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Minors Notes: Joseph set for surgery, MAG debuts for Pigs, Neris to bigs

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, August 03, 2014 03:21 PM Comments: 11

Tommy Joseph, Image- Jay Floyd

-Catching prospect Tommy Joseph is slated to have season ending surgery to repair an ailment in his left wrist.

The injury initially took place back in May, when the 23-year-old was part of a collision at home plate while playing with Double-A Reading.

As a member of the Fightins this season, the righty batting Joseph tallied a .282 batting average while slugging five home runs and driving in 19 runs in 21 games.  Joseph last played in mid-July when, after some rest, he rehabbed with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies, going 5-for-20 with a double in six games prior to experiencing a setback with the injured wrist.

Reports state that the surgery will be performed by Dr. Don Sheridan, an orthopedic hand and wrist surgeon in Arizona.

Joseph was acquired from San Francisco along with two other players in 2012 for Hunter Pence.

-Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez made his Triple-A debut with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Saturday.  The 27-year-old Cuban notched a save while surrendering a hit and striking out one in a scoreless frame.  His fastball was clocked at 93-94 MPH during the outing. Continue reading Minors Notes: Joseph set for surgery, MAG debuts for Pigs, Neris to bigs

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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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Marquis looks solid in Phillies organization debut

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, June 22, 2014 12:10 PM Comments: 2

Newly signed righty hurler Jason Marquis made his Phillies organization debut with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phils on Saturday.

The following tweet features all the details:

Marquis, who has tallied a 121-114 record and a 4.56 ERA in  368 career big league games in 14 season, was inked by the Phillies earlier this month.

Last season, the 35-year-old went 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA for the Padres.  Marquis was honored as an All-Star in 2009 with Colorado.

The Phillies expect Marquis to continue his warm-up efforts throughout the minors in the coming weeks.

The other name mentioned in the above tweet, third baseman Damek Tomscha, is 5-for-7 with a double, a homer and two RBI in two games since debuting as a pro player.  The 22-year-old was the Phils’ 17th round draft pick out of Auburn this year.  With the Tigers this year in college, Tomscha sported a .313 average with five home runs and 29 RBI in 54 games.

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Minor League Rundown: Reviewing Last Year’s Draft Class

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, June 02, 2014 08:00 AM Comments: 7

As this year’s amateur draft draws near, this week’s minor league rundown will focus exclusively on last year’s draft selections.

With only some of the 2013 class actually playing with full-season clubs, many of the Phillies’ 2013 picks will be slated to open their season with short-season Class A Williamsport after spending the past couple months in extended spring training.  Players on that list include 3rd round pick Cord Sandberg, 4th round selection Jake Sweaney as well as 7th rounder Trey Williams.

Here’s a look at how the active draft class from last year is performing this season.

JP Crawford, Image- Jay Floyd

Last year’s top draft choice (16th overall) J.P. Crawford has quickly shot to the top of Phillies prospect rankings and will be among the top 25 prospects in all of baseball as those lists get refined and updated in the coming weeks and months.  The 19-year-old shortstop has looked tremendous in his time as a pro. Less than one year removed from high school, the lefty hitting Crawford is batting .322 with 14 doubles, three home runs, 17 RBI and nine steals in 47 games with Class A Lakewood.  Having shown well-rounded defensive skills as well, the California native appears to be quite a get by the Phils, who selected Crawford with their highest pick in 12 years.

Second rounder Andrew Knapp, a catcher, is still recovering from Tommy John surgery that took place last October and hasn’t played defense this season.  The 22-year-old has struggled as a designated hitter for Class A Advanced Clearwater, sporting a .157/.222/.205 slash line through 23 games.  Knapp, a UC Berkley product, is a leader on the field and should be able to turn things around at the plate as his overall health improves.

