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PN Interview: 3B Prospect Zach Green

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, April 26, 2014 03:00 PM Comments: 0

Zach Green, Image- Jay Floyd

Third base prospect Zach Green was selected by the Phillies in the third round of the 2012 draft out of Jesuit High School in California.  Since then, the six-foot-three 205-pounder has shown great potential and has impressed many.

After signing his first professional contract in 2012, Green sported a .284 average with three home runs and 21 RBI in 47 games with the Gulf Coast League Phillies.

Last season, as a 19-year-old in the Class A short-season New York-Penn League, Green led the league in homers (13), doubles (20) and runs scored (52) while batting .252 and driving in 41 runs in 74 games with the Williamsport Crosscutters.

Through 15 contests this season with Class A Lakewood, Green was off to a slow start, posting a .186 batting average with two doubles, four RBI and three steals.  A right hip injury put Green out of action and a roster move was made, demoting the 20-year-old to extended spring training.  A reversal of the transaction could be made sooner than the required seven days if he had been placed on the disabled list.

I spoke with Zach this week about the ailment, his draft experience, representing the ‘Cutters as an All-Star and plenty more.  Read ahead for that full interview.

-What can you tell me about your hip injury and the roster move that came along with it?

It’s like a nerve issue and nothing serious.  I think they just put me on the (extended spring) roster so they didn’t have to burn a DL…be on there for seven days and maybe I can come back the fifth or sixth day.  It’s kind of like they’re just giving me rest and it’s one of those things I was playing from the beginning of spring training so they want to just make sure it’s fully healed before I go back on the field.

-So is it still possible that you’re back more quickly than seven days?

Anything is possible at this point.

-What’s the severity of the issue?  You said you were playing with it for a while.  When did the pain become too great to play?

About last week- last Saturday, the game in Hagerstown.  It really hurt and that’s why I got scratched right before game time on Monday. Continue reading PN Interview: 3B Prospect Zach Green

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Prospects Quinn, Walding nearing return to the diamond

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, April 17, 2014 07:31 PM Comments: 0

Roman Quinn, Image- Jay Floyd

Out of action since last year following a ruptured Achilles tendon, shortstop Roman Quinn is nearing a return to game action.

While recovering from a broken left wrist suffered when was he hit by a pitch last season, Quinn felt a pop in the back of his right ankle as he ran routine sprints early in the 2013/2014 off-season.  Surgery to repair the second significant injury of his year took place shortly afterward.

Now, after nearly a half-year of recovery, the switch-hitting Quinn is just about ready to participate in games.

“I’m doing pretty much everything.  Ground balls, I’m running full speed and I’m taking live batting practice,” Quinn said via text message.

The youngster who is known for his speed doesn’t anticipate his quickness suffering due to the damage he did to his Achilles.  In fact, Quinn feels he could be faster than ever and hopes to improve all around.

Quinn, the Phils’ second round draft choice in 2011 out of Port St. Joe High School in FL, has posted a .260 average with six home runs, 44 RBI and 62 stolen bases in 133 combined games with short-season Class A Williamsport and Class A Lakewood over two professional seasons. Continue reading Prospects Quinn, Walding nearing return to the diamond

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Buchanan continues to shine, wins IronPigs opener

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, April 04, 2014 07:00 AM Comments: 3

David Buchanan with Reading in 2013, Image- Jay Floyd

Righty pitcher David Buchanan, building on his excellent spring season with the Phillies, put forth a great effort to open the Triple-A schedule with Lehigh Valley on Thursday night.

Taking the mound as the IronPigs’ opening day starter against Boston affiliate Pawtucket, the 24-year-old tossed six scoreless innings while allowing two hits, two walks and notching five strike outs.

Buchanan has displayed considerable improvement over the past year and received positive feedback from the likes of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett and Kyle Kendrick while pitching with the big league team in spring training.

Coaches and veterans alike were pleased with his pace, the way he attacks the strike zone and his manner of challenging opposing batters.  The uplifting words had a lasting impact on the Georgia native and he’s experienced a boost in confidence because of it.

“It’s something to build off of,” Buchanan said earlier this week.  “You know, when you hear that from older guys, especially from guys at the top level, that’s something that you really take to heart.  So, I’m going to continue to thrive off of the confidence that they gave me and the advice and incorporate it all and, hopefully, it comes out to success.”

