2013 Spring Training

Gameday: Phillies (69-80) vs. Marlins (55-94)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, September 16, 2013 05:34 PM Comments: 4

Philadelphia Phillies (69-80) vs. Miami Marlins (55-94)

Cliff Lee (13-6, 2.97)vs. Sam Dyson (0-0, 4.50)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Cloudy, 63
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Cliff Lee, one of the few true bright spots of this Phillies team, looks for win #14 tonight. With 1/3 of an inning, Lee will hit the 200 inning plateau for the sixth straight year. He’s been one of the steadiest pitchers in baseball during that time, yet he sort of flies under the radar because of how this team has taken a nosedive.

I know Monday Night Football is on, but do yourself a favor and flip between the Phils and the Bengals/Steelers game. Who knows how much longer Lee will be in his prime and we should take in the fact that he’s still pitching at a supreme level.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Brown, LF, Ruf 1B, Asche 3B, Bernadina RF, Lee P

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In the style of a German Maibock, Rogue Dead Guy uses Pacman ale yeast. It’s deep honey in color with a malty aroma and a rich hearty flavor. It’s really good, too. As Edgar Allan Poe once said, “Who cares how time advances? I am drinking ale today.” Gotta love that. Spend it drinking a 22 oz. bottle of this. -PG


Spring Wrap Up Interview: RHP Tyler Knigge

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, March 31, 2013 04:00 PM Comments: 0

As minor leaguers break camp and three quarters of the teams head north to their full season destinations, I had the opportunity to speak with righty hurler Tyler Knigge.

The Phils’ 12th round draft selection in 2010, took big strides last year, as he posted a 4-1 record, nine saves and a 0.60 ERA in 34 outings for Class A Advanced Clearwater, en route to becoming a Florida State League All-Star.  The six-foot-three 225-pounder then earned a promotion to Double-A, where he tallied a 2.92 ERA with no decisions and two saves in 21 appearances for Reading.  Additionally, Knigge, who sports a fastball that is regularly clocked in the mid-90′s, averaged 9.09 K/9 at the two levels.  He went on to pitcher with Peoria in the Arizona Fall League last year as well.

This weekend, Tyler offered some quick thoughts on his preseason, his assignment to begin the regular season with Reading and more.  Read ahead to check out the interview.

- How has your spring gone?  Thoughts on how you’ve progressed physically? Any spring training goals met?

My spring has gone well. Had my ups and downs but that’s what spring training is for. Fixing the kinks. Physically, I know I’ve gotten stronger. That’s my goal and I will continue working towards it. Continue reading Spring Wrap Up Interview: RHP Tyler Knigge


Inciarte, Aumont, Quintero make 25-man roster

Posted by Corey Seidman, Sat, March 30, 2013 11:55 AM Comments: 18

The Phillies announced their 25-man roster Saturday morning and it includes Rule 5  pick Ender Inciarte as the fifth outfielder, Phillippe Aumont as the final reliever and Humberto Quintero as the backup catcher.

Inciarte’s roster spot is tenuous, as the Phillies could choose to snag a more productive, proven fifth outfielder cut by another team before Sunday’s deadline to submit Opening Day rosters. Ryan Sweeney is one name to watch. He probably isn’t in the Red Sox’s plans. Casper Wells of Seattle is another.

Aumont makes the team over Mike Stutes, who did very little this spring and will go back to the minors to regain his form following shoulder surgery last season.

Quintero gets the backup catcher nod over Steven Lerud, who was reassigned to the minors along with Pete Orr and pitcher Zach Miner.

Delmon Young was placed on the DL retroactive to March 22. He likely won’t be ready until the end of April.

Here is a look at the full 25-man roster …

Starters: Revere, Rollins, Utley, Howard, M. Young, Brown, Mayberry, Kratz

Pitchers: Hamels, Lee, Halladay, Kendrick, Lannan, Papelbon, Adams, Bastardo, Durbin, Aumont, Horst, Valdes

Bench: Nix, Galvis, Frandsen, Quintero, Inciarte



On Deck Series Gameday: Phillies vs Blue Jays

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, March 30, 2013 10:28 AM Comments: 0

2559d7603ouedg7ldhw0br4fnPhiladelphia Phillies vs Toronto Blue Jays

TIME: 1:05, Citizens Bank Park
PHL 17
Media: Twitter and Facebook

It’s the last non-meaningful game for the Phillies this year (or so we hope), as the Blue Jays and Phillies square off again at Citizens Bank Park this afternoon. Last night, we learned that Cole Hamels has a mustache. And, honestly, that was the highlight of the night. Cliff Lee pitched well, but the Phillies lost 1-0. Today, Kyle Kendrick will pitch for the Phils. The bullpen is still a little cloudy, so that will be something to watch today.

Lineup: Revere, Rollins, Utley, Howard (DH), Young, Brown, Nix, Mayberry (1B), Kratz

Go Phillies!


Is This Chase Utley’s Last Hurrah?

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, March 29, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 25

Is 2013 the last time we’ll see Chase Utley in a Phillies uniform?

Last week, I was having a discussion with an old friend about the upcoming Phillies season when he posed a question to me: Do you re-sign Chase Utley after 2013?

“Ask me in six months,” was my concise, detached response.

