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Mecias is Farm’s Lone Bright Spot on Miserable Monday

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, June 24, 2014 07:30 AM Comments: 1

Despite a hefty amount of bad results out of the Phillies’ minor league hurlers on Monday, it was 2013′s most impressive hurler who made a return to the mound and picked up right where he left off last year.

On a night when this year’s top draft pick Aaron Nola made his pro debut and looked quite mortal, top pitching prospect Jesse Biddle didn’t look deserving of that type of hype as he struggled mightily and recently demoted reliever Ethan Martin was touched up while another young standout in Tyler Viza had a weak effort,  it was lefty Yoel Mecias‘ return from Tommy John surgery that should make it all seem better.

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Aaron Nola’s pro debut, image- @BaseballBetsy

Nola, the 7th overall selection in this month’s MLB amatuer draft, made his first professional start as a member of the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers. On the mound against the Lakeland Tigers, the 21-year-old right-hander allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits in 2 1/3 innings, while striking out three and walking three. Nola took the loss, only his second of the year, as he went 11-1 as a junior with LSU, en route to being named a First Team All-American.

Biddle continued his ugly June, as he failed to pitch more than 3 1/3 innings for the third time in four outings. The 22-year-old lefty was tagged for 10 earned runs on eight hits over three innings, as Reading was dropped by Binghamton. Biddle entered this month with a 3.14 ERA, but it has shot up to 5.03 in recent weeks.

Martin, pitching for the first time in more than two weeks, relinquished a 4-2 IronPigs lead, allowing five earned runs in 2/3 inning to Columbus, taking the loss.  The 25-year-old right-hander now has a 5.56 ERA in nine games at Triple-A this year.

For Class A Clearwater, typically reliable starter Tyler Viza coughed up eight runs (seven earned) in 3 1/3 innings in a loss to Greensboro. The 19-year-old righty sported a 3.88 ERA through nine starts this season, but has tallied an 8.86 mark over his previous five appearance. Viza was the Phils’ 32nd round draft pick last year.

Leave it to lefty Yoel Mecias, a Class-A All-Star last year when he posted a 4-3 record with one save, a 3.79 ERA and an 11.05 K/9 mark, to surprise and make a splash. Making his return to the mound after missing a year following Tommy John surgery last summer, the 20-year-old Venezuelan allowed an earned run in three innings while striking out five and walking none in a loss for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies. This is a great sign for the promising youngster who was ranked as the Phillies’ number 15 prospect by Phillies Nation prior to this season, and a definite positive from a night when every other widely known Phils pitching prospect disappointed.

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Phils release OF Gillies

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, June 22, 2014 01:25 PM Comments: 1

TysonGilliesIn unsurprising news, the Phillies announced on Sunday that they have released troubled outfielder Tyson Gillies.

Gillies had developed a reputation of having behavioral issues, in recent years, as he’s been suspended multiple times during his tenure with the Phillies organization. He’s also missed significant time with varied injuries since he was part of the trio acquired for Cliff Lee from Seattle in 2009.

Also, Gillies first made a name for himself when he was arrested on drug possession charges in 2010.

The 25-year-old posted a .214/.270/.289 slash line in 43 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season.

Image- Jay Floyd

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Minor League Hot/Cold List: Lincoln, Altherr, Perkins, Quinn, Franco, Rupp

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, June 11, 2014 07:45 AM Comments: 7

The latest semi-weekly rundown of your top performers from the Phillies developmental ranks and those that aren’t doing so well is back. In this edition we look at all four full-season clubs.


Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

Who’s hot…

Right-hander Brad Lincoln has pitched 13 scoreless innings over his last two starts while allowing just four total hits in those outings. The 29-year-old allowed three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings this season in relief with the big league team. Lincoln was the 4th overall draft selection by the Pirates back in 2006.

Through his first seven games since earning a promotion to Lehigh Valley, OF Cameron Perkins posted a .308 batting average. With Double-A Reading this season, the 23-year-old sported a .342/.408/.495 slash line. Perkins was the Phillies’ 6th round draft choice in 2012.

