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Impressive Dugan Among Seven Headed to AFL

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, August 27, 2013 09:08 PM Comments: 8

Kelly Dugan, shown here at Reading. Photo by Jay Floyd

Outfielder Kelly Dugan is one of seven Phillies selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League. Joining Dugan are outfielder Aaron Altherr, catcher Cameron Rupp, RHP Kenny Giles, Mike Nesseth, and Kyle Simon and LHP Austin Wright.

Dugan has been the most improved of the group in 2013. Dugan, who turns 23 in September, was the Phillies first selection in the 2009 draft, taken in the second round. After battling injuries for much of 2009, 2010, and 2011, Dugan posted a .300/.387/.470 line in Lakewood last season with a then-career high 12 HR. Dugan torched Clearwater in 2013 in 56 games, hitting 10 HR with a .318/.401/.539 line before being promoted to Double-A Reading where Dugan has hit .262/.300/.487 with 10 more homers in 205 PA.

Altherr, 22, has long been considered among the best athletes in the Phillies system since being drafted in the ninth round of the 2009 draft. Altherr has responded well to his first taste of High-A Clearwater, hitting .276/.337/.464 with a career-high 12 HR and an impressive 21 steals in 25 attempts.
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Prospect Nation 2013: #16 OF Zach Collier

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, February 07, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 0

Last year, outfielder Zach Collier finally made the kind of impression the Phillies had long hoped for since they made him their supplemental 1st round draft choice (34th overall) in 2008. As a member of the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, Collier put forth exceptional output and followed up the regular season with a tremendous campaign in the highly competitive Arizona Fall League, to display the type of skills that earned him high praise and a hefty professional signing bonus as a high school talent.

Following his 2011 season, it was announced that the 6-foot-2 185-pound Collier had tested positive for amphetamines and would have to serve a 50-game suspension to kick off the following season. That down time didn’t hold the Carson, CA native down, however. In the Florida State League last year, Collier, who once got a signing bonus of over $1 million from the Phillies, posted career highs in OBP (.333) and slugging percentage (.399). Despite missing time due to the suspension, Collier sported a .269 average with six home runs, 32 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 78 games for Clearwater.

In order to make up for some of that time missed, the Phillies sent Collier to play with Peoria in the Arizona Fall League, where he slapped four doubles, laced three triples and stroked four homers while placing in the league’s top five in batting average (.371) and OPS (.993).  Collier feels the time spent in the AFL was advantageous to him and he is grateful for the experience. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: #16 OF Zach Collier

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PN Interview: OF Prospect Zach Collier, AFL Edition

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, November 18, 2012 12:44 PM Comments: 7

On Saturday, the Peoria Javelinas won the Arizona Fall League championship in a winner-take-all one-game match up with Salt River, following a season in which the club posted a league-best 19-13 record.

Peoria, which was made up of prospect from the Phillies, Reds, Twins, Padres and Mariners, featured many highly regarded prospects.  Phils minor league outfielder Zach Collier was among them and was a certainly key contributor all throughout the five-week long season.  In 19 games, the 22-year-old California native posted a .371 batting average with four doubles, three triples, 10 RBI and three steals.

Collier, who began the 2012 regular season serving a 50-game suspension following a positive test for a banned substance in 2011, has had a slow rise in the developmental ranks after he was selected by the Phillies in the supplemental first round on the 2008 draft out of Chino Hills High School (CA).  Along with missing time this year, Collier sat out the entire 2010 season following an injury to the hamate bone in his right hand, a left quadriceps issue and surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right wrist.

This past week, prior to the AFL title game, I had the opportunity to interview Zach about his time in the AFL, bouncing back from the suspension, his manager Dusty Wathan, his future and plenty more.

- I think this is something I asked you about in 2011, after your injuries, but, coming off your suspension and time missed in 2012, did you feel a greater sense of urgency to make an impact and post some solid offensive numbers?

I felt the need to perform well, of course, but I didn’t want to put pressure on myself like I have in the past. Continue reading PN Interview: OF Prospect Zach Collier, AFL Edition

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Minor League Notebook: AFL Rising Stars, R-Phils’ Rebranding & More

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, October 31, 2012 10:45 PM Comments: 1

Rosters for the Arizona Fall League’s All-Star type showcase were announced on Wednesday with two Phillies prospects among the talents involved.  Third baseman Cody Asche (pictured) and catcher Tommy Joseph will represent their Javelinas club in the seventh annual Rising Stars Game, which will be televised on MLB Network this coming Saturday, November 3rd at 8 PM eastern time.

