Odds and Ends: Utley, Draft Recap, Burrell

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, August 17, 2010 09:39 AM | Comments: 56
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-We await word on Chase Utley’s availability for tonight’s game against the Giants. Utley reportedly flew back to Philadelphia following last night’s rehab doubleheader with the Clearwater Threshers. The information from the Phillies is usually made available around 2:30 p.m. if there is a statement from the team.

-Last night, the Phillies locked up some future hopefuls during draft deadline day. The three players signed yesterday were pitchers Kevin Walter (20th rd), Jonathan Musser (21st), and outfielder Brian Pointer (28th). Between the three, the Phillies spent about $1 million total on bonuses. They attempted to lock in right-hander Scott Frazier, a fifth-round selection, but he has decided to attend Pepperdine University. Fraizer wanted a bonus in the $1 million range.

According to Phuture Phillies, the difference between Frazier and the three players combined is negligible. It’s about quality of the quantity over the one higher blue-chip prospect.

Walter throws 88-92 right now, but has a decent array of secondary pitches, which for a high schooler is quite advanced. He’s also 6-6, 220 pounds. Musser comes from high school in Iowa. He tosses his FB about 91-93 according to reports and suffered a shoulder injury which was not related to baseball, but is back to throwing hard. Pointer is a high school centerfielder from Nevada who has great speed and OK power.

-Welcome home, Pat Burrell! Who’s excited to see the former Philly playboy/left fielder roam the outfield once again? He’s now playing for one of the enemies in San Francisco, but has recently enjoyed a rejuvenation following his release from Tampa Bay. Burrell is hitting .285 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 56 game with the Giants. His .905 OPS would stand as the second best of his whole career if the season ended today. That’s saying something for a guy who was nearly on the street a few months ago after hitting .202 with the Rays to begin the year.

So, welcome him with open arms, but just wait ’til the game is over, will ya?

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  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    Andrew – I said before that I didn’t care about Burrell & couldn’t understand why he caused so much discussion. Couldn’t care less about the gossip, however, with Burrell there was no way to not hear it. I suspect the reason people talked so much is that old saying: guys wanted to be him & girls wanted him. That’s a gross generalization but it might hold in his case.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    I dont live in philly never have. Was in newark del till age 12 then moved to Maryland.
    So I never heard and I never listed to Wheeler or Ashburn etc etc.
    Heard Harry the last few years when I had the baseball package and he was doing games.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Dobber must of have known he would be DFA. Guess they start Sweeney at 1st ? Hope he doesnt get injured in an Emergency they could move Valdez/Ibanez until Gload is 100%.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Cya Dobbs!

  • Posts: 0 SJ Phillies Fan

    I am a little disappointed about Dobbs!

    I think he would have come around…


  • Posts: 0 dino

    Phillies continue to be among the stingiest of all organizations when it comes to drafting players. Yeah, I know they’ve been able to get a few nice bargains, but they are usually raw and take a lot of years to develop. The clock is ticking, and we need to look for, AND DRAFT, some guys that are closer to being Major League ready.

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