Who’s not…

Third baseman Maikel Franco entered action on Tuesday batting .103 with a home runs and five RBI in nine June games. Overall this season, the 21-year-old Dominican was batting .212 with five homers and 25 RBI in 60 games. Franco entered the 2014 campaign ranked widely as the Phillies’ top prospect.

Catcher Cameron Rupp entered action on Tuesday batting .152 with two homers and seven RBI over his previous 20 games. Since going 4-for-16 with four home runs in his first four games of the season with the IronPigs, 25-year-old is batting .158 with two homers in 25 games. Rupp was the Phillies’ 3rd round draft choice in 2010.


Double-A Reading Fightins-

Who’s hot…

Infielder Carlos Alonso entered action on Tuesday sporting a .452/.553/.774 slash line in eight June games. Through 55 games this season, the 26-year-old was batting .282 with six homers and 18 RBI. Alonso, a University of Delaware product was the Phils’ 32nd round draft pick in 2010.

Outfielder Aaron Altherr was batting .414 through his opening eight games this month. The 23-year-old began the season with a wrist injury and is batting .230 with three home runs and 18 RBI through 47 games with Reading this season. Altherr was selected by the Phillies in the 9th round of the 2009 draft. Continue reading Minor League Hot/Cold List: Lincoln, Altherr, Perkins, Quinn, Franco, Rupp

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Adams Placed on Disabled List; Phillies Call Up Giles

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, June 07, 2014 10:43 PM Comments: 8

Mike Adams was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his rotator cuff.  The loss is a huge blow for the Phillies, as he was one of the top arms in the bullpen.  Health has been an issue for Adams since he joined the Phillies in 2013.  Adams has pitched extremely well in 2014, posting a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings.  Unfortunately, this is his second stint on the DL this season.

Adams feels that his time on the disabled list will help his injury.  He suffered a similar injury back in 2009.  He took some time to strengthen his arm, and felt much better afterwards.  He hopes to do the same thing with this injury.

To replace Adams, the Phillies called up the young relief pitcher, Ken Giles.  Known as “100-miles Giles,” the right-hander can touch 100 mph on the gun.  In 13 appearances with Double-A Reading, Giles had a 1.20 ERA.  In 15 innings, he struck out 29 and walked just five.  He was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in May, where he saved five games. His strikeout totals were down in Triple-A, striking out 9 in 13.2 innings.

Check out our recent video feature from Phillies Nation TV on Giles in the media player below.

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Minor League Notebook: Hot/Cold List, Injury Updates

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, May 26, 2014 08:00 AM Comments: 15

The latest semi-weekly rundown of your top performers from the Phillies developmental ranks and those that need to turn some things around includes a few injury notes on some key prospects.  Read ahead on the latest from the minors.


Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs (25-24 record, 4th place in the International League North division)-

Who’s hot…

Maikel Franco, Image- Jay Floyd

Third baseman/first baseman Maikel Franco has tallied a .301/.389/.482 slash line in 21 games this month.  The 21-year-old, who is rumored to be a candidate to join the big league roster this week, missed two games over the weekend due to a respiratory illness.

Outfielder Steve Susdorf is having quite a month, sporting a .344 average with seven doubles and nine RBI in 22 games.  The 28-year-old lefty batter went 1-for-7 in three games with the big league Phillies last season.

Who’s not…

Catcher Cameron Rupp is batting .208 with a home run in seven games since returning from the disabled list following an oblique strain.  Rupp, 25, went 4-for-13 (.308 avg) in four games in the majors last season.

In his most recent start against Toledo, righty pitcher Brad Lincoln allowed five earned runs in five innings.  While the 29-year-old has tallied a 3.71 ERA in four starts, he’s averaging less than five innings per start.  Lincoln allowed three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings for the Phillies this season.


Double-A Reading (28-19, 2nd place in the Eastern League’s Eastern division)-

Injury notes…

Lefty ace Jesse Biddle missed his start on Sunday after experiencing headaches which stemmed from being struck in the head with ice during a hail storm on Thursday. The 22-year-old has a 3-4 record with a 3.18 ERA and a 9.69 K/9 mark in 10 games this year.

