Posts Tagged ‘Batting Average’

Byrd On Pace For (Slightly) Historic Season

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Mon, August 18, 2014 07:00 AM Comments: 17

Marlon+Byrd+Philadelphia+Phillies+v+Texas+Gey0d7AmFRKlIn this forgettable string of baseball games that we are calling the 2014 Phillies season, there is not a single thing we could look at and say “yeah, I’m going to remember this for years and years”. However, things aren’t all bad. The bullpen has been surprisingly strong, and a few hitters have been swinging the bat well–particularly the gentlemen that patrols right field for the Phils.

Marlon Byrd has been one of the most consistent offensive players on the Phillies in 2014, and he’s 36 years old.

Let’s go back to last November. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. signed Byrd to a 2-year contract, and, at the time received a load of criticism. The Phillies needed outfield help, and there were guys like Nelson Cruz still available.

He leads the team in home runs and slugging, and is 2nd on the team in OPS, doubles, and RBI.

He has missed just two(!) of 124 games this season. He’s slashing–at the time of writing this post–.270/.320/.473, has hit 22 home runs, and has 70 RBIs. By the end of the year, he’ll likely have somewhere around 28 home runs and 90 RBI.  A season with those numbers, at his age, would be among the best seasons all time for the Phillies.

The last time we saw something like this was in 2009 when Raul Ibanez had a monster season offensively. He hit 34 home runs and collected 93 RBI that year, when he was 37. Prior to that, we haven’t seen anything like this since Hall-Of-Famer Mike Schmidt had back-to-back years of 35+ home runs and 113+ RBI in 1986 and 1987. Beyond Ibanez and Schmidt, the only other player in Phils history to reach 28 home runs and 90 RBI at age 36 or older was Cy Williams in 1927.

That’s three players, one of which is an all-time great. If Byrd can manage to tally 6 more home runs and 20 more RBI in the final month and a half of the season, which should be easily attainable at his current pace, he’ll join them.  And if he does (or even if he doesn’t), it’ll go down as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dreadful season for the Phillies.



Prospect Nation 2014: #2 LHP Jesse Biddle

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, March 16, 2014 06:00 PM Comments: 3

Jesse Biddle, Image- Jay Floyd

In recent years, Jesse Biddle has become the prospect that Phillies fans have heard the most about.  This year though, the hometown kid may go from highly touted prospect to major league rookie and the stuff that Philadelphia faithful have heard will be on display at the top level of the sport every five days.

Upon signing his first pro contract, Biddle quickly made his minor league debut, beginning his journey toward donning the 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 post a 4-1 record with a 3.92 ERA and a .241 batting average against in 12 starts with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies and the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters in 2010.

The following year, Biddle became an All-Star in the Class A South Atlantic League as a member of the Lakewood BlueClaws. As the team’s most dependable starter through much of the season, Biddle posted a 7-8 record with a 2.98 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) and notched 124 strike outs in 133 innings pitched. Also, he held opponents to a .219 batting average.

In 2012, Biddle had a very good season, representing the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers in the Florida State League All-Star Game.  That season he sported a 10-6 record with a 3.22 ERA, a 9.53 K/9 mark and a .237 batting average against.

He followed that up with another All-Star campaign in 2013 for Double-A Reading. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2014: #2 LHP Jesse Biddle


Ruf Playing as Though His Job is on the Line

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, September 28, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 27


Darin Ruf, image- Jay Floyd

Despite posting solid numbers in the big leagues whenever he’s been given the chance,  outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf‘s future with the Phillies isn’t very clear.

The 27-year-old slugger entered action on Friday sporting a .254 batting average with 14 home runs and 30 RBI in 71 games in the majors this year.

Ruf has continued to put in plenty of work after mashing 41 homers last year, including a team record 38 with Double-A Reading and an additional three in the major leagues after a September call up.  He began this year at the Triple-A level, which gave the Creighton University product a chance to work on his defense in the outfield.

Even after proving he can be a productive offensive contributor and showing his defensive versatility, Ruf’s spot in the Phils’ lineup may not be locked in for next season.  The rookie feels like his best approach is to continue playing as though he’s fighting for a job and looks forward to a chance to continue donning red pinstripes in the future and helping the Phillies win.

