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Prospect Nation 2016: #10 RHP Franklyn Kilome

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, January 24, 2016 05:30 PM Comments: 0

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Kilome, image- Jay Floyd

One of the most promising young pitching prospects in the Phillies organization is right-hander Franklyn Kilome.  Armed with great velocity and a remarkable repertoire, the talented youngster will soon be among the collection of the team’s pitching prospects pushing his way toward the big leagues.

Signed by the Phillies as an international free agent in January, 2013, Kilome would make his professional debut the following year.

With the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies, as an 18-year-0ld, Kilome would post a 3-1 record with a 3.12 ERA and a .235 batting average against.  He struck out 25 and walked 11 in 40 1/3 innings.

The Dominican native opened 2015 in extended spring training, then joined the short-season Class A Williamsport club.  He helped the Crosscutters charge into the postseason with a 3-2 record with a 3.28 ERA and a .230 BAA.  He struck out 36 and walked 21 in 49 1/3 innings.

Consistency was something that stood out about Kilome’s progress last season, showing an ability to work on his mechanics and repeat his motions.  He throws from a 3/4 slot and, despite the walks, he features plenty of command with his pitches steadily peppering the lower portion of the strike zone, when he wants them to. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2016: #10 RHP Franklyn Kilome

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PhoulBallz Podcast Episode 78: Blake McFarland & Stephen Shackleford Interviews

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, December 29, 2015 06:08 PM Comments: 0

The PhoulBallz Podcast is back to close out 2015 by running down the top moments from the Phillies minor league year.  Jay also interviews pitchers Blake McFarland and Stephen Shackleford.  Among the topics of discussion are Cornelius Randolph, Aaron Nola and plenty more.

Use the media player below to stream the full episode, or simply download it by clicking HERE.

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Phils minor league coaching assignments announced

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, December 15, 2015 02:30 PM Comments: 2

After some delay with releasing the details, the Phillies announced their minor league coaching assignments for the 2016 season this week.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage is back with the IronPigs for his fourth season. Dave Lundquist will take on pitching coach duties with Lehigh Valley after holding that spot for Reading for the past three seasons. Sal Rende is back for his fifth season as IronPigs hitting coach. Brundage previously managed in the Atlanta system and was an outfielder during his playing days.

Double-A Reading manager Dusty Wathan returns for his fifth season in the role. Hitting coach Frank Cacciatore will also return, while Steve Schrenk will serve as pitching coach. Schrenk previously held the position with Reading in 2009 and has coached at varied levels of the Phils’ developmental ranks in the years since. Wathan’s

Class A Advanced Clearweater will again be led by Greg Legg, who was honored as the Florida State League manager of the year in 2015, when he led the Threshers to first and second-half division titles. Former Phillies player Rob Ducey will return as hitting coach and former Phils hurler Aaron Fultz will be the pitching coach after holding that position with Lakewood last season. Continue reading Phils minor league coaching assignments announced

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Phillies Off-season League Updates: Cordero, MAG, Araujo, Knapp, more

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, November 16, 2015 06:40 PM Comments: 3

Throughout the off-season, Phillies Nation is bringing you details on Phils players participating in fall and winter leagues from around the globe. Read ahead for a rundown of how various players have performed to date.  Statistics are current through action on Sunday.

Venezuelan Winter League-

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Carlos Tocci, image- Jay Floyd

With the Tigres, outfielder Carlos Tocci is currently sidelined with a broken hand after being hit by a pitch.  Prior to the injury, Tocci posted a .333 average with a triple, four RBI and two stolen bases in 11 games.  The 20-year-old posted a .287/.339/.363 slash line in 127 combined games with Lakewood and Clearwater this year.

Outfielder Herlis Rodriguez is batting .196 with five RBI in 25 games for the Tigres. The 21-year-old lefty batter posted a .284 average with 10 home runs and 61 RBI in 120 games for Lakewood this year.

In six starts Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez as a 0-4 record with a 4.88 ERA for the Aguilas.  In his most recent appearance, MAG allowed seven runs (six earned) in 1 2/3 innings. The 29-year-old right-hander appeared in six minor league games this year after dealing with shoulder issues.