Outfielder Kelly Dugan is still rehabbing his oblique strain in Clearwater and expects that he could return to game action in the coming days.  Through 14 games this season, the 23-year-old was batting .275 with a home run and five RBI. Continue reading Minor League Notebook: Hot/Cold List, Injury Updates

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Kenny Giles Interview Excerpts

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, May 23, 2014 07:30 AM Comments: 0

Kenny Giles, Image- Jay Floyd

Recently, I spoke with Phillies pitching prospect Kenny Giles for a segment on Phillies Nation TV.  Some of what the 23-year-old right-hander chatted with me about didn’t make the cut for the show, but I’ve transcribed that material below.

Through 18 combined games with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, Giles has posted a 2-0 record along with eight saves, a 1.29 ERA and a .155 batting average against.  Additionally, the Phils’ 7th round pick from 2011 has struck out 33 and walked 10 in 21 innings.

Read ahead for some exclusive quotes from Kenny.

-I asked Giles which individual stood out among Phillies teammates that he learned the most from during his time with the big club in spring training this year…

I can’t just pick one guy.  I mean, everybody on that team opened up my eyes and opened my mind to bigger and better things.  Just things I never thought I would think about.  I’d just say everybody on that team opened my eyes.

-Giles spoke about the progress of his consistency and how that is key for him…

I think my consistency is getting a lot better.  My control is getting there.  I mean, I wouldn’t say I’m perfect.  I’m never gonna be perfect, but I think over the years, I’ve gotten so much better with my consistency.  I’ve been a lot better this year.  

-On the subject of how missing a lengthy amount of time last season with oblique strains and how that helped him develop mental toughness…

It was a big thing mentally.  I mean, everything I went through was really hard on me.  I really wanted to get on the field.  I’m one of those guys that even if something hurts a little bit, I’m gonna push right through it.  But, in that case, I couldn’t do it, ’cause it’s one of those things where (the Phillies) wouldn’t let me.  And, so, they sat me down and were like, “Hey, you need to take a breather.  Take some time off and focus on what you need to do first.”  And they broke me down and I started to see why they wanted me to do that.  Right now, it’s been great so far.  Continue reading Kenny Giles Interview Excerpts

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Minor League Notes: Hot and Cold List

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, May 11, 2014 07:30 AM Comments: 0

Here’s a brief rundown of some top performers and some that aren’t doing too well from throughout the Phillies developmental levels, in no particular order.


Double-A Reading Fightins-

Who’s hot…

Catcher Tommy Joseph, who was batting .359 with four home runs and 13 RBI in his last 10 games, left Friday’s game with a left wrist issue.  The 22-year-old sat out Saturday and wore a brace on the ailing joint.  Jose Mayorga, who was with Lakewood last week, was with the Reading team on Saturday, seemingly in case further evaluation on the often injured Joseph results in another trip to the disabled list.

Infielder Cesar Hernandez is staying hot at the plate while he adapts to third base in the Eastern League.  With two hits in a game that was suspended due to rain on Saturday, the Venezuela native who turns 24-years-old later this month, extended his hitting streak to nine games.  He’s batting .455 during that stretch.  Overall in 24 contests at Reading, the switch hitting youngster is sporting a .355 average with three homers and 14 RBI.

Despite taking the loss in his most recent outing (5 1/3 IP, 5R/3ER, 6K, 3BB) on Friday in Trenton, Jesse Biddle‘s numbers still look solid this season.  In eight starts, the lefty sports a 3-4 record with a 3.63 ERA, a 10.28 K/9 mark and a .224 batting average against. 