“I don’t think you ever want to think your spot in the majors is solidified because there’s a lot of things that can go wrong,” Ruf said on the latest edition of the PhoulBallz Podcast.  ” Injuries, things like that and, obviously, you have to prepare to perform well every single day too and that’s not a guarantee as well, but, you know, I just hope for the opportunity to come into spring training next year to fight for a position and, you know, definitely prepare as though that’s going to happen.  Hopefully, I’ll be a part of the plans for next year and, hopefully, next year we can turn this thing around a little bit.” Continue reading Ruf Playing as Though His Job is on the Line


Watson, Cooper to Make Up For Missed Time in Florida Instructional League

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, September 17, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0

Shane Watson, Image- Jay Floyd

The Florida Instructional League will provide an opportunity for a pair of Lakewood hurlers that were sidelined with injuries this summer to make up for some missed time. Shane Watson and Zach Cooper will be among the Phillies prospects spending time in Clearwater at “instructs” over the next several weeks.  The pair will be able to put themselves on display for organizational coaches and brass while they take strides to excel and bounce back from injuries that forced them to miss time this year.

Watson, who has been sidelined since early July with shoulder inflammation, saw a specialist on Monday and was cleared to begin a throwing program.  The 20-year-old was the Phillies’ top selection (40th overall) in last year’s amateur draft out of Lakewood High School in California.

In 15 starts this season for the Class A BlueClaws, the six-foot-four 200-pounder posted a 4-6 record with a 4.75 ERA and a .230 batting average against.

The hard throwing righty is quite excited for his impending return to the mound but has a fair grasp of the slow type of progress he’ll need to make before actually facing live competition.

“I’ll probably start throwing (on) the 18th and then I should, hopefully, get an inning or two in the instructs.  But, if I don’t, it’s no big deal.  I’ll go home for a little bit and then come back out there to get stronger early for spring training,” Watson said on the most recent edition of the PhoulBallz Podcast. Continue reading Watson, Cooper to Make Up For Missed Time in Florida Instructional League


Galvis Returns, Other Call-ups Announced

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, September 02, 2013 06:21 PM Comments: 10

Thanks to a tweet from IronPigs beat reporter Jeff Schuler, we got our first glance at the second wave of the Phillies’ September call-ups.


Some familiar faces in pitchers Tyler Cloyd, Joe Savery and Luis Garcia will return after previous stints with the big club this season. Relief pitcher Mauricio Robles and catcher Cameron Rupp will be making their first trips to Citizens Bank Park as official members of the big league roster.

Additionally, the Phillies will recall shortstop Freddy Galvis.  The five-foot-ten 170-pounder posted a .207 average with four homers and 14 RBI in 54 games with the Phillies earlier this season. Of his inclusion on the big league opening day roster, Galvis felt it was encouraging and took a lot of confidence from his time in the majors earlier this year.

Freddy Galvis, Image- Jay Floyd

“It feels good,” Galvis stated.  “You feel like you worked hard and the work you did in the off-season was good.  I mean, when you have the chance to play in the big leagues, that’s the best feeling you have.”

Since the demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, the switch-hitting Galvis has posted a .245 batting average with three home runs, 25 RBI and three steals in 62 games.

Although he was extremely pleased to have begun the 2013 season on the major league roster, Galvis stated that there was no level of dissatisfaction with being sent back to the minor leagues.

“I think there was no disappointment, man.  It’s something I think was good for me.  I wasn’t playing every day over there.  I think- I feel like I’m a young guy.  I’m 23-years-old, I should be playing every day, so sending me here was good for me to get here and be playing everyday and try to (continue) the development,” Galvis said. Continue reading Galvis Returns, Other Call-ups Announced


Gameday: Phillies (60-72) vs Mets (59-71)

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, August 28, 2013 06:30 PM Comments: 65

Philadelphia Phillies (60-72) vs New York Mets (59-71)
Mets logo

Cole Hamels (5-13 3.62 ERA) vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 9.00 ERA)

TIME: 7:10, Citi Field
Weather: 76, isolated storms
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Game notes: August 28

The battle for third place is heating up!

Tonight Cole Hamels faces a depleted Mets lineup and will have an excellent chance to secure his sixth win of the season.  David Wright is hurt, Marlon Byrd and John Buck were traded, and the team ranks 29th in MLB in batting average.  Still, this lineup tagged the Phillies for five runs last night, and we all know the Phils aren’t exactly offensive juggernauts themselves.

The boys in red will be facing the once highly touted Daisuke Matsuzaka.  Dice-K is looking for his first win in just over a year and and is 0-5 with a 13.06 ERA in six starts since then.  In his most recent outing (also his first ML start of the season) he allowed 5 runs in 5 innings to Detroit. Last time he faced the Phillies, he came 4 outs away from a throwing a no-hitter.

Pete Orr gets the start in left field and is one of 10 current Phillies who have seen time in Lehigh Valley this year. Since the All-Star break, the Phillies are 12-24 – good for the worst winning percentage in the National League.