Third baseman Jan Hernandez (first name pronounced like “John”) , taken in the 3rd round (96th overall), spent a short stint with Class A Lakewood this year as injuries dictated a brief need.  The 19-year-old righty batter posted a .145/.217/.255 slash line in 17 games before being reassigned to extended spring camp.  Expect to see the Puerto Rico native with Williamsport later this month. Continue reading Minor League Rundown: Reviewing Last Year’s Draft Class

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Prospect Nation 2014: #24 Catcher Deivi Grullon

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, January 12, 2014 02:05 PM Comments: 0

Deivi Grullon in action, Image- @BaseballBetsy

At the time of his signing with the Phillies in July, 2012, Dominican native Deivi Grullon was one of the top catching prospects in the Caribbean.  After a year in the minors, the 17-year-old is looked at as an even more promising player.

Grullon, who signed for a reported $575,000, looked very good with the Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2013, posting a .273 batting average with eight doubles, a home run and 14 RBI in 41 games at the rookie level.

Two weeks after Grullon signed with the Phillies, his father, Simeon, a former catcher who was integral in helping Deivi develop as a player, was struck and killed by a motor vehicle while on his own motorcycle.  The youngster has not let the tragedy impede his progress, as he’s shown solid adaptability and great progress.  He’s already looked at as a potential impact prospect.

Grullon projects as a big league catcher, but is clearly very young and has a long way to go.  Already possessing a filled out frame at 5-feet-11 180 pounds, Grullon has drawn comparisons to Phils backstop Carlos Ruiz.  Grullon may not project to develop a considerable amount more power, but that’s okay. If the Phillies know what they have to work with at a younger age, it could be better suited for his progress. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2014: #24 Catcher Deivi Grullon

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Minor League Rundown: Hernandez, Biddle, Milner, Cutters Updates

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, August 19, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 14

It’s another weekly rundown of the Phillies’ minor leagues with details on some recent noteworthy performers…

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Cesar Hernandez w/ Reading in 2012, image- Jay Floyd

International League All-Star Cesar Hernandez is back in action after missing a few weeks with a wrist injury.  In three games since rejoining the Pigs’ starting lineup, Hernandez has gone 3-for-9.  Overall this season, the switch-hitting 23-year-old has posted a .315 average with two homers, 35 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 95 minor league games.

Righty hurler Tyler Cloyd in his last seven starts has tallied a 4-1 record with a 0.77 ERA while striking out 32 and walking five in 47 innings.  In 12 big league starts, the 26-year-old is 4-4- with a 4.14 ERA.  Cloyd was the Phils’ 18th round draft selection in 2008.

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Left-hander Jesse Biddle struck out seven and walked none while allowing three earned runs in six innings in his latest start on Sunday.  The 21-year-old has a 3.13 ERA in four starts this month after posting a 7.11 mark in five July outings.  Biddle was the Phillies’ first round draft choice in 2010. Continue reading Minor League Rundown: Hernandez, Biddle, Milner, Cutters Updates

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Cutters’ Green Wins NY-Penn League HR Derby

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, August 14, 2013 06:55 AM Comments: 1

Zach Green, image- Tri-City ValleyCats

Prior to Tuesday’s New-York Penn League All-Star Game, rising Phillies third base prospect Zach Green took down his short-season Class A competition, which included his Williamsport teammate Gabriel Lino, to lock down the league’s annual home run derby title.

In the opening round, Green, the Phils’ 3rd round draft choice last year out of Jesuit High School in California, slammed three homers while tallying 290 points. The total was good enough to knock off six others, advancing the 19-year-old to the finals where he faced Lino, a catcher that was acquired last year from Baltimore in the Jim Thome deal.  The 20-year-old Venezuelan also had three home runs in the initial round while posting 240 points.

The pair of Crosscutters went homerless in the finals, but Green, the league’s leader in home runs (10) and total bases (101) edged Lino on points, by a margin of 170-100 to lock down the crown.

