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PN Interview: RHP Prospect Jon Pettibone

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, May 02, 2012 07:45 AM Comments: 0

In the early going this season, one of the Phillies’ Baby Aces hasn’t been very sharp.  Through 5 starts with the Double-A Reading Phillies this season, Jonathan Pettibone has posted a 1-3 record with a 4.33 ERA and a .357 batting average against.  In addition, Pettibone’s strikeout to walk ratio (13:11, in 27 innings of work) is of concern.

Fresh off a solid season with Class A Advanced Clearwater in 2011, when he went 10-11 with a 2.96 ERA and a .248 batting average against while striking out 115 and walking just 34 in 161 innings, the expectations were high for the California native that ranked 9th on the PhilliesNation.com off-season prospect rankings.   Pettibone, a 6-foot-5-inch 200-pounder that was a 3rd round draft selection by the Phillies in 2008, isn’t worried.

I spoke with Jonathan last week about his less-than-ideal start, his progress along with battery mate Sebastian Valle, the fans in Reading, his pitch repertoire and plenty more.  Check out the media player below to hear that full interview.


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

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Former Phils Prospect Taylor Heating Up PCL

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, April 12, 2012 02:05 PM Comments: 5

Michael Taylor has been gone from the Phillies organization since December, 2009, when he was included in a package of players that was sent to Toronto for ace hurler Roy Halladay. Taylor was quickly flipped to Oakland in a separate trade and has had a tough time reaching and staying in the big leagues ever since.

The 6-foot-5-inch 255-pound outfielder has been mashing opposing pitching in the early going this season, to the tune of a .452 batting average, through 7 games with Triple-A Sacramento. With 6 doubles, a homerun and a league leading 11 RBI, Taylor has helped lead the River Cats to a 6-1 record.

Taylor, a Stanford graduate who spent this past off-season interning at a radio station in San Francisco, was the Phillies 5th round draft choice in 2007.

Over the past two seasons in the Pacific Coast League, Taylor has batted .272 with 22 homers and 142 RBI in 220 games. Continue reading Former Phils Prospect Taylor Heating Up PCL

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Prospect Nation 2012: #3 LHP Jesse Biddle

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, March 08, 2012 08:00 AM Comments: 8

Left-handed starting pitcher Jesse Biddle redefines homegrown talent. Born and bred as a Phillies fan in the Philadelphia region, the youngster’s dreams came true in 2010, when he was selected 27th overall in that year’s amateur draft. Biddle wasted no time signing his first professional contract and quickly made his minor league debut, beginning his ascent toward donning the home uniform of the team he cheered on from the seats of Citizens Bank Park all throughout his teenage years.

The graduate of Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia combined to sport a 4-1 record with a 3.92 ERA and a .241 batting average against in 12 starts with the Gulf Coast League Phillies and the Williamsport Crosscutters in 2010.

In 2011, Biddle became an All-Star in the South Atlantic League with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. As the team’s most dependable starter through much of the year, Biddle posted a 7-8 record with a 2.98 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) and struck out 124 batters in 133 innings pitched. In addition, he held opponents to a .219 batting average. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2012: #3 LHP Jesse Biddle

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Prospect Nation 2012: #9 RHP Jonathan Pettibone

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, February 22, 2012 11:02 AM Comments: 0

Right-handed pitcher Jonathan Pettibone, a third round selection in the 2008 amateur draft, was among the excellent starting rotation with Class A Advanced Clearwater that became known as “The Baby Aces” last season. As he has taken strides to improve his skills, Pettibone has begun to earn an increased amount of recognition in the Philadelphia developmental ranks.

The 6-foot-5-inch 200-pound Pettibone made his pro debut with the Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2008, recording an inning of work. The following season, the Esperanza High School (California) product joined the starting rotation for the Williamsport Crosscutters of the short-season New York-Penn League. In 9 games, Pettibone went 2-4 with a lackluster 5.35 ERA and a .261 batting average against. He was then sidelined with an injury and missed time in the latter portion of the season.

In 2010, Pettibone improved his velocity and effectiveness by working closely with pitching coach Steve Schrenk to adjust his mechanics and extension. Pettibone’s results on the mound became increasingly solid as his remarkable campaign progressed. After posting a 5.04 ERA in 12 games through the end of June, Pettibone served up a 2.37 ERA over his final 12 appearances of the regular season with Class A Lakewood. That terrific performance down the stretch helped the club win its second straight South Atlantic League championship. Overall, Pettibone recorded an 8-6 record and finished among the league leaders in ERA with a 3.49 mark.

