Archive for February, 2011

Utley Out for Grapefruit Opener vs. Yankees

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, February 25, 2011 09:59 AM Comments: 4

Continuing to deal with lingering soreness, Chase Utley will be out of the lineup once again when the Phillies take on the Yankees tomorrow in their Grapefruit League opener.

Utley was not in the lineup on Thursday against Florida St. in the exhibition opener, but Charlie Manuel told the media that he’s just sore, which is normal this time of year.

I wouldn’t get worked up over this. Utley trains as hard as anyone and in preparation for the season likely has a tired body. It’s better to rest him now when the games mean very little. You’ll probably see him good as new in a week.  Here is tomorrow’s lineup against Yankees starter Bartolo Colon in Tampa.

  1. Jimmy Rollins SS
  2. Ross Gload DH
  3. Raul Ibanez LF
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Ben Francisco CF
  6. Domonic Brown RF
  7. Jeff Larish 3B
  8. Brian Schneider C
  9. Wilson Valdez 2B

De Fratus and Mathieson Talk Spring Opener

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, February 25, 2011 06:30 AM Comments: 0

PhilliesNation readers saw this quick wrap up by Pat Gallen on yesterday’s exhibition opener in which the reigning NL East division champion Phillies convincingly handled the Florida State mens’ baseball team by a score of 8-0.

In the contest, righty hurlers Justin De Fratus and Scott Mathieson looked confident and delivered solid results, each tossing a scoreless inning at their opposition.

Following the win and retiring all three batters he faced, De Fratus was excited. The 23-year-old California native, who is enjoying his first full big league spring camp, stated, “It was good to get my feet wet in a nice, laid back environment today and get the first outing jitters out of the way, before I face the Yankees on Sunday.”

Mathieson, who struck out two and walked one of the five batters he faced, felt like this game was more than just a relaxed tune up against a college team. For a guy like Mathieson, who is trying to make his way back to the Majors after three elbow surgeries, each of these outings is extremely important.

“Every game for me this spring is a chance to try to prove to the brass and the people making decisions that I’m good enough and I can compete and I can help the team out this year,” Mathieson stated.

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ProspectNation Top 25 – The List

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, February 24, 2011 11:00 PM Comments: 9

Spring Training is underway down in Clearwater, Florida, with real baseball beginning on Saturday as the Phillies battle the Yankees. As compiled by our minor league contributor, Jay Floyd, here is our full ProspectNation Top 25 list in its entirety. Hope this list sheds some light on what’s being called one of the best farm systems in all of baseball.


Phillies Easily Handle Florida St, 8-0

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, February 24, 2011 06:58 PM Comments: 3

It was an easy victory for the Phillies today in front of 3,900-plus at Bright House Field in Clearwater, as they beat the visiting Florida State Seminoles, 8-0.

Every year, Florida St. opens up the exhibition season for the Phils, giving college players the opportunity to take the big stage against the professionals. As expected, it was a lopsided affair that was blown open early. In the first inning, the Phillies stamped four on the board, two of them off the bat of Ryan Howard as he doubled to deep center field.

The crew of young hurlers looked solid against the ‘Noles, as well. Drew Naylor started things off and pitched two scoreless innings. He was followed by free agent pickup Eddie Bonine for two innings. Juan Perez, Michael Stutes, Michael Schwimer, Justin De Fratus, and Scott Mathieson each pitches one inning.

Cole Hamels will get the start on Saturday against the New York Yankees. Bartolo Colon will oppose him.


ProspectNation 2011: #1 Jon Singleton- OF

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, February 24, 2011 02:30 PM Comments: 9

One of 2010′s breakout stars in all of minor league baseball was Phillies’ prospect Jonathan Singleton. Drafted in the 8th round of the 2009 amateur draft out of Millikan High School in Long Beach, CA, Singleton was already well regarded within the Philadelphia organization before roughing up South Atlantic League pitching last season.

The left-handed hitting Singleton made his professional debut as a member of the Gulf Coast League Phillies as a 17-year-old after signing with Philadelphia. In 31 games there, Singleton batted .290, slugged 2 homers and drove in 12 runs.

Nicknamed “The Boss”, Singleton really emerged as he helped lead the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws win a second consecutive South Atlantic League title. Singleton actually began the season in extended spring training, but made a massive impact once he was assigned to the Lakewood roster, posting a .423 average in 19 May games.

In 109 regular season games with Lakewood, Singleton posted a .290 batting average with 14 homeruns and 77 RBI with 9 stolen bases.

The steals production could hit the double digit range as he moves up the ranks, but Singleton’s speed is not one of his best assets.

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The Impact of Adam Wainwright’s Season-Ender

Posted by Corey Seidman, Thu, February 24, 2011 12:50 PM Comments: 4

In baseball, the only three-word combination worse than “Dr. James Andrews” is “Tommy John Surgery.” The UCL reconstruction operation has claimed yet another victim, Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.

This is huge news for every other National League contender, as the road to October just got a bit easier. Wainwright is an amazing talent – a now-perennial Cy Young candidate coming off of an absolutely gaudy season.

Since 2009, Wainwright is 39-19 with a 2.53 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, 3.48 K/BB ratio, and two top-3 Cy Young finishes. His ERAs each year were top-4, his innings pitched were top-3, his wins were top-2.

Wainwright went blow-for-blow with Roy Halladay every step of the way for the 2010 NL Cy Young, and probably had the award won in mid-August, when he was 17-6 with a 1.99 ERA.

