Posts Tagged ‘Batting Average’

Papelbon blows first save but Brown walks Phils off in ninth

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Mon, June 17, 2013 10:51 PM Comments: 3

Richie Ashburn Award: Ryan Howard

When Jonathan Papelbon threw Chad Tracy his third straight fastball inside, you knew he was playing with fire. When Tracy deposited the 0-2 pitch just inside the pole in the right-filed seats, you could hear a “here we go again” groan echo throughout the park.

But luckily, everybody quickly forgot about Papelbon blowing his first save of the season just a few minutes later, when Domonic Brown blooped a base hit into center field to score Ben Revere and giving the Phils a walk-off 5-4 win.

The win provided a much needed spark for the Phillies, who were coming off a 3-7 road trip and trailed the Nationals by a game for second place in the N.L. East entering play today.

Revere sets the table for win, continues torrid pace

Two weeks ago praise might have been hard to come by for Ben Revere. On June 8 he had his lowest batting average (.243) that he had since mid May, his defense was suspect, and he just looked lost at the plate. Oh, how things have changed. In his last eight games, Revere has raised his average 31 points. In mid June. Revere has been exactly what Revere was expected to be before the season started. He has hit safely in each of those eight games, while batting an incredible .432 over that span.

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Minor League Notebook: Hernandez, Collier, Biddle & More

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, May 27, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 1

It’s another round of our weekly minor league notes, featuring key performers from each full season level.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

Cesar Hernandez with Reading in 2012

In 23 contests this month, second base prospect Cesar Hernandez is sporting a .241 batting average, after he posted a .375 mark in 24 April games.  The switch-hitting Venezuelan turned 23 years old last week.

OF Steve Susdorf is batting .346 with five doubles and seven RBI in 18 May games.  The 27-year-old lefty hitter was a 19th round draft pick by the Phillies in 2008.

OF Darin Ruf has been out of action since Thursday, sidelined with a jammed thumb.  The slugger batted .195 in his previous 10 games prior to the ailment.

Double-A Reading Fightin’ Phillies-

Top prospect Jesse Biddle had a weak outing (4 IP, 6R/5ER) on the mound against Harrisburg for the Fightins on Sunday, but his two hits raised his season batting average to .556.  The 21-year-old left-hander saw his season ERA go from 2.50 up to 3.15 with that performance.  Biddle’s 66 strikeouts lead the Eastern League, while he ranks just 12th in the league with 54 1/3 innings pitched.
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Minor League Notes: the Hot, the Cold, the Injured and the Departed

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, May 12, 2013 09:45 AM Comments: 0

In the latest rundown of developmental notes, we’ll take a glance at some top performers, several guys who aren’t doing too well, a couple sidelined prospects and a group of former Phillies minor leaguers…

The Hot List- 

Lakewood pitcher Nic Hanson

Lakewood righty Nic Hanson has not been scored upon in two outings (11 total innings) since moving from the BlueClaws’ bullpen to their starting rotation. A 16th round pick in last year’s draft out of Golden West College, Hanson, 21, has a 1-0 record with a save and a 3.38 ERA in eight games.

Class A Advanced Clearwater outfielder Cameron Perkins has been performing extremely well this month.  In 10 games, the 22-year-old has posted a .385 average with six doubles, a triple, a homer and six RBI.  Perkins was selected in the 6th round of the 2012 draft out of Purdue University.

Dominican hurler Gabriel Arias has looked great for the Clearwater Threshers, going 4-1 with a 1.25 ERA through nine outings (four starts).  The 23-year-old has regularly had his fastball clocked at 95 MPH over the past year.

Double-A Reading catcher Cameron Rupp, whose batting average had been as low as .211 this past week, decided to shave his goatee for a change of luck.  Since going bald faced, the 24-year-old has gone 5-for-12 with three home runs and five RBI in three contests.  Rupp was drafted out of the University of Texas in the 3rd round in 2010. Continue reading Minor League Notes: the Hot, the Cold, the Injured and the Departed


Gameday: Phillies (14-18) vs. Giants (19-12)

Posted by Alex Lee, Mon, May 06, 2013 06:46 PM Comments: 1

sf-giants-11Philadelphia Phillies (14-18) vs. San Francisco Giants (19-12)

LHP Cliff Lee (2-2, 3.46 ERA) v. LHP Madison Bumgarner (3-0, 1.55 ERA)

TIME: 10:15, AT&T Park
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 67, overcast
Media: Twitter and Facebook

It is officially gut-check time for this Phillies team.  Roy Halladay is on the disabled list.  They got demolished 14-2 by the lowly Marlins yesterday.  At 14-18, they’re probably not where they wanted to be headed into a seven-game west coast swing.  And for their troubles, tonight they get Madison Bumgarner and the world champion San Francisco Giants.  If the Phillies don’t pull it together this week against two good NL West teams, this road trip has the potential to be crippling.

