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PN Interview: Phils Director of Player Development Joe Jordan

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, July 08, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0

Joe Jordan, photo- Jay Floyd

On Sunday, prior to Reading’s game in Trenton, I spent some time chatting with Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan regarding as many subjects as I could, before I felt like I might be keeping him from something important on his chiming cell phone.  The topics included the Maikel Franco and Cody Asche 3rd base prospect jam, lefty hurler Adam Morgan‘s upcoming return to action, the possibility of moving Brody Colvin out of the Reading rotation again, and much more.

Read ahead for my interview with Joe Jordan…

- Outfielder Kelly Dugan joined the Double-A Reading team this weekend and looks to be very deserving of the promotion.  How about his 2013?

Kelly’s done really well.  You know, he came- he had a wonderful spring training and had an oblique pull right at the end of camp and so he didn’t get to break camp with the club.  But ever since he’s gotten back on the field, he’s done nothing except hit and he’s played good in the outfield.  It’s been a real solid year for him, that’s why he’s here.

- Former first round draft pick Zach Collier has had some offensive struggles at Double-A this year after an outstanding Arizona Fall League last year.  What’s the outlook for Zach?

Yeah, again, it’s been a disappointment for him and, you know, the one thing he’s done is he’s played good defense.  You know, he has helped the club in that regard, he’s done a good job.  He’s a better hitter than he’s shown and we’re just going to ride him out.  We’re going to keep putting him in the lineup every day and at some point in time- (Saturday) was a good day.  Hopefully, he can have a couple, two, three in a row and, really, for me, it’s all about having a good July and and a good August.  You know, to hell with overall numbers.  Let’s just have a good couple months and go from there. Continue reading PN Interview: Phils Director of Player Development Joe Jordan


BlueClaws Quotables: Morandini on Mecias, Quinn, Tocci, Gonzalez & more

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, June 29, 2013 08:15 AM Comments: 16

I spoke with Class A Lakewood manager Mickey Morandini on Friday about several of his players including 20-year-old shortstop Roman Quinn (2nd round pick, 2011), who was placed on the disabled list this week, 21-year-old OF Brian Pointer (28th round pick, 2010) who is hitting at a .325/.400/.500 clip in his last 10 games, and 20-year-old RHP Severino Gonzalez, who joined the BlueClaws’ starting rotation this week after posting excellent stats (1-1 record, 1.65 ERA, 33 K, 3 BB in 27 1/3 IP) with Class A Advanced Clearwater, plus plenty more.

Yoel Mecias, image- Jay Floyd

Most importantly, Morandini confirmed that Lakewood’s lone lefty hurler, Yoel Mecias, who represented the ‘Claws in last week’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game, is facing Tommy John surgery.  Mecias struck out eight batters over 3 2/3 innings in his most recent outing against West Virginia last Saturday, but left the contest after experiencing elbow pain.  An MRI conducted on Thursday revealed damage to the ulnar collateral ligament and reconstructive surgery is required for the 19-year-old Venezuelan.

In 13 games with Lakewood this season, Mecias posted a 4-3 record, a 3.79 ERA along with an 11.05 K/9 mark.  No date has been set for his surgery as of yet.

Read ahead for more from Morandini…

- Roman Quinn really put things together and had picked up his offense here as of late. This week, he’s struck with a pitch in his left wrist and suffers a fracture, which results in a lengthy stretch of down time.  What are your thoughts on this situation for Roman?

It was a little disappointing.  He was making some strides, you know, getting his at bats in, making some strides with his throwing and his defense.  You know, I don’t think four-to-six weeks is going to set him back too much overall, but, for us it’s disappointing, you lose our lead-off guy, you know, your speed guy, you lose your shortstop, so we’re gonna need someone to step up and fill his shoes.  It’s just a hairline fracture, so it’s going to heal and he’ll be fine, so that’s good. Continue reading BlueClaws Quotables: Morandini on Mecias, Quinn, Tocci, Gonzalez & more


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.
Continue reading Minor League Notebook: Hernandez, Collier, Biddle & More


PN Interview: RHP Prospect Nic Hanson

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, May 15, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0

Right-handed hurler Nicholas Hanson was selected by the Phillies in the 16th round of last year’s draft.  The Golden West College product had a tough pro debut with the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters, where he sported a 2-3 record with a 7.00 ERA while averaging 5.8 K/9.  This year is a completely different story, however.  In nine outings, Hanson, 21, has tallied a 1-0 record along with a 2.94 ERA and a 7.48 K/9 mark.  Additionally, in his three starts since moving from the bullpen, the 6-foot-7, 210 pounder has allowed just one run.

Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Nic and he spoke about his success, his best friend who is also a player, his offerings on the mound and plenty more. Read ahead for that full interview.

- You’re on a hot streak now and doing very well as a starter after relieving to start the season.  What can you tell me about your early success this season?