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Phillies Kick Off Exhibition Schedule with Florida St.

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, February 24, 2011 10:23 AM Comments: 8

In what has become a right of passage in Spring Training, the Phillies will start their exhibition season with a visit from the Florida State Seminoles baseball team today at 1:05 pm.

Here is today’s starting lineup for the Phillies:

  1. Shane Victorino CF
  2. Placido Polanco 3B
  3. Raul Ibanez DH
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Ben Francisco LF
  6. Domonic Brown RF
  7. Carlos Ruiz C
  8. Pete Orr 2B
  9. Wilson Valdez SS

The starters will likely get a couple of hacks and then make way for some of the backups. Chase Utley is fine, Charlie Manuel will give him a few days off because of body soreness, according to Dave Murphy of the Daily News. Manuel told the media Utley had been doing some heavy lifting and a lot of extra work in the field. Jimmy Rollins is at a White House function today celebrating Motown. Not a bad day off for J-Roll.

Here is today’s pitching schedule:

Thursday vs. Florida State

  • SP: RHP Drew Naylor
  • LHP Juan Perez
  • RHP Mike Stutes
  • RHP Mike Schwimer
  • RHP Justin DeFratus
  • RHP Scott Mathieson

You can keep up with the game through Dave Murphy’s other twitter account @HighCheeseGamer (if you have twitter).


Full List of the Top 25 Moments of 2010

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, February 23, 2011 08:16 PM Comments: 0

The page of the calendar turned to 2011, putting 2010 behind for good. Last season, the Philadelphia Phillies failed to reach the World Series, but look forward to a fresh start in 2011. Although the Phillies were unable to win it all, 2010 was an exciting year filled with many memorable moments. Before we look ahead to 2011, Phillies Nation will break down the top moments from the 2010 season.



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    ProspectNation 2011: #2 Jarred Cosart- RHP

    Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, February 23, 2011 01:50 PM Comments: 5

    Righty hurler Jarred Cosart was selected in the 38th round by the Phillies in the 2008 amateur draft. Cosart, who turned 20 years old during the 2010 season, has been extremely impressive since joining the Phillies organization, despite some physical hindrances.

    Cosart’s draft position is quite deceiving. He was projected as an early round talent, but the Texas native’s firm commitment to attend the University of Missouri had Major League teams avoiding him throughout the selection process. The Phillies took a gamble later in the draft, then followed Cosart, who played outfield and pitched as an amateur, around as he played rec league baseball during the Summer months. At the signing deadline, the Phillies made a hefty $550,000 offer, that both sides view as an investment, and coaxed Cosart to sign a contract.

    In 2009, Cosart, who stands 6-feet-3-inches and weighs around 180 pounds, made his professional debut as a member of the Gulf Coast League Phillies, but was limited to just 24 1/3 innings of action due to a nagging groin injury. In 7 games, 5 of which were starts, Cosart posted a 2-2 record, a 2.22 ERA and an amazing 0.78 WHIP.

    The following season, Cosart was in the midst of a tremendous campaign with Class A Lakewood that had him shooting up in the rankings of Phillies prospects, when his season was cut short. This time it was due to an elbow injury. In a late June road start at Delmarva, Cosart went just 2/3 of an inning when he had a rough opening frame and felt some elbow discomfort. After that, Cosart visited Phillies doctors in Philadelphia and was shut down. Cosart later visited with renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews for a diagnosis and surgery was not required.

    Overall, as a member of the Lakewood BlueClaws is 2010, Cosart posted a 7-3 record with a 3.79 ERA and a .224 batting average against in 14 games, which were all starts.

    Given the honor of appearing in the MLB Futures Game, which takes place as part of the annual Major League All-star activities, Cosart was unable to attend, due to his ailing elbow.

    The pitching repertoire at Cosart’s disposal includes a sharp fastball with movement that ranged from 96-98 MPH during the 2010 season, a curveball that Cosart considers his out pitch and a change up that he has been working to improve. Along with refining his pitches, Cosart was open this year about developing his intelligence on the mound. He worked closely with Lakewood pitching coach Steve Schrenk, on his own off days, to learn hitters’ tendencies and become more of an analyst on the mound.

    A power pitcher in the making, Cosart has averaged 9.6 strike outs per 9 innings in his 21 professional outings to date.

    Cosart’s work ethic and focus on the future is remarkable. Initially disappointed that the Phillies wished to shut him down last year, due to his elbow issues, Cosart began to appreciate the thought process behind the decision and was eventually pleased that the organization and its doctors chose to be so cautious. He worked hard to complete his rehab work with trainers in Clearwater and was able to rejoin the BlueClaws for their championship series clincher at home, prior to pitching at instructional ball following the postseason.

    In December, Cosart said of his time at instructional ball, “There were absolutely no setbacks in instructional league, just a little bit of rust having not thrown to live competition for a few months. The arm felt great, though. And overall, the coaches were very pleased with my outings and, obviously, that the arm felt good.”

    Cosart has since followed up a restful off-season by reporting to Spring training roughly four weeks early in order to get in the best possible shape for the upcoming season.

    Although he is expected to begin the year on the class High A Clearwater Threshers roster, Cosart has no preference for which level the Phillies may decide he is best suited. He simply wants to make progress by staying injury free, in 2011. As he ascends toward the big leagues, it will be up to Cosart and his body to determine a potential arrival date on the Phillies’ roster.


    Jay Floyd is PhoulBallz.com’s minor league contributor. You can read more from Jay by checking out his site, PhoulBallz.com.

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