Bumgarner has been next to unhittable in 2013.  He hasn’t let up more than two runs in a game yet and has averaged just under seven innings through his first six starts.  As always, the Phillies have struggled mightily against lefties this season, to the tune of a .207 batting average and .608 OPS.  But, all due respect to the talent of Jose Fernandez, they haven’t seen a lefty as good as Bumgarner yet.  The Giants haven’t scored a ton for him this year – he’s notched only three wins in six starts despite a sparking ERA – but they may not need many tonight.  Bumgarner is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in two career starts against the Phillies.

The Phillies counter with Cliff Lee, who has come back to Earth after a stellar start to the season.  This will be the fourth time that the Phillies ask Lee to control the bleeding after an ugly Halladay start.  He is two for three so far in those scenarios, with his only loss coming last week in Cleveland.  In his last three starts, Lee has allowed 12 earned runs in 18 innings.  It goes without saying that the Phils desperately need him to regain the dominant form he showed in early April if they want to contend.

The offense has been consistently inconsistent and it won’t get any easier against Bumgarner.  As Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown have warmed up in May, Chase Utley has cooled down.  Delmon Young hasn’t shown much since the home run he hit in his first at-bat as a Phillie.  Against the tough lefty, tonight would be a good night for him to make an impact.  If nothing else, Young and former Phillie Hunter Pence playing one of the trickier right fields in all of baseball makes tonight’s late nighter a must-watch.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Utley 2B, M. Young 3B, Howard 1B, D. Young RF, Brown LF, Mayberry CF, Kratz C, Lee P






GAMEDAY BEER: Anchor Steam Beer

Around since 1896, this classic from Anchor Brewing Company is the unofficial official beer of San Francisco.  With it’s deep amber color and distinctive taste, Anchor Steam’s name originated in the 19th century when, sans ice, the crisp night air would cause steam to rise off of beer fermenting on rooftops across San Fran.


Phils Offense Needs Better Swings At The Plate

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, May 03, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 9

Bad swings are killing the Phillies in 2013. (PHOTO: AP)

Bad swings are killing the Phillies in 2013. (PHOTO: AP)

The Phillies offense is clearly struggling this year. As a team, they are 8th in the NL in average, 12th in OBP, 10th in SLG, and 13th in OPS. The more in depth you go, the worse the stats get. I was looking for the root of the offensive woes when I came across their strikeout-to-walk ratio. I knew that they weren’t drawing many walks and were striking out a lot, but when you put them together, only the Cubs in the NL have a worse ratio.

However, the Phillies are about league average in pitches seen per plate appearance (P/PA). So they are seeing a decent amount of pitches, but do not have the walks to show for it. So what is happening with those pitches?

The Phils make contact with the ball (in any capacity) on about 77% of their swings, which is slightly below league average. But there’s a twist: they are fourth in the NL in the percentage of plate appearances that result in balls put into play. Their BABIP is at 6th.

This means that the balls that they put into play are resulting in more outs than other teams. Sure, this could be a case of  a tiny bit of “bad luck”, but when we see guys like Ben Revere ground out to second over and over again, and guys like Michael Young grounding into double play after double play, we begin to think otherwise.

So what’s the solution? Making better swings. They are seeing enough pitches, but they swing and miss too much, and when they make contact, it results in an out more often than it should. If they can make better swings, they’d make better contact more often. Their strikeout percent would go down, and it would put more pressure on opposing teams’ defense.

The Rockies have the NL’s best OPS and wOBA so far this year. They see about the same amount of pitches the Phillies do, but make contact more often, which results in the NL’s best batting average. They do more with the pitches they see with better swings. But is that possible with the Phillies? I think so. Definitely not best in the NL, but I think the Phillies’ bats still have some life in them. I think Ryan Howard, Domonic Brown, and Ben Revere will all improve over the course of the season, and if Delmon Young can produce as well, I think we’ll see better at-bats and more “oomph” from the offense.


PN Interview: Reading Manager Dusty Wathan Talks 2013 Fightins

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, April 30, 2013 11:30 AM Comments: 1

Reading manager Dusty Wathan

In his second year with the team, former pro catcher Dusty Wathan has led the Double-A Reading Fightin Phillies to a 12-10 record thus far in the early going.

After his 14-year playing career, Wathan began the next leg of his career, managing, with the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters in the Phillies organization in 2008. Since then, the son of former Royals manager John Wathan has climbed up the Philadelphia developmental ranks, making stops with Class A Lakewood, Class A Advanced Clearwater and, of course, Reading.

As a player, Wathan was signed by Seattle in 1994 and went on to compete in the Florida, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Kansas City and Philadelphia organizations. With the Royals, Wathan appeared in three big league games in 2002.

This week, I sat down with Dusty to discuss the collection of well-regarded talent on his roster including top prospect Jesse Biddle, catcher Sebastian Valle, outfielders Anthony Hewitt and Zach Collier, plus plenty more. Read ahead for that full interview.

- Jesse Biddle is a guy that drives great interest from the fans at this point. Clearly, he’s always been very well touted, but the dominance he has shown with the strike outs and the batting average against, is that surprising at all to you?

