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Shreve showing promise despite rocky AA debut

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, June 13, 2012 08:30 AM Comments: 0

It wasn’t the debut Colby Shreve wanted to make at the Double-A level. On Thursday, fresh off the excitement of his second promotion of the season, the 24-year-old surrendered three hits and walked three batters, while letting up six runs (five of those earned) in two-thirds of an inning in relief for the Reading Phillies. The disappointment was far greater than he had felt at any point on the pitcher’s mound, but Shreve knew he would bounce back and prove himself worthy of competing in the Eastern League and beyond.

Following six outings with Class A Lakewood early this season, the right-handed Shreve, sporting a 3.60 ERA and 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings, was promoted to Class A Advanced Clearwater. Shreve then pitched to a 2.25 ERA and an 8.55 K/9 mark in 13 outings for the Threshers while recording two saves. Last week, the Southern Nevada Community College product took another step upward and didn’t make the kind of splash he hoped for. His initial outing for the R-Phils was actually more of a crash.

“I mean, that’s probably one of the worst outings of my life,” Shreve said. “Honestly, I knew what the problem was. I was just a little too amped up, you know. I waited a long time to get to Double A, so, maybe (I was) just overthrowing a little bit and not getting ahead of hitters.”

Following what could easily be described as an atrocious outing, Shreve quickly bounced back with his next effort, a scoreless, hitless inning to close out Reading’s 7-2 win over Harrisburg on Saturday. Continue reading Shreve showing promise despite rocky AA debut


DJ Hey Beef in Concert & Other R-Phils Notes

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, June 10, 2012 08:00 AM Comments: 0

On Saturday night, as part of the Reading Phillies’ Yuengling Post-Game Concert Series, right-handed hurler Trevor May performed as his alter ego DJ Hey Beef, following the club’s 7-2 victory over the Harrisburg Senators (Washington affiliate).

May, who has DJ’d publicly in his home state of Washington, has never had the opportunity to spin music for fans in the Philadelphia region before. When a spot opened up on the schedule in the R-Phils’ weekend concert schedule, May welcomed the opportunity to display his musical hobby to a game day crowd.  The Phillies’ 4th round draft selection from 2008 had previously reached out to the team about hosting a show in some fashion.

“It should be a lot of fun.  That’s one thing that he’s really big into. I was his roommate on the road, earlier this year, and that’s all he was talking about. He was on the computer, trying to find a gig to do…and it should be a lot of fun, Reading outfielder Jiwan James said, after a game in which he laced two hits including an inside-the-park home run that helped the R-Phils lock down their win over the Senators.

Reliever Colby Shreve (6th round, 2008 draft), who threw a scoreless 9th inning in Saturday’s contest after serving up 5 earned runs in his Double-A debut on Thursday, was also excited to see some Hey Beef action.  “It should be really fun,” Shreve stated.  “I’m definitely going to check it out.  I’ve listened to a lot of his stuff and it’s really good.  He played something (original) for me yesterday and it sounded like it was straight off the radio.”

The majority of May’s teammates stuck around, along with plenty of fans, long after the game ended to witness the hour-long set.  The crowd enjoyed the nightclub atmosphere, right there in their team’s home park.  With a fun time had by all and many folks’ expectations exceeded, there were some that already had ideas for DJ Hey Beef’s future gigs.

“He should start playing weddings,” said Reading slugger Darin Ruf with a laugh.

DJ Hey Beef t-shirts can be purchased via the PhoulBallz.com Spreadshirt page by clicking here. To enjoy a sample of the Hey Beef show, check out the media player below.

Additional notes from Baseballtown… Continue reading DJ Hey Beef in Concert & Other R-Phils Notes


World Series Game 6 Thread: Rangers vs. Cardinals

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, October 27, 2011 06:21 PM Comments: 33

Some fans of Phillies Nation asked us to give them a spot to react to tonight’s game, so here it is. A World Series thread.

Game 6: Texas Rangers at St. Louis Cardinals

Starters: Colby Lewis vs. Jaime Garcia

Time: 8:05, Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Weather: 56, Showers


PhilliesNation Interview: RHP Prospect Colby Shreve

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, June 23, 2011 09:50 AM Comments: 0

Righty hurler Colby Shreve didn’t have a solid start this season with the Phillies’ Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. After beginning the year in the starting rotation and posting a .315 batting average against through three April starts, as the team’s fifth starter, Shreve was moved to the bullpen. Since that time, the 6-foot-5-inch tall Shreve has sported a .261 BAA and has improved his other numbers as well.

