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Infielder Taylor Featherston comes to the Phillies from the Angels, where he was recently designated for assignment

Needing a little help in the infield depth department, GM Matt Klentak reached back to his former team, the Los Angeles Angels for help. Klentak agreed to send a player to be named later or cash to the Angels for Taylor Featherston, who made his major league debut last season.

The Phillies really don't have a lot of infield depth, so they looked to help that situation with a minor deal to acquire Taylor Featherston from the Angels. Featherston is known primarily as a defensive player, who needs some work offensively. In 101 games with the Halos last season, Featherston hit just .162 with a .212 on-base percentage.

In the minors, Featherston has shown some offensive ability, hitting a combined .274 over five minor league seasons, with 43 home runs and 49 stolen bases. 

It wouldn't hurt for Featherston to get some time at Triple-A, since he skipped over the level after being taken in the Rule 5 Draft in December of 2014. Initially, he was taken by the Cubs and then sent to the Angels in a cash deal. Featherston was originally drafted by the Rockies in the fifth round of the 2011 Draft. Somewhat ironically, Featherston was designated for assignment by LA when they claimed another Rockies player, Christian Freidrich off waivers last week.

The Phillies again have Freddy Galvis slated to play short and Cesar Hernandez starting at second base, leaving just Andres Blanco as the main middle-infield backup at the major league level. The Phillies do have Emmanuel Burris and Jake Fox signed to minor league deals and J.P. Crawford waiting in the wings to take over at shortstop. Crawford will likely start the season at Lehigh Valley, unless he puts together a big spring training and takes the job from Galvis.


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