Well, I don’t know about batting average against, but I know what his batting average is…he can swing the bat too! He’s been outstanding. He works as hard, if not harder, than any other starting pitcher I’ve ever seen. I mean, I tell these guys, you reap what you sow. And I’ll tell you what, he’s getting the rewards for it right now. He goes after it as hard as anybody and everything he gets is well deserved. He’s got the ability to go with the hard work. A lot of guys don’t have the ability that he has and he’s got the ability to throw four pitches and be a good major leaguer. Continue reading PN Interview: Reading Manager Dusty Wathan Talks 2013 Fightins


Minor League Notebook: 4/29/13

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, April 29, 2013 12:40 AM Comments: 0

Tops on the Phillies’ developmental hot list is Double-A Reading Ace Jesse Biddle, who, in his last two outings, has thrown 13 scoreless innings, while allowing just two total hits and striking out 26 batters.  Overall this season, Biddle, who was the Phils’ 1st round draft selection in 2010, has a 2-1 record with a 1.74 ERA and a .114 batting average against.

Last week, Biddle locked down a win against Harrisburg, when he struck out 16 and allowed only one hit and no runs over seven innings.

On Sunday, in Reading’s 2-1 win over New Hampshire, the left-handed 21-year-old fanned 10 New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto affiliate).  The video clip below features Biddle striking out the side in the 5th inning and speaking to the media following his second consecutive tremendous effort.

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PN Interview: Catching Prospect Chace Numata

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, April 28, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 0

Chace Numata, image- Jay Floyd

One of the more consistent bats in the Class A Lakewood lineup in the early going this season has been that of catcher Chace Numata.  The 20-year-old sported a .280 batting average entering the weekend through 14 games for the BlueClaws.

A 14th round draft pick in 2010 out of Pearl City High School in Hawaii, Numata sported a .224 batting average with two home runs and 30 RBI through 84 professional games entering the 2013 season.  Now, the 6-foot 175-pounder is leading a pitching staff that includes last year’s top Phils draft pick Shane Watson and trying to help solidify an offense that is tied for the least amount of runs scored in the South Atlantic League.

Last week, I spoke with Chace about his transition from playing infield and pitching in high school, the hamate fracture that forced him to miss a great majority of the 2011 season, his progress in the minor leagues and plenty more.  Read ahead for that full interview.

- Chace, you seem to be producing pretty steadily on offense this year.  What is your comfort level like at the dish?

It’s not bad.  I feel like, I think a lot, so this entire season I’ve been trying to not think so much and let the game come to me and slow things down.

- On the defensive side, you’re not as consistent.  People would notice passed balls (seven this year) and things like that.  I know you’ve changed positions.  What can you tell me about how you’re adjusting there?

You know, I’m still kind of learning, going from, in high school, just playing shortstop and pitching, to my first year in 2010 playing catcher.  I’m still learning.  There’s still a lot of errors and things, passed balls, and I just feel like, when the coaches come in, my catching coach, he always knows how to fix it.  And I just need to kind of just stay with it. Continue reading PN Interview: Catching Prospect Chace Numata


Gameday: Phillies (9-12) vs. Pirates (11-9)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, April 24, 2013 06:54 PM Comments: 25

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_R2yHiPgsajA/Si048xOKYNI/AAAAAAAABg0/Zr2Ct92C2ok/s400/pirates+logo.gifPhiladelphia Phillies (9-12) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (11-9)

Wandy Rodriguez (2-0, 0.56) vs. Roy Halladay (2-2, 6.04)

TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Comcast Sportsnet, home of Phillies Nation TV
Weather: 55, cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

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Weekly Minor League Wrap Up, 4/17/13

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, April 17, 2013 11:00 AM Comments: 1

It’s time, once again, for our weekly glance around the Phillies’ developmental ranks, taking a look a some exceptional performers and those that have raised some eyebrows for different reasons.

Class A Lakewood
hot list-

Art Charles, photo- Jay Floyd

First baseman Art Charles, who was acquired from Toronto this spring in the Michael Schwimer trade, has hit in six straight games, going 9-for-22 (.409 avg) with two doubles, two homers and seven RBI in that stretch. Overall, the lefty batting 22-year-old is hitting .239 in 13 games this season.

Righty reliever Nic Hanson, who celebrated his 21st birthday this week, has struck out 10 batters while walking two in eight innings of work through three appearances. Additionally, he has a save and a 3.38 ERA during that time as well. The six-foot-seven 210-pounder was drafted by the Phils in the 16th round last year out of Golden West College.

Lakewood red flags-

OF Brian Pointer is batting .174 this season, despite a current three-game hitting streak. The lefty batting 21-year-old was the Phillies’ 28th round draft pick in 2010.

17-year-old outfielder Carlos Tocci, the youngest player in the South Atlantic League, has posted a .186 batting average with one extra-base hit (a double) in 12 contests this season. The right-handed hitting Venezuelan batted .278 with two doubles in 38 games last season with the Gulf Coast League Phillies. Continue reading Weekly Minor League Wrap Up, 4/17/13

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