Pitching coordinator Gorman Heimueller, along with the BlueClaws coaching staff saw the switch as an opportunity to allow Shreve to become more focused and increase his velocity.

A 6th round draft pick in 2008, Shreve missed the 2008 and 2009 season due to elbow issues that required Tommy John surgery and made his pro debut last year, as a member of Lakewood’s starting rotation, when he went 7-5 with a 3.95 ERA.

In his past 9 relief appearances, Shreve has been strong, going 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA.

Last week, I spoke with Colby about his change of roles, his progress with his pitches, a well known admirer of his and plenty more. Check out the media player below to listen to the full interview.


Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league insider. You can get more great content from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.


Gameday: Rangers (23-22) vs. Phillies (27-17)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, May 21, 2011 07:14 PM Comments: 15

Texas Rangers (23-22) at Philadelphia Phillies (27-17)

Colby Lews (4-4, 3.81 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (2-4, 3.84 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m. Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Cloudy, 66
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Domonic Brown in right field. Welcome to the Future.


Rollins SS, Brown RF, Polanco 3B, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Mayberry CF, Valdez 2B, Lee P

Your Gameday Beer- Bud Light

Sometimes you just have to go with a normal beer. Feels like the right kind of Saturday night for that. Grab some Buds.  -by Pat



The 2011 “ProspectNation” Prelude

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, January 03, 2011 04:00 PM Comments: 7

Now that the first 75, or so, days since the Phillies’ 2010 journey ended have flown by and as we begin the painfully slow crawl of the 40-something days until spring training, PhilliesNation.com will deliver its 2011 top 25 Phillies prospects list, in count down fashion.

Gradually, over the coming week that lead to the dawn of a fresh campaign, with hopes higher than Lawrence Taylor while surfing online personal ads, we will be unveiling prospect rankings with reviews of all the players that our readers should be familiar with.

These rankings will not include Domonic Brown, Vance Worley or Antonio Bastardo, as each of those players spent considerable amounts of time with the Major League club last year. Those individuals all project to make the big league roster in the coming season as well.

In addition, some remarkably talented young players did not make the cut simply because other individuals ranked higher.  Included in the group that fell short of making this year’s top 25 list are slick fielding shortstop Freddy Galvis, former top draft picks Anthony Hewitt and Joe Savery, outfielder Zach Collier, righty hurler Colby Shreve, former member of the Phillies’ bullpen Sergio Escalona, 2010 draft bargain pitcher Eric Pettis, lefty hurler Nick Hernandez and the last man trimmed from the list, RHP Josh Zeid.

Galvis, a superior defensive shortstop once regarded as a prospect with the tools necessary to develop into a big leaguer, seems to have stalled on the offensive front. He posted a paltry .233 batting average and a dismal .586 OPS in 138 games at Double A Reading in 2010. In 21 games with the Navegantes in the Venezuelan Winter League, Galvis, who was signed out of Venezuela as a free agent in 2006, posted a .188 average with just one extra base hit, a triple. Galvis no longer seems worthy of high prospect praise despite his top tier glove and excellent range.

Hewitt struggled quite a bit at the plate in 2010 while with Class A Lakewood. Hewitt switched to the outfield this year, after beginning his professional career as an infielder. In 116 games with Lakewood, Hewitt posted the following splits- .202/.243/.327. Those are certainly not numbers expected from a former first round draft pick at the age of 21, playing in a league where much of the talent was younger than he was. The Phillies have plenty invested in Hewitt, who signed for around $1.4 million, so he will get every chance to succeed.

Savery, a 2007 first round draft selection out of Rice, is likely to make a transition to being an everyday player after spending time as a designated hitter late in the 2010 season. Savery, a lefty who was named a Double Eastern League All-star in 2009, posted a 28-31 record with a 4.29 ERA in four seasons as a starting pitcher in the Phillies’ organization. As a hitter in 2010, Savery batted .348 with 3 doubles, 1 HR and 6 RBI in 23 games.

Collier, a compensatory first round pick in 2008, experienced a wrist injury that cost him his entire 2010 season. With Lakewood in 2009, Collier, listed at 6’2″, 185 pounds, struggled (.218/.275/.319) and was demoted to Williamsport for a stretch of the season. The lefty hitting Collier, who turned 20 in September, will likely return to Lakewood for the 2011 season where he hopes to prove that he is ready to progress.

