — Betancourt played very well for the Phillies, but with Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen on board, there was no room for him. The Phillies released him and he signed on with the Milwaukee Brewers (on a major league deal, for that matter).
Surprise: Jermaine Mitchell — Had an excellent spring and could be called on in a pinch, if need be.