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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.

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PN Interview: 2nd round draft pick Scott Kingery

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

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Scott Kingery, image- Jay Floyd

With their second round pick (48th overall) this year, the Phillies drafted second baseman Scott Kingery out of the University of Arizona. The 21-year-old quickly signed his first professional contract and was assigned to the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws.

In college this year, Kingery sported a .392 average while being named Pac-12 player of the year.

In 13 games since making his professional debut, the righty batting speedster has posted a .200 average with a double, a triple and four RBI.

This week I spoke with the Arizona native about his draft experience, how college ball prepared him for the minor leagues, his impressions of the Phillies and much more. Read ahead for that interview.

-What was your draft experience like? How did you track it and how did you celebrate?

It was a pretty crazy experience, a lot of stuff going on, seeing what pre-draft workouts you’re going to go to, all the scouts are calling you seeing what you’re signability is. It was a really crazy process leading up to the draft and just, really, I was just really nervous the whole time watching the draft, not knowing where you’re gonna go, not knowing if you’re going to get a call or not. But once it happened, it was fantastic. I had my friends with me, so they all got excited, I got excited. I was just really happy I got picked up.

-Was there any level of surprise that the Phillies took you? Had you been in touch with them a lot?

Well, my area scout, the night before the draft, called me and said in an ideal world we can get you and (Kevin) Newman, my double play partner at the University of Arizona, so I had a hunch that they were going to go after me, if I was still there, so I was there and they took me. I’m glad.

-I want to get your thoughts on how you feel playing college ball prepared you for the next step of playing in the pros. Continue reading PN Interview: 2nd round draft pick Scott Kingery

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Phillies Nation Episode 12: Giles, Tocci and Palladino’s

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, June 19, 2015 12:00 AM Comments: 0

On the latest edition of Phillies Nation, Pat and Corey discuss the latest on Aaron Nola, Maikel Franco as well as Jonathan Papelbon and chat about the Phils’ early round draft picks. Also on the program, Ryann talks with Phillies reliever Ken Giles, Jay catches up with outfield prospect Carlos Tocci and Natalie enjoys some unique tailgating food at Palladino’s in Philadelphia.

Check out this week’s episode in the media player below and look for new episodes premiering each Tuesday at 6PM on The Comcast SportsNet.

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Day 3 Phillies Draft (more than just nepotism!) Notes

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, June 11, 2015 12:20 PM Comments: 8

14-0704_MLB Draft Logo-2015Much attention from the Phillies’ third day of the 2015 first-year player draft was given to nepotism.  With the team selecting relatives of its general manager, its television play-by-play man as well as the sons of two current minor league coaches, the coverage made sense.  There were, however, other players worth highlighting.

With their initial pick of Wednesday’s final day of the draft, the Phillies selected 19-year-old catcher Edgar Cabral, a JuCo player out of Mt. San Antonio College in the 11th round.  The righty batter posted a .331 average with five home runs and 32 RBI in 31 games this season, according to the Mt. SAC web site.  The five-foot-11 205-pounder is said to show a lot of strength, which the Phils were high on.

Righty pitcher Skylar Hunter was the Phils’ 11th round choice.  The 21-year-old was a closer for The Citadel, where he holds the team and conference saves records.   As a junior this year, the six-foot-one 205-pounder tossed 53 innings with the Bulldogs, notching 13 saves while striking out 59 and sporting an ERA of 3.74.  Hunter was a catcher in high school and had not pitched much before college.

In the 13th round, the Phils selected center fielder Zach Coppola, who is touted for his speed and ranks second all-time in steals for San Diego State University.  In 55 games as a junior this year, the lefty-hitting 21-year-old sported a team-leading .373 batting average with six doubles and a triple while also converting 39 of 39 stolen base attempts.

The Phils took Penn catcher Austin Bossart in the 14th round.  A strong defender, the 21-year-old sported a gleaming 1.000 fielding percentage in 37 games this year while also performing very well with the bat.  The 21-year-old posted a team-best .357 batting average with four homers and 27 RBI.

Duke closer Ken Koplove was the Phils’ 17th round pick.  His fastball clocks in the low-90′s and he touts a high-potential change up.  This year for the Blue Devils, the 21-year-old right-hander notched a 1-2 record with 11 saves, a 2.13 ERA and a 13.15 K/9 mark in 21 appearances.  Koplove, a Philadelphia native, also played shortstop at Duke, but he’ll move forward on the mound in the pro ranks.  His older brother Mike, a UDel product, played in the big leagues for seven seasons.