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Changes Leading to Bright Future For Hollands

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, September 27, 2011 11:00 AM Comments: 0

Lefty pitcher Mario Hollands had a roller coaster of a season in 2011 with the Phillies Class A affiliate the Lakewood BlueClaws. Hollands, who had a strong showing in spring training to earn the spot as the ‘Claws’ opening day starter in April, was removed from the pitching rotation after a rough 7 start stretch in which the 6-foot-5-inch 210-pounder posted a 6.95 ERA.

Once he was moved to the bullpen the 23-year-old improved greatly for Lakewood. Having posted a 4-4 record with a 4.64 ERA in 15 starts, Hollands looked much stronger in relief, going 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 13 outings. In addition, Hollands’ batting average against was over 100 points better in relief (.205) than it was as a starter (.306).

Hollands, who was a 10th round pick by the Phillies in the 2010 amateur draft, expressed a preference for working out of the bullpen following the success he had appearing in relief.

“I don’t mind doing either one, but since I made the move, I kind of enjoy the bullpen a little bit more,” Hollands said. “I get to pitch more often and I like that a little more. It seems a lot easier, just because you can go in there for one or two innings, and just blow it all out, then you can come out there a day or two later and do the same thing. My success out of the bullpen is only encouraging for the years to come.” Continue reading Changes Leading to Bright Future For Hollands

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Santana Named as PTBNL in Pence Deal

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, August 15, 2011 02:05 PM Comments: 32

Critics already had their fun with the details of last month’s deal that saw the Phillies send their top two prospects to Houston for All-star outfielder Hunter Pence. Many have said the price was too high for a Pence who is “good, but not great”. Others stuck by the old “prospects aren’t proven commodities” argument. But with Monday’s news that another top ten prospect from the Phillies’ organization was being sent to the Astros, those determined to critique the trade will have more to gripe about.

Sources confirmed
for PhoulBallz.com early Monday afternoon that 19-year-old outfielder Domingo Santana is heading to the Astros as a player to be named later.

The 6-foot-5-inch 200-pounder is often regarded as a five-tool talent. Scouting himself, Santana declares that he is a power hitter. He also asserts that the recognition that has come his way, by multiple outlets naming him among the Phillies’ best prospects, has helped him to focus and strive to become better.

Santana, a native of the Dominican Republic, was signed in 2009 at the age of 16. After debuting in the professional ranks that year, Santana batted .288 with 6 HR and 28 RBI in 37 games with the Gulf Coast League Phillies. Continue reading Santana Named as PTBNL in Pence Deal

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PhilliesNation Interview: RHP Prospect Colby Shreve

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, June 23, 2011 09:50 AM Comments: 0

Righty hurler Colby Shreve didn’t have a solid start this season with the Phillies’ Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. After beginning the year in the starting rotation and posting a .315 batting average against through three April starts, as the team’s fifth starter, Shreve was moved to the bullpen. Since that time, the 6-foot-5-inch tall Shreve has sported a .261 BAA and has improved his other numbers as well.

Pitching coordinator Gorman Heimueller, along with the BlueClaws coaching staff saw the switch as an opportunity to allow Shreve to become more focused and increase his velocity.

A 6th round draft pick in 2008, Shreve missed the 2008 and 2009 season due to elbow issues that required Tommy John surgery and made his pro debut last year, as a member of Lakewood’s starting rotation, when he went 7-5 with a 3.95 ERA.

In his past 9 relief appearances, Shreve has been strong, going 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA.

Last week, I spoke with Colby about his change of roles, his progress with his pitches, a well known admirer of his and plenty more. Check out the media player below to listen to the full interview.


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

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PhilliesNation Interview: Moose Mattair

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, June 14, 2011 08:00 PM Comments: 0

After missing more than a month with an oblique strain, Travis “Moose” Mattair found himself as the odd man out of the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers roster. Having lost his starting job to Jeremy Barnes, who has posted a .293 batting average since taking over for Mattair, the Washington state native was reassigned to the Class A Lakewood roster, where he became on of the club’s most popular players during his previous stint there.

