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Landing Spots for Former Phils

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, November 26, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 44

Quite a number of former Phils were involved in transactions this week. Here’s a snapshot of where some of these former Phils went or are going. Most notes courtesy of Matt Eddy at Baseball America.

- RHP Tyler Cloyd was designated for assignment yesterday by the Cleveland Indians. Cloyd, 26, had a 6.56 ERA in 60 1/3 innings pitched for the Phillies in 2013. If Cloyd clears waivers, he would join fellow former Phil Mike Zagurski, signed three days ago to a minor league deal, in Cleveland’s minor league ranks.

- Ender Inciarte, a Phillie for Opening Day 2013 only, was added to the Arizona Diamondbacks 40-man roster. Inciarte, 23 for Opening Day 2014, hit .281/.327/.362 with a career-high five homers and a career-high 84.31% stolen base success (43 steals in 51 attempts) for Double-A Mobile as a 22-year old.

- Outfielder Casper Wells signed a minor league deal with the Cubs. Wells, 29, hit .126/.186/.147 across stops with five teams last season with no homers. Wells hit .042/.115/.083 with the Phillies before sitting out the rest of the year recovering from eye surgery.

- Catcher Ronny Paulino never played with the Phillies in a regular season game but did spend almost the entire 2009 Spring Training with the club. Paulino was traded to San Francisco on March 27, 2009 for reliever Jack Taschner. Paulino, now 32, signed with Detroit.

- Outfielder Domingo Santana, 21, was added to the Houston Astros 40-man roster. Santana was the player to be named later in the trade that sent Hunter Pence to the Phillies in 2011. Santana hit 25 homers in Double-A Corpus Christi with 12 steals in his age 20 season supporting a .252/.345/.498. Santana did struggle to avoid the strikeout, though, striking out 29% of the time in 2013.

- RHP Juan Sosa, 24, was signed by the Miami Marlins to a minor league deal. Sosa began his journey with the Phillies organization in 2007 as a seventeen year old but stalled out in Double-A Reading in 2013 (5.58 ERA, 1.676 WHIP).

- RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, 23, was added to the Texas Rangers’ 40-man roster after dominating the Texas League (AA) with a 0.30 ERA and a 0.824 WHIP. Bonilla struggled when promoted to Triple-A (7.95 ERA, 1.767 WHIP) in 2013 but the reliever dealt to Texas as part of the trade that brought Michael Young to Philly averaged nearly a strikeout and a half per inning pitched across the two levels last season.

- Catcher Steven Lerud was signed to a minor-league deal by the Atlanta Braves. Lerud, 29, appeared in nine games over the last two seasons for the Phillies and is a career .221/.314/.350 hitter in the Minor Leagues.

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Off-season League Updates: Murphy Released by VZ Club, AFL Wraps Up

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, November 18, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0

Throughout the autumn and winter months, we’ll have a weekly rundowns of how Phillies players are performing in the various leagues around the globe.  Read ahead for he latest on many familiar names, some top prospects and plenty more including notes on the Arizona Fall League which wrapped up its schedule last week.

Venezuelan Winter League- 

Jim Murphy, image- Jay Floyd

In news that I first mentioned on Twitter over the weekend, minor league slugger Jim Murphy was released by the Aragua Tigres last Thursday.  Through 20 games, the first baseman batted .274 with three doubles, two homers and 10 RBI.  The release came as a surprise to the 28-year-old, who was planning to play through the full season, into late December, but will now be home in time for Thanksgiving Day.   Murphy remains signed with the Phillies.

Second baseman Cesar Hernandez- The 23-year-old switch hitter has gone 5-for-32 (.156 avg) in his last eight games.  Overall in 26 games for Margarita, Hernandez, who has also been playing center field, has posted a .242 average with two home runs and 13 RBI.  Hernandez batted .289 with five doubles and 10 RBI in 34 games with the Phillies and was honored as a Triple-A All-Star this past season.

Infielder Edgar Duran- The switch hitting 22-year-old, who is 3-for-9 (.333 avg) with a triple and two RBI in three games, has been rehabbing an undisclosed injury. Duran hasn’t played in a game since October 12th.  In 117 games with Reading this year, Duran posted a .225 average with four homers and 33 RBI.

Shortstop Freddy Galvis- The 23-year-old is batting .359 in his last 10 games for Zulia.  Galvis has posted a .305 average with seven doubles, one triple, two homers and 10 RBI in 21 overall games.    Galvis sported a .234 average with six home runs and 19 RBI in 70 big league games this year. Continue reading Off-season League Updates: Murphy Released by VZ Club, AFL Wraps Up

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Off-season League Updates: Franco Back at First Base, Bastardo Returns to Action

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, November 12, 2013 08:00 PM Comments: 2

Throughout the autumn and winter months, we’ll have a weekly review of how Phillies players are performing in the various leagues around the globe.  Read ahead for he latest on many familiar names, some top prospects and plenty more.

Dominican Winter League…

Maikel Franco, photo- Jay Floyd

3B Maikel Franco-  The trial of Franco at first base continued as the slugger played his fourth straight game there on Monday.  Franco played eight games at first in the closing weeks of the 2013 regular season with Double-A Reading.  The 21-year-old sports a .328 average with four doubles and seven RBI in 17 games with the Gigantes.  The righty batting Franco had a bust-out 2013, slamming 31 homers and droving in 103 runs in 134 games with Clearwater and Reading this year.

LHP Antonio Bastardo- In two appearances, the 28-year-old has pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four and walking one without surrendering a hit.  In 48 big league games this year, before missing time due to a banned substance suspension, Bastardo had a 3-2 record with two saves and a 2.32 ERA.