Asche, the Phillies’ 4th round draft selection in 2011, was a fast mover upward in the developmental ranks this year. After beginning his first full pro season with Class A Advanced Clearwater, Asche was promoted to Double-A Reading in June.

Altogether in 130 regular season games at the two levels, Asche, who recently offered his thoughts on his time in the AFL, launched 12 home runs with 72 RBI and an .849 OPS.  In 15 games with Peoria in the AFL, Asche, a University of Nebraska product, has tallied a .259 average with one home run and seven RBI.

Joseph, who was acquired from San Francisco in the Hunter Pence trade this past summer, has struggled a bit in AFL play, batting .172 with no home runs and one RBI in nine games played. Continue reading Minor League Notebook: AFL Rising Stars, R-Phils’ Rebranding & More

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PN Interview: Colby Shreve, Fall League Edition

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, October 26, 2012 05:00 PM Comments: 0

Through six relief appearances in the Arizona Fall League righty hurler Colby Shreve has posted a 1..35 ERA while holding opponents to a .167 average.

At three levels during the 2012 regular season, the 24-year-old College of Southern Nevada product tallied a 6-3 record with a 3.69 ERA and a 7.38 K/9 mark.  A slight adjustment to his arm angle this year helped the 6-foot-5 210-pounder to upgrade his velocity, which was steadily clocked at 95 MPH in 2012.

The Phillies’ 6th round draft selection in 2008, Shreve had Tommy John surgery and missed his first full season following signing a professional contract, as he recovered.

Recently, Colby took some time to offer his thoughts on the AFL and what he’s working on while there.  Read ahead for that interview.

-How did you find out you’d be competing in the Arizona Fall Lg and what was your reaction?

I found out I was coming to the fall league about 10 days before our regular season ended. I was excited to come to the fall league, just as I was last year. It is a great opportunity to compete against the best competition in the minor leagues and showcase yourself in front of every MLB team. Continue reading PN Interview: Colby Shreve, Fall League Edition

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PN Interview: Cody Asche, Fall League Edition

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, October 16, 2012 11:55 AM Comments: 5

The Arizona Fall League is in full swing and Phils third base prospect Cody Asche (pronounced ASH-ee) is leading the way for the Peoria Javelinas.

Last year’s 4th round draft selection out of the University of Nebraska posted a .324 batting average with 12 homers and 72 RBI through 130 combined games with Class A Advanced Clearwater and Double A Reading in his first full season as a pro this year.

Thus far in five games, playing for the Javelinas, Asche is sporting a .375 average with four doubles, three RBI and two runs scored.

This week, Cody answered some questions, sharing his thoughts on the AFL, the Phillies’ new hitting coach Steve Henderson and plenty more.  Read ahead to check out that full interview.

- What are your early thoughts on playing in the Arizona Fall League and the competition there?

It is a great experience. You get to play against organizations and players that you haven’t seen before. The competition is great.  Everyone playing is here for a reason.

- Many players from last year’s Arizona Fall League made their MLB debuts this year.  Clearly that ultimate goal must always be in the back of your mind, but does an experience like this make you feel legitimately closer to the big show?

Not really, no. I do know the track record of players in the AFL, but they weren’t called up because they played in this league. No matter what you do, you will have to go prove yourself everyday, no matter what league you are in. You have to go out and earn your call-up.
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AFL Rising Stars Game Tonight

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, November 06, 2010 03:48 PM Comments: 5

What is being called The Futures Game of the Fall will be played in Surprise, Arizona on Saturday night. The annual Arizona Fall League showcase known as The Rising Stars Game will be televised nationally on MLB Network at 9pm EST, when the best prospects from all organizations meet in a contest that pits the East and West divisions against each other.

As I’ve stated before, the Arizona Fall League is a stepping stone for many players on their ways upward in the professional baseball ranks. The players on the rosters for this big game, slated to be played at Surprise Stadium, are among the highest regarded prospects in the league. Many of the players will be receiving their very first chance to play on such a big stage, with the eyes of the baseball world upon them.

“The entire year has been an incredible experience and this is only making it better,” said righty hurler Justin De Fratus. “I’m excited for it and can’t wait to meet the other players.” The 23-year-old is one of two Phillies prospects on the East Division roster.

De Fratus (pictured)  has pitched 6 scoreless innings thus far with the AFL’s Mesa Solar Sox. In 49 combined games at High A level Clearwater and Double A Reading this year, De Fratus posted a 3-0 record, a 1.94 ERA, struck out 71 batters in 65 innings and recorded 21 saves.

