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2013 Spring Training

PN Interview: Chris Duffy Talks About Being Cut By Phils

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, March 20, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 10

Chris Duffy performed very well in 2012, Photo- Jay Floyd

In recent days a prospect that had considerable buzz about him last season, Chris Duffy, was released by the Phillies.  Billed by many coaches within the system as a very good hitter, the 26th round draft choice in 2010 out of the University of Central Florida had an outstanding season in 2012 with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws.  In 60 games in the South Atlantic League the lefty batting slugger sported a .384 batting average with 11 homers and 56 RBI.  Additionally, in two different stints with Class A Advanced Clearwater last year, Duffy sported a .236 average with two home runs and 15 RBI.

Credited by prospects like highly regarded third baseman Maikel Franco with being an inspiration, the 25-year-old Duffy built a reputation of being a leader among toward players.

Now, faced with free agency, the well-mannered and steadily lighthearted ballplayer spoke this week about the circumstances surrounding his release.

- Okay, so clearly there was some big news that surprised some people on Sunday morning, when the Phillies released you.  After a year in which you posted absolutely great numbers in Lakewood and really bounced back during your second trip to Clearwater, this wasn’t something that was expected by fans.  Did this catch you completely off guard?  Any other thoughts on this, as you reflect back on it?

Yes, it absolutely did catch me off guard.  Usually, players don’t get released after a good season, so I figured I was clear of all that.  Especially since I had been hitting well in spring training and came in shape.  But everything happens for a reason and even if I don’t understand yet I will.  I just view it as something I have to go through to achieve my dream.  I’m a firm believer that I am limitless and can accomplish anything I want as long as I go get it. This definitely hurt, but it’s not going to stop me!

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Brown and Howard Power Phils Over Yanks

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, March 19, 2013 07:46 PM Comments: 25

Richie Ashburn Award: Kyle Kendrick

Kyle Kendrick gave up one unearned run and struck out three over six behind homers by Dom Brown and Ryan Howard as the Phils won 4-1 at Bright House Field over the Yankees.

The Good

Phillies pitching was superb today, with Kendrick, Mike Adams, Jonathan Papelbon, and Chad Durbin combining for a two-hitter against most of the Yankee regulars.

Brown went 1-3 with a HR, bringing his triple-slash to .397/.465/.714. Brown’s .714 SLG in 63 AB leads all MLB players in Spring Training with 50 or more ABs and he leads all MLB players in Spring Training in ABs, hits, runs, and homers.

Areas Of Opportunity

Michael Young committed a throwing error. This was a good win, though.

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2013 Spring Training Game Day: Phillies v. Yankees

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, March 19, 2013 01:00 PM Comments: 5

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110801033255/logopedia/images/9/98/7204.gifNew York Yankees vs Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

Bright House Field – Clearwater, FL

Weather: 74, Cloudy

TV: The Comcast Network, Home of Phillies Nation TV, and ESPN

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The Phils lock horns with the Yankees for what feels like the 100th time this Spring. J-Rol rejoins the team after returning from the World Baseball Classic.

Housekeeping: Rodrigo Lopez was reassigned to Minor League camp and told reporters he would accept an assignment to the IronPigs. He has a June 1 opt-out if he is not on the Phillies by then. And Chris Branch of Delaware Online reported earlier today that Doc Halladay lost 10 lbs because of the stomach flu but now feels much better.

Line-Up

1. Rollins – SS

2. Young – 3B

3. Utley – 2B

4. Howard – 1B

5. Brown – LF

6. Nix – RF

7. Mitchell – CF

8. Lerud – C

9. Kendrick – P

Go Phillies!

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Lopez Reassigned to Minor League Camp

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, March 19, 2013 10:50 AM Comments: 0

According to Chris Branch, the Phillies have reassigned pitcher Rodrigo Lopez to minor league camp. Lopez gave up eight runs, seven earned, in yesterday’s 17-10 loss to the Braves. The Phillies now have 35 players in camp: 15 pitchers, 20 hitters.

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The Cody Chronicles, Vol. 5: Asche Bonds with Teammates and Fans

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, March 19, 2013 07:30 AM Comments: 0

As part of our weekly spring training series, Phillies third base prospect Cody Asche is back once again to check in, directly from spring training in Clearwater, FL.