I’m just kind of getting used to my new stuff.  I started throwing that sinker now and (pitching coach Aaron Fultz) has really been helping me and we’re watching video a little bit and I’m kind of getting used to my stuff.  That’s basically it, just going out there and learning every time.

- What’s your full pitching repertoire right now?

Right now, four-seam fastball, sinker, slider, change up. 

- You mentioned the new addition of a sinker.  Who initiated that?  How did that come about?

I used to throw it as a little kid.  It was the only way I knew how to throw a fastball, I’d kind of throw it differently than a regular two-seamer.  And I felt like I needed another pitch other than a four-season fastball.  My dad told me, toward the end of spring training, “Why don’t you throw that pitch?”  Continue reading PN Interview: RHP Prospect Nic Hanson


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


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.
Continue reading PN Interview: RHP Prospect Seth Rosin


Minor League Notebook: Injuries, Signings and Stats

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, April 10, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0

Mario Hollands

Lefty hurler Mario Hollands, who is on the disabled list for the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, is not currently ailing and is spending time with the Phils’ extended spring training team until further notice. Pitching at four levels of the organization’s developmental system last season, the 24-year-old posted a 7-9 record with a 4.55 ERA and a .282 batting average against in 27 outings (18 starts).

Right-handed reliever Kenny Giles, who also opened the 2013 season on the disabled list for the Threshers, is dealing with an oblique strain. There is no known time frame for the Phillies’ 2011 7th round draft selection’s return. Last season, with Class A Lakewood and Clearwater, the 22-year-old tallied a 4-3 record with eight saves, a 3.51 ERA and a 12.18 K/9 mark in 39 contests.

Left-handed starting pitcher Nick Hernandez made his official return to the mound for the Threshers on Tuesday evening. Out since 2010 with repeated shoulder injuries, the 24-year-old had a very good outing for Clearwater, throwing five innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits while surrendering four walks and striking out five opposing batters.  Hernandez, the nephew on MLB umpire Angel Hernandez, was a mid-season South Atlantic League All-Star with Lakewood in 2010, when he went 3-1 with a 1.61 ERA in eight outings prior to being sidelined. Continue reading Minor League Notebook: Injuries, Signings and Stats


Spring Wrap Up Interview: RHP Tyler Knigge

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, March 31, 2013 04:00 PM Comments: 0

As minor leaguers break camp and three quarters of the teams head north to their full season destinations, I had the opportunity to speak with righty hurler Tyler Knigge.

The Phils’ 12th round draft selection in 2010, took big strides last year, as he posted a 4-1 record, nine saves and a 0.60 ERA in 34 outings for Class A Advanced Clearwater, en route to becoming a Florida State League All-Star.  The six-foot-three 225-pounder then earned a promotion to Double-A, where he tallied a 2.92 ERA with no decisions and two saves in 21 appearances for Reading.  Additionally, Knigge, who sports a fastball that is regularly clocked in the mid-90′s, averaged 9.09 K/9 at the two levels.  He went on to pitcher with Peoria in the Arizona Fall League last year as well.

This weekend, Tyler offered some quick thoughts on his preseason, his assignment to begin the regular season with Reading and more.  Read ahead to check out the interview.

- How has your spring gone?  Thoughts on how you’ve progressed physically? Any spring training goals met?

My spring has gone well. Had my ups and downs but that’s what spring training is for. Fixing the kinks. Physically, I know I’ve gotten stronger. That’s my goal and I will continue working towards it. Continue reading Spring Wrap Up Interview: RHP Tyler Knigge


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


Spring Training Gameday 2013: Phillies v. Orioles

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, March 17, 2013 12:00 PM Comments: 14

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3RVQj2QtoX8/Txzu10unLeI/AAAAAAAAAlw/vyfATUQGDtg/s1600/4bmrvfygivt6dgyw9hntp3aqc.gifBaltimore Orioles vs Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

Bright House Field – Clearwater, FL

Weather: 72, Partly Cloudy

TV: Comcast SportsNet

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Doc Halladay looks to bounce back after a, quite frankly, scary outing against the Baltimore Orioles. Jason Hammel is the hurler on the opposing bump for the O’s. The Phils, wearing green, will run out a line-up that feels like it could be a preview of the Opening Day line-up, with J-Roll in place of Freddy Galvis. In a strange quirk, there is no DH today.

Housekeeping: Very busy day for the Phils today: four were sent down to the Minors and Yuniesky Betancourt is suddenly a tradeable commodity. Be sure to keep it tuned in to Phillies Nation for the most up-to-date news – it is going to start coming fast and furious as we’re now about two weeks away from Opening Day. Roster moves could come at any time.


1. Revere – CF

2. Galvis– 3B

3. Utley – 2B

4. Howard – 1B

5. Young – 3B

6. Brown – RF

7. Ruf – LF

8. Kratz – C

9. Halladay – P

Go Phillies!

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