Shreve, a right-hander,  is a solid prospect who has the potential to soar upward in the Phillies prospect rankings in the 2011 season. Shreve, who turns 23-years-old this week, was a sixth round draft pick in 2008, but suffered an elbow injury during his college season that required Tommy John surgery. The Phillies thought so highly of Shreve, that they still drafted him quite high, despite the injury status. While recovering, Shreve missed the entire 2009 season and made his professional debut as a member of the Lakewood BlueClaws in 2010, going 7-5 with a 3.95 ERA. Shreve, whose repertoire is fastball, change up, curveball, is expected to pitch at High-A Clearwater in 2011.

Escalona, formerly a situational left-hander out of the big league Phillies’ bullpen has fallen off as a well-regarded prospect for the organization. As a member of the Double A Reading Phillies in 2010, Escalona had a 4-8 record, with 10 saves, and a 3.81 ERA. Those are surely respectable numbers, but in a season during which he turned 26-years-old, the club wished to see more strength in key relief situations from Escalona, who blew several saves with Reading.

Pettis shined as a late round steal in the 2010 amateur draft. The 6’2″, 200 pound right-hander was taken in the 35th round out of UC Irvine and performed extremely well with the short season Williamsport Crosscutters before joining Lakewood for the postseason. In regular season action, Pettis posted an 8-0 record and a 1.37 ERA while striking out 67 batters in 59 innings as both a starter and reliever. Pettis’ arsenal includes a 2-seam fastball, a change up and a slider that he feels is his best asset. Look for Pettis to lead the BlueClaws’ charge for a third straight SAL championship in 2011.

Lefty hurler Nick Hernandez was a guy who was among my top prospects during the 2010 season, but he has fallen out of consideration at this time…not for any doing of his own, but simply because others have shined brighter in the time that has since passed. Hernandez suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder during the 2010 season, after being named to the mid-season South Atlantic League All-star team as a member of the Lakewood BlueClaws. In 8 starts prior to the injury, Hernandez, whose uncle Angel is a MLB umpire, went 3-1 with a 1.61 ERA and a .192 batting average against. Hernandez experienced setbacks while rehabbing with the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies, and his season was cut short to allow proper healing. With a jam packed list of potential starting pitchers ready to go at High-A level Clearwater next season, Hernandez, who spent a month at instructional ball following the 2010 postseason, could be back with Lakewood to begin the season.

The fact that much of Zeid’s success occurred at the Class A Level at the age of 23 kept him from making the list. As a member of the South Atlantic League champion Lakewood BlueClaws in 2010, Zeid earned Phillies minor league pitcher of the month honors in April when, as the team’s closer, he posted a 2-0 record with 2 saves while allowing no earned runs in 9 outings. He was also honored as a mid-season SAL All-star in 2010. The Phillies’ developmental staff likes Zeid, who combined to start 16 games in 2010 between Lakewood and the Arizona Fall League, better as a reliever than a starter. Zeid struggled with his slider at times during the 2010 campaign, but he worked hard to improve his results, using it as a key weapon to put his mark on Lakewood’s title run. His repertoire also includes a fastball and a split-change hybrid known as a fosh. Zeid, a 10th round draft choice in 2009, could skip over High-A Level Clearwater completely and join the Double A Reading staff out of spring training.

In the coming weeks, check back with PhilliesNation.com regularly as we unveil our list of top 25 ranked prospects within the Philadelphia organization, one by one.  The future is certainly bright.


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


Trade Option: Colby Rasmus

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, November 26, 2010 11:48 AM Comments: 19

Recently, the Cardinals made it clear that they were not trading Colby Rasmus, their 24-year old centerfielder oozing with star potential. With good reason, St. Louis wanted to keep the young, cheap player after he hit 23 home runs and drove in 66 runs a year ago. As of yesterday, his name is back out on the rumor mill.

A contentious relationship with manager Tony LaRussa led to Rasmus becoming part of the rumors around the trade deadline this past summer, however, nothing came of it. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted yesterday that three contending clubs could be angling to make a play for the talented outfielder. Could the Phillies be one of those teams with the impending loss of Jayson Werth?

Rasmus made just $418,000 in 2010 and has another season ahead of him before he even hits arbitration. For his caliber of play, he’s as cheap as they come. On the flip side, he’ll cost a pretty penny on prospects and it would have to be worth the Cardinals while to replace him.

There doesn’t seem to be a concrete reason that the Cardinals would want to push such a talented player out the door, but it seems as though the front office in St. Louis could be ready to choose the manager over the kid. If a little tiff with Tony LaRussa is the reason, then the Cards loss is another teams gain.

Now to the numbers: Rasmus followed up an up and down rookie campaign in 2009 with an exceptional step forward in 2010. In ’10, he played three more games and his average jumped from .251 to .276, his homers went from 16 to 23, and his OPS made a considerable leap from .714 to .859. That .859 OPS mirrors Ryan Howard’s OPS for the 2010 season and was 27 points better than Chase Utley’s. Not bad for a 24-year old.