The other Philadelphia property on the East roster is right-handed pitcher, 23-year-old Josh Zeid, who helped the Phillies Class A affiliate Lakewood BlueClaws lock down their second consecutive South Atlantic League championship during the 2010 season. Zeid has posted a 3-0 record with a 3.86 ERA in 4 AFL starts with the Solar Sox. Zeid was the Phillies’ minor league pitcher of the month in April 2010, when, as the closer for Lakewood, he went 2-0 with 2 saves and allowed no earned runs in 9 outings.

In an exhibition game where some players might feel pleased to simply be recognized and/or get the opportunity to display their talents, De Fratus wants his team to come out on top. “I hope we can all do our best and win this game.”

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Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation.com’s new minor league contributor.  You can follow him on Twitter, for updates, stats and info, by clicking HERE.

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Arizona Phall League Rundown

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, November 02, 2010 02:30 PM Comments: 8

Arizona LeagueMesa, Arizona is the autumn home to seven Phillies minor leaguers as well as players from the Angels, Mets, Pirates and Cubs. Seven players from each of those organizations make up the 35-man roster of the Solar Sox, who sit in 2nd place in the Arizona Fall League’s East Division. As recently as Friday, the Sox were tied for first in the division with Scottsdale as both teams sported a 9-6 record, but a head-to-head battle between the 2 teams for the top spot in the division went to the Scorpions in a 9-1 rout on Friday.

Following a 15-1 mashing of the Peoria Saguaros on Monday, Mesa has a 10-8 record and sits 1 game behind Scottsdale.

In the game, 24-year-old first base prospect Matt Rizzotti went 3-for-5, with a double, a walk and 2 RBI to bring his batting average up to .412 in 9 AFL games. Rizzotti, an Eastern League all-star in 2010, is also averaging more than a walk per game in Fall action and has posted a stunning .545 on-base percentage.

Some familiar pitchers also shined in Mesa’s impressive victory as five Phillies pitchers combined to toss 8 scoreless innings, striking out 7 while allowing no walks and just 4 hits. Starter Josh Zeid, who was a mid-season South Atlantic League all-star with Lakewood during the 2010 season, took his record to 3-0 with 4 innings of 2-hit ball. Tyson Brummett, BJ Rosenberg and Justin De Fratus then combined for 3 perfect innings before Chris Kissock added another scoreless frame.

Zeid, a righty who started and relieved during the 2010 season, has posted a 3.86 ERA in 14 innings pitched in the AFL thus far.

The right-handed Kissock, who posted a combined 7-3 record with a 2.68 ERA in 47 games at High A Clearwater and Double A Reading in 2010, has held opponents to a .158 batting average in 6 AFL relief outings.

Kennelly is a catcher who dabbled at other positions during the 2010 season with Clearwater. Working closely with hitting coach Mark Parent has helped Kennelly, as he is batting .429 and is rocking a 1.119 OPS in 8 games with Mesa.

Brummett, a right-hander, has struck out 10 and walked just 1 batter in 11 innings in AFL action. He has pitched better than his 4.91 ERA might indicate.

Rosenberg, has had two extremely poor outings, allowing 3 earned runs in one relief appearance and 4 earned runs in another, which have resulted in an 8.22 ERA through 6 outings. Rosenberg was sidelined for a good portion of the 2010 season with a right lat strain and is still attempting to return to 2009 form, when he posted a 1.18 ERA, saved 22 games and struck out 73 batters in 61 innings in 47 combined games at Lakewood and Reading.

De Fratus, the fifth and final Phillie right-hander on the roster, has held opponents to a .063 batting average in 5 AFL relief appearances. De Fratus was the Phillies’ lone representative on Team USA at the Pan-Am qualifiers in Puerto Rico in September and October.

According to Parent, who managed the Phillies’ Class A affiliate Lakewood BlueClaws this season, the Phillies pitchers have been the class of the Arizona Fall League thus far. He suspects that Josh Zeid and Justin De Fratus are likely candidates to be chosen to play in this Saturday’s AFL all-star game, known as the Rising Stars Game.

John Mayberry Jr., who has spent time on the Major League Phillies roster in each of the past two seasons, is on the Mesa roster but has been sidelined with a calf injury since the AFL opener on October 12th. Mayberry has been in Clearwater receiving treatment from Phillies trainers since the injury occurred.

The league schedule rolls on through the third week of November, with the championship being decided in a game held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving Day, pitting the division winners against each other.

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

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