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Phils Deal RHP Rodriguez to O’s for OF Welty

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, March 24, 2013 01:47 PM Comments: 4

Ronnie Welty, image- MiLB.com

The disassembling of the prospect group known as the Baby Aces continues, as the Phillies have traded once highly regarded righty hurler Julio Rodriguez to Baltimore for outfielder Ronnie Welty.

Rodriguez once dominated Class A ball, but looked far more human with Double-A Reading last season.  Drafted in the 8th round of the 2008 amateur draft, the Puerto Rican born pitcher finished with an overall record of 7-3 with a 1.89 ERA and a .175 batting average against in 20 outings with Williamsport and Lakewood in 2010. The following season, Rodriguez was named a Florida State League All-Star, as he finished with a league leading 16 wins, a 2.76 ERA that was second best in the league and a .186 batting average against.  Over those two seasons, he averaged a 10.71 K/9 mark.

Last year in the Eastern League, Rodriguez wrapped up his 2012 regular season campaign with a 7-7 record, a 4.23 ERA and a .243 batting average against, following a difficult eight-game stretch (6.81 ERA) that got him moved from the starting rotation into the bullpen.

Welty, a righty batter that was selected in the 20th round of the 2008 draft, had a very good season last year, as he sported a .333/.373/.662 line, playing most of his games at Double-A in an injury shortened season (56 games played).  The 25-year-old stands 6-foot-3 and weighs around 200 pounds. Continue reading Phils Deal RHP Rodriguez to O’s for OF Welty

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PN Interview: Chris Duffy Talks About Being Cut By Phils

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, March 20, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 10

Chris Duffy performed very well in 2012, Photo- Jay Floyd

In recent days a prospect that had considerable buzz about him last season, Chris Duffy, was released by the Phillies.  Billed by many coaches within the system as a very good hitter, the 26th round draft choice in 2010 out of the University of Central Florida had an outstanding season in 2012 with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws.  In 60 games in the South Atlantic League the lefty batting slugger sported a .384 batting average with 11 homers and 56 RBI.  Additionally, in two different stints with Class A Advanced Clearwater last year, Duffy sported a .236 average with two home runs and 15 RBI.

Credited by prospects like highly regarded third baseman Maikel Franco with being an inspiration, the 25-year-old Duffy built a reputation of being a leader among toward players.

Now, faced with free agency, the well-mannered and steadily lighthearted ballplayer spoke this week about the circumstances surrounding his release.

- Okay, so clearly there was some big news that surprised some people on Sunday morning, when the Phillies released you.  After a year in which you posted absolutely great numbers in Lakewood and really bounced back during your second trip to Clearwater, this wasn’t something that was expected by fans.  Did this catch you completely off guard?  Any other thoughts on this, as you reflect back on it?

Yes, it absolutely did catch me off guard.  Usually, players don’t get released after a good season, so I figured I was clear of all that.  Especially since I had been hitting well in spring training and came in shape.  But everything happens for a reason and even if I don’t understand yet I will.  I just view it as something I have to go through to achieve my dream.  I’m a firm believer that I am limitless and can accomplish anything I want as long as I go get it. This definitely hurt, but it’s not going to stop me!

Continue reading PN Interview: Chris Duffy Talks About Being Cut By Phils

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The Cody Chronicles, Vol. 5: Asche Bonds with Teammates and Fans

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, March 19, 2013 07:30 AM Comments: 0

As part of our weekly spring training series, Phillies third base prospect Cody Asche is back once again to check in, directly from spring training in Clearwater, FL.

A 4th round draft selection in 2011 out of the University of Nebraska, Asche has been a fast rising prospect since joining the Phillies organization. Last year, the 22-year-old, in his first full professional season, tallied a .324 batting average with 12 home runs, 72 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 130 combined games with Class A Advanced Clearwater and Double-A Reading. Asche followed that up with a .281/.343/.438 line with Peoria in the Arizona Fall League, then went 5-for-14 (.357 average) with two doubles in eight big league spring games this year.

In the latest edition of The Cody Chronicles, Asche talks about the change in attendance going from big league camp back to the minors, bonding with people on Twitter, his ties with teammates from his draft class and plenty more.

On the topic of playing in front of minimal crowds with the minors in spring training, compared to the large crowds that the big league team has been drawing this spring…

It’s just not the same the first time going out there (after returning from big league camp).  You kind of just know, that’s part of spring training, being on the minor league side.  You know, you’re out there doing your thing.  It’s really not something you worry about when you’re down there.  Not me anyway.  I never get caught up in that.  I mean, I love playing in front of big crowds and what not, but, the first game I played back over there, I felt my mind wandering a little bit, but I snapped myself out of that real quick.  You can’t sit there and sulk and keep dwelling on what it was like and stuff like that.  You just have to go out there and stick to your work.  That’s the tough part about the minor leagues, you gotta look beyond that kind of stuff and just keep working and find a way to do what you’ve got to do. Continue reading The Cody Chronicles, Vol. 5: Asche Bonds with Teammates and Fans

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The Cody Chronicles, Vol. 4: Asche Valued Time with Schmidt & Phils

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, March 12, 2013 07:05 AM Comments: 2

Phillies third base prospect Cody Asche is back once again to check in directly from spring training in Clearwater, FL.