The six-foot-three 200-pounder, who went 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA in six starts for the IronPigs last year to wrap up his season, says that adjustments to the grips on his cutter and curve ball have refined his arsenal and resulted in improved output on the mound. Continue reading Buchanan continues to shine, wins IronPigs opener

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Pettibone Battling Shoulder Soreness

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, February 16, 2014 11:37 AM Comments: 7

Pettibone pitched well as a 22-year old rookie for the Phillies last year before succumbing to shoulder soreness.

An early report from CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury says Jonathan Pettibone did not throw today due to shoulder soreness. Pettibone, 23, went 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA last season before being sidelined with a strained right shoulder in July. It is believed that Pettibone will compete for the fifth starter starter spot with Roberto Hernandez and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.

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Prospect Nation 2014: #14 RHP Shane Watson

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, February 09, 2014 03:45 PM Comments: 0

Shane Watson, Image- Jay Floyd

Despite having a difficult stretch of health concerns since he signed his first pro contract Shane Watson, has proven himself to have the potential that made him the Phillies’ top draft choice in 2012.

Although he was committed to pitch for the University of Southern California, Watson signed his first pro contract, reportedly worth $1.3 Million, and later debuted with the Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2012. Pitching no more than two innings per outing, Watson tallied a 0-1 record with a 1.29 ERA over seven appearances. Additionally, he recorded eight strike outs while walking only one in seven innings of work.

Action in the GCL was limited for Watson, as the youngster learned that he was diabetic after turning pro. Faced with a mystery illness and drastic weight loss, Watson saw physicians in Florida and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which, when addressed and treated, is certainly manageable for a professional athlete.

Bouncing back the following year, the six-foot-four 200-pounder posted a 4-6 record with a 4.75 ERA and a 6.63 K/9 mark in 16 starts with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. By early July, though, Watson was sidelined with a shoulder strain that was later diagnosed as an enlarged capsule and required off-season surgery. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2014: #14 RHP Shane Watson

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Prospect Nation 2014: #15 LHP Yoel Mecias

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, February 07, 2014 04:00 PM Comments: 0

Yoel Mecias, Image- Tug Haines for PhoulBallz.com

Despite having his 2013 campaign shortened due to a severe elbow injury, Venezuelan born hurler Yoel Mecias made a name for himself as a notable prospect in the Phillies system last year. The lefty, who turned 20 years old this off-season, underwent Tommy John surgery in June after an impressive stint with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws.

Signed as an amateur free agent in December 2010, Mecias made his pro debut with the Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2012, tallying a 0-2 record with two saves and a 2.16 ERA in 14 games (four starts). In his 10 relief outings, Mecias sported a 1.90 ERA. Overall, he struck out 34 batters and walked 11 in 41 2/3 innings that year after some time in extended spring training.

Mecias also made an appearance for Aragua of the Venezuelan Winter League in 2012 as well.

In 13 games (11 starts) with Lakewood last season, Mecias posted a 4-3 record and a 3.79 ERA along with an 11.05 K/9 mark. His efforts were enough to gain him recognition as a South Atlantic League All-Star. He was also honored as the Phillies’ minor league pitcher of the month in May when he posted a 3-1 record and a 1.50 ERA over six starts. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2014: #15 LHP Yoel Mecias

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Quinn progressing well from Achilles surgery

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, January 30, 2014 07:30 AM Comments: 1

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Roman Quinn, Image- Jay Floyd

This week, PhilliesNation’s own minor league expert Jay Floyd chatted with highly regarded shortstop prospect Roman Quinn about his recovery from off-season surgery, exclusively for ShoreSportsNetwork.com.

In the feature, the 20-year-old indicated that he’s well ahead of schedule as he recovers from the procedure to remedy his ruptured right Achilles tendon.  Quinn was doing routine sprints in October near his home in Florida, when he felt a pop in the back of his ankle.  Surgery came soon after for the Phils’ 2nd round draft choice from 2011.

Quinn, who posted a .238 average with five home runs, 21 RBI and 32 steals in 67 games for Class A Lakewood last year, is targeting a late-June or early-July return.

The youngster was still recovering from a broken left wrist that he suffered after being hit by a pitch in a game in June, at the time of the Achillies injury, but that first ailment is now 100%.

In the Floyd piece, Quinn details that he was very disappointed when he learned the diagnosis of his Achilles issue, but that a discussion with a friend in the Phils’ system provided him the boost that he needed to turn his outlook around.

“It brought me down real low, man,” Quinn explained. “It was just very discouraging until I talked with Albert Cartwright, actually. He had the same injury. I talked to him about his injury and everything and he was just telling me, ‘Stay with it and just go hard in your rehab, man, and you can come back even faster, even stronger.’ ‘Cause that’s exactly what he did and as soon as I heard that, it gave me all my confidence back.”