His defense has fluctuated during his two seasons according to FanGraphs. In his rookie year of ‘09, his UZR was an exceptional 10.2. Last year that figure dropped to a -6.5. If you look at the in-between, a 3.2 UZR is slightly better than average. The question would be; what do you do with him in Philadelphia?

With Shane Victorino entrenched in centerfield, Rasmus would have to play out of his normal position in right. However, the speed of the Phillies outfield would be fantastic. Again, he’s another left-handed bat that would add to an overloaded lefty lineup. Rasmus falls in line with Grady Sizemore as a less-than-perfect fit.

Rasmus is a career .217 hitter against left-handed pitching meaning as a five-hole hitter, the Phillies would be in trouble in late-inning situations.

CHANCES: 2/10 – Again, another lefty who struggles against left-handed pitching and would add to that already too-lefty lineup the Phils trot out there everyday. Rasmus is a fine young player, but the chances of him coming here aren’t great unless a counter move is made to make the lineup lefty-friendly.


Prospect Rankings No. 13: Colby Shreve

Posted by Ben Seal, Fri, September 04, 2009 12:00 PM Comments: 3

shreveColby Shreve, RHP

Born: 1/5/1988 in Las Vegas, NV

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 210

This is easily the most ambitious of all the rankings you will find in our Top 25 Prospects. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2008, Shreve has still not thrown a professional pitch. But the Phillies are knowledgeable when it comes to bringing pitchers back from the surgery, as Kyle Drabek’s success this season attests. And because Shreve, who was chosen in the 6th round of the 2008 draft, regularly hit 96 mph on the radar gun before his surgery, with two other pitches to complement his fastball, he has the potential to bounce back next year and start off on the fast-track.

Shreve was drafted in the 7th round by the Braves in 2007 but chose not to sign and instead returned for another year of JuCo ball at Southern Nevada. The extra year gave Shreve a chance to really work on his arsenal and he took advantage. He cranked his fastball up from the low-90s to the mid-90s on a regular basis and developed a strong changeup to go with it. He uses his curveball as a spot pitch, much like Cole Hamels, and will need to improve on it to use it in pro ball. Shreve’s long frame allows him to easily throw blazing fastballs, and with an above-average changeup he has two pitches to get batters out with.

Obviously there is not much to go by with Shreve, but the fact that the Phillies drafted him in a high slot despite his surgery coming before the draft says a lot. It was a risky pick, one that the Phillies know will yield a high return if he is capable of maximizing his ability. It won’t be until 2010 that we get a feel for what Shreve can do against professional hitters, but the potential for a great bullpen arm is there, so keep an eye on him.

RankingsAll previous prospect profiles can be found here, which is also on the left sidebar for easy viewing

13.  Colby Shreve, RHP
14.  Anthony Hewitt, 3B
15.  Justin De Fratus, RHP
16.  Sergio Escalona, LHP
17.  Yohan Flande, LHP
18.  Julian Sampson, RHP
19.  John Mayberry, Jr., OF
20.  Mike Cisco, RHP
21.  Freddy Galvis, SS
22.  Jonathan Pettibone, RHP
23.  Domingo Santana, OF
24.  Jonathan Singleton, 1B
25.  Drew Naylor, RHP


Draft Preview: With 75th Pick, Not Much To Preview

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, June 08, 2009 04:20 PM Comments: 11

DraftThe Phillies usually have a steady draft strategy. They’ll go for a athletic prep school player early, someone who shows speed and range but might not be ready to hit the ball yet. After that comes a mix of established college players and power prep pitchers. What results is a fast and ready group of players who energize the farm system early in their minor league careers.

This year, however, you can throw all of it out the window.

The Phillies open their picks with the 75th selection in this year’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. It’s impossible to predict what the Phillies will do in this position, but there are thoughts. Phuture Phillies goes with Jeff Malm, a high school first baseman who has a strong commitment to USC.

Honestly, though, you don’t know what the Phillies will do this year. At least last year there was discussion about Anthony Hewitt. This year the Phillies’ first pick will determine more on what other teams do before them. Remember, though, last year the Phils scored numerous nice picks in the second round and beyond. Players picked after 75 last season include Vance Worley (102), Trevor May (136), Colby Shreve (196), Cody Overbeck (286), Michael Stutes (346), Brian Rosenberg (406), Michael Schwimer (436), Tyler Cloyd (556) and Mike Cisco (1,096).

We’ll update you with the picks starting tomorrow night (6 p.m.).

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