Posts Tagged ‘6 Foot 5’

Brown Progressing Well, Readjusts Batting Stance

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, April 22, 2011 12:52 PM Comments: 5

Outfielder Domonic Brown has been playing with the Phillies’ extended spring training team in Clearwater, FL since Monday. In his debut there, Brown posted 2 hits in 3 at bats. In the games that followed, Brown merely reached base via a free pass, but he has steadily been hitting the ball hard and appears to be making progress.

Brown was sidelined in early March with a fractured hook of the hamate bone in his right hand that required surgery and kept him out of action for six weeks.

The 6-foot-5-inch, 200-pound Brown struggled in spring training, starting out on a 0-for-15 skid before recording his first hit in the same game that he suffered the injury to his hand.

Brown reported to spring training more than a month early and had adjusted his batting stance, lowering his hands. However, as can be seen in the above image, taken earlier this week, Brown is back to his old ways, with his hands positioned at cranium level.

Asked how his heeling hand feels, Brown stated, “Great, better than I thought it would. My first at bat (Monday) I hit an inside pitch up near the handle and I felt a little twinge but it was nothing more than the normal feeling of taking one off the handle. It feels really good.”

Word from within the organization seems to imply that Brown could be assigned to a full season minor league club, on a rehab assignment, sometime next week.  Brown himself indicated  on Friday that he expects to initially be activated for the High A level Clearwater Threshers.

**Update- Brown batted second or third in each inning of Friday’s extended spring training game for the Phillies.  In the contest, Brown reached base on an infield single, a high chopper to the pitcher that Brown beat out.  Brown also walked and reached base three more times on base hits.  In separate innings, he stole 2nd base and third base.


PhoulBallz.com correspondent Joe Wombough contributed to this post.


Exclusive Interview w/ Phils Prospect Jake Borup

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, November 16, 2010 08:30 AM Comments: 5

Jake Borup is a right-handed pitching prospect that was chosen in the 23rd round by the Phillies in the 2010 amateur draft out of Arizona State University. As a sophomore in 2010, Borup posted an 11-1 record and a 4.08 ERA in 16 games with the Sun Devils.

Borup was assigned to Philadelphia’s short season rookie league affiliate, the Williamsport Crosscutters, after signing his first professional contract. In his first 3 months of pro ball, Borup posted great statistics while playing in the NY-Penn League. In 16 appearances (4 starts), he was 2-1 with a 2.68 ERA and held opponents to a .215 batting average.

The 6-foot-5-inch hurler’s fastball registers around 91 MPH.

I talked with Jake over the weekend about his pitch repertoire, his draft experience, what he has learned thus far as a professional pitcher and plenty more.

While speaking candidly with Jake, I found him to be considerably engaging. Jake has opinions to share and has agreed to bring his thoughts about the world to the public, with an upcoming series of blog posts on PhoulBallz.com and PhilliesNation.com. Obviously, we look forward to introducing Jake to our readers and delivering his distinct outlooks on life and his career to phans everywhere.

Listen to excerpts from the interview with the media player below.

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


Phillies 1st Round Pick Jesse Biddle on 97.3 ESPN FM

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, June 09, 2010 02:20 PM Comments: 6

On Monday, the Phillies selected Jesse Biddle, a 6-foot-5 righty out of Germantown Friends in Philadelphia with their #1 selection (27th overall). Yesterday, Biddle was a guest of The Sports Bash with Mike Gill on 97.3 ESPN FM in South Jersey. He talked about being drafted by his hometown team, calling it “storybook ending.”

Biddle says he knew in his mind he always had the talent to be a first round choice, however, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that it actually dawned on him that it may happen. The young pitcher said he knows that the Phillies have a plan for him, and it may take some time for him to get to the big leagues, but he’s hoping it’s within three years.

Honestly, this kid is a very good interview for being a teenager.

Listen to the entire interview here:

Click here to listen Phillies First Round Draft Pick Jesse Biddle on ESPN Radio


Gameday: Marlins (28-30) at Phillies (30-26)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Tue, June 08, 2010 06:22 PM Comments: 109

Florida Marlins (28-30) at Philadelphia Phillies (30-26)

Florida Marlins

Chris Volstad (3-6, 4.08 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 4.26 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 75
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: @philliesnation

A smattering of desperation appears to have infiltrated the thinking of the Phillies coaching staff this evening. Star right fielder Jayson Werth, in the process of collecting only three hits in his past 10 games (along with only one run scored, no stolen bases, and a golden sombrero along the way) is, to borrow a term from ice hockey, a health scratch. Ben Francisco, himself only hitting .233 and slugging only .302 this year, will take his place.

It’s not just Werth that isn’t hitting (Chase Utley’s batting average has dropped almost 50 points during this slide, for instance), but giving Werth a day off against a righty in the middle of a slump can’t hurt. Tonight’s Marlins starter is Chris Volstad, who, despite being a reasonably competent major league pitcher, has very few distinguishing qualities apart from his height (he’s 6-foot-8). Volstad works off a mediocre fastball to a mediocre slider, a decent curve, and a decent change.

