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Cole Hamels Talks with Phillies Nation!

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, July 08, 2011 02:04 PM Comments: 9

(PHOTO: AP)

Phillies All-Star pitcher Cole Hamels talked with me today at Philly Financial Day about a number of topics, including his cutter, the fans, and sticking around in Philadelphia for his whole career.

Hamels, along with Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins, all took part in the day for their respective charities. Philly Financial Day was put together to benefit each foundation – a portion of the proceeds of each transaction from Boenner & Scattergood, Janney Montgomery Scott, and NASDAQ will be used for charitable purposes.

On the eve of a huge series against the Braves, the men were out for a great cause. Listen in, Nation!

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Daily Debate: Who do you Start a Franchise with?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, June 22, 2011 04:22 PM Comments: 5

Listen to today’s “Daily Debate” between Pat Gallen and Mike Gill of 973 ESPN FM in South Jersey. Today’s topic is a fantasy topic of sorts. There is really no right or wrong answer.

If you had your choice of one player, who would you start a franchise with? After Albert Pujols went down (and has had a bit of a down season) we looked at the other players that could be franchise cornerstones.

See who we picked by listening below and let us know in the comments section who you would start your Major League franchise with.

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Daily Debate: Phillies Search for a Righty Bat

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, June 20, 2011 08:37 PM Comments: 16


Today’s Daily Debate between Pat Gallen and Mike Gill on 97.3 ESPN FM takes a look at a couple of right-handed power bats the Phillies could look at before the trade deadline. Both are names you know and one is a name that might surprise you.

Listen in and let us know who you side with on the Daily Debate, which can be heard every day at 4:45 on 97.3 ESPN FM or 973espn.com.

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Daily Debate: Phillies and the NL East

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 14, 2011 05:01 PM Comments: 4

Listen to today’s “Daily Debate” between Pat Gallen and Mike Gill of 973 ESPN FM in South Jersey.

Today’s topic has to do with the Phillies as a whole. The NL East has been called a tough division by some, but with the Marlins fading (we’ll see what happens after this 4-game series) and the Mets and Nationals out of the race by Memorial Day, it’s basically down to the Phillies and Braves.

Our question, without sounding cocky, how many games will the Phillies win the division by. We put the starting number at six. Listen in to see what Pat and Mike take – the over or under.

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Daily Debate: Oswalt – Stay or Go?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, June 08, 2011 02:23 PM Comments: 12

Listen to today’s “Daily Debate” between Pat Gallen and Mike Gill of 973 ESPN FM in South Jersey. Today’s topic stems from last night’s wacky game: should the Phillies keep Roy Oswalt in 2012?

Oswalt is having a sneaky-good season, layered beneath missed starts, back issues, family concerns, and an odd start on Tuesday night against the Dodgers. His numbers (3-3, 3.05 ERA) suggest he’s doing just fine. His retreating velocity allows for lingering doubts.

Today, we look ahead – perhaps too far. Next season, Roy Oswalt has a mutual option for $16 million. That’s a lot of scratch at a time when the Phillies can barely scratch out a run.

The question is basic, yet complicated. Which side do you take? The one that says keep Roy Oswalt, the 4 Aces are too valuable. Or, the other that believes $16 million is better spent somewhere else?

Let us know who you side with on the issue by commenting below.

LISTEN HERE TO THE DAILY DEBATE – JUNE 9

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Pitching Prospect Austin Hyatt Interview

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, June 01, 2011 01:35 PM Comments: 0

Right-handed hurler Austin Hyatt began the 2011 season on a roll for the Double A Reading Phillies, posting a 5-1 record with a 3.18 ERA over his first 7 starts. Slumping a bit since then, Hyatt has gone 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in his last 3 starts.

A 15th round draft pick out of the University of Alabama by the Phillies in 2009, Hyatt made his professional debut that year with the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters. In 17 games in the NY-Penn League, Hyatt posted a 3-0 record with 6 saves and a 0.66 ERA while striking out 81 batters in 54 1/3 innings. Those stats earned him a promotion to join the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws, serving as their set-up man for the postseason.

In 2010, the 6-foot-2-inch 180-pound Hyatt was named the Florida State League’s Most Valuable Pitcher, as he notched an 11-5 record and a 3.04 ERA in 23 games (21 starts), as a member of the High A level Clearwater Threshers. In August, he was promoted to Reading, where he made 4 starts (1-0, 4.91 ERA) to wrap up his season.

Recently, I spoke with the 25-year-old Hyatt about his success, his pitch repertoire, the possibility of him joining Twitter and plenty more. Check out the media player below to hear the full interview.


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Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league insider. You can read more content from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.

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Daily Debate: Phillies Cy Young Winner

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, May 31, 2011 02:48 PM Comments: 13

Listen to today’s “Daily Debate” between Pat Gallen and Mike Gill of 973 ESPN FM in South Jersey. Today’s topic is a very interesting one – who is the Phillies Cy Young winner at the 1/3 pole of the season?

There are a few choices on this list, which player would you pick?

If you so choose, give us a vote at the bottom so we can see who wins the argument (for bragging rights, of course!).