Continue reading Quinn progressing well from Achilles surgery

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PN Interview: Catching Prospect Andrew Knapp

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, January 13, 2014 12:00 PM Comments: 0

Catcher Andrew Knapp was selected by the Phillies in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft out of the University of California.  In a half-season in the organization, the 21-year-old posted very good numbers, batting .253 with four home runs, 23 RBI and seven steals in 62 games for the Class A short-season Williamsport Crosscutters.

Prior to being drafted by the Phillies last year, Knapp led the Cal Golden Bears in batting average with a .350 mark, and slammed eight homers with 41 RBI in his junior season, proving himself worthy of the ranking as a Preseason All-American by Baseball America.

This off-season the Phillies announced that the switch-hitting Knapp had undergone Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and would miss considerable time recovering.

This weekend, the six-foot-one 190-pounder took some time to answer questions about his first pro season, his recovery and more.  Read ahead for that full interview.

- Andrew, what was your draft experience like last year? What were you doing when you found out? Were you watching the draft?

My draft experience was awesome. I was at home with friends and family just sitting around watching it on TV. It was pretty stressful just sitting and waiting but I had talked to my agent earlier that day and he had told me that he would give me a call if he heard from any teams. Supposedly, he was trying to call me right before the Phillies pick in the 2nd (round), to let me know they were gonna take me, but his call didn’t make it through to my phone and I ended up watching Jim Bunning read off my name at the draft, which was very cool. Everyone that was over just went nuts and there were tons of hugs and stuff so my draft experience was very awesome.

- Were you expecting to be selected by the Phillies or was it a surprise?

Being drafted by the Phillies did come as a surprise for me because I had not had very much contact with them before hand, however I didn’t go into the draft thinking a certain team was going to pick me.  I tried to go into it with no expectations. Continue reading PN Interview: Catching Prospect Andrew Knapp

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Pitching prospects Morgan and Watson reportedly out till August

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, January 10, 2014 10:25 PM Comments: 0

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Adam Morgan with Reading in 2012, Image- Jay Floyd

Two of the Phillies’ top pitching prospects are likely out of action until August according to reports.  Right-hander Shane Watson, who spoke with me exclusively last month about his upcoming procedure, is slated to go under the knife in the coming days, while left-hander Adam Morgan underwent surgery to repair his recurring shoulder issues this week.

Watson, the Phillies’ first round draft selection in 2012, is currently in Los Angeles, where he will have surgery to repair an enlarged capsule in his throwing shoulder. The 20-year-old posted a 4-6 record along with a 4.75 ERA and a .230 batting average against in 16 starts at Class A Lakewood last season.

Morgan missed considerable time last season with a shoulder strain, but returned to close out the season in a strong fashion, tallying a 1.59 ERA in his first seven Triple-A starts off the disabled  list before allowing four earned runs in 1 1/3 innings in his final outing of the season.

Although he bounced back and looked great to wrap up his 2013 campaign, the Phils’ 3rd round draft pick from 2011 suffered a setback that required surgical repair, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. Continue reading Pitching prospects Morgan and Watson reportedly out till August

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Prospect Nation 2014: The Prelude

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, January 07, 2014 12:00 PM Comments: 0

ProspectNationWith the new year upon us, it’s time to kick off our annual countdown of the top 25 prospects in the Phillies organization.  In the coming weeks, as a fresh season approaches, I will be unveiling player reviews for each of the top developmental talents that you, as Phillies fans, should be familiar with.

Taken into consideration when reviewing these developing talents will be age, minor league performance relative to levels played, value to the organization as well as future potential and possible proximity to the big leagues.

These rankings will not include players over 25 years of age or individuals that have spent lengthy and multiple stretches in the big leagues.

Some very talented youngsters did not make the cut simply because other individuals ranked higher. Players that drew  consideration included righty pitcher Mitch Gueller, lefty hurler Hoby Milner, and catcher Andrew Knapp.

Gueller, the Phils’ supplementary first round pick in 2012, has failed to crack the rankings based on a lack of urgency and velocity. The 20-year-old posted a 3-8 record with a 5.86 ERA while striking out 35 and walking 26 in 58 1/3 innings in 14 starts at Class A short season Williamsport last year. Gueller, a six-foot-three 210-pounder is still viewed as promising, but must learn to better deal with the lows that come with being a pro pitcher in order to dig himself out of holes. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2014: The Prelude

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