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Prospect Nation 2013: #8 SS Roman Quinn

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, February 24, 2013 07:15 AM Comments: 2

Roman Quinn, photo- Joe Wombough/PhoulBallz.com

Selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft out of Port St. Joe High School, speedster Roman Quinn was immediately a prospect that many thought would be on a fast track upward in the Phillies system.

The extremely athletic 5-foot-10 170-pounder is praised for his adaptability and has shown considerable improvement during his time in the professional ranks.

Quinn signed fairly late after being drafted and did not play in an official game in 2011.  He did, however, spend time with the Gulf Coast League team late in their season and played with the Florida Instructional League team following the regular season.  He made his official pro debut in 2012 with the short-season A level Williamsport Crosscutters.  There, Quinn tallied a .281 average with nine doubles, a league-leading 11 triples, one home run and 23 RBI while swiping 30 bases in 36 chances.

Phillies executives were very pleased with his progress last year.  According to Joe Jordan, the Phils’ director of player development, “the sky is the limit” for Quinn.  Even his teammates are excited by his skills, as players will often remark about his noteworthy quickness. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: #8 SS Roman Quinn


Schwimer Dealt to Jays

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, February 23, 2013 04:26 PM Comments: 32

http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/headshots/mlb/players/full/30894.png&w=350&h=254Jim Salisbury of CSN is reporting that Michael Schwimer, originally scheduled to pitch today for the Phils, has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for 1B Art Charles. Schwimer, 27, had a 4.62 ERA in 47 games for the Phillies across 2011 and 2012. Schwimer averages over a strikeout per inning in Major League action and helped stabilize the bullpen as the Phillies made a second-half charge in 2012. Charles, 22, is a 6’6″ first baseman out of Bakersfield College, originally drafted in the 20th round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Charles has a career .239/.358/.482 Minor League triple-slash in three seasons. Charles has power and the ability to get on base but is not projected by many to reach the Majors.

Analysis: This one is a tricky one to figure out. Schwimer likely fell out of favor with management when he sought a second opinion for his injury last August but was pitching well enough to stay with the club regardless. Schwimer was thought to have an outside shot to make the club out of camp and almost guaranteed to see at least some time with the club during the season if someone went down with injury. His absence will improve the odds of Phillippe Aumont and Justin De Fratus making the team.

As a side note, Schwimer was the first player I ever interviewed. He was a gracious guy, never turned down an interview, and a friend of the site. We at Phillies Nation wish him the best of luck in Toronto.


Defense, ‘Pen Hamstring Phils in Grapefruit Opener

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, February 23, 2013 04:18 PM Comments: 5

The Phils committed four errors and dropped their Grapefruit League opener against Houston today 8-3.


Inspite of the loss, the Phils had quite a few brightspots. Cole Hamels dominated for two innings, needing only ten pitches to retire six of seven batters, giving up only one hit. Ben Revere led off the game with a single and stolen base after taking Astros starter Lucas Harrell to a full count. Chase Utley wasted no time scoring Revere from second with a first inning single.

Domonic Brown and Laynce Nix each looked comfortable at the plate and Yuniesky Betancourt went 2-3 with an RBI. Ender Inciarte had a nice at bat in the eighth that led to a walk and Pete Orr hit a solo homer in the eighth as well.

Areas of Opportunity

Defense and the bullpen did the Fightins in. The Phils had four errors which did not include a Michael Young misplay in the first.  The official errors were charged to Erik Kratz, Darin Ruf, Ben Revere, and Michael Martinez.

The bullpen looked like they were focused solely on throwing strikes. However, none of these guys had their best stuff today. Realistically, Jeremy Horst and Justin De Fratus are the most likely to make the club of the non-Hamels pitchers who threw today but each ran into trouble. Non-roster invitee Jermain Mitchell hit a ninth inning triple but took an awkward route around second base, misplayed a ball in the outfield, and tried to tag up from third on a really shallow fly ball and was thrown out.

The Phillies will play the Tigers tomorrow at Lakeland at 1:05 PM.


Spring Training Gameday 2013: Phillies v. Astros

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, February 23, 2013 12:00 PM Comments: 35


Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

Brighthouse FieldClearwater, FL

Weather: 80, 10% Chance of Rain

TV: The Comcast Network

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Baseball is finally here!

Cole Hamels takes the hill in the Phillies Spring Opener at Brighthouse Field against the American League’s newest punching bag, the Houston Astros. Scheduled to follow Hamels on the hill are B.J. Rosenberg, Zach Miner, Jeremy Horst, Michael Schwimer, and Justin De Fratus. All of the relievers throwing today have a puncher’s chance to make the club out of Spring Training.

The Astros counter with Lucas Harrell, 27, on the bump. Harrell, a righty, was 11-11 with a 3.76 ERA last year for the Astros in his rookie season.

Revere – CF
M. Young – 3B
Utley – 2B
Howard – 1B
Ruf – LF
Brown – RF
Nix – DH
Betancourt -SS
Kratz – C

Go Phillies!


Why I’m Excited For Today’s Exhibition Game

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, February 23, 2013 09:09 AM Comments: 8

It's finally time to get out of that suit and into red pinstripes. Spring is here and Hamels is on the hill. Photo by: Ian Riccaboni

Some folks react to today’s start of the Spring schedule with a shoulder shrug, a yawn. A bigger “why care” is exhibited instead of an “I care”. But, I do care and I’m really looking forward to today’s 1:05 PM start against the Astros.