This type of exchange is not exclusive to my friend and me. All over the Delaware Valley, people are asking the very same question about Utley. Most Phillies fans have had the same uncertain response I did about whether to bring the long-time second baseman back.

There’s still time to decide and no reason to rush it.

But the common uncertainty surrounding Utley forces everyone to ask themselves the uncomfortable question: Is 2013 the last time we’ll see Utley in red pinstripes?

The thought causes a stir in me. It makes me reflect on the last decade watching Phillies baseball. Continue reading Is This Chase Utley’s Last Hurrah?


Pitcher Austin Hyatt Released

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, March 28, 2013 10:23 PM Comments: 6

http://www.amsterdammohawks.com/images/Austin_Hyatt.jpgJeff Schuler of the Allentown Morning Call is reporting that the Phillies have released Austin Hyatt. Hyatt, 26, was a 15th round pick out of the University of Alabama in 2009 and was steadily climbing the Phillies ranks before struggling mightily (2-7, 6.33 ERA, 1.630 WHIP in 11 starts) with the IronPigs. Hyatt was believed to be a rotation stopgap candidate as recently as Spring 2012, starting the Phillies Spring Opener but has since been jumped in the developmental ranks by Tyler Cloyd, Ethan Martin, Adam Morgan, Jonathan Pettibone, and others. Schuler speculates the IronPigs rotation will most certainly include Cloyd, Pettibone, Martin, Morgan, and B.J. Rosenberg, a sentiment echoed by Matt Provence, the voice of the IronPigs.


Halladay Ends Spring Training with Iffy Performance

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, March 28, 2013 05:20 PM Comments: 11

It was better than terrible but far from keeping Phillies fans from holding their collective breath heading into the season. Roy Halladay allowed two runs in 4 1/3 innings in the Phillies 7-2 spring finale victory over the Blue Jays.

Whether the results showed it, Halladay, along with pitching coach Rich Dubee, said following the game that they were happy with the pitchers delivery. The radar gun also showed 88-90 for the better part of the appearance. Regardless of the outcome, Halladay will start the second game of the regular season, Wednesday in Atlanta.

Chase Utley finished off Spring Training with his fifth home run, and Laynce Nix also went yard. With Utley, Ryan Howard, Domonic Brown, and Ben Revere each playing well, there is at least some room for optimism amidst the turmoil of Halladay.

Up next, the On-Deck series Friday and Saturday against Toronto at Citizens Bank Park before the real fun begins on Monday in Atlanta.


Spring Training Gameday: Phillies vs Blue Jays

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, March 28, 2013 12:26 PM Comments: 6

2559d7603ouedg7ldhw0br4fnPhiladelphia Phillies at Toronto Blue Jays

TIME: 1:05, Bright House Field
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Today is the last Spring Training game for the Phillies in 2013. And as they bid farewell to Clearwater, Charlie Manuel again has Ben Revere hitting leadoff, with Jimmy Rollins batting 2nd. I think today’s lineup is very close to what we will see opening day, except with Michael Young at third instead of Freddy Galvis (and obviously Cole Hamels at pitcher instead of Roy Halladay).

In minor league news, the Phillies released pitcher Jordan Whatcott and catcher John Hill. More info from Jay Floyd here.

Lineup: Revere CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Brown LF, Nix RF, Galvis 3B, Kratz C, Halladay P





Galvis Continues to Rake in Win over Rays

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, March 26, 2013 04:20 PM Comments: 12

On Sunday, the Phillies disposed of journeyman Yuniesky Betancourt because they have faith in Freddy Galvis. And on Tuesday, Galvis continued his spring tear, going 2-for-4 with a home run, his third of the spring, and three RBI in the Phillies 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay.

Galvis now has 12 extra-base hits in 70 at-bats during Spring Training, good for a .905 OPS. Any worries about his back injury from last season should be gone. He also played left field today, clearly without incident. The kid can do it all.

Kevin Frandsen also did work today, going 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Domonic Brown finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs, and a RBI.

Brown’s spring average climbed to .373.

It was a bullpen game for the Phillies pitching staff with Raul Valdes leading off and going three innings, allowing one run, while fanning five. Mike Stutes, Jeremy Horst, Colby Shreve, Antonio Bastardo, Steven Inch, and Jonathan Papelbon went the rest of the way holding the Rays scoreless.


PN Interview: Catching Prospect Matt Hitt

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, March 25, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 0

Matt Hitt

Matt Hitt

On March 8, the Phillies signed Matt Hitt, a 23-year old catcher who led Eastern Michigan University in home runs in 2012. Hitt went undrafted  but played professionally with the Arizona Centennials last summer. Hitt comes to the Phillies organization with a reputation for plus defense and the ability to hit for power.

Hitt will likely play along side catchers Cameron Rupp, Justin Dalles, and Gabriel Lino in the Phils Minor League ranks, helping to develop some of the fantastic young pitchers. Matt took some time out of his schedule to answer some questions for Phillies Nation.

Q1: Baseball America reported your signing with Spring Training already underway. What was it like to get a call from the Phillies with camp just about starting and did you know that they were interested at all before they called? Had you made any plans or were you working anywhere else before they or any other team called?

MH: What can I say, but that it was the best day of my life! Up until that day I had no idea of the Phillies interest, but I had been working on other opportunities within Major League Baseball.

Continue reading PN Interview: Catching Prospect Matt Hitt

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