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Rosenberg outrighted off Phillies’ 40-man roster

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, October 27, 2014 05:00 PM Comments: 0

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BJ Rosenberg, image- MiLB.com

The Phillies continued to trim their 40-man roster on Monday, announcing that B.J. Rosenberg cleared waivers and had been outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Rosenberg, who was a 13th round draft pick by the Phillies in 2008, appeared in 13 big league games this past season, sporting a 6.75 ERA with the Phils.  Overall, in 57 big league contests during his career, the 29-year-old has a 4-2 record with one save and a 5.72 ERA.

In 20 minor league games this year, Rosenberg posted a 2-1 record with a save and a 5.73 ERA.

Rosenberg can elect to become a free agent as a result of the move.

Following the recent move involving Andres Blanco, the team’s roster now stands at 38 players.

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Off-season league updates: Ruf, Perkins, Quinn, Altherr

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, October 21, 2014 09:00 AM Comments: 1

Here’s another weekly roundup of how various Phillies players are performing in off-season leagues around the globe.

In the Venezuelan Winter League-

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Cam Perkins, image- Jay Floyd

With La Guaira, OF Cam Perkins has gone 2-for-12 (.167 avg) with an RBI in four contests. The 24-year-old was drafted by the Phillies in the sixth round in 2012 out of Purdue. In 126 combined games at Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, Perkins posted a .271/.326/.384 slash line.

In nine games with Zulia, OF Aaron Altherr is 8-for-25 (.320 avg) with two doubles, two HR and six RBI. Altherr served as a big league roster filler at times this year, going 0-for-5 in two games. The 23-year-old was a ninth round pick in 2009.

Also with Zulia, OF Wilmer Oberto is batting .269 with an RBI in nine games. The 21-year-old Venezuelan split time this season between Class A full season Lakewood and short-season A level Williamsport, posting a .226/.301/.355 slash line in 75 total games.

Lefty hurler Lino Martinez allowed an earned run in two innings of work in a lone outing for Zulia thus far. The 22-year-old posted a 0-6 record with a 5.32 ERA in 37 appearances with Clearwater this season.

Alexis Rivero, a right-hander, has allowed two earned runs in 2 1/3 innings of work for Aragua while striking out three and walking three in a trio of appearances. The 19-year-old sported a 2-0 record with one save and a 2.62 ERA in 12 games for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies this year.

19-year-old infielder William Cuicas is 0-for-1 in two games played for Aragua. Cuicas posted a .310 average with an .864 OPS in 42 GCL games this year. Continue reading Off-season league updates: Ruf, Perkins, Quinn, Altherr

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Infielder Blanco outrighted off Phillies’ 40-man roster

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, October 19, 2014 03:50 PM Comments: 0

The Phillies announced over the weekend that they’ve outrighted infielder Andres Blanco off their 40-man roster.

The 30-year-old switch-hitter posted a .277 average while slamming a home run and driving in three runs in 25 games at the big league level this season.

In the minors, Blanco sported a .241/.314/.285 slash line in 45 contests with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He missed time in 2014 with an oblique issue.

Prior to this year, the Venezuela native had last appeared in the Major Leagues with Texas in 2011. Blanco also has big league time with Kansas City and the Cubs.

Blanco was originally signed by the Phils as a minor league free agent prior to the 2012 season.

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Arizona Fall League Interviews: Ray Burris

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, October 18, 2014 08:00 AM Comments: 0

On Monday October 13, I had some time to kill after arriving in Scottsdale for business and wandered over to Scottsdale Stadium, just a block from my hotel, where the Arizona Fall League was taking place. As luck had it, the Scottsdale Scorpions were playing and I was able to get press credentials. I conducted a number of interviews with some of the Phillies’ players and coaches who were in attendance. Come back each day to see the latest interview!

Ray Burris spent 15 years in the Major Leagues, spending time with the Cubs, Yankees, Mets, Expos, A’s, Brewers, and Cardinals. Still as lively as ever at age 64, Burris is now the pitching coach for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and the pitching coach for the Arizona Fall League’s Scottsdale Scorpions.

Ian Riccaboni, Phillies Nation: Ethan Stewart is a guy who got off to a real good start with six strikeouts in three-plus innings. What’s Ethan doing right now that is making him so effective?

Ray Burris: Well, the one thing that he’s doing is that he’s learned his delivery and how to repeat it. He’s a young man that has a lot of upside, he’s a big guy, left-handed on top of that. But understanding his delivery, what he has to do day in and day out, to make that work for him is key. He’s gotten off to a good start, hopefully he can maintain that and have a good season in the Fall League.