In the 18th round, the Phils took Turnersville, NJ native Greg Brodzinski.  The righty batting catcher grew up as a Phillies fan and will turn 24 years old next month. Continue reading Day 3 Phillies Draft (more than just nepotism!) Notes

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Day 2 Phillies draft notes

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, June 09, 2015 06:53 PM Comments: 17

With their first pick on Tuesday, the Phillies took high school shortstop Luke Williams out of California. The 18-year-old was selected 83rd overall.

In his senior season this year, the six-foot-one 185-pounder sported a .315 batting average with four homers, 19 RBI and 26 stolen bases. He is rated as a plus runner and hits to all fields. Williams could remain as a shortstop and is said to have the tools to man center field.  An athletic youngster, he also was a varsity wide receiver at Dana Hills High School.

Williams, a righty batter, is committed to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the same school that produced last year’s second round pick Matt Imhof.

The Phils took Kyle Martin in the 4th round (114th overall) out of South Carolina. As a senior this year with the Gamecocks, the lefty batting first baseman notched a .350 average with 14 homers and 56 RBI in 57 games.  Additionally, he earned first-team All-SEC honors and was a second team All-American with his impressinve 1.090 OPS.  Martin was drafted by the Angels last year, but chose not to sign.

In the 5th round (144th overall), the Phillies chose Bailey Falter, a left-handed pitcher out of Chino Hills High School in California. The six-foot-four 175-pounder posted a 6-2 record with a 1.20 ERA in 75 2/3 innings this season, notching 97 strike outs and walking just 11 along the way.

Next was Tyler Gilbert another left-handed pitcher in the 6th round (174th overall). At USC as a 21-year-old junior this year, the six-foot-three 190-pounder sported a 5-2 record with a 2.79 ERA and an 8.78 K/9 mark in 22 games (six starts). Continue reading Day 2 Phillies draft notes

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Phils draft second baseman Scott Kingery in 2nd round

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, June 09, 2015 07:00 AM Comments: 4

14-0704_MLB Draft Logo-2015With their second pick in the 2015 MLB amateur draft (48th overall), the Phillies selected righty batting second baseman Scott Kingery on Monday night.  A talented hitter, the five-foot-10 180-pounder was near the top of the NCAA in batting average for much of the season.

Remarkably, Kingery, who was a walk-on as a freshman, was named Pac-12 Player of the Year.  This year in his junior season, the 21-year-old posted a .392/.423/.561 slash line while driving in 36 runs and stealing 11 bases in 54 games.

In three seasons with the Wildcats, Kingery batted .351 while driving in 80 runs and stealing 38 bases in 149 games.

Kingery is said to have a short stroke with an ability to spray line drives to all fields.  Scouts have him profiling as a top-of-the-order contributor.  Considerable speed is also said to be a key tool for the Phoenix native.

Defensively, the youngster played the majority of his sophomore season in center field and was a shortstop in high school, but the Phillies seem comfortable keeping him at second base going forward.

Earlier Monday evening, the Phillies selected high school shortstop Cornelius Randolph with the 10th overall selection.

The draft is slated continue Tuesday with coverage beginning at 12:30 Eastern on MLB.com with rounds three through 10.  The draft will conclude Wednesday with rounds 11 through 40.

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Second round pick Imhof prepared for transition to minors

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, July 25, 2014 07:30 AM Comments: 0

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Matt Imhof, Image- MiLB.com

When lefty pitcher Matt Imhof was drafted by the Phillies with the 47th overall pick this year, it came as a surprise to the young hurler.  The transition to the professional ranks isn’t something that has surprised the 20-year-old though, as he feels he knew exactly what to expect.

The Cal Poly product took time after the draft to wrap up his final exams, then headed straight to Philadelphia to sign with the Phils, who weren’t really on his personal radar as a team that might select him in the draft until minutes before the pick was announced.

“We were watching from the first pick and I got a call from my advisor at, like, pick 45 and he said, ‘The Phillies are going to pick you at 47.’   I got that call and let my family know and pick 47 came up and my name flashed across the screen and everyone stood up and screamed and my dad knocked a chair over,” an excited Imhof explained.

