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Six R-Phils to Rep Baseballtown in EL All-Star Game

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, June 28, 2012 07:36 PM Comments: 0

In a statement released in conjunction with the Eastern League, the Double-A Reading Phillies announced that six of the club’s players have been named mid-season All-Stars.

Among the Eastern division’s representatives will be righty pitchers Justin Friend and Julio Rodriguez, along with shortstop Troy Hanzawa, second baseman Cesar Hernandez, catcher Sebastian Valle and first baseman Darin Ruf.

Reading’s skipper Dusty Wathan will join his six players as the Eastern All-Stars’ manager.

The Baseballtown All-Star Classic is set to be played at Reading’s FirstEnergy Stadium on Wednesday, July 11 at 7:05 PM. Continue reading Six R-Phils to Rep Baseballtown in EL All-Star Game

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Sandberg Returning as Lehigh Valley Manager

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, November 21, 2011 02:30 PM Comments: 8

In a press release from the Phillies, they announced that Ryne Sandberg will return to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs as manager.

I’m happy they were able to bring back Sandberg, as he’s succeeded at basically every level as both a player and coach. It’s a shame for him that he was unable to secure a position as a manager in the majors after another great season in 2011, however, there will be plenty of opportunities in the future.

Former Phillies Andy Tracy and Aaron Fultz and newcomers Andy Abad and Lino Connell have been added to the Phillies’ player development staff, Joe Jordan, Director, Player Development, announced today.  The staff also includes 21 returning members.

At triple-A Lehigh Valley, the entire staff of manager Ryne Sandberg, coach Sal Rende and pitching coach Rod Nichols will return.  Sandberg, a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, is back for his second season after leading the IronPigs to their first playoff appearance in club history in 2011.  Rende will enter his ninth season with the Phillies and second straight at Lehigh Valley, while Nichols returns for his 13th year in the organization and eighth at triple-A.

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Florida Instructional League Gets Underway

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, September 21, 2011 07:30 AM Comments: 0

On Monday, the annual Florida Instructional League got underway for Phillies minor leaguers at the team’s spring training home in Clearwater. Instructs, as they are commonly known, is a month-long off-season league, generally consisting of recently drafted players, those that missed time due to injury, or those that participated in a short-season league, allowing those individuals to refine their skills or add innings/at bats to their season. It also serves as an opportunity for a greater number developmental coaches and managers to see newly signed players in action.

Below is a full roster of Phillies minor league players and coaches in attendance for the instructional league.

Pitchers: Gabriel Arias, Jesse Biddle, James Birmingham, Lisalberto Bonilla (pictured), Ranfi Casimiro, Lendy Castillo, Brody Colvin, Jesen Dygestile-Therrien, Perci Garner, Kenneth Giles, Steven Inch, Ulises Joaquin, Jay Johnson, Colin Kleven, Ervis Manzanillo, Lino Martinez, Adam Morgan, Hector Neris, Ramon Oviedo, J.C. Ramirez, Yacksel Rios, Braden Shull, Ethan Stewart, Josh Warner, Austin Wright.

Catchers: Francisco Diaz, Logan Moore, Chace Numata, Cameron Rupp, Bob Stumpo

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ProspectNation 2011: #23 Cody Overbeck- 3B

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, January 07, 2011 07:30 PM Comments: 5

Slugging third baseman Cody Overbeck made a considerable impact in the Phillies system during the 2010 season . Overbeck, listed at 6’1″ and 205 pounds, is a native of Tennessee and attended the University of Mississippi, prior to joining the Phillies organization after his junior season.

Overbeck was named a Florida State League All-star in 2010, as a member of the High-A Level Clearwater Threshers. In fact, the day before the All-star break, the righty hitting Overbeck, who hit .302 with 11 HR and 41 RBI in 58 games with Clearwater, was called into the office of his manager Dusty Wathan and told to pack his bags prior to departing, as he was being promoted to Double A Reading.

As a member of the Reading Phillies, Overbeck continued his strong season, after a bit of a slow start, mashing 13 more homers, driving in 41 and posting a .255 average in 78 games.

Combined at the two levels last season, Overbeck posted a slash line of .276/.354/.490, which was a serious improvement over his 2009 statistics. In 96 games with Clearwater 2009, Overbeck’s line was an unimpressive .230/.282/.399. Overbeck attributed his improvements this season to working closely with Clearwater hitting coach Kevin Jordan and Reading hitting coach Frank Cacciatore. Overbeck is a hitter whose focus is to get in a rhythm and stay there as long as possible.

A 9th round draft selection in 2008, Overbeck skipped over Class A Lakewood, after beginning his professional career with the short season Williamsport Crosscutters when he signed with the Phillies.

Not regarded as a speedy player, Overbeck has just 1 stolen base in his 2 1/2 seasons as a pro. Defensively, he has solid instincts at the hot corner, which make up for any lack of range.

The 24-year-old Overbeck may begin the 2011 season back with Reading and could very well be a player on the fast track upward in the Phillies’ prospect rankings.

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

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Sandberg Could Return to Phillies Organization

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, November 09, 2010 12:16 PM Comments: 6

Reports today suggest that Hall of Fame player Ryne Sandberg could become the next manager of the Phillies Triple A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

After being passed over for the Chicago Cubs managerial position, Sandberg is parting ways with the organization. Sandberg, who managed the last four seasons in the Cubs’ minor league system, finished runner-up to Mike Quade, who was hired on Oct. 19. Quade took over, in an interim role, for Lou Piniella, who retired during the 2010 season.

Sandberg won the manager of the year award while leading the Triple A Iowa Cubs of the Pacific Coast League to record of 82-62, which was tied for best in the league.

According to reports, Sandberg has been in contact with multiple organizations regarding coaching positions at the Major League level and managerial positions in the minors.

The Lehigh managerial slot is not he only vacant position that the Phillies have right now, as the recent departure of Davey Lopes has left a vacancy in the Major League Phillies’ first base coach’s box. Sandberg has stated that he thinks he may know within a couple of weeks where he’ll be working in 2011.

Sandberg was a 20th round draft selection by the Phillies in 1978. He broke into the Majors with Philadelphia in 1981 before being traded to the Cubs in a deal that sent Larry Bowa to Chicago for Ivan De Jesus. In his time with Chicago, Sandberg became a franchise icon while proving himself to be one of the most reliable players in baseball. He won the the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1984 and was a 10-time all-star during his Hall of Fame playing career.

Initial speculation, among those close to the Phillies system, had one of two rising stars among the organization’s minor league managers being in line for the vacant spot with the IronPigs. Those big coaching prospects are two former catchers, who spent time with the big league Phillies, Dusty Wathan and Mark Parent. Wathan, who started as manager with short season Williamsport in 2008, has moved up one level in each of his two previous off-seasons managing in the Phillies’ system. Wathan was named South Atlantic League manager of the year in 2009, when he led the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws to the SAL championship. Parent was given the same honor, in his first season in the Phillies organization, after leading the BlueClaws to their second straight SAL title.

Former Phillies third base coach Bill Dancy is in the running to be the next Iowa manager. Dancy was the manager of the Cubs Double A affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies, during the 2010 season.

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

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