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2011 MLB Draft Primer

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, June 06, 2011 06:00 AM Comments: 5

Philadelphia’s 2010 1st round draft pick, LHP Jesse Biddle

What’s up:

Monday evening at 7 PM Eastern, the 2011 MLB Draft is set to begin. Phillies fans that are used to getting excited over that first selection of young, mysterious talent will have to wait just a bit longer this time around. Philadelphia will not pick in the amateur draft’s opening round, due to their signing of free agent pitcher Cliff Lee last off-season (they lost that pick to Texas), however, the were granted a selection in the supplementary round that follows the first round because outfielder Jayson Werth left, as a free agent. The Phillies’ first pick in this year’s draft will be 39th overall.

What to expect:

In recent years, the Phillies have shown they are partial to take what are known as “toolsy” offensive guys with their earliest picks, as proven by the selections of players like Greg Golson (1st round, 2004), Anthony Hewitt (1st round, 2008), Zach Collier (supplementary round, 2008) and Kelly Dugan (2nd round, 2009).

Philadelphia has also displayed quite a liking for young arms, over a longer period of time, for their top choice. In recent years, the team has taken Gavin Floyd (1st round, 2001), Cole Hamels (1st round, 2002), Kyle Drabek (1st round, 2006), Joe Savery (1st round, 2007) and Jesse Biddle (1st round, 2010) with their initial pick in the draft.

But, while there is a bit of a variance in the Phillies’ typical approach, positionally, one thing sticks as a more reliable thing…dating back to 2001, in years when the team picked in one or both of the opening two rounds, they have taken a player out of high school with their first pick 7 out of 9 times. In addition, 13 of 18 total picks made by the Phillies in the first, supplementary and second rounds since 2001 have been high school players. So, predictions that the Phillies go young early surely have basis.

What else?:

Check back here in the coming days for details on early round selections and other highlights from the draft.


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


Lannan, Nix Beat Phillies to End Washington Series

Posted by Michael Baumann, Wed, June 01, 2011 04:00 PM Comments: 23

There is, as it turns out, rest for the weary. John Lannan beat the Phillies for the first time in 14 starts, as he and four relievers combined to hold the Phillies to a single unearned run, an effort good enough to win, thanks to some help on both sides of the ball by left fielder Laynce Nix.

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See, Ryan, But Don’t Swing Away

Posted by Michael Baumann, Tue, May 17, 2011 02:26 PM Comments: 31

“On offense, your most precious possessions are your 27 outs.” -Earl Weaver, Hall of Fame class of 1996

I usually refrain from giving out advice to players. I know a few people with scouting or playing backgrounds for whom critiquing mechanics is a strong suit. I’m not one of them, so I usually focus on strategic considerations. I’ll break from that form here to propose a change in hitting approach for one Ryan Howard: namely, that he leave the bat on his shoulder.

I’ve been sarcastic in this space before, and people seem to have missed the joke. This is not one of those times. I’ve suggested that Ryan Howard do unorthodox things at the plate before, and been met with derision. But Ryan Howard needs to swing at fewer pitches, and here’s why.

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Ibanez Busts a Slump; Werth Continues His

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, May 04, 2011 07:50 AM Comments: 32

—Citizens Bank Park

Raul Ibanez was happy. There’s really no other way to describe his mood after ridding himself of an ugly 0-for-35 slump that had people believing he was finished as a ballplayer. Ibanez himself never had thought that way, although you couldn’t blame him if he did. His teammates wouldn’t let him think that way.

“These guys have been really supportive and almost to a man, guys have come up and say ‘hey, I’ve been there, I know what that’s like.”

Even Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond couldn’t believe that Ibanez has slid into such a funk. Desmond gave Ibanez a tap when he got to second base, and told Ibanez he looked it up before the game to see how bad it had gotten.

“I can’t really put the feeling in words…it was a big relief,” said Ibanez after a 2-for-4 night.  “The only way I have to function is to pretend it never happened, and move forward.”

Maybe Raul himself can act like this never went down, but every Phillies fan was literally counting the hours, minutes, and seconds until he hit the bench. But as Charlie Manuel says, the only way to beat a slump is to keep playing through a slump.

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Hamels throws CG, collects two hits

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Tue, May 03, 2011 10:41 PM Comments: 13

Sometimes it is hard to forget your first.  For Cole Hamels, that is all he wants to do.

In his first start of the season, Hamels only lasted 2.2 innings allowing six runs on seven hits.  Since that first start against the Mets, he has worked 37 innings and allowed only six runs.  Tonight he went the full nine, allowed only five hits and struck out six.  After going the distance tonight, his ERA is down to 2.66 and he is 4-1 for the season.

The Four Aces are now 13-5 and have thrown four complete games.  That is four complete games in the team’s first 28 games.  In 2008, the team had four CG the whole season.

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Gameday: Phillies (18-9) vs Nationals (14-14)

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Tue, May 03, 2011 06:14 PM Comments: 79

Washington Nationals (14-14) at Philadelphia Phillies (18-9)

Livan Hernandez (3-2, 3.23 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (3-1, 3.13 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: 78
Twitter: Phillies Nation

As the Phillies barely made it out of Arizona and lost a tough one to the Mets in 14 innings, they finished off the week playing .500 ball.

For the visiting Nationals they will be trying to get over the .500 hump tonight against the Phils.  Too bad for the Nats, they have only won nine times in 36 games playing at Citizens Bank Park.  They’ve lost four in a row on the road against the Phillies.

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The Return of Werth

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, May 03, 2011 03:15 PM Comments: 14

As T-Mac would say, “Heeee’s Baaaaaack!” Jayson Werth makes his return to Citizens Bank Park tonight at 7:05 in what will likely be a boo vs. cheer-fest, at least to start. Some couldn’t get enough of the guy, others have had enough.

Whether you believe he was right or wrong for taking the money and running, Werth is in a less-enviable situation in Washington D.C. His Nationals are  4 1/2 games out, but are looking like a team that does have a bit of potential. How far they go this year will depend a lot on our bearded friend.

Share some stories here if you’d like, or tell us if he should be booed or cheered by the sellout crowd tonight at Citizens Bank Park. I’ll be posting video Werth later on here at the park, in what should be a media frenzy.


Win Tickets to See Werth’s First Game Back!

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, April 29, 2011 12:30 PM Comments: 0

Former Phillie Jayson Werth will make his return to Citizens Bank Park Tuesday, May 3 at 7:05. As you’re well aware, Werth spent four solid seasons in Philadelphia before leaving for greener pastures in Washington D.C. (or a losing record and a lot of cash, depends on how you look at it).

Want to see him make his return? Want to be able to cheer him or boo him, whichever you prefer? Well Phillies Nation can help! With the help of our ticket partner, TiqIQ, we’re giving away two tickets to Phillies/Nationals on May 3rd for his return. All you have to do is register on facebook, and here’s how:

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Phillies Winning; Offense Sliding

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, April 18, 2011 09:07 AM Comments: 7

At 10-4, the Phillies must feel pretty good about themselves. They haven’t lost a series yet after splitting a rain-shortened two-game set with the Marlins over the weekend. Nats