It is all because of Cole Hamels.

While the pitches Hamels throws today may feel meaningless, and in the grand scheme of the history of the game, they are, there is a greater significance with every appearance, Spring Training or regular season. Hamels is entering the prime of his career, on pace for more than 2,800 career strikeouts, suddenly the leader on a staff with two Cy Young winners who are still pretty good in the own right. He is likely your 2013 Opening Day starter. He is the face of the Phillies no matter if Chase Utley or Carlos Ruiz re-sign after the season or Jimmy Rollins returns after 2014. And he is very quietly halfway through a Hall of Fame career.
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Papelbon Wrong About 2012

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, February 22, 2013 10:28 PM Comments: 26

Since I have been here, I haven’t seen any leadership

Jonathan Papelbon, February 21, 2013

I wish I could have written about this quote sooner. But, to be honest, I don’t think there is much to say; I believe Papelbon’s misspoke during a period of quick reflection. A reflection on a season’s worth of disappointments that are understandable when compared to the high expectations the Phillies had entering 2012.

While his comments may have been understandable, that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t entirely wrong. Dead wrong.

Listen, any team that had won the last five division titles has leaders. The 2012 Phillies met that description and then some. Twice a World Series participant, once a winner, in those five years, someone must have been guiding the Phillies. There were more than a few constants from those five years who returned for 2012: Charlie Manuel, Rich Dubee, Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick, and Shane Victorino all entered the 2012 as Phillies who had been there from the beginning of their playoff run. So what gave in 2012? It’s pretty obvious to me. Follow the jump for some beautiful visual evidence.

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Spring Training Gameday: Intrasquad Game

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, February 22, 2013 11:00 AM Comments: 44

Who is ready for some baseball?

The Phillies first competitive exhibition of the Spring is upon us – a five inning intrasquad game starting at noon. Team One, led by Jonathan Pettibone, will do battle with Team Two, led by Adam Morgan.

Here are the line-ups, first reported by Ryan Lawrence and Chris Branch:

Team One:

Rollins SS
Gillies CF
Mayberry LF
Howard 1B
Nix RF
Frandsen 2B
Asche 3B
Joseph C
Mitchell DH
Pettibone P

Team Two:

Revere CF
Galvis SS
M. Young 3B
Utley 2B
Ruf LF
Brown RF
Ruiz C
Fields 1B
Mather DH
Morgan P

Notes: Pettibone replaced Ethan Martin as the starter but it is an issue of semantics. Martin is still scheduled to pitch. Other pitchers scheduled to throw include: Cesar Jimenez,  Mauricio Robles, Kyle Simon and Justin Friend.

Play ball!


Average Ticket Prices for Phillies Games

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, February 22, 2013 09:44 AM Comments: 0

Heading into last season, the Phillies were the kings of the NL East, capturing the Division crown five straight times from 2007 through 2011. However, 2012 was a season fans would like to forget.  2012 was not only a down year for the Phils on the field, but it was a season that saw secondary market ticket prices tank as well. Heading into the season the average price for Philadelphia Phillies tickets at Citizens Bank Park were averaging $78/seat, but that price dropped all the way down to just $55 by the end of the season, their lowest average in three seasons.  Not coincidentally, the sellout streak of 257 consecutive games was snapped in early August.

So far, however, prices have begun to rebound. Continue reading Average Ticket Prices for Phillies Games


PN Interview: Clearwater Manager Truby Talks Prospects

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, February 22, 2013 08:05 AM Comments: 0

Truby with Lakewood in 2011- Photo by Jay Floyd

Former big league third baseman Chris Truby is entering his fifth season as a manager in the Phillies’ developmental ranks.  The 39-year-old began his coaching career in 2008 in the Pittsburgh organization after retiring from playing a year earlier. He joined the Phillies in 2009, spending two seasons as the manager for Class A short-season Williamsport prior to managing Class A Lakewood in 2011, then earning another promotion to be the skipper with the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers last year.

During his playing days, Truby saw time with Houston, Montreal, Detroit and Tampa Bay.  The Indiana native batted .231 with 23 homers and 107 RBI in 263 career big league games.

This week I spoke with Chris about several subjects, among them the Phils’ well regarded third base prospects, how he balances his goals to excel as a coach while helping his players improve and other players on the rise.  Read ahead for that full interview.

- You’re a former big league third baseman and you got to manage third baseman Cody Asche for part of his impact season last year. What are your impressions of Cody and what his future could hold?

Cody worked his tail off on both the offensive and defensive side last year. He got better in all facets of the game. He has the desire and the will to be the best player he can be and I believe he will be a very good Major League third baseman.
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Phillies Ticket Prices for 2013 Season

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, February 21, 2013 12:14 PM Comments: 11

Phillies spring training games start in just a few days, and taking a look at  Phillies tickets prices for the 2013 season shows some interesting things. This might be hard to believe, but the average price of spring training tickets is higher than that of regular season tickets. According to Seat Crunch, the average price of Phillies spring training tickets is $107.80; almost $50 more than the league average. Tickets range in price from $10 to more than $5,000.

Back at Citizens Bank Park, average regular season ticket prices are closer to $91.50, which is actually a few dollars below the league average. The most expensive regular season home game is the one against the Chicago Cubs on September 1st. The average ticket price is about $150, the cheapest tickets are $27 and the most expensive tickets are $1071 a pop.

The least expensive Phillies game will be the one against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 6th. The average price is about $45. The cheapest ticket is $9, while the most expensive tickets are $556.

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