Elvis Araujo has a 3-1 record along with a 2.84 ERA and a .205 batting average against in 11 outings for the Aguilas. The 24-year-old left-hander posted a 2-1 record with a 3.38 ERA and an 8.8 K/9 mark in 40 games at the big league level this year. Continue reading Phillies Off-season League Updates: Cordero, MAG, Araujo, Knapp, more

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Phillies off-season league updates

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, October 18, 2015 04:25 PM Comments: 3

Off-season leagues are  underway for many Phillies players including some stateside in the Arizona Fall League, but with several players taking the diamond abroad.  Read ahead for a complete rundown of how your Phils are doing across the globe.  Stats listed are current through Saturday’s games.

Arizona Fall League-

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JP Crawford, image- Jay Floyd

In two games, shortstop J.P. Crawford is 1-for-8 (.125 avg) with a walk and a strike out.  The 20-year-old was the Phillies’ first round draft selection in 2013.  In 86 games with Double-A Reading this year, Crawford posted a .265 average with five home runs and 34 RBI.

Catcher Andrew Knapp is 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in one game played as a designated hitter.  The 23-year-old was the Phils’ second round draft selection in 2013.  With Reading this year, Knapp sported a .360 average with 11 homers and 56 RBI in 55 games.

Edubray Ramos allowed an earned run in 1 1/3 innings while allowing a hit and striking out a batter.   The 22-year-old righty tallied a 4-6 record with a 2.07 ERA and an 8.4 K/9 mark in 47 combined games with Class A Advanced Clearwater and Reading this year.

Lefty Tom Windle tossed a scoreless frame and notched two strike outs.  The 23-year-old, a second round pick of the Dodgers in 2013, was acquired as part of the Jimmy Rollins trade last off-season. Continue reading Phillies off-season league updates

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Williamsport ousted from NYPL playoffs

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, September 14, 2015 12:00 PM Comments: 0

cuttersOn Sunday, the Phillies’ Class A short-season affiliate Williamsport lost the deciding game of their best-of-three opening round series in the New York-Penn League playoffs, dropping a 4-0 decision to the West Virginia Black Bears (Pittsburgh affiliate).

With righty hurler Mitch Gueller on the mound, the Crosscutters dropped the contest in front of a home crowd following a rain out on Saturday.  Gueller was tagged for the loss, alloweing one run (earned) in 5 1/3 innings of work while striking out five, walking four and surrendering two hits.

Gueller, 21, had become the team’s ace in recent months, posting an 8-0 record along with a 1.74 ERA over his last nine starts. He also had an ERA of 1.17 at home entering the postseason. The Washington state native was the Phils’ supplemental round (54th overall) draft selection in 2012.

The Cutters’ offense only mustered three hits on the day, including a double from promising outfield prospect Jose Pujols, who went just 1-for-11 in the series.  The team plated just four combined runs in the three-game set. Continue reading Williamsport ousted from NYPL playoffs

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Reading leads ELDS 2-0, Williamsport ties series

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, September 12, 2015 07:55 AM Comments: 1

milbOn Friday, the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils took a commanding 2-0 lead in a best-of-five opening round series in the Eastern League playoffs, led my a masterful performance from right-hander Jake Thompson, who tossed a complete game three-hit shutout.

The 21-year-old struck out eight and walked one in the 3-0 defeat of Binghamton, taking his ERA in eight starts since he was acquired from Texas in the Cole Hamels trade to 1.50.

Leading the offense was outfielder Cam Perkins, who went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Outfielder Nick Williams, another prospect obtained from Texas near the trading deadline, slammed a solo homer to cap a two-hit performance.

The game was pushed back a day when the teams were rained out on Thursday.  The series continues when Reading hosts its first postseason game in three years on Saturday evening at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Class A short-season Williamsport tied their best-of-three first round series in the New York-Penn League playoffs when they notched a 3-1 win over the West Virginia Black Bears at home on Friday.

Standout hurler Franklyn Kilome earned the victory throwing five shutout innings.  The 20-year-old righty struck out six, walked three and surrendered two hits en route to the win.

Catcher Austin Bossart, a 14th round pick out of Penn this year, mashed a two-run homer to lead the Cutters’ offense.

Robert Tasin, the Phillies’ 19th round draft selection this year, threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings to lock down the save.

Williamsport will look to advance to the NYPL championship round when they play the deciding game of their series at home at midday Saturday at Susquehanna Bank Park.

