Nation Notes: Braves vs. Phillies

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Sun, August 02, 2015 01:24 PM Comments: 0

Atlanta Braves (46-58) at Philadelphia Phillies (41-64)



Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Adam Morgan, LHP (2-2, 4.05)
ATL: Julio Teheran, RHP (6-6, 4.71)

Time: 1:35 EST, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 80 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today:

Get out your brooms, the Phillies are looking at another sweep against the Atlanta Braves today.  The team has taken an abrupt turn around since the halfway point of the year, going 12-2 since the all-star break.

Adam Morgan will get the start on the mound for the Phillies today as he looks to get his third win of the season.  Morgan has looked decent as of late, pitching for 6.0 innings in his last start, only giving up 5 hits and 2 runs, while getting the win.  With Cole Hamels out of the picture, it looks like Adam Morgan will be starting his tenure as a Phillies rotation starter.

The Braves are scrambling today, giving their line-up a facelift in an attempt to throw off the bad mojo against the ‘worst team in baseball’.

The Phillies offense has been alive and well, collecting 68 hits in the last 7 days, and scoring 41 runs.  Dominic Brown is finally showing his bat off at the plate, getting his first and second homeruns of the season in this last week as well.  No one can say what will happen the rest of this year, but the Phillies are finally bringing back some excitement to Citizens Bank Park.

Catch the action and potential sweep at 1:35 EST.


Hernandez 2B, Herrera CF, Franco 3B, Howard 1B, Brown RF, Galvis SS, Asche LF, Rupp C, Morgan LHP


OF Dugan promoted to AAA

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, August 01, 2015 12:01 PM Comments: 5


Kelly Dugan, image- Jay Floyd

The Phillies have promoted outfielder Kelly Dugan to Triple-A Lehigh Valley from Double-A Reading.

This season with the Fightins, Dugan tallied a .315/.391/.393 slash line in 44 games.

Coaches love Dugan’s offensive development in recent seasons, but the youngster has suffered repeated injury concerns throughout his career, most recently a foot fracture, which was originally diagnosed as a ”stress reaction”, that kept him out of action from spring training until June this year.

In 2013, Dugan posted a career high 20 home runs and drove in 59 runs while batting .291 in 112 combined games with Class A Advanced Clearwater and Reading. He looked primed to bust out in 2014, but missed considerable time with an oblique strain. In 76 games with Reading last year, he sported a .296 average with five homers and 34 RBI.

The 24-year-old lefty batter was the Phillies’ top draft pick (2nd round) in 2009.

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Ben Revere Traded to Blue Jays

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Fri, July 31, 2015 02:59 PM Comments: 45

During the Ruben Amaro/Cole Hamels joint press conference this afternoon, it was announced that Phillies outfielder and bad cheesesteak orderer Ben Revere was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. Return compensation from Toronto has yet to be announced.

Revere, who is slashing a .298/.334/.374 in 2015, joins David Price, Troy Tulowitzki, Mark Lowe, and LaTroy Hawkins as the Jay’s newest additions and likely completes the Phillies 2015 jettison of useful players.

We will update this post as new information becomes avaialble.


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PNTV episode 17: Trade deadline deals, Phils prospects and youth baseball

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, July 31, 2015 01:18 PM Comments: 0

On this week’s edition of Phillies Nation Ian Riccaboni joined hosts Rachel Micali and Corey Seidman to talk about the Phillies dealing ace hurler Cole Hamels and All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon.  Minor league insider Jay Floyd also joins the panel to talk about the organization’s rising prospects like Aaron Altherr, Andrew Knapp and Roman Quinn as well as members of this year’s draft class such as Cornelius Randolph and Kyle Martin.  Also, Timothy Parker joins the show with a profile piece on the local youth baseball RBI program.

Check out this week’s episode in the media player below. Look for new episodes each Tuesday at 6PM on The Comcast Network with replays throughout the week on TCN and Comcast Sportsnet.


Phillies officially announce Hamels deal

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Fri, July 31, 2015 12:16 PM Comments: 0

The Phillies have officially announced their deal with the Texas Rangers, which sent ace Cole Hamels and left-handed reliever Jake Diekman to the Texas Rangers in exchange for five prospects, and one veteran arm.

General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is scheduled to hold a press conference regarding the deal at 1:30 p.m, with Hamels addressing the media afterwards at 2 p.m.


Reports: Revere could be heading to Orioles

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Fri, July 31, 2015 11:01 AM Comments: 8

***UPDATE: The Blue Jays and Phillies have “re-engaged” in Revere discussions, according to Buster Olney. The Phillies’ asking price may have diminished as the deadline draws nearer.

**UPDATE: The Blue Jays are, apparently, not interested in Revere and the Phillies are now talking to “some other team,” according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.


*UPDATE: Jim Salisbury has reported that the Toronto Blue Jays are now interested in Revere and talks regarding a deal are “heating up.”


