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OF Dugan promoted to AAA

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, August 01, 2015 12:01 PM Comments: 2

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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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.


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.


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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Hamels notches first career no-hitter in Chicago

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, July 26, 2015 01:09 AM Comments: 17

HamelsIn what could have been a farewell by Cole Hamels to Philadelphia, the veteran lefty tossed a no-hitter on Saturday at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

En route to his first career nine-inning hitless bid, Hamels struck out 13 and walked two to move his season record to 6-7 while tossing 129 pitches to mark his first win since May 23rd.

The shutout victory could also serve as an up close audition as Hamels, who has been the subject of loads of trade talks in recent weeks, has been rumored to be of interest to the Cubs, who are 1 1/2 game out of the National League’s second Wild Card spot.

The Phillies won the contest 5-0, led by Ryan Howard‘s 17th home run of the season, a three-run blast in the third inning.

The game marked the first time the Cubs have been no-hit since the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax accomplished the feat in 1965. Continue reading Hamels notches first career no-hitter in Chicago


BlueClaws Quotables: Shawn Williams talks Casimiro & team’s success

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, July 23, 2015 01:56 PM Comments: 1


Shawn Williams, image- Jay Floyd

The Class A BlueClaws are 10-3 in their last 13 games and have won 13 of their last 18 contests.  Currently, Lakewood sits in 2nd place in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division, two games behind the first place West Virginia Power (Pirates affiliate) for a playoff spot.

Following Lakewood’s 4-0 victory over the Power on Wednesday, team manager Shawn Williams spoke with Phillies Nation about a pair of the game’s winning pitcher, some of the standout offensive contributors as well as the team’s recent success following some roster turnover.

I asked Williams about right-handed hurler Ranfi Casimiro, who notched the win with 7 2/3 scoreless innings on three hits, while striking out six and walking two…

He was awesome.  He threw the ball really well.  He’s been throwing like that all year, but he put together 7 2/3 (innings) and I’m really impressed with his outing.  The slider was really good.  His change up is always good, but his slider was what really impressed me and over all, stuff wise and challenging the zone, he was outstanding.

Williams spoke on if the wall Casimiro hit at the end of his outing, where he allowed the last three batters he faced to reach base with a hit batter and the two base on balls he issued, could be discouraging and possibly ruin the good outing overall…

I don’t think so at all.  I just think he ran out of gas a little bit.  It just happens.  He’s pitched late into the game a lot this year, but I don’t think, just overall, we’ll look at the whole outings and I know he is and overall it was awesome and I thought he threw the ball very well. Continue reading BlueClaws Quotables: Shawn Williams talks Casimiro & team’s success


PN Interview: BlueClaws infielder Damek Tomscha

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, July 20, 2015 08:00 AM Comments: 0

Damek Tomscha, image- Jay Floyd

Corner infielder Damek Tomscha has been a solid performer of late for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws.  Overall this season, the Phillies’ 14th round draft choice from 2014 has posted .270 average with four homers and 32 RBI in 77 games.

Recently, I spoke with the six-foot-two 200-pound righty batter about his production, transitioning to the minor league from college ball at Auburn and his unique name.  Read ahead for that full interview.

-You’ve had some solid success recently, especially after the promotions of some teammates up to Clearwater.  What can you tell me about the improved output?  

I mean, you just definitely have to step up.  You’re given the opportunity, I just feel like you need to take advantage of it and I was kind of playing here and there at the beginning of the year and then I started hitting the ball a little better and got the opportunity to start playing a little more.  So, I just feel like, for the most part, I’m making the most of my opportunity and doing what I can for the team.

-I know from talking with the coaches that you’ve made some improvements.  What’s different for you that has helped out with your offensive production?

I kind of switched a few things up with my stance with (hitting coach Nelson) Prada.  We worked some things out and I got a little more upright and I feel like I’ve been able to get to that inside pitch a bit better and I’ve gotten the barrel out to those inside pitches and, you know, just going up there swinging, not so much thinking about what I need to do with the fundamentals of stuff.  Just mainly going up there a getting a good swing on a pitch that I can handle. Continue reading PN Interview: BlueClaws infielder Damek Tomscha


Minors Notebook: Kratz to return, Williams rehab, more

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, July 18, 2015 01:58 PM Comments: 1

On Friday evening, the Phillies announced that veteran backstop Erik Kratz has been signed to a minor league deal and will report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday.

Kratz made his big league debut at the age of 30 five years ago to the day that this week’s Phillies news came out.  The righty hitting Kratz is now 35 years old and has a .217/.240/.400 slash line in parts of six big league seasons.  He played with the Phils from 2011 to 2013 and was dealt to Toronto in a trade for pitcher Brad Lincoln.

The 6-foot-4 240-pound Kratz played in four big league games this year with Kansas City and played at the Triple-A level for KC and Seattle this season as well.

In the lower levels, this year’s top Phils draft pick, outfielder Cornelius Randolph, sports a .282 average with seven doubles, a triple, a home run and 15 RBI in his first 20 professional games with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies.  The lefty batting 18-year-0ld was selected 10th overall. Continue reading Minors Notebook: Kratz to return, Williams rehab, more


2011 top pick Larry Greene Jr. says he’s returning to baseball

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, July 17, 2015 01:42 PM Comments: 22


Larry Greene Jr., image- Tug Haines

With news that the Phillies’ first round draft choice from last year is headed to the big leagues for his next start, it’s a suitable time for another of the organization’s recent top draft selections to be on the tip of people’s tongues.  Granted, it won’t be with the same levels of gusto and excitement.

With the Phillies Nation all abuzz with anticipation as righty hurler Aaron Nola is set to make his major league debut next Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park, news of the return of the Phils’ top draft pick from 2011, Larry Greene Jr., might draw more eye rolls than tickets sold.

Earlier this season it was reported here that Greene had retired, while the team insisted is was simply a break.

To clear up any confusion, the 22-year-old says that he’ll be heading back to the field with the Phillies.

“I’m not done…no chance,” Greene asserted on Friday.

Fans, who were frustrated with a growing list of expensive early round draft picks that had not panned out at the top level for the home team, as well as some media types, labeled the six-foot 235-pounder as a bust.

Greene, who is aware of fans’ expectations of a top draft pick, feels the break from playing was necessary, due to personal concerns.

In three professional seasons the Georgia native tallied a .224 average with eight home runs and 74 RBI in 242 games.  With Class A Lakewood last year, he posted a .183 average with two homers and 18 RBI through 60 games.

Signed for a reported $1 million bonus, Greene doesn’t have a firm date for when he’ll be back in Clearwater to relaunch his playing career, but he is excited to resume his playing days nonetheless.

“I’m not sure of a time frame, but you haven’t seen the last of me.  I promise you that.”

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