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PN Interview: 6th round draft pick LHP Tyler Gilbert

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, August 23, 2015 12:35 PM Comments: 11

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Tyler Gilbert, image- Jay Floyd

After being drafted in the 6th round out of USC in this year’s MLB first year player draft, left-hander Tyler Gilbert has looked impressive for the Class A short-season Williamsport Crosscutters.  In nine outings (seven starts), the 21-year-old California native sports a 3-3 record with a 3.00 ERA while striking out 38 batters and walking just five in 36 innings pitched.

Recently, I spoke with Tyler about his draft experience, his transition to the pro ranks, which players he looks up to and much more.  Read ahead for the full interview.

-You’ve posted some solid number thus far in the minors.  What are your thoughts on your time with the Crosscutters thus far?

It’s been good the whole season.  I’ve been keeping my numbers relatively good and I’ve got a low ERA.  I had one shaky outing a few weeks ago and that was about it.  I think so far, five or six outings I’ve been relatively good.  So, I’ve been really happy with how everything is going.

-As an early-round draft selection, what was your draft experience like?

I had really no idea when I’d be drafted.  I heard various scouting reports and stuff and I actually didn’t see my name on the prospect lists for the top 200 picks.  So, I really had no clue what was going to happen until the Phillies called me in the sixth round and said, ‘Will you sign in the sixth for slot?’  And I said, ‘Of course!’  I mean, it was the second day of the draft and I was with my family, so it was a pretty exciting day.  It was awesome. Continue reading PN Interview: 6th round draft pick LHP Tyler Gilbert

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PN Interview: Williamsport manager Pat Borders

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, August 16, 2015 08:00 AM Comments: 1

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Pat Borders, image- Jay Floyd

First year manager of the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters (35-19, 1st place in the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division) Pat Borders took time recently to answer questions about his club, his history of crushing Phillies fans’ hopes in 1993 and much more.  Read ahead for my full interview with him.

-The team got off to a hot start this year and has maintained a lead in the division standings all season.  What can you tell me about this 2015 Crosscutters team?

They’re a pretty energetic bunch of guys.  They play hard.  Seems like they’re always banged up because they’re really go-getters.  They go the extra step.  They’re really energetic.  They’re the kind of team that anybody likes to coach.

-You’ve got a great pitching staff on this team.  We talked about Franklyn Kilome, but what other pitcher has stood out to you.

Mitch Gueller…changes speeds really well.  He throws like a veteran pitcher.  He knows how to pitch, how to call pitches and how to throw softer instead of harder sometimes.

-Is there a guy in the starting lineup that’s really been a catalyst for the team this year?

It’s kind of shifted.  Our lead-off hitter (Zach) Coppola has done a super job at lead-off, seems to kind of set the tone all the time.  He’s fast, he puts pressure on the infield.  And we’ve got (Mark) Laird, we’ve got a lot of guys that hit from the left side that can put pressure on the infielders, coming to get it and it usually makes them crack. Continue reading PN Interview: Williamsport manager Pat Borders

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Williamsport’s Kilome among next wave of Phils’ top prospects

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, August 14, 2015 11:05 AM Comments: 2

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Franklyn Kilome, image- Jay Floyd

STATEN ISLAND, NY- Coming into the 2015 season, Franklyn Kilome wasn’t among the buzz names in the land of Phillies prospects.  But as some of the top ranked talents in the organization have successfully climbed the developmental ladder, the 20-year-old righty pitcher has begun to stand out.

With an excellent season thus far for the Class A short-season Williamsport Crosscutters, Kilome has begun to draw plenty of attention.  In seven starts, the six-foot-six 175 pounder sports a 2-1 record with a 1.74 ERA and a 7.26 K/9 mark.

It’s not just the numbers that have caught people’s eyes.  It’s his blazing fastball and strong secondary offerings, a strong change up and a curve ball that feature good break, as well.

“Kilome throws upper-90′s, touching 100 every once in a while,” Crosscutters manager and former big league catcher Pat Borders stated.  “He’s got some velocity.  He’s very talented and one to watch out for.”

Kilome, who has been able to throw strikes more consistently this season, credits his pitching coach Les Lancaster with assisting his growth this season.

“He helped me a lot.  He taught me how to throw my change up.  A different grip.  So, now I have one that’s great.  My breaking ball is much better.  My fastball command, he works hard with me and my command is great, my curve ball I throw for first pitch strikes, my change up, everything’s working good.  The mental part of the game too- he’s helped me a lot,” Kilome said in the visitor’s dugout at Staten Island’s Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Continue reading Williamsport’s Kilome among next wave of Phils’ top prospects

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