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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

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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

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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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This One Hurts: Revere Breaks Foot

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, July 14, 2013 12:20 PM Comments: 13

Ben Revere - Philadelphia PhilliesIn the last at bat of yesterday’s first game, Ben Revere fouled a ball off of his right foot. Revere finished the at-bat, the result: a game-ending double play. Revere was not in the line-up for game two – it turns out, Revere was trying to beat out the game-ending double play with a broken right foot. Ouch.

Talk radio hosts and national pundits have advised that Ryan Howard‘s injury was the red flag for the Phillies to sell. And yet, Darin Ruf, in 29 PA, has been more valuable to the Phillies (0.5 fWAR v. 0.4 fWAR) than the Big Piece has been all season. On the radio this morning, our Pat Gallen was on 97.5 FM talking to Matt Martucci about should the Phillies buy or sell. Gallen and Martucci agreed that Revere’s injury was big but both came very close but just short of saying Revere’s injury would be the reason to sell. I’m here to tell you that it may be just that.
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PN Interview: RHP Prospect Mike Nesseth

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, July 13, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0

Mike Nesseth, image- Jay Floyd

After a troublesome beginning (5.71 ERA in 10 games) to 2013 with Class-A Advanced Clearwater, righty reliever Mike Nesseth is having a strong campaign with Double-A Reading this year, posting a 1-1 record with three saves, a 1.96 ERA and a .204 batting average against. With teammate Kyle Simon sidelined with an injury, Nesseth, who stands 6-foot-5 and is listed as weighing 210 pounds, took over the closer role and has been very solid for the Fightins.

The Minnesota native was drafted in the 17th round in 2010, while already recovering from Tommy John surgery.  After a somewhat delayed start to his pro career, Nesseth entered this season with a 3.07 ERA in 53 professional games over three seasons.

I spoke with Mike recently about his change of roles within the bullpen, his boost in velocity, players he looked up to as a youngster and plenty more.  Read ahead for that full interview.

- Mike, you’ve landed in the closer role here for Reading recently.  What can you tell me about being the guy the coaches selected to take on that new spot in the ‘pen?

I don’t try to think of it as much of a closing role, obviously I’m pitching the late innings.  I’ll try not to think much of it, between the 7th, 8th and 9th (innings), you still want to do the same things.  Be aggressive, attack the strike zone, execute your pitches.  Obviously, in the 9th inning, depending on the situation, your lead, the batter that’s up, there’s a few scenarios you’ll pitch differently, but otherwise, that’s the only difference there is pitching in the 9th inning, I guess.  Otherwise, I’ll just stick to what I try to do and that’s attack the strike zone, throw strikes, get ahead and try not to walk guys and let them put the ball in play.

- The back innings roles are spots reserves for dependable guys.  Does that help your outlook when, clearly, the coaches have a lot of confidence in you to hand over key relief duties to you?

Yeah, it definitely gives me confidence that they feel that way.  It’s a very streaky, streaky game and just like hitters, pitchers; we’re gonna have our ups and downs.  We’re gonna have our hot streaks.  You know, we just hope our good streaks outweigh the low streaks.  Obviously, I think any of the guys in the bullpen at any time can do the type of things I’m doing.  It’s just, right now, that’s where I’m at.  It’s good to see that they have that confidence in me, so it does give me confidence. Continue reading PN Interview: RHP Prospect Mike Nesseth

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Lakewood Trio Combines for No-hitter

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, July 12, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 0

In his fourth start of the season, Class A Lakewood right-hander Jeb Stefan tossed six innings to start off what would result in the BlueClaws’ fourth no-hitter in team history, in a 1-0 victory over the Rome Braves at home on Thursday. Along with Stefan, Dominican righty Ramon Oviedo tossed two perfect frames while right-hander Chris Burgess wrapped up the historic feat with a hitless ninth.

Stefan, 23, was the Phillies’ 22nd round draft choice last year out of Louisiana Tech University. In 26 games (four starts), the 6-foot-4 225 pounder has a 3-4 record along with 3.78 ERA and a .228 batting average against.