“There was a level of surprise. I didn’t really know who was going to take me, but I hadn’t really talked to the Phillies especially leading up to the draft. I had talked to them early, kind of in the fall. They kind of left me alone. Not that they didn’t want me or anything, I just didn’t know. And it just happened to be that and they said they were hot on me from the beginning. It was just one of those things where they were playing their cards close and it worked out,” Imhof added. Continue reading Second round pick Imhof prepared for transition to minors

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Phillies Nation – Episode 10 – Draft, Matt Stairs, Chasing Dreams exhibit

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, June 11, 2014 08:07 PM Comments: 0

This week Pat and Corey discuss Ken Giles’ promotion, analyze the Phillies draft and offer their perspective on the upcoming schedule. Speaking of the draft, Rudy Mezzy interviews Neumann-Goretti star Josh Ockimey who was recently drafted by the Boston Red Sox.

Natalie returns with the second part (of three) of her interview with Phillies broadcaster Matt Stairs. Tommy Greene explains the conditioning needed for pitchers to last a full nine innings. And, Ryann moderates Batters Inbox featuring fan questions.

Finally, we have an exclusive tour of the Chasing Dreams exhibit on immigrants and baseball at the National American Jewish History Museum in Philadelphia.

Phillies Nation is presented by BQ Basement Systems and was filmed on location at Shibe Vintage Sports.

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Phillies Sign First Round Pick Aaron Nola

Posted by Pat Egan, Tue, June 10, 2014 03:04 PM Comments: 3

The Phillies have come to terms with their first round pick, Aaron Nola. The Phillies took Nola seventh overall in last Thursday’s draft as he became the first of many college draft picks by the Phillies. Nola’s father A.J. Nola has said that the contract includes a $3.3 million dollar signing bonus, which is slot value for the seventh overall pick.

Nola, who was the LSU ace, compiled impressive numbers this past season with the Tigers. In 16 games this season Nola went 11-1 with a 1.47 ERA (16th in NCAA). He struck out 134 batters (2nd in NCAA) in 116.1 innings pitched. Hitters batted just .172 off of him this season, and his .83 WHIP was good for fourth among NCAA pitchers.

Scouts believe that Nola will be the first player from the 2014 draft class to reach the majors. Because of this I wouldn’t be surprised to see him thrust right into the struggling High A Clearwater Threshers rotation. The Threshers have struggled mightily this season with a record of 14-49 and the worst team ERA in the Florida State League (4.89).

With AJ Burnett, Kyle Kendrick, and Roberto Hernández on the last years of their contracts, and Cliff Lee the topic of impending trade talk, the Phillies will probably look to fast track Nola to the majors as they will likely have a pressing need for starting pitching come next season.

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Phillies Day 2 MLB Draft Running Updates

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, June 06, 2014 03:30 PM Comments: 18

The Phillies continued their new approach on the second day of the MLB amateur draft, taking college players with their opening five selections of the day.

Taken in the 3rd round (81st overall) was outfielder Aaron Brown, out of Pepperdine.  In his junior season this year, the California native posted a .310/.349/.539 slash line with team highs in homers (12) and RBI (47) for the Waves.  Also a lefty hurler, Brown tallied a 12-1 record with a 2.07 ERA and an 8.28 K/9 mark in 16 games.  Brown, a left-handed batter, was drafted by Cleveland last year and by Pittsburgh out of high school, but did not sign.

The Phils’ 4th round selection (112th overall) was Chris Oliver, a right-handed pitcher out of Arkansas.  In his junior season, the six-foot-four 180-pounder posted a 9-4 record with a 2.51 ERA and a 5.69 K/9 mark in 16 starts.  Oliver was in the news recently, as he was charged with DWI just a couple days ago.  A 20-year-old, Oliver is likely in store for some considerable legal concerns stemming from this week’s arrest.

In the 5th round (142nd overall) the Phillies took Rhys Hoskins out of Sacramento State. In 59 games this year, the six-foot-four 225-pounder sported a .319/.428/.573 slash line as a junior. Hoskins, who was a top performer in the Cape Cod League last summer, graduated from Jesuit High School in California, the same school attended by two other Phillies prospects, Dan Child and Zach Green.

More updates… Continue reading Phillies Day 2 MLB Draft Running Updates

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