Pitching prospect Garner, others released, Dugan has setback

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, March 29, 2015 01:45 PM Comments: 7


Garner, image- Jay Floyd

Via the esteemed Jim Salisbury on Twitter, there were a couple noteworthy minor league reports on Sunday with righty hurler Perci Garner being released and outfielder Kelly Dugan returning home to heal from a stress fracture in his foot.

Garner was the Phillies’ second round draft choice in 2010.  The 26-year-old sported a 19-23 record along with a 4.50 ERA and a .266 batting average against in 87 career games over his career.

Dugan, the Phils’ 2nd round draft selection in 2009, has not played this spring as he was initially sidelined with a stress reaction in his right foot.  The injury was re-diagnosed as a stress fracture, with the 24-year-old returning to his native California to rest and recuperate.

In his pro career to date, Dugan has tallied a .293/.368/.451 slash line in 425 games.

Additionally, as per well-connected Phillies blogger Baseball Betsy, the Phillies also parted ways with pitchers Jordan Guth and Kyle Bogese as well as first baseman Wilmer Oberto on Sunday.


Phillies Demote Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Five Others

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sun, March 29, 2015 10:12 AM Comments: 16

PHOTO: AP/Kathy Willens

The Phillies optioned pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday. The Cuban righthander didn’t live up to expectations this Spring, allowing 12 earned runs–as well as five home runs and 25 hits–over 14.1 innings. He’ll start the season in the minors again, which is a disappointment.

In addition to the MAG demotion, the Phillies optioned pitcher Hector Neris to Lehigh Valley, and reassigned pitcher Paul Clemens, catcher Koyie Hill, and infielders Chris McGuiness and Chris Nelson to minor league camp.


Phillies prospects predict WrestleMania results

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, March 29, 2015 09:00 AM Comments: 0

wm31For those of you that read the site regularly and perhaps also follow a few Phillies Nation staffers on Twitter, you know that some of us are lifelong professional wrestling fanatics.  Not surprisingly, some Phillies minor league players have also long enjoyed action in the squared circle as well.

This weekend marks the Super Bowl of the pro wrestling world, with WWE’s WrestleMania set to take place in California.  I caught up with minor league hurler Mark Leiter Jr. along with outfield prospect Brian Pointer to get their predictions on the full card.

Here is how the two youngsters see the event shaking out along with some insight from each man on the World Champ Brock Lesnar’s part time/special attraction status with the company as well as if they each see his main event challenger Roman Reigns as a viable contender for the championship strap:

WWE World Heavyweight Title Match, Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns

Leiter- I like Reigns, but whoever wrote that ending to the (Royal) Rumble really dropped the ball.  Having Big Show and Kane (remaining at the end)?  Everyone knew they weren’t winning.  Then the Rusev thing just was stupid.  As cool as Lesnar is, it’s hard to buy a champion who only wrestles on pay per view.

Lesnar wins.  Rollins then cashes in his Money in the Bank contract and loses.

Pointer- I’m a Brock Lesnar guy.  I would like to see him more, but he will only come on part time.  I don’t really like that because I want to see him in more matches, but when he comes on, I am pumped!  And I think Reigns will be a big time superstar, but I don’t think he can match Lesnar right now.  Lesnar is on a roll and it’s not stopping.

Triple H vs. The Icon Sting in Stings’s WWE wrestling debut Continue reading Phillies prospects predict WrestleMania results


Phils drop fourth straight spring contest

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, March 28, 2015 04:36 PM Comments: 6

spring-training-2015The Phillies dropped their fourth straight game on Saturday when they were downed by the Twins in Fort Myers by a score of 7-1.

Righty hurler Jerome Williams took the loss, allowing six runs (four earned) while allowing nine hits and two walks, striking out four in four innings of work.  The outing left Williams, who will likely open the 2015 season as the Phils’ number three starting pitcher, with a 0-3 record with a 6.60 ERA in five games.

In relief, Kenny Giles, Andy Oliver and Luis Garcia each tossed a scoreless frame.  Phillippe Aumont surrendered an earned run in an inning of work.

Giles has a 5.40 spring ERA in eight spring games.  If not for a single poor effort on the 26th against Toronto (2/3 IP, 4 ER), that mark would be at 1.35 in seven games for the right-hander. Continue reading Phils drop fourth straight spring contest


Nola shines brightly in big league spring debut

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, March 27, 2015 02:45 PM Comments: 8

spring-training-2015Clouds and rain showers couldn’t prevent the Phillies’ top pitching prospect from shining on Friday when he took the mound for the first time in a big league spring training game.

In three innings of work in relief against the Yankees, Aaron Nola allowed five hits and no runs while striking out four and walking none. His efforts included punch outs of legendary sluggers Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran.