IR: There are a lot more Phillies than there have been in previous years, the last few years. Colton Murray is a guy who has been in the lower levels, Ryan O’Sullivan is a guy who is climbing up the ranks as well. What are guys like Murray and O’Sullivan looking to work on in the Fall League?

RB: Well, for a guy like Colton Murray it is learning how to control the strike zone and learning how to repeat his delivery. Most of these guys are learning how to repeat their delivery. What we’re doing with them is teaching them what it takes to know your delivery. If they don’t know their delivery, they can’t repeat it. That’s the first the step of their learning process down here. Continue reading Arizona Fall League Interviews: Ray Burris

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Six others to join Franco as Phils roster expands

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, September 02, 2014 08:00 AM Comments: 0

Maikel Franco, image- Jay Floyd

As was widely reported on Monday, the Phillies are slated to promote third baseman/first baseman Maikel Franco to the big leagues with the expansion of rosters in September.

The right-handed hitting Franco, who turned 22-years-old last week, pledged in an interview for Phillies Nation’s television program in late June that he was about to turn on the offense and he came through on that promise.  After sporting a .209 average with 22 extra base hits in 78 games through the end of June, the Dominican Republic native tallied a .324 average with 31 extra base hits in the 55 games that followed for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Also joining Franco among players moving from the IronPigs to the majors are relievers Mike Adams, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Luis Garcia, utility man Cesar Hernandez, catcher Cameron Rupp and outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr.

The righty Adams had been rehabbing an injured throwing shoulder after being sidelined in early June.  The 36-year-old allowed an earned run in three innings of work over three appearances with the Pigs dating back to last Tuesday.

Gonzalez, a Cuba native, made news last year when he was signed to a three-year contract worth $12 million last year.  The 27-year-old, who has been steadily clocked in the mid-90′s with his fastball this year, pitched at three levels of the developmental ranks this season.  In 31 games, Gonzalez posted a combined 0-4 record with seven saves and a 3.11 ERA while striking out 54 batters and walking 26 over 46 1/3 innings.

Garcia was a beast for the IronPigs this season, posting a 2-1 record with 22 saves, a 0.96 ERA and a 10.03 K/9 mark.  The 27-year-old right-hander appeared in four games with the Phillies earlier this season, but allowed eight earned run in 5 2/3 innings (12.71 ERA). Continue reading Six others to join Franco as Phils roster expands

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Reading Eagle survey: Crawford ranked top Phils prospect

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, August 25, 2014 10:05 AM Comments: 49

Recently, Mike Drago of The Reading Eagle conducted a survey of experts, made up of local writers and other media members, designed to rank the top prospects in the Phillies developmental system.

The participating individuals, who are all close to the Phillies minor league system, were asked to rank their personal top 20, which were tabulated to determine the paper’s published list of top 15 Phillies prospects.  Individuals surveyed included Baseball America’s Josh Norris, Chris Rotolo of the Asbury Park Press, Mitch Rupert of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette as well as yours truly, Jay Floyd of PhilliesNation.com.

The collection of experts determined that last year’s first round draft pick, J.P. Crawford, who represented the Phillies in the MLB All-Star Futures Game this year, is the top prospect in the organization.  Crawford, 19, is widely expected to be the eventual successor to former National League MVP Jimmy Rollins at shortstop.

Last year’s Reading Eagle rankings featured Maikel Franco at the top.  The Dominican native fell to number three this year.  A few new names are also featured on the list.

Here’s an excerpt of The Reading Eagle’s 2014 prospect rankings…

1 J.P. Crawford: Just 14 months after being drafted the California shortstop found himself playing in the All-Star Futures Game. At 19 he was the youngest player on the Team USA roster and the second-youngest in the game. He was moved up to high Class A Clearwater in mid June, his third level in little more than a year. He’s hit at all of them and carries a .295 batting average and .388 on-base percentage through his first 720 professional games.  (ed. note- Crawford has played just 170 pro games)

2 Aaron Nola: The Phillies desperately needed a fast-moving, strike-throwing starting pitcher when they tabbed the LSU right-hander in the June draft and that’s exactly what they got. He became the first Phillies draft pick to reach Double-A in his first professional season since 1986. He’ll likely start next season in Reading and end it in Philadelphia.

3 Maikel Franco: The Phillies were hoping the 21-year-old would be their third baseman by now but he had a poor spring training and an even worse spring at Lehigh Valley. After a lousy first half he finally started to hit, batting .343 in July. He’s still extremely young – almost six years younger than the average International League player – so there’s no reason to panic. Continue reading Reading Eagle survey: Crawford ranked top Phils prospect

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Franco making case for September call up

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, August 24, 2014 07:00 AM Comments: 1

Maikel Franco, image- Jay Floyd

While the minor league season begins to wind down, Lehigh Valley third baseman Maikel Franco continues to go full throttle.