The 6-foot-5-inch 230-pound Mattair batted .234 with 3 homeruns and 16 RBI in 21 April games as a member of the Threshers.

Originally a 2nd round draft selection by the Phillies in 2007, Mattair was a member of the BlueClaws team that won the first of two straight South Atlantic League titles in 2009. After that, Mattair was placed on the retired list in order to try his dream of playing Division 1 college basketball. By late summer last year, Mattair got the itch for baseball and chose to return to the Phillies organization rather than becoming the last man on the Boise State roster as a 22-year-old freshman.

Now back in Lakewood, Moose took time to chat with PhoulBallz.com’s and PhilliesNation’s Jay Floyd about his return to the Jersey shore, being a leader, his future and more. Check out the media player below to listen to the full interview.


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

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Rizzotti Staying Hot With Sights Set on Majors

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, May 20, 2011 11:30 AM Comments: 5

With first base for the Phillies occupied for the foreseeable future by former All-star and league Most Valuable Player Ryan Howard, minor leaguer Matt Rizzotti just doesn’t have a clear path to the big leagues. Despite extremely solid success down on the farm, Rizzotti remains an understudy in waiting behind the 31-year-old Howard, who is signed with Philadelphia through the 2016 season.

Last season, Rizzotti shot up two levels in the Phillies’ developmental ranks. The 6-foot-5-inch, 265-pound slugger began the 2010 season with the High A level Clearwater Threshers, earning a promotion to Double A Reading before ultimately landing with the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Combined at the three levels, Rizzotti batted .343 with 36 doubles, 17 homers and 76 RBI in 124 games played. He was also selected to the Eastern League All-star game.

Thus far this year, Rizzotti is continuing to wreck EL pitching. Back with Reading, the Floral Park, NY native is batting .359 with 8 homeruns and 30 RBI in 39 games played.

Compared by some to the likes of former Phillie Jim Thome, at times, Rizzotti is similar to Howard also, in that all three players possess large frames that are best suited to man first base on the field. However, some baseball heads who have scouted Rizzotti claim that his defense requires a lot of improvement. Rizzotti hears those remarks.

“I’ve actually heard the term that I’m a butcher. I mean, I like meat, I really do. I enjoy a steak here and there. I don’t know about being a butcher though. I’m gonna try and get better and I guess the butcher will be trying to perfect his cuts,” Rizzotti joked.

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Biddle Staying Positive Despite 0-4 Start

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, May 04, 2011 03:00 PM Comments: 0

Jesse Biddle, last year’s 1st round draft pick by the Phillies, is off to a less than ideal start to his first full season of professional baseball. Currently part of the starting rotation for the 2-time defending South Atlantic League champions the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws, Biddle has yet to earn his first win of the season, through 5 starts.

The 6-foot-5-inch, 235-pound lefty has posted a 0-4 record and a 5.91 ERA. But the failure to date has not soured the outlook of the smiley faced kid from Philadelphia.

“I don’t think (my confidence level is effected) at all,” Biddle said. “I had a much better outing last time. It just kind of sucks when all your hard work isn’t panning out the way you want to.”

Biddle allowed just 1 earned run in 5 innings pitched against Savannah in his most recent outing on Monday night, and walked just 2 while striking out 4, but still got stuck with a loss, when his BlueClaws teammates couldn’t muster up much offense and fell by a score of 3-1.

His strike out to walk ratio is an alarming 19:14 in 21 1/3 innings pitched thus far in 2011. Adjustments normally wouldn’t be what the doctor ordered for Biddle, but when his difficulty throwing strikes lasted and his walk rate stayed high, he worked with his pitching coach Steve Schrenk to refocus and fix the issue.

“The big thing was to go back to the basics,” Biddle stated. “I think I was starting to over-complicate things a little bit. After having a couple bad outings, I really started to feel pressure a little bit and over-thinking things. My focus became just to throw to the (catcher’s) glove and not worry about the batter or the baserunner…and that’s what we were working on in the bullpen (sessions).”

Despite the slow start, Biddle is living the dream…pitching in the minors with an opportunity to develop into a Major Leaguer with the club he grew up adoring, his hometown Phillies. Always an optimist, Biddle won’t let a bit of a losing streak ruin his outlook.

“I’m exactly where I want to be and I’m just going to start having some better starts now.”
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Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league insider. You can read more from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.

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