Those getting their first look at Nola took notice of the polished control of his three pitches and his comfort level on the mound. His fast ball ranged from 92 to 94 MPH with movement, his change up was used to his advantage, , making some batters look foolish, and his breaking ball supplemented both of the other offerings nicely, keeping the opposition guessing.

Nola was taken with the seventh overall selection in last year’s MLB amateur draft. He sported a 4-3 record with a 2.93 ERA and a .240 batting average against in 12 combined games for Class A Advanced Clearwater and Double-A Reading. Continue reading Nola shines brightly in big league spring debut


Phillies Land SS Devin Lohman From Reds

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Thu, March 26, 2015 03:15 PM Comments: 34

The Phillies announced today that they have acquired shortstop Devin Lohman from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for future considerations.

The 25-year-old will report right to minor league camp.

Lohman was selected in the third round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft by the Reds, and in two seasons with Double-A Pensacola, has hit .240 with 13 HRs, 18 RBIs, and a .307 OBP.

Defensively, Lohman has .933 fielding percentage and has committed 111 errors in 1,656 chances over 410 games as a shortstop.


Crawford’s Chronicles: J.P. talks about looking up to Mansolino and Rollins

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, March 26, 2015 01:15 PM Comments: 5


JP Crawford, image- Jay Floyd

Throughout spring training, Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford has been checking in to offer his thoughts straight from Clearwater, FL.

The 20-year-old is widely considered the Phils’ top prospect after the team’s first round draft pick in 2013 posted a .285/.375/.406 slash line in 123 combined games at Class A Lakewood and Class A Advanced Clearwater last year in his first full pro season.

News broke today that Crawford would miss time to open the season with an oblique strain.  Despite the ailment, the California native, in his exclusive weekly interview with Phillies Nation, spoke about a new focus in the Phils’ developmental ranks this year, what made Philadelphia appealing to him as a child, his daily spring routine and plenty more.

Read ahead for all that Crawford had to say and click here to read previous entries in this series.

-Sharing thoughts on how things have been going in minor league camp thus far in 2015…

“We’ve been playing real well together.  We’ve been playing real team baseball, which has been the goal for spring training.  But our top guy says he wants us playing team baseball and wants to change it up this year and everybody’s just doing their job to try to win a ball game and it’s been paying off.” Continue reading Crawford’s Chronicles: J.P. talks about looking up to Mansolino and Rollins


Spring Training Gameday: Phillies (11-11) at Blue Jays (13-9)

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Thu, March 26, 2015 11:14 AM Comments: 2

Philadelphia Phillies (11-11) at Blue Jays (13-9)

NYY Phillies

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Cole Hamels
TOR: Alex Sanchez

Time: 1:07 EST, Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin, Florida
TV: None
Weather: Cloudy, 78 Degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today: 

It was announced this morning that top short stop prospect J.P. Crawford will miss 4 to 6 weeks due to a strained oblique. Mario Hollands will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews in an attempt to possibly forgo Tommy John surgery. Cesar Hernandez in leading off today playing shortstop, in an attempt to showcase a comfortability as short, which could increase his chances of coming north with the big club next week.

Lineup: Hernandez, CF / Sizemore, LF / Utley, 2B / Howard, DH / Ruf, C / Asche, 3b / Ruf, 1B / Francoeur, RF / Danks, CF



Hollands Leaning Toward Surgery, Will Get 2nd Opinion from Andrews

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, March 26, 2015 08:49 AM Comments: 0

This is what’s called piling on. Thursday morning we found out that the Phillies top prospect, J.P. Crawford, would be sidelined 4-6 weeks. Mario Hollands could be out a lot longer.

It was already known Hollands would miss a significant amount of time. Surgery now seems likely, according to multiple reports from Clearwater. Hollands will get a second opinion from the master, Dr. James Andrews, to see if Tommy John surgery is necessary. It seems likely this will happen.

It’s another blow to a Phillies team that can’t catch many breaks lately. Hollands spent 50 games with the Phillies in 2014, putting up a 4.40 ERA out of the bullpen.



Phillies Top Prospect Crawford Out 4-6 Weeks

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, March 26, 2015 08:21 AM Comments: 6

As we search for positives before the Phillies season begins, the organization has been dealt another blow. J.P Crawford, the Phillies #1 prospect – #14 overall by Baseball America, #22 overall according to MLB.com – will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a strained oblique, according to reports.

Crawford was expected to begin the season with the Reading Fightin’ Phils after spending all of last season tearing up Single-A.

Here are some links to read more about J.P Crawford:

-Prospect Nation #1 – JP Crawford

-Crawford’s Chronicles 

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