Lineup: Bernadina CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Young 1B, Asche 3B, Mayberry RF, Orr LF, Hamels P

downloadGameday Beer: Rolling Rock

Rolling Rock is a 4.6% abv pale lager first brewed in 1939 by the Latrobe Brewing Company in Western PA.  The brand was sold to Anheuser-Busch in 2006, which transferred brewing operations to New Jersey.  It is a clean, crisp and easy-drinking beer, occasionally enjoyed in pony sizes.  Drink one of these during the game with some hard pretzels.


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


After Dabbling in Retirement and Hurricane Relief, Catcher Dalles Having a Productive Season

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, August 11, 2013 10:00 PM Comments: 3

Justin Dalles, image- Jay Floyd

Following four seasons in the minors with the Orioles organization, catcher Justin Dalles called it quits last autumn.  Needing a break from the game, the Florida resident, who was about to turn 24 years old, departed from his pro career in search of some peace of mind and a change of pace.  What he found was a renewed love for the game of baseball and a meaningful dose of reality.

Dalles, a sixth round draft choice of Baltimore in 2009 posted a .229 batting average with 15 homers and 83 RBI in 225 games over four levels of the minors, primarily as a backup.  Drained from the game, the University of South Carolina product headed north from Frederick, MD, home of Baltimore’s Class A Advanced affiliate, to stay with a friend on Long Island, not far from where he was born in New York City.

The real world awaited and life away from baseball began with Dalles waiting tables and tending bar at a local establishment.  Then an onslaught of damaging weather struck the region as Hurricane Sandy inflicted damage on thousands of homes along the New York/New Jersey and surround coasts.  An opportunity to help people presented itself, as a friend of Dalles’s cousin, who was a plumber involved with repairing many impacted structures all over the area, had job openings available.  The backstop didn’t back down from a challenge and began learning a trade with a shot to ease the struggles of hundreds of troubled coastal residents.

“I was pretty much an assistant plumber, working recovery for the hurricane and working any little job, like construction, that I could pick up, doing anything I could,” Dalles said.   Continue reading After Dabbling in Retirement and Hurricane Relief, Catcher Dalles Having a Productive Season


Lakewood’s Watson Shut Down for Rest of Season

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, August 11, 2013 07:01 PM Comments: 0

Shane Watson, Image- Jay Floyd

Last year’s top Phillies draft pick Shane Watson has been sidelined with shoulder issues since early July. Following an MRI this past week, the Phils have shut down the righty hurler, who turns 20-years-old on Tuesday.

Initially, the time off was prescribed for the Class A Lakewood hurler without an MRI when the he was experiencing shoulder fatigue, following his July 4th start against Greensboro. Now, after having a complete exam and being diagnosed with shoulder inflammation, the six-foot-four 200-pounder will continue to rehab at the Phillies’ spring training facility in Clearwater, FL until the fall instructional league begins in September.  Plans are for Watson to take part in “instructs” as an active pitcher, to make up for some innings he’ll have missed this season.

Watson is not discouraged by the manner in which his season ended, despite having hoped for another crack at South Atlantic League competition this year.

“I’m not disappointed. I’m really excited to come back stronger than when I left,” Watson said on Sunday. Continue reading Lakewood’s Watson Shut Down for Rest of Season


Confidence Has Lakewood’s Hanson Rolling

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, August 01, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 0

Nic Hanson, photo- Jay Floyd

A single word has been the secret to success for one of the Phillies’ breakout prospects this year. Confidence is what leads the way for Lakewood’s Nic Hanson.

The right-hander began his 2013 in the bullpen for the Class A BlueClaws. As a reliever, Hanson had little impact. But since he was moved into the team’s starting rotation, the Phillies’ 16th round draft choice from last year has been quite dominant and is primed to be a major highlight of the club’s season.

On May 2nd, Hanson replaced right-hander Jordan Guth in the ‘Claws group of starters and since then has shown great amounts of improvement with his output. Out of the bullpen, the six-foot-seven 210-pounder tallied a 5.74 ERA and a .333 batting average against. Since the change of roles, Hanson has become Lakewood’s most dependable hurler, posting a 1.55 ERA and a .243 batting average against through nine starts.

According to Lakewood manager Mickey Morandini, the opportunity to work on all of his pitches in heavier doses has triggered a growing level of confidence inside Hanson.

“He’s been pitching well all year really, once we put him in the starting rotation,” Morandini stated. “He’s a strike thrower, has a good sinker, slider’s getting better, change up’s getting better. He’s a very confident young man.” Continue reading Confidence Has Lakewood’s Hanson Rolling

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