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Let Hunter Pence Teach Your Kids Baseball — But Not Really

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, September 26, 2013 03:23 PM Comments: 4

This faux-instructional video made by Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is a beaut. We got a chance to see his unorthodox style up close and personal as a member of the Phillies. He’s now preaching that to children in this not-really-real baseball academy video.

Even if you’ve soured on Pence, you’ll love this. (From Deadspin and SI’s Extra Mustard)

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Ruf Lost Among Historic Rookie Class?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, September 25, 2013 06:00 AM Comments: 13

Headed into last night’s game against the Marlins, Phillies outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf was ranked sixth among all rookies in on-base percentage, sixth in slugging, was third in drawing walks, fifth in home runs, third in OPS, or on-base percentage plus slugging, third in wOBA, fourth in wRC+, and second in ISO, or isolated power. In a normal year, Ruf would receive consideration for the Rookie of the Year award and perhaps receive down ballot support. But this is no normal year.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN tackled assigning the winner of the Rookie of the Year race. In addition to naming Jose Fernandez his pick for runaway Rookie of the Year, Crasnick named 14 other players who are having great seasons. Some, including power-hitting Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko and power-hitting Braves utility player Evan Gattis, fall behind Ruf in all three triple-slash categories. Yet, there has been no mention of Ruf. What gives? Continue reading Ruf Lost Among Historic Rookie Class?

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Cameron Rupp Ready for Next Level

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, September 03, 2013 01:30 PM Comments: 2

Cameron Rupp, Image- Jay Floyd

Over the weekend, Cameron Rupp sat in the players’ lounge area of the Coca Cola Park clubhouse watching the Phillies on television. On Tuesday, he’ll be in the clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park for his first major league game.

Rupp, the Phillies’ third round draft choice in 2010 out of the University of Texas, was among a collection of youngsters that was added to the big league roster as September call-ups this week. The strong defending 24-year-old is up for the challenge.

This season, Rupp posted a career high in home runs, with 14, splitting time with the Double-A Reading Fightins and the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Additionally, Rupp sported a .258 average and drove in 45 runs in 94 total games this year. The righty batting Texan, pleased with his own progress this year, had his eyes set on higher levels for much of the season.

“I knew the situation I was in, sharing time with (Sebastian) Valle in Reading and with Tommy (Joseph) being (in Lehigh Valley), you know, I don’t want to see anybody get hurt, but as soon as Tommy went down, that was kind of a goal of mine, to keep going and play and, hopefully, get an opportunity to go up and take advantage of it,” Rupp said, referencing the Phillies’ other well-known catching prospects. Continue reading Cameron Rupp Ready for Next Level

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Weekly Minors Wrap: Buchanan, Cloyd, Giles, Buckley Heat Up

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, August 05, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 2

It’s another weekly rundown of the Phillies’ minor leagues.  Take a look at details on some recent noteworthy performers…

Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

David Buchanan, image- Jay Floyd

Right-hander David Buchanan got the call up on Sunday, and notched a win, throwing seven innings and allowing just two runs while striking out four and walking one.  Buchanan, the Phillies’ 7th round draft pick in 2010 out of Georgia State University, posted a 6-11 record along with a 4.82 ERA in 22 starts with Double-A Reading this year.  According to Reading coach Dave Lundquist, the initial plan was to have the 24-year-old make one start with the ‘Pigs, then return to Reading for his next start, but things can always change.

Tyler Henson, promoted from Reading when Cody Asche got the call to the big leagues, launched four home runs in his first four games with the IronPigs, after recording just four round trippers in 80 Double-A games this season.  Henson has a .368 average in six games with Lehigh Valley.  The 25-year-old infielder was signed as a minor league free agent last fall.

Righty Tyler Cloyd is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in his last five starts for Lehigh Valley.  Overall with the IronPigs this year, the 26-year-old has a 5-8 record with a 5.42 ERA in 16 starts.  Cloyd, the Phillies’ 18th round draft choice in 2008, also started six games in the big leagues this year, going 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA. Continue reading Weekly Minors Wrap: Buchanan, Cloyd, Giles, Buckley Heat Up

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Papelbon blows sixth save, spoils Hamels’ best outing of the year

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Thu, August 01, 2013 10:13 PM Comments: 74

The Phillies lost their fourth straight series Thursday 2-1, despite a stellar outing from Cole Hamels. The Phillies held a 1-0 lead entering the ninth, but Jonathan Papelbon blew the save, allowing two runs in the inning en route to his sixth blown save of the season.

