Every so often, a player comes up from the minor leagues who you know and he knows and everyone in the organization knows is just a fill-in guy.
For the Philadelphia Phillies this year, infield utility man Reid Brignac is that guy and, the way the team is going this year, could be the first of many such guys.
Brignac is interesting in that he was tearing it up for the Phillies Triple-A affiliate in Allentown, Pa., the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. That’s only interesting because Brignac never really tore it up at any level of baseball before hitting five home runs and driving in 21 runs in just a month of Triple-A baseball.
Since Freddy Galvis was hitting just .048, the Phillies made the swap of sending Galvis down and Brignac up. The swap illustrates just how bad a shape the organization is in because Brignac has played 302 major league games with the Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies and New York Yankees in parts of six seasons. He hit .221 with 11 homers and 73 RBIs.
There is no indication in his past that just because Brignac is able to tear up Lehigh Valley, he will be able to do the same thing in Philadelphia, but he’s better than Galvis and those are the kind of options the Phillies will have until the trade deadline, bringing up one bad guy because he’s better than the bad guy they have.
Brignac is in the big leagues now, but do not expect him to remain for long.