A 4th round draft selection in 2011 out of the University of Nebraska, Asche has been a fast rising prospect since joining the Phillies organization. Last year, the 22-year-old, in his first full professional season, tallied a .324 batting average with 12 home runs, 72 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 130 combined games with Class A Advanced Clearwater and Double-A Reading. Asche followed that up with a .281/.343/.438 line with Peoria in the Arizona Fall League, then went 5-for-14 (.357 average) with two doubles in eight big league spring games this year.

In the latest edition of The Cody Chronicles, Asche speaks about being reassigned to minor league camp, Phils legend Mike Schmidt, what he took from his time with the big league team and plenty more.

Sharing his thoughts on being reassigned to minor league camp recently…

“It’s something that, when you’re in camp, it’s gonna happen. You know, you just look around at who’s there, the rosters, what roles everyone’s going to be playing, and it was bound to happen. I know there’s stuff I’ve gotta work on down in the minor leagues. I’m just grateful that I had the time I did over there, you know. I’m grateful that they gave me the chance to go up there and play. In my mind, I took full advantage of the opportunity and I’m happy with everything that went on over there and just gotta do my work over on the minor league side of things.” Continue reading The Cody Chronicles, Vol. 4: Asche Valued Time with Schmidt & Phils

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Prospect Nation 2013: #1 LHP Jesse Biddle

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, March 11, 2013 07:30 AM Comments: 0

Jesse Biddle is the Phillies’ number 1 prospect, Photo- Jay Floyd

Left-handed pitching prospect Jesse Biddle redefines homegrown talent. Born and bred as a Phillies fan in the Philadelphia region, Biddle’s childhood dreams came true in 2010, when he was selected 27th overall in that year’s amateur draft by the Phils. Since then, he’s been a steadily rising prospect and on an ascent toward the highest levels of the game.

Upon signing his first pro contract, Biddle quickly made his minor league debut, beginning his journey toward donning the home 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 sport 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. In addition, he held opponents to a .219 batting average.

In 2012, Biddle had a very good season with the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, putting together a 10-6 record with a 3.22 ERA, a 9.53 K/9 mark and a .237 batting average against. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: #1 LHP Jesse Biddle

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Prospect Nation 2013: #2 LHP Adam Morgan

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, March 09, 2013 11:00 AM Comments: 0

Lefty hurler Adam Morgan progressed more than any other Phillies prospect over the past year.  Drafted in the third round in 2011 out of the University of Alabama, Morgan quickly made an impact in the Phils’ system upon debuting as a pro, and only sped up his progress last season when he became a force on the pitching mound.

After posting a 3-3 record with a 2.01 ERA in 11 starts in his debut professional season as a member of the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters, Morgan skipped full season A level Lakewood and began the 2012 season in the Florida State League. With the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, Morgan tallied a 4-10 record with a 3.29 ERA and was named a mid-season All-Star.

His win-loss record certainly doesn’t accurately convey the true effort that Morgan put forth with the Threshers, as he held opponents to a .227 batting average while averaging 10.24 K/9, posting a 1.10 WHIP and sporting a 2.62 SIERA in 21 games (20 starts).

In July, the six-foot-one 195-pounder posted a 1.29 ERA in five July starts and was named as the Phillies’ minor league pitcher of the month. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: #2 LHP Adam Morgan

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Prospect Nation 2013: #3 RHP Ethan Martin

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, March 08, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 0

Acquired from the Dodgers in the trade that sent Shane Victorino to LA last summer, Ethan Martin quickly showed why he was regarded as a fast rising pitching prospect, as he helped the Double-A Reading Phillies reach the postseason and posted great numbers in a short period of time.

Originally selected by Los Angeles in the 1st round (15th overall) in the 2008 amateur draft out of Stephens County High School in Georgia, when scouts weren’t sure if he would proceed as a pitcher or a third baseman in his career, Martin had not posted great numbers as a professional prior to last season.

In his first three years in the minors, Martin tallied a 24-29 record with a 5.42 ERA.  He missed action in 2008 due to a knee injury and officially began his pro career in 2009 with Great Lakes of the Class A Midwest League.  There, with the Loons, he performed well, sporting a 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA and a .232 batting average against in 27 games (19 starts).

The following season, the six-foot-two 195-pounder had a difficult time, posting a 9-14 record along with a 6.35 ERA and a .279 batting average against in 25 games (22 starts) for Inland Empire of the Class A Advanced California League.  In 2011, Martin split his time between the California League and the Double-A Southern League, putting together a 9-7 record and a 5.95 ERA in 37 games (12 starts). Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: #3 RHP Ethan Martin

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Phillies All-Time Team: Right Field

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, March 07, 2013 08:56 AM Comments: 42

Where does Callison rank as far as Phillies right fielders go?