Hamels brilliant start wasted

Hamels is staying. (AP)

Cole Hamels tossed eight shutout innings, but received a no decision in the game. (AP)

Cole Hamels churned out his best start of the season on Thursday night. The lefty held his opponent scoreless for the first time this year, tossing eight strong innings in which he scattered seven hits and struck out five. It was the third time in his last five starts that he has gone eight innings, after accomplishing that feat just twice in his first 18 starts.

Hamels also delivered the only run for the Phillies in the game in the fifth when his two out single off Matt Cain drove home Laynce Nix to put the Phillies ahead.

But Hamels started was wasted on just three batters into the ninth inning. Papelbon allowed singles to Hunter Pence, Brett Pill and Roger Kieschnick, promptly blowing his sixth save of the year. Those six blown saves are the second most in all of baseball. He then allowed another run, which put the Phillies behind by one.

Offense slow yet again

The Phillies managed just the lone run on seven hits, and squandered several chances to score. They were just 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position in the game, and one of those hits did not even translate to a run.

Perhaps the most frustrating blown scoring opportunity came in the ninth, when the Phillies had the bases loaded with nobody out. It would not have even taken a hit to tie the game or even to win it. But Nix and Carlos Ruiz flied out and could not get the run home, and Erik Kratz grounded into a fielders choice to end the game.

Up next…

The Phillies will play host to the Atlanta Braves tomorrow looking to win their first series since before the All-Star break. Right-hander Ethan Martin (11-5, 4.12 ERA in AAA) will make his major league debut, and he will be opposed by Kris Medlen, who is 7-10 with a 3.74 ERA. First pitch is at 7:05.

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Should the Phillies Call the Giants About Pence?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, July 11, 2013 11:10 PM Comments: 32

Good series, let’s go call the Giants about Pence?

Think back to your days in high school or college, to the girls or fellas that you dated. There were the ones that made you stay up at night, heart racing. You may have even written poetry or songs for them. Then, there was the moment that things got weird and you parted. You fell in love again, usually with someone new, married, and your former flame is long forgotten.

For a lot of fans, Hunter Pence was the player that got their palms sweaty and blood pumping. He was a handsome-yet-clumsy throwback to the 1970′s – a player whom writers used words reserved only for the most awkward-yet-talented, and oddly usually Caucasian, players. Writers called him a gritty gym rat and a hustler. Last year, the Phillies fell well out of contention and, frankly, things got weird. Pence and his penchant for eating after scoring game winning runs were sent to San Francisco where he won a World Series.

Since then, Domonic Brown has become an All-Star outfielder but there is a hole left unfilled in right field. There is one player that is likely available who can fill that hole – while I am one of the many who believe the steep cost of his acquisition may become one of the worst trades in Phillies history, that player’s name is Hunter Pence. Continue reading Should the Phillies Call the Giants About Pence?

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Four Reading Fightins Set for EL All-Star Game

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, July 10, 2013 10:50 AM Comments: 1

Jesse Biddle, image- Jay Floyd

The Double-A Reading Fightins will have four representatives in Wednesday’s Eastern League All-Star Game, which is set to be played in New Britain, CT. Starting pitchers Jesse Biddle and Seth Rosin will be joined by second baseman Albert Cartwright and first baseman Jim Murphy to make up the foursome of Phillies talents in the annual exhibition.

Making their first career All-Star appearances are Cartwright and Rosin, while Biddle and Murphy are each being honored for the second time. Biddle was an All-Star in the Class A Advanced Florida State League last year. Murphy represented Lakewood in the 2011 Class A South Atlantic League game.

The contest will feature loads of top talent from around the EL and Biddle, who has a 3-8 record along with a 3.08 ERA and a league leading 102 strike outs through 17 starts this season, is honored to be listed among that collection of players.

“To be mentioned with the players I’m playing with is unbelievable,” Biddle said. “It means a lot to me.”

The 21-year-old lefty hurler won’t pitch in the EL All-Star contest, as the Phillies prefer to reserve him for a different showcase.  Biddle, along with Reading third baseman Maikel Franco, will participate in the MLB All-Star Futures Game this upcoming Sunday in New York City.