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Ramon Oviedo, photo- Jay Floyd

The 22-year-old Oviedo, who had a 1-7 record along with a 9.15 ERA in nine appearances for Lakewood last season, struck out four Braves in his 2013 BlueClaws debut.

Burgess was a 26th round draft selection this year our of Oklahoma Christian. The 22-year-old transferred from Oklahoma University last year and quickly became a standout performer on the OC pitching staff, going 7-0 with nine saves and a 1.54 ERA while giving up just one extra-base hit in 22 appearances for the Eagles.

Lakewood took a 1-0 lead in 4th inning when 17-year-old outfielder Carlos Tocci plated Jonathan Roof on a sacrifice fly. That score held till Burgess notched the final out. The win was Lakewood’s fifth straight. Continue reading Lakewood Trio Combines for No-hitter

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Kendrick Stymies Nats, Frandsen Comes Up Big in 3-1 Win

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, July 11, 2013 09:47 PM Comments: 12

Kendrick out-dealt Zimmermann to lead the Phillies to a 3-1 game and series win. Photo: AP

Kendrick Bends, Doesn’t Break in Face of Errors by Utley

Chase Utley became the first Phillie since David Bell in 2005 to commit three errors in a game, but that did not phase Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick picked up his eighth win of the season, pitching seven innings, giving up only five hits and walking just one while striking out a pair. While Utley highlighted the worst of the Phillies defense tonight, Domonic Brown nailed Bryce Harper at the plate in the first and Darin Ruf helped start a “do-it-yourself” double play at first. Kendrick out-dueled Jordan Zimmermann, tonight’s hard luck loser, who gave up just two earned in six and a third, striking out six, giving up eight hits while walking none.

Don’t Look Now: Ruf Hits in Sixth Straight Game, Frandsen Gets Him Home in the Seventh

With the game knotted at 1-1, Darin Ruf stepped to the plate in the seventh and drilled a double off of Zimermann. Kevin Frandsen was magic once again in a pinch-hitting role and doubled home Ruf’s pinch runner John McDonald off reliever Ian Krol to put the Fightins ahead 2-1. That would be all they needed as Antonio Bastardo held the Nats scoreless in the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon earned his 20th save in 24 chances after an Utley insurance run scored in the eighth for a 3-1 victory.

Revere Gets Two More Singles, Extends Hit Streak to Nine

So much has been made about Ben Revere‘s recent tear and it has almost all been said. But just when you think there are no more ways to frame Revere’s recent success, his two singles tonight combined for his ninth multi-hit game in the last 14 games, raising his batting average 32 points in that span. In the 71 games since April 17, Revere has raised his average 110 points and has gotten on base at about a .370 clip since then. Compare Revere’s production to a very similar player, the Nationals Denard Span (.257, sub-.315 OBP) who got essentially a three-year, $20 million deal and this looks like one of Ruben Amaro‘s smartest acquisitions.

With the win, the Phillies have now won 7 out of their last 10, all against teams over .500. They will gain a game on either Atlanta or Cincinnati this evening as the two teams play each other in four straight starting tonight. The Phillies head into the All-Star break playing solid baseball and will play three against the 36-53 White Sox. They are once again just one game under .500.

Are you starting to believe the Phillies are playoff contenders?

 

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Hamels Escapes Late Jam, Phils Hang On For 4-2 Win

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, July 09, 2013 09:55 PM Comments: 33

Hamels was the Hamels that earned the nine-figure deal last year in tonight’s 4-2 victory over the Nationals. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Jayson Werth hit a solo home run in the second inning with one out to begin what looked like a long night for former teammate Cole Hamels. The two met again in an epic bases loaded, two-out encounter in the eighth inning. Hamels had given up two singles followed by a walk to Bryce Harper. Hamels got Ryan Zimmerman to chase high heat for the second out. Werth had a chance to put the Nats ahead with a second inning repeat.

On his 110th pitch of the evening, shortly after Charlie Manuel left Hamels laughing after a mound visit, Hamels got Werth to fly out to Ben Revere and effectively end the only Washington Nationals threat of the night. Antonio Bastardo closed out the Nats in the ninth after giving up a run to pick up his second save.

Hamels was every bit the ace he is advertised to be against the division rival Nats, allowing only earned run, six hits, striking out four, and walking only one.