In the actual game, the American League affiliate All-Star team downed the National League club, which included the Tri-City ValleyCats (Astros) in order to keep the teams even at seven organizations each, in walk-off fashion.  Continue reading Cutters’ Green Wins NY-Penn League HR Derby

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Minor League Rundown: Gillies, Orr, Tolbert & More

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, August 13, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 1

It’s another weekly rundown of the Phillies’ minor leagues with loads of details on some recent noteworthy performers…

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Tyson Gillies, image- Jay Floyd

Outfielder Tyson Gillies is batting .306 with four doubles, a homer and three steals in 10 August games.  Overall with the IronPigs this season, the 24-year-old Canadian is batting .217 with a .604 OPS in 55 games.  Gillies was originally acquired from Seattle in the 2009 Cliff Lee trade.

Infielder Pete Orr has posted a .392 batting average with six RBI and three stolen bases in 12 August games.  In 84 games this season, the 34-year-old sports a .255 average with four home runs and 27 RBI.

In 12 August games, first baseman Cody Overbeck is batting .370 with three homers and nine RBI.  The 27-year-old, who was the Phils’ 9th round draft choice in 2008, has a .268 overall average along with 19 home runs and 62 RBI in 108 games.

Second baseman/center fielder Cesar Hernandez, who missed nearly three weeks of action with a reported wrist ailment, went 0-for-1 in the IronPigs’ game on Sunday.  In 88 games at Lehigh Valley this year, the switch-hitting 23-year-old is batting .310 with two homers and 31 RBI. Continue reading Minor League Rundown: Gillies, Orr, Tolbert & More

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Minors Rundown: Asche, Biddle, Hanson, Charles, GCL

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, July 30, 2013 10:00 AM Comments: 4

Cody Asche, photo- Jay Floyd

Third baseman Cody Asche has been on a torrid pace of late. Asche, a University of Nebraska product, is showing more and more that he’s ready for a bigger challenge. The 23-year-old lefty batter has gone 14-for-33 (.424 avg) along with three doubles, five homers and 12 RBI in his last eight contests with the IronPigs.

Overall this season, Asche, who represented Lehigh Valley in the Triple-A All-Star Game earlier this month, is batting .295 with 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 104 games.

On the latest edition of the PhoulBallz Podcast, Asche was featured as a call-in guest. When asked when he’ll feel ready for the bigger challenge of the major leagues, he said the following:

“Whenever (the Phillies) tell me. That’s when I feel like I’m ready. There’s a lot of guys in this organization that are really smart and they know what they’re doing and they’ve been through this before with many players, so, you know, I 100-percent trust what they have in store for me and what they have planned for me. So, until they call me and say, ‘Hey, you’re ready! Let’s go do it.’, then I’m gonna keep working hard to be the best player I can be.” Continue reading Minors Rundown: Asche, Biddle, Hanson, Charles, GCL

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Weekly Minors Round Up: The Hot List

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, July 22, 2013 11:05 AM Comments: 3

It’s summer and in this scorching July weather, we’re focusing solely on the players who’ve been hot lately in this round of Phillies minor league notes.


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Cesar Hernandez with Reading in 2012, photo- Jay Floyd

Newly minted center fielder and All-Star second baseman Cesar Hernandez is batting .338 along with four doubles, a triple and seven RBI in 17 July games.  The 23-year-old switch hitter appeared in nine games with the big league Phils earlier this season, going 7-for-28 (.250 avg) during that stint.

Shortstop Freddy Galvis has tallied a .375 average with five doubles, a homer and seven RBI in his last 10 games for the IronPigs.  The 23-year-old sported a .207 average in 54 games with the Phillies earlier this season.

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In his past eight games, outfielder Kelly Dugan is batting .344 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI.  The 22-year-old lefty hitter has posted a .305/.380/.500 combined line in 70 games at Class A Advanced Clearwater and Reading this season.  Dugan was the Phils’ 2nd round draft selection in 2009.

Since posting a 4.09 ERA in nine May appearances, righty reliever Mike Nesseth has allowed just one earned run in 20 1/3 innings (0.44 ERA) in 17 outings.  The 25-year-old University of Nebraska product is pitching in just his third pro season, after he dealt with elbow surgery in his draft year, 2010. Continue reading Weekly Minors Round Up: The Hot List

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