A 4th round draft selection in 2011 out of the University of Nebraska, Asche has been a fast rising prospect since joining the Phillies organization. Last year, the 22-year-old, in his first full professional season, tallied a .324 batting average with 12 home runs, 72 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 130 combined games with Class A Advanced Clearwater and Double-A Reading. Asche followed that up with a .281/.343/.438 line with Peoria in the Arizona Fall League, then went 5-for-14 (.357 average) with two doubles in eight big league spring games this year.

In the latest edition of The Cody Chronicles, Asche talks about the change in attendance going from big league camp back to the minors, bonding with people on Twitter, his ties with teammates from his draft class and plenty more.

On the topic of playing in front of minimal crowds with the minors in spring training, compared to the large crowds that the big league team has been drawing this spring…

It’s just not the same the first time going out there (after returning from big league camp).  You kind of just know, that’s part of spring training, being on the minor league side.  You know, you’re out there doing your thing.  It’s really not something you worry about when you’re down there.  Not me anyway.  I never get caught up in that.  I mean, I love playing in front of big crowds and what not, but, the first game I played back over there, I felt my mind wandering a little bit, but I snapped myself out of that real quick.  You can’t sit there and sulk and keep dwelling on what it was like and stuff like that.  You just have to go out there and stick to your work.  That’s the tough part about the minor leagues, you gotta look beyond that kind of stuff and just keep working and find a way to do what you’ve got to do. Continue reading The Cody Chronicles, Vol. 5: Asche Bonds with Teammates and Fans

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Phils Plate Ten, Lose by Seven to Braves

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, March 18, 2013 06:29 PM Comments: 31

In a barnburner of an exhibition game, the Phillies stuck nine runs to Kris Medlen in five innings but could never overcome the lead surrendered by Rodrigo Lopez and the Phils lost 17-10 in Orlando.

The Good

The Phillies offense has been running on all cylinders and today was no exception. Dom Brown drove a 1-2 Medlen pitch to deep right center in the fifth for a two run home run, a cherry on the top of a 3-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI day. Yuniesky Betancourt no doubt increased his once-slim odds of making the Phillies with a 4-5 day at the plate, with three singles and a double. Darin Ruf brought his Spring average up to .224 with a 2-5 day with two doubles, while Ryan Howard, Humberto Quintero, and Ben Revere all had two hits as well. It was very nice to see a lot of this success come off of Medlen, who posted a 0.97 ERA with a 9-0 record for Atlanta after joining their rotation last season.

An interesting note about the Phillies hitters – their success may be due to increased playing time. The Phillies have the top four players in Spring PA appearances (Revere, Brown, Howard, and Galvis) and the number seven player (Michael Young). All are hitting well.

The Areas of Opportunity

Rodrigo Lopez was pretty well exposed today and may have cost himself his shot at the MLB roster. Lopez gave up eight runs, seven earned in two innings pitched and no reliever was able to pitch a scoreless inning. Colton Murray made his Spring debut for the Phils, giving up three earned in one inning pitched.

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Spring Training Gameday 2013: Phillies v. Orioles

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, March 17, 2013 12:00 PM Comments: 14

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3RVQj2QtoX8/Txzu10unLeI/AAAAAAAAAlw/vyfATUQGDtg/s1600/4bmrvfygivt6dgyw9hntp3aqc.gifBaltimore Orioles vs Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

Bright House Field – Clearwater, FL

Weather: 72, Partly Cloudy

TV: Comcast SportsNet

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Doc Halladay looks to bounce back after a, quite frankly, scary outing against the Baltimore Orioles. Jason Hammel is the hurler on the opposing bump for the O’s. The Phils, wearing green, will run out a line-up that feels like it could be a preview of the Opening Day line-up, with J-Roll in place of Freddy Galvis. In a strange quirk, there is no DH today.

Housekeeping: Very busy day for the Phils today: four were sent down to the Minors and Yuniesky Betancourt is suddenly a tradeable commodity. Be sure to keep it tuned in to Phillies Nation for the most up-to-date news – it is going to start coming fast and furious as we’re now about two weeks away from Opening Day. Roster moves could come at any time.