LISTEN HERE: DAILY DEBATE MAY 30 – PHILLIES CY YOUNG WINNER

[Listen to "The Sports Bash" with Mike Gill with Pat Gallen on updates and live reports from the ballpark every day from 3-7 on 973 ESPN FM in South Jersey or 973ESPN.com]

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Daily Debate: Phillies MVP

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, May 25, 2011 03:33 PM Comments: 2

Listen to today’s “Daily Debate” between Pat Gallen and Mike Gill of 973 ESPN FM in South Jersey. Today’s topic is a very interesting one – who is the Phillies MVP at the 1/4 pole of the season?

There are a few choices on this list, which player would you pick?

If you so choose, give us a vote at the bottom so we can see who wins the argument (for bragging rights, of course!).

[Listen to "The Sports Bash" with Mike Gill with Pat Gallen on updates and live reports from the ballpark every day from 3-7 on 973 ESPN FM in South Jersey or 973ESPN.com]

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Ruben Amaro Jr. Interview Excerpts

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, February 10, 2011 07:06 PM Comments: 2

(Originally posted Feb. 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm)

I spoke with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. this week, prior to the Phillies Winter Tour stop in Lakewood. I asked Amaro about several things including his thoughts on how relievers like Scott Mathieson and Justin De Fratus might contribute to the big club in the coming season, about JC Ramirez’s recovery from off-season hip surgery, Charlie Manuel’s contract situation, about new BlueClaws manager Chris Truby and more.

Amaro also answers questions from Trenton newspaper reporter Josh Norris about Jon Singleton’s switch to the outfield from first base and his overall opinion on the state of the Phillies’ minor league system.

Check out the media player below to listen to excerpts of my time with Ruben Amaro Jr.

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Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league contributor. You can read more from Jay on his site, PhoulBallz.com.

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Draft Bargain Pettis Speaks on Success and Future

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, December 23, 2010 11:48 AM Comments: 0

This September, right-handed pitcher Eric Pettis was tossed into the proverbial fire. The Phillies wasted no time moving their late-round steal, from this year’s amateur draft, into the crucial postseason schedule of the defending South Atlantic League champions, the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws.

Pettis began his professional career swiftly after being selected by the Phillies in the 35th round of the 2010 draft with the Williamsport Crosscutters of the short season NY-Penn League out of UC-Irvine. The 6’2″, 200 pound hurler started and pitched in relief en route to posting an 8-0 record and a 1.37 ERA while striking out 67 batters in 59 innings with Williamsport.  At such a rate of progression, it may not be too long before Pettis figures into the Sports Betting calculations at the big league level.

By Labor Day this year, Williamsport had just missed the playoffs by the slimmest of margins and the BlueClaws were beginning their run at a second straight league title, so Pettis, who opened many eyes while becoming a NY-Penn League All-star, was added to the Lakewood roster in an effort to fortify the bullpen.

Pettis was excited to join the BlueClaws at a time when their games meant so much, but asserted that it was certainly a difficult situation at times. “It was weird. It’s fun because it’s a big playoff atmosphere, but it’s tough because you’ve got to learn all your new teammates and the different quirks in the clubhouse and all that. It was different, but it was fun because I was jumping right into a playoff atmosphere,” Pettis stated in an exclusive interview.

Lance Carter, the Crosscutters’ pitching coach, is credited, by Pettis, with helping Pettis achieve his tremendous success so early in his pro career, by instilling the proper methods to have a game plan each time he took the mound.

“He did a great job. Talking with me, through every inning, every at bat, to just see what my mind-set was. We worked on mechanical things here and there, but it was more about how you approach each hitter and how you look at each game and prepare yourself.”

Pettis, a California native, made his Class A debut in the BlueClaws’ postseason opener this year, throwing a scoreless 1 1/3 innings against the Hickory Crawdads (Texas affiliate). “First impressions are a big thing. It was crunch time for (the team) and they’re not going to throw me in there if they don’t have confidence in me, so I was just glad to have success in my first outing, so I could continue getting out there,” Pettis said.

The draft bargain, Pettis, threw 4 1/3 innings in the postseason for Lakewood, allowing just 1 earned run in the process. Pettis projects to begin next season at Single A Lakewood, however, he could certainly be on the fast track to higher levels.

Austin Hyatt, who was a 15th round draft choice by the Phillies in 2009, cruised through NY-Penn league competition in his first professional season, then earned a promotion to Lakewood, to help them during their stretch run toward the SAL title. Hyatt was 3-0 with a 1.22 ERA in 18 regular season games with Williamsport and Lakewood last year. He then excelled with the High-A Level Clearwater Threshers in 2010 (11-5 record, 3.04 ERA, .220 opponents’ average) and earned a promotion to Double A Reading by mid-August.

The difference in age, between Hyatt and Pettis, could impact how the organization assigns these players differently by comparison, though, as Hyatt was 24-years-old for most of the 2010 season and age often plays a role in level assignments. Pettis will be 22-years-old until June, so the Phillies will likely feel more comfortable taking a longer look at Pettis in Lakewood, especially with limited room expected on the Threshers’ roster as many young prospects (Trevor May, Brody Colvin, Jarred Cosart, Colby Shreve, Jonathan Pettibone & more) are potentially in line to get their shot on the Clearwater mound in 2011.

Going forward, Pettis’ outlook should be agreeable with whatever the Phillies determine to be the best course of action, as he will surely continue to be a young prospect to watch, headed into the 2011 season.

“I’m just going to go about my business every day, you know. I just want to try to build on this early success and keep getting better and learn as much as I can.”

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Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league contributor. You can read more from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.

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