“The Double-A All-Star team, there’s some good players in that. It’s future big leaguers. The Futures Game is obviously a big deal and it’s something that I grew up watching. So, I really wanted to (be in that). Those were two goals that I set for myself going into the year,” Biddle declared. Continue reading Four Reading Fightins Set for EL All-Star Game

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Minors Notes: Who’s Hot, Who’s Cold & Venezuelan Summer League Begins

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, May 19, 2013 03:00 PM Comments: 0

It’s time for the weekly rundown of minor league notes, taking a look at who is hot and who is not, from each team.  Stats and standing accurate through game action played on Saturday.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs (18-24, 4th place, North Division International League)-

Hot list…

Cody Asche with Reading in 2012

Third baseman Cody Asche has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 contests.  In his last 10 games, Asche is batting .326 with two doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI.  The 22-year-old was the Phillies’ 4th round pick in 2011 out of the University of Nebraska.

Cold list…

Joe Savery has allowed nine earned runs in one total inning over his last two appearances with the IronPigs.  Savery, whose season ERA in the International League sits at 5.87, sported a 0.63 mark this season prior to his most recent two appearances.

Lefty starter Adam Morgan has a 0-4 record along with an 8.33 ERA over his last five games.  The University of Alabama product was the Phillies’ 3rd round draft pick in 2011.  Morgan, a Georgia native, is 23-years-old. Continue reading Minors Notes: Who’s Hot, Who’s Cold & Venezuelan Summer League Begins

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Pence Takes Blame for Down 2012

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, May 08, 2013 07:57 AM Comments: 5

pence-philsWhen he arrived from Houston, the swing was goofy, but the work ethic was solid. No one ever accused Hunter Pence of not trying. Turns out, he was trying too hard, which is what we all saw with our own two eyes anyway.

Last season, while Pence was still with the Phillies, he admitted to doing too much in the absence of the meat of the order, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. When he arrived in the summer of 2011, Pence excelled behind the 3-4 hitters, exploding in Philly as a beloved athlete. That relationship turned sour when in 2012, it turned ugly.

“That’s 100 percent what I did,” Pence told the Philadelphia Daily News Tuesday afternoon. “And in this game, I say it a lot: you can’t try; you’ve got to trust. And I was trying to make it happen. But there was a great lesson for me in that experience, there was a letting go. there was a lot I had to learn.”

“To be honest with you, I felt really guilty,” Pence said. “I felt like I did something wrong. Obviously I shouldn’t have looked at it that way, it was the wrong way to look at it. But I was, there was a lot of excitement to be put into this race. But I was heavily invested in bringing the Phillies back, and it felt like… I felt guilty. I felt like it was my fault that it fell apart.”

It wasn’t really Pence’s fault, although his penchant for swinging at everything hurt his numbers, and the team’s. So often, we saw Pence flailing at pitches early in the count, reluctant to take walks (hey, look, we’re talking about walks again). With Utley and Howard ahead of him, that sort of approach was fine; he could get away with it. But as the focal point and cleanup hitter, Pence needed to be more selective. He couldn’t bring his jittery self to do it and found himself in San Francisco at the trade deadline.

 

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PN Interview: RHP Prospect Seth Rosin

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, May 07, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 0

Seth Rosin, image- MiLB.com

Last summer, as part of the Hunter Pence trade, the Phillies acquired righty hurler Seth Rosin (Roe-ZEEN). Originally drafted in the 4th round in 2010 by San Francisco, Rosin had mainly been a reliever with the Giants’ Class A Advanced affiliate San Jose. Now throwing strictly as a starter, since joining the Phils’ organization, the University of Minnesota product, who stands six-foot-six and weighs around 250 pounds, has posted a 1-4 record with a 3.17 ERA while striking out 32 and walking seven in 45 1/3 innings.

Recently, I spoke with the 24-year-old about his transition to a new organization, his thoughts about Reading, Eastern League competition and plenty more. Read ahead for that full interview.

- Last year, at the time of the trade, how were you notified you had been dealt and what was your reaction?

I got a call from the Giants front office at about 8 o’clock in the morning, west coast time, letting me know I had to leave tomorrow to go to Florida, I was in a trade. So, I was just trying to get everything in order, get my car out to Florida, or whatever, all my clothes. I had a host family, so they were really helpful with that. I was just- I knew I had to get all my stuff in order to get over there. It was a good transition and the Phillies guys welcomed me, so it was a good transition.

- As rattling as that appears to be, from that description, is getting that news also exciting, because you know a team has just dealt an established player to get you?

Yeah. It’s a fresh start. All new coaches, everything, I’ve got to get to know everyone’s names and stuff like that. It’s a good start and I’m having a good time over here.
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