Catcher Tommy Joseph- The 22-year-old righty hitter made his season debut with the Estrellas over the weekend, going 1-for-3 with and RBI and a run scored.  Joseph, who was acquired from San Francisco in the Hunter Pence trade last year, missed considerable time with concussion related issues this year and batted .179 in 36 minor league games.

OF Leandro Castro- The 24-year-old is batting .245 with four doubles and six RBI in 16 games with the Estrellas.  In 117 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley this year, the righty batting Castro tallied a .256 average with eight home runs and 55 RBI. Continue reading Off-season League Updates: Franco Back at First Base, Bastardo Returns to Action

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Off-season League Updates: Rupp, Hernandez, Franco, Others Heat Up

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, October 28, 2013 12:50 PM Comments: 5

Throughout the autumn and winter months, we’ll have a weekly run down of how Phillies players are performing in the various leagues around the globe.  Read ahead for loads of details on some familiar names, prospects and more.

Arizona Fall League (seven Phils prospects play together on the Peoria Javelinas)… 

Cameron Rupp, Image- Jay Floyd

Catcher Cameron Rupp- Thus far in seven games, Rupp, who made his big league debut with the Phillies in September, is batting .300 with two doubles and four RBI.  Rupp has also been solid on defense, gunning down multiple runners in a game twice in AFL play.  The 25-year-old was the Phils’ 3rd round pick out of Texas in 2010.

RHP Kenny Giles- The 23-year-old, who regularly throws his fastball in the high 90′s, sports a 10.80 ERA through five outings with Peoria.  One disastrous outing (six ER without recording an out) takes away from how Giles has looked in his other appearances (five innings, no runs, two hits allowed, eight strike outs, two walks).  Giles, who missed some time during the 2013 regular season with two oblique strains, was the Phils’ 7th round pick in 2011 and posted a 6.31 ERA in 24 games with Clearwater this year.

OF Aaron Altherr- In three games, the 22-year-old is 3-for-11 (.273 avg) with two RBI and has been unsuccessful in one stolen base attempt.  Altherr was the Phillies’ 9th round draft selection in 2009.  He batted .275 with 12 homers, 69 RBI and 23 steals in 123 games for Class A Advanced Clearwater this year. Continue reading Off-season League Updates: Rupp, Hernandez, Franco, Others Heat Up

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Weekly Off-season League Updates: Fall, Dominican, Venezuelan and Mexican League Notes

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, October 21, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 3

The premiere edition of our 2013 off-season league updates is here.  Throughout the autumn and winter months, we’ll have a weekly run down of how Phillies players are performing in the various leagues around the globe.  Read ahead for loads of details on some familiar names, prospects and more.


Arizona Fall League (seven Phils prospects play together on the Peoria Javelinas)…

Mike Nesseth, image- Jay Floyd

RHP Mike Nesseth- The Phils’ 17th round draft choice from 2010 has allowed four earned runs in four innings while striking out two and walking one thus far with Peoria.  Nesseth sported a 1-5 record with a 2.50 ERA and nine saves in 48 regular season games at three levels during the regular season this year. To hear Nesseth talking about the Arizona Fall League, check out my exclusive interview with him by clicking HERE.

OF Aaron Altherr- In three games, the 22-year-old is 3-for-11 (.273 avg) with two RBI and has been unsuccessful in one stolen base attempt.  Altherr was the Phillies’ 9th round draft selection in 2009.  He batted .275 with 12 homers, 69 RBI and 23 steals in 123 games for Class A Advanced Clearwater this year.

OF Cameron Perkins- In two games, the 23-year-old has gone 2-for-6 (.333 avg) with an RBI.  Perkins, a Purdue product, was the Phils’ 6th round pick in 2012.  Perkins was called upon late to fill the void left by outfielder Kelly Dugan, who was sent home from the AFL as he is dealing with turf toe.  Dugan, 23, will be in a walking boot for two weeks while he allows the ailment to heal.

Catcher Cameron Rupp- Thus far in five games, Rupp, who made his big league debut with the Phillies in September, is 7-for-20 (.350 avg) with a double and two RBI.  Rupp has also been solid on defense, gunning down two runners in a single game last week.  The 25-year-old was the Phils’ 3rd round pick out of Texas in 2010. Continue reading Weekly Off-season League Updates: Fall, Dominican, Venezuelan and Mexican League Notes

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#FANtasking Initiative by MLBAM Kicks Off Wireless Improvements at Parks

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, October 11, 2013 11:30 AM Comments: 1

Thanks to the folks at Qualcomm for the heads up on a big initiative going on throughout all of Major League Baseball.  For everyone that’s ever dealt with weak signals on his or her device at the ballpark, new and improved mobile experiences are coming soon!

With All-Star Brandon Phillips on board, helping to spread the word via social networking, the FANtasking has been rolled out and seems quite fun.  Check out the following details from a press release and find out how you could win tickets.

Baseball is a game steeped in history and tradition. Unfortunately for fans, the “tradition” of nose bleed seats is as old as the game itself. With its new FANtasking video feature, Qualcomm is making the impossible possible: turning the worst seats in the house into the very best.

Granted, hot dog piñatas are likely not going to become all the rage at MLB stadiums, but one thing is clear, the future for fans is brighter than ever thanks to the efforts of Qualcomm and MLB to bring the future for fans into the palms of their hands…or more literally into their mobile devices.
The short video below brings this exciting future to life in some rather “unorthodox” ways that we thought you and your readers would truly appreciate.

Continue reading #FANtasking Initiative by MLBAM Kicks Off Wireless Improvements at Parks
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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…

Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

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.

Double-A Reading Fightin Phillies-

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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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…

Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

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.


Triple-A Lehigh Valley-

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.

Double-A Reading-

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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