It’s up to you to tell us who should be part of the Phillies All-Time team. During the winter, we’ll unveil one position at a time for you to vote on. After all the votes are tallied, and all the position filled, we’ll release the results. Make your vote count!

  • Chuck Klein (15 seasons, 2x All-Star, 1x MVP): .326 avg, .935 OPS, 243 HR, 983 RBI, 33.3 WAR
  • Johnny Callison (10 seasons, 3x All-Star): .271 avg, .795 OPS, 185 HR, 666 RBI, 37.2 WAR
  • Bobby Abreu (9 seasons, 2x All-Star): .303 avg, .928 OPS, 195 HR, 814 RBI, 45.4 WAR

Who were voting for:

Eric Seidman: Delmon Young. In all seriousness, Bobby Abreu. I don’t care if he didn’t run into walls. He stayed healthy year-in, year-out and from 1998-2005, he hit .305/.415/.519 with averages of 23 HR and 29 SB over 157 games. There were problems with those Phillies teams, but he was always unfairly criticized for things that mattered little while not getting recognition, even from his own fanbase, for the areas in which he excelled. He was a 20 HR/20 SB player in 7 of his 8 full season with the Phillies, two of which were 30 HR/30 SB years.

Jon Nisula: For a guy that got so much criticism, you might not think that Bobby Abreu was the best RF in Phillies history. But I think that’s the case. He was producing consistently for the Phils, and actually had the highest cumulative fWAR among all Phillies RFers.

Jay Floyd: The top right-fielder in team history is Chuck Klein, who was the National League MVP in 1932 a year before he locked down the offensive Triple Crown, leading the NL in home runs (28), RBI (120) and batting average (.368). Klein ranks among the all-time team leaders in hits, runs, RBI and home runs. Also, he is the only Phillie to ever have over 100 extra-base hits in a season and he did that twice!

Pat Gallen: It has to be Bobby Abreu, hands down. Plus, who didn’t enjoy listening to Dan Baker announce him. “Now batting for the Phillies…number 53…Bobby A-bre-uuuu.”

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The Cody Chronicles, Vol. 3: Asche Focused Strictly on Playing Ball

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, March 05, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 0

Fans, Phillies third base prospect Cody Asche is back once again to share his thoughts directly from inside big league spring training in Clearwater, FL.

Asche was a 4th round draft selection in 2011 out of the University of Nebraska. Since then, the 22-year-old has ascended quickly upward in the Phils’ system. Last year, in his first full professional season, the Missouri native posted a .324 batting average with 12 home runs, 72 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 130 combined games with Class A Advanced Clearwater and Double-A Reading. Asche also followed that up with a .281/.343/.438 line with Peoria in the Arizona Fall League.

This year, Asche has landed in Major League spring training and is doing his best to make a lasting impression. Thus far in seven contests, the youngster is 3-for-10 with a double and two runs scored.

In the latest edition of The Cody Chronicles, Asche discusses his first start with the big league club, being ranked highly on prospect lists, his concerns over cut days and plenty more.

On being ranked among the top Phils’ prospects

“I’ve never really been one to delve into the whole prospect rankings area of baseball, but, you know, it’s always nice to be regarded highly and thought highly of.  It’s a thing that you’ve just got to take it for what it is.  It doesn’t mean anything along the lines of playing time or anything like that.  You’ve just got to keep working hard.  You’re always flattered when you hear or see good things about yourself, but you’ve got to be careful about always reading what is said about you, so I try not to look into stuff like that too much.” Continue reading The Cody Chronicles, Vol. 3: Asche Focused Strictly on Playing Ball

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Prospect Nation 2013: #5 3B Cody Asche

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, March 01, 2013 11:00 AM Comments: 2

Third baseman Cody Asche made a major impact in the Phillies developmental ranks in 2012 and became one of the team’s fastest rising prospects during his first full season as a professional.  Selected in the fourth round of the 2011 amateur draft out of the University of Nebraska, Asche is among a small group of talented prospects that could be contributing at the big league level in the near future.

The 6-foot-1 180-pounder began his professional career playing second base with the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters in 2011.  There he batted .192 with 11 doubles, two homers and 19 RBI in 68 games.  His .537 OPS was considerably low and did not garner Asche much recognition.  The lefty batter then spent time at the Florida Instructional League and worked closely with Phillies hitting coach Steve Henderson, who was the Phils’ roving minor league batting instructor at the time, and made some necessary adjustments to improve his approach.

Having played third base through college, Asche got the chance to move back to the position at which he feels most comfortable in spring training last year.  Asche would then impress coaches and showed that he had made so much progress that organization brass assigned him to Class A Advanced Clearwater, allowing him to completely skip Class A Lakewood.

Armed with a quick bat, Asche posted a .349 batting average with two home runs and 25 RBI in 62 games, while being honored as a Florida State League All-Star with the Threshers last year.  Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: #5 3B Cody Asche

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