Line-Up

1. Revere – CF

2. Galvis– 3B

3. Utley – 2B

4. Howard – 1B

5. Young – 3B

6. Brown – RF

7. Ruf – LF

8. Kratz – C

9. Halladay – P

Go Phillies!

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Cardinals Interested in Betancourt

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, March 17, 2013 10:41 AM Comments: 6

http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/headshots/mlb/players/full/6218.png&w=350&h=254Nick Cafardo slipped this tidbit in his morning post over at the Boston Globe this morning:

(Betancourt) has improved his visibility, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see a team deal for him before the season. The best thing that happened for Betancourt is Jimmy Rollins playing in the WBC. Betancourt is also in good shape, which has been a challenge for him in the past. With a March 24 opt-out in his minor league deal, he’s on the Cardinals’ list as they attempt to replace Rafael Furcal.

Keep a very close eye on this development – Cafardo speaks in the definite and not the hypothetical in this instance. If the Phillies manage to turn Yuniesky Betancourt into anything of value, it will be one of Ruben Amaro‘s greatest accomplishments. The 31 year-old infielder is hitting .412/.421/.471 with 2 doubles in 34 Spring ABs.

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2013 Non-Roster Invitee Preview: Update

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, March 17, 2013 10:00 AM Comments: 0

Quintero remains the non-roster invitee with the best chance to make the Phillies out of Spring Training. Photo AP

We’re a little bit over halfway through Major League Spring Training, and not including the depth guys that were added to the roster late for depth, the Phillies have eight non-roster invitees still in camp. Let’s reassess their chances.

Still the Clubhouse Favorite

Humberto Quintero

What I originally wrote:

Quintero is primarily the front runner for the early season back-up catching role due to the amount of experience he has in the big leagues. Quintero has almost no bat (career .234/.267/.323) and despite the fact that he was on the 2004 Padres with Jake Peavy in his prime and the 2005 Astros with Roy Oswalt in his prime and Roger Clemens putting up a league-leading 1.87 ERA, Quintero didn’t catch those guys. He often served as Wandy Rodriguez‘s personal catcher much in the same way Brian Schneider was accidentally-on-purpose Vance Worley‘s personal catcher throughout 2011.

This is not to say Quintero does not have positives: Quintero is a fine defensive catcher via the eye test and UZR says he has saved 26.2 runs over the course of his career. As much as it would be fun if this were a race for a roster spot, this is Quintero’s spot to lose. Valle would benefit from playing every day more in Lehigh Valley than playing once every five days in Philadelphia.

Chances of Making Phils out of Spring Training: A. Quintero will very likely be Kratz’s back-up until Chooch returns. In terms of back-up catchers, you could do worse.

Chances of Seeing Time with Phils in 2013: A+. In fact, look for Quintero to start the home opener on April 5, which is the first Phillies’ day game after a night game.

Where he stands now:

Quintero’s odds of making the team have not changed since that writing. Quintero has hit .231/.313/.231 in 16 Spring PA and has not faced particularly stiff competition from anyone by Joseph and Joseph is already in the minors.

New Chances of Making Phils out of Spring Training: A+ (Stock: Up)

Chances of Seeing Time with Phils in 2013: A+ (Stock: Unchanged)

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Phillies Send Four To Minors

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, March 17, 2013 09:20 AM Comments: 3

Some of the tough roster decisions were started this morning as LHPs Jake Diekman and Cesar Jimenez, RHP Justin De Fratus, and INF Josh Fields were reassigned to Minor League camp this morning per Chris Branch. Diekman was the strongest Spring performer out of the four, posting a 5.00 ERA and 14 Ks in 9 IP and according to Ryan Lawrence, Diekman drew “(rave) reviews from teammates” while being told to focus on off-speed pitches. De Fratus ended his Spring campaign with five straight scoreless outings but will start the year with the IronPigs after posting a 6.43 ERA and 1.429 WHIP. Fields (.208/.269/.333 in 26 PA) and Jimenez (5 Ks, 5 H in 2.2 IP) seemingly never factored into the Phillies’ plans this Spring.

For those keeping score at home Diekman and De Fratus were optioned to Lehigh Valley while Fields and Jiminez were reassigned there as non-roster invitees.

The Phillies now have 35 players left in Big League camp.

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