The big news, apart from Werth being held out, is the debut of Mike Stanton, who will play right and bat seven for Florida. Stanton, if not for Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg coming up this year in the same division, would be getting a lot more press. Stanton has the bad luck of being the second-best 20-year-old right fielder in the division right now, but what a right fielder he is. At 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, Stanton is a real masher. At age 18, he hit 39 home runs in only 125 games in A-ball. This year, in only 238 plate appearances, Stanton hit 21 home runs in AA, to go with a .441 on-base percentage and 44 walks against 53 strikeouts. As a fan of the game of baseball, I’ve been looking forward to seeing Stanton’s debut all season. As a Phillies fan, I wish the Marlins had waited a few days so he wouldn’t have to play against the Phillies.

Tonight’s Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Francisco RF, Ibanez LF, Valdez SS, Ruiz C, Halladay P


Your Gameday BeerMelanie Brewing Company Beer 30 Light
My roommate got this once in college. The name stuck out, as did the fact that you could get a 30-pack for the same price as a case of Natty Light. That’s right. This beer is cheaper than Natty Light. I was too scared to try any, but according to my roommate, it’s the pisswater to end all pisswater. And this is coming from the guy who drank heavy Busch for 4 years. Enjoy.– By Michael



Local High-Schooler Jesse Biddle is Phils #1 Pick

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 08, 2010 10:48 AM Comments: 1

Phillies Scouting Director Marti Wolever said that Jesse Biddle looks like a young Clayton Kershaw.  That’s high praise for the 6-foot-5, 225 pound Biddle who comes from Germantown Friends in Philadelphia by way of Havertown, PA.

Wolever said he was clocked throwing up to 94 mph last week in a visit with the team, plus he’s working on adding secondary pitches to his repertoire.

The Phillies haven’t had much luck with first round picks lately. The last first rounder to hit the Bigs was Cole Hamels in 2002. Since then, Anthony Hewitt (2007) has been a bit of a bust, however, others have brought good back VIA trade. Kyle Drabek (2006) was a main component of the Roy Halladay deal, as was Travis D’Arnaud (also 2007). Adrian Cardenas (2006)  was a piece of the Joe Blanton-from-Oakland deal which turned out pretty well, too.

It’s got to be a great feeling for a young kid to be drafted by your hometown team. There’s also immense pressure that comes with staying at home. Congrats to Jesse Biddle on his first round selection.


Gameday: Phillies (88-62) at Marlins (81-71)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, September 23, 2009 06:15 PM Comments: 275

Marlins Philadelphia Phillies (88-62) at Florida Marlins (81-71)

Cole Hamels (10-9, 4.07) vs. Rick Vandenhurk, RHP (2-2, 4.24)

Time: 7:10 p.m. at Land Shark Stadium in Miami
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 83
Twitter: Phillies Nation

With three games in two days, the onus is on the Phillies to brave the swelter of South Florida and fight through the fatigue that comes with 150-plus games.  Yesterday, in splitting a double header, they kept the Marlins at arms length.

Tonight, Cole Hamels looks to continue his upward trend moving toward the postseason.  Overall, it hasn’t been the kind of year that was expected from Hamels, but lately he is changing that. He goes for win number 11 tonight, coming off of an eight inning, 10-strikeout performance against the Nats on September 17.  His lifetime numbers against the Marlins do not stand out (2-5, 4.19 ERA), however, he has allowed two earned runs or less in four of his five career starts at Land Shark Stadium.  This start could go a long way toward being the number one starter when the playoffs come around.

Henricus “Rick” Vandenhurk will oppose Hamels.  The 6-foot-5 righty hails from the Netherlands, and is just 24 years old.  In nine starts this year he’s been average, but the Phillies cannot sleep on him.  He’s given up nine homers in those starts, so if the Phillies can get the longball working once again, this could be over quickly.  With the game time temperature in the 80′s, along with the humidity, hopefully the Phils can wear him out with some early damage.

This evening, keep an eye on Cody Ross.  The Marlins centerfielder has smashed three home runs against Hamels in his career, including the game winner on August 8th when it appeared Hamels would be victorious.  Hanley Ramirez has also been a pain, hitting .310 against the lefty.

Good news today out of the bullpen as Scott Eyre has been deemed ready to pitch once again, according to Rich Dubee. J.C. Romero is getting close as well after yesterday’s 50-pitch bullpen session.  He will face live hitters tomorrow in an instructional league assigment.

Old MilwaukeeYour Gameday Beer – Old Milwaukee
Old Milwaukee, believe it or not, is brewed by Blue Ribbon winner Pabst’s which is based out of Illinois. Don’t worry though, it’s still an authentic mid-west macrobrew that is best served ice cold. The flavor is light, kinda grainy, kinda corny, but not too bitter – overall drinkable. Grill some flavored chicken sausages to with it. – By Brian

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