Who’s not…

Outfielder Anthony Hewitt, the Phillies’ top draft pick (24th overall) from 2008, looks outmatched in the Eastern League this year.  The 25-year-old is 3-for-31 (.097 avg) in his last eight games and is batting just .138 overall in 21 contests.  In 116 games with Reading last year, Hewitt posted a .244/.296/.430 slash line. Continue reading Minor League Notes: Hot and Cold List

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Minor League Hot List: Franco, Leiter, Joseph & More

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, April 29, 2014 10:05 AM Comments: 11

It’s another edition of our weekly minor league round up, where we take a look at the hottest players in the Phillies system.  Read ahead for all the notes on your standout prospects and a shining pro vet.


Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

Maikel Franco, Image- Jay Floyd

Third baseman Maikel Franco is 9-for-31 (.290 avg) with three doubles, a homer and five RBI in his last seven games.  The 21-year-old Domincan was batting .111 on the season prior to that stretch of games.

Righty hurler Greg Smith has been on fire in his past three starts, posting a 2-0 record with a 0.90 ERA while striking out 15 and walking one in 20 innings during that stretch.  Smith tallied a 3.31 ERA in 23 games with the IronPigs last season.  The 30-year-old has pitched in the big leagues with Oakland and Colorado.

Double-A Reading Fightins-

Outfielder Cam Perkins has maintained his strong output since the start of the season and, after notching his 12th multi-hit game of the year on Monday, is batting .375 through 21 games.  The Purdue product was a 6th round draft choice in 2012.  Perkins, 23, sports a 1.013 OPS, which is 4th best in the Eastern League.

Prior to landing on the disabled list with concussion complications last weekend, catcher Tommy Joseph was heating up considerably.  The 22-year-old had gone 12-for-33 (.367 avg) with two doubles, three homers and 13 RBI in the eight games prior to his latest injury.  Don’t be surprised if the backstop changes positions, as the wear and tear behind the dish won’t help him stay healthy. Continue reading Minor League Hot List: Franco, Leiter, Joseph & More

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Minors Notes: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, April 21, 2014 07:30 AM Comments: 3

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Kicking off this season’s (usually) weekly rundown of top performers from the minor leagues, we’ll also take a look at some names that aren’t off to a hot start in the developmental ranks.

Class A Lakewood-

Who’s hot…

First baseman/catcher Willians Astudillo is off to a great start, batting .447 with two doubles, a home run and nine RBI in 10 games for the BlueClaws.  The 22-year-old Venezuela native spent the entire 2013 campaign on the disabled list with a left knee injury.

In three starts, right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. has a 2-1 record and a 3.00 ERA while striking out 15 and walking two in 18 innings of work.  Leiter was drafted in the 22nd round last year out of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Who’s not…

Third baseman Zach Green is having a slow start at the plate, batting .186 with two doubles, four RBI and three steals in 15 games.  The 20-year-old righty hitter was selected in the third round of the 2012 draft. Continue reading Minors Notes: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

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Minors Notes & Quotes: Rupp, Dugan Injured, RHP Viza Speaks, More Transactions

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, April 15, 2014 08:00 AM Comments: 0

Monday was a busy day for roster moves in the Phillies’ organization.  On top of the news that Mike Adams would return to the Phillies at the expense of Luis Garcia being sent down to Triple-A, there were several notable transactions announced throughout the system.

Cameron Rupp, Image- Jay Floyd

Top catching prospect Cameron Rupp was placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique suffered in Sunday’s game.  The 25-year-old was batting .231 with four homers and eight RBI in nine games with the Triple-A IronPigs.  Sebastian Valle was promoted to Lehigh Valley from Double-A Reading to fill the void.

Other backstop moves: Chad Carman promoted to the Reading roster from Class A Advanced Clearwater, Deivi Grullon activated for Clearwater from extended spring training.

Also placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain for Lehigh Valley was infielder Andres Blanco.  The 30-year-old infielder was batting .273 with one RBI in nine contests in the young season.

Reading outfielder Kelly Dugan, who was hit on the left hand with a pitch on Sunday, tweeted on Monday evening that X-rays were negative and he expects to be out of action for a week.  The 23-year-old was hitting .233 with a home run and four RBI through 10 games. Continue reading Minors Notes & Quotes: Rupp, Dugan Injured, RHP Viza Speaks, More Transactions

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