As the IronPigs kicked off their final home stand of the season on Saturday with a double header against the division rival Syracuse Chiefs, Franco, who is hoping his season continues on beyond the final day on the regular season calendar, which is Labor Day, September 1st, continued to display his improved offensive efforts going 6-for-7 with two home runs combined in two games while recording a cycle in the night cap.

The feat was certainly quite an achievement, but possibly more impressive because it was accomplished in just six offensive innings for the winning home club in game 2, as minor league double headers are slated as seven-inning contests.

Franco, who turns 22 years old this week, struggled through the early part of his first Triple-A season, ending June with a .202 batting average and just 28 extra-base hits in 78 contests.  In 46 games since the start of July, the Dominican born slugger has tallied a .326 batting average while mashing 26 extra-base hits, including nine of his season total of 14 homers during that stretch. Continue reading Franco making case for September call up

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PhoulBallz Podcast Episode 69: Justin De Fratus In Studio

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, August 22, 2014 04:25 PM Comments: 0

It’s the landmark 69th edition of the PhoulBallz Minor League Podcast hosted by Phillies Nation’s minor league expert Jay Floyd.  On the latest edition of the show, Jay and his co-host Tug Haines are joined by Phillies pitcher Justin De Fratus.

Justin was in studio for an extensive interview talking about his time in the minors, his past “controversial” Twitter comments as well as playing for Charlie Manuel and Ryne Sandberg.  He also shares stories about initiating former teammate Brian Gump to Class A ball and how former big league All-Star Brad Lidge impacted his approach after Lidge’s retirement plus loads more.

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

The PhoulBallz Podcast is a show that features call-in guests and focuses on the Phillies minor league system.  Check out archived episodes by clicking here.

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Phillies Nation: Episode 20 – Minor League Update, Curt Simmons

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, August 20, 2014 11:25 AM Comments: 0

This week, our minor league expert Jay Floyd joins Pat and Corey to breakdown Phillies prospects and discuss when we might see them in Citizens Bank Park. They analyze guys like Maikel Franco, Aaron Nola, J.P. Crawford and Jesse Biddle.

Ian returns with his exclusive sit-down interview with Phillies legendary pitcher Curt Simmons. He talks about playing baseball in Egypt, NJ and relives his days when Babe Ruth was his coach. How awesome is that?!

Brian Quinn, owner of BQ Basement System (presenting sponsor of PNTV), stops by the set and talks baseball and basements with Pat.

Tommy Greene returns for another pitching lesson. And Ryann and Natalie bring you fan questions like, “What is your favorite baseball movie?”

Phillies Nation TV is presented by BQ Basement Systems and filmed each week at Field House Sports and Beer Hall in Center City Philly.

You can watch Phillies Nation TV on your TV at the following times this week:
Tuesday at 6pm on TCN

  • Tuesday at 11pm on CSN
  • Wednesday at 4:30pm on CSN
  • Wednesday at 11:30pm on TCN
  • Thursday at Midnight on CSN
  • Thursday at 11:30am on CSN
  • Thursday at 9:30pm on TCN
  • Friday at 4pm on CSN

 

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Phillies Acquire Valentin, Release Reyes

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, August 17, 2014 12:32 AM Comments: 11

The first player to be named later from the August 7 Roberto Hernandez trade has been selected. Second baseman Jesmuel Valentin will be headed to the Philadelphia Phillies. Valetin, who turned 20 on May 12, was a supplemental first-round selection of the Dodgers in 2012 at 51st overall. Valentin is hitting .282/.352/.433 for the Single-A Great Lakes Loons. Each one of Valetin’s triple-slash numbers are well above Midwest League average (.252/.323/.370) and is the Midwest League’s most productive second baseman according to wRC, wRC+, wRAA, and wOBA.

In an unrelated move, the Phillies released starting pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes. Reyes, 29, was 1-3 with a 10.45 ERA for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in five starts.

Analysis: The Hernandez trade has the potential to be a solid one for the Phillies. I did not anticipate Hernandez, who was exactly replacement-level for the Phillies, to be traded for much but the first piece of this deal is promising. Valentin is currently the best second baseman in the Midwest League and has a fine combination of speed and power. It will be interesting to see how aggressive the Phils get with Valentin’s initial placement for the final few weeks of the season. As is, Valentin is likely better than both Angelo Mora and Anthony Phillips, the two second baseman on the 41-82 2014 Clearwater Threshers and that may warrant a promotion.

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