The Bats Stay Hot

Aside from Carlos Ruiz, every Phillies starter had at least one hit tonight. Chase Utley hit his 14th double of the year and was knocked in via a Domonic Brown single in the bottom of the fourth. Michael Young hit the go-ahead two-run double in the bottom of the sixth.

Darin Ruf has extended his hitting streak to four games while Revere’s two hits put him at .302 and firmly sixteenth in the NL in batting average as of press time. The trade for Revere continues to look like a major steal for the Phillies.

Winning Ways Continue

The Phillies win was their third in a row and improves their record to 4-1 on the present homestand. The Phillies have won 6 of their last 8, all against teams with records above .500 and look to take their fourth in a row tomorrow as Cliff Lee takes the hill against former Phils prospect Gio Gonzalez.

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ESPN’s Law Gives Sobering Scouting Report on Franco

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, July 09, 2013 06:55 AM Comments: 0

Franco is a fast riser - but how high has he gone?We’ve all fallen in love with the Phillies farm system while witnessing several players tear it up this season. Maikel Franco, Cody Asche, and Jesse Biddle are the new faces of the minors, and rightfully so. Each has given you something to look forward to for the future.

ESPN’s Keith Law says wait a tick. Law scouted the Reading Fightin’ Phils last week and came away with some interesting things to say about Franco, a 20-year-old third baseman who has been tearing it up since being promoted.

Franco is a right-handed hitter who gets his hands very high and deep at the plate, nearly locking his right elbow right before he brings his hands forward, and his above-average bat speed can only go so far in getting the bat head to the zone in time. He’s very strong and when he gets his hips started early enough he’s got 65 or 70 raw power (on the 20-80 scouting scale), although the timing of his hip rotation varies from pitch to pitch.

His approach, however, is a disaster right now — not only does he struggle to recognize off-speed stuff, especially changeups, but he’s only interested in pitches he can crush, making no adjustments to where the pitch is located or to its type. If you signal that you’re just trying to murder fastballs, you’re not going to see many fastballs in the zone. That approach shows up in his lack of patience, with just one walk in Reading, on June 23, but it will show up soon enough in his batting average, as well.

It’s true, there are flaws in Franco’s game. He’ll need to readjust at each level, but it’s hard to complain about the kid when he’s been tearing it up. Sure, he won’t hit .400 forever, but there are good signs and bad signs, just like with each prospect that laces ‘em up on a daily basis.

Law also gives his thoughts on Kelly Dugan who just made a jump to Reading:

Dugan’s tools are pretty average across the board — he’s a 45-50 runner with a 55 arm and might be a 55 glove in right — but he’s got a good feel to hit thanks to fast wrists that allow him to accelerate his bat very quickly. A left-handed hitter, Dugan has no stride, just raising and lowering his front leg, and crouches more than you’d like to see, but with good hip rotation and solid results so far I wouldn’t argue for reducing any of the noise in his swing until it becomes a problem.

The lack of tools is a little bit of a concern, but his plan at the plate is better than Franco’s and he’s a good enough athlete to stay in right and perhaps end up above average there, making him a potential everyday guy in a system that could use a few more of them.

To read Keith Law’s full post, click here.

If you’d like to read on Jay Floyd’s interview with Phillies director of player development, Joe Jordan, click here.

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Howard to DL, Ruf Recalled

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, July 06, 2013 06:50 PM Comments: 1

Not long before Saturday evening’s contest against the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies announced that ailing first baseman Ryan Howard would be placed on the disabled list, as he has been battling left knee issues for several weeks.

The lefty hitting slugger was scratched from Saturday night’s lineup following batting practice that afternoon.  In 80 games this year, Howard has a .266 batting average along with 11 home runs and 43 RBI. 

To occupy the void on the roster, the Phillies announced the return of first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf, who made his major league debut with the Phils last September, hitting .333 with three home runs and 10 RBI in a dozen game with the big club.

This season, the Creighton University product who turns 27-years-old later this month, has posted a .266 average with seven homers and 46 RBI in 82 games with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs.  Continue reading Howard to DL, Ruf Recalled

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