With the 4 p.m. trade deadline just a few short hours away, the Phillies may not be done making moves after sending left-hander Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers in a blockbuster deal.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that an unidentified American League team was interested in Ben Revere. Today, the team has been identified as the Baltimore Orioles.

While the Orioles are reportedly close to signing a deal for Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra, Rosenthal’s previous tweet indicates that Baltimore is willing to sign both outfielders.

Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki has also reported that the Phills and Orioles are still discussing a deal for Revere.

Nothing we can do now except sit back and watch how this whole thing plays out.


PN’s Jay Floyd discusses Hamels trade on KYW News Radio

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, July 30, 2015 05:24 PM Comments: 3

This afternoon Phillies Nation’s minor league insider Jay Floyd joined Matt Leon on KYW 1060 AM to speak about the widely reported trade of Cole Hamels to Texas as well as the crop of guys the Phillies are slated to receive in return, mainly OF Nick Williams and catcher Jorge Alfaro.  Also discussed is the current state of the Phils’ minor league system and how the organization has bounced back in regards to possessing a collection of great young talents.

Check out the media player below to listen to the segment.


Report: Trading Revere could be Phillies’ next move

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Thu, July 30, 2015 01:40 PM Comments: 12

ben-revereAfter a historic night that ended with ace Cole Hamels being sent to the Texas Rangers in return for a large batch of prospects, the Phillies may have one more move up their sleeve before tomorrow’s 4 p.m. deadline.

According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Ben Revere could be the next Phillie on the move.

Who the interested American League team is has yet to be determined, but it was rumored that the Seattle Mariners were interested in Revere earlier this month. The Angels were reportedly looking at him as well, but the move for Indians veteran David Murphy has likely satisfied their need for a left-handed bat in the outfield.

The 27-year-old is the Phillies’ best hitter in regards to batting average. He has led the club in average each year since joining them before the 2013 season. He is a great singles hitter, but lacks an ounce of power. With some talented power bats around him, however, Revere could flourish in a contributing role.

The Phillies have a younger center field option in Odubel Herrera—who has shown promise with the bat this season but needs more polish as a defender—and have been experimenting with him and Cesar Hernandez in the lead-off spot.

Revere’s ability to get on base and use his speed on the base paths is a trait that would appeal to a contending team. His defense, which was shaky earlier in his Phillies tenure, has improved—especially since being moved to the corner outfield positions. In 362 at-bats this season, Revere is hitting .298 with a .335 OBP and 24 stolen bases.


A Look at the Return for Hamels

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, July 30, 2015 09:45 AM Comments: 25

phils logoThe Cole Hamels to Texas trade is a six-for-two (plus money) deal with lefty reliever Jake Diekman joining the Phillies’ former ace on his way to the Rangers in return for big league starting pitcher Matt Harrison as well as the following prospects- pitchers Jerad Eickhoff, Alec Asher and Jake Thompson, outfielder Nick Williams and catcher Jorge Alfaro.

Eickhoff, a 25-year-old righty, tallied a 1-0 record with a 2.70 ERA in two starts at the Triple-A level this year and had a 4.25 ERA and an 8.24 K/9 mark in 18 games at Double-A this season. The six-foot-four 240-pounder was a 15th round draft pick in 2011. Eickhoff throws a mid-90′s fastball as well as a curve ball and a change up. It’s possible his future is out of the bullpen.

Asher, a righty, tallied a 3-6 record with a 4.73 ERA in 12 games at Triple-A after posting a 1-4 record with a 3.98 ERA in eight Double-A games this season. The six-foot-four 230-pounder was a 4th round draft selection in 2012. With a (low-90′s) fastball/slider/change up repertoire, the durable Floridian has a promising future.

The next three prospects were all rated among the Rangers’ top five prospects, starting with Thompson, a six-foot-four 235-pounder, who posted a 6-6 record with a 4.72 ERA while striking out 78 and walking 30 in 87 2/3 innings in 17 starts at the Double-A level this year. The 21-year-old right-hander was a 2nd round draft selection in 2012. He is equipped with a pitching arsenal that features a low-90′s fastball, along with a nice slider and a change up that he’s working to refine. He was part of a trade that brought him from the Tigers to the Rangers for Joakim Soria last summer. Continue reading A Look at the Return for Hamels


Reports: Hamels deal to Texas being finalized

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, July 29, 2015 10:21 PM Comments: 30

It’ll go down in history as a storybook ending.  In what is set to become the last start by Cole Hamels as a Phillie, he threw a no-hit complete game shutout on Saturday.  Four days later, several reports have a trade of Hamels to the Texas Rangers as imminent.

While specifics of the swap are finalized, fans can speculate.  Rangers reporter Jeff Wilson tweeted that there will be money coming from the Phillies and there are multiple players involved from both sides.

The left-handed Hamels will wrap up his career with the Phils sporting a 114-90 record with a 3.30 ERA and 14 complete games in the regular season. He was also the MVP of both the National League Championship Series and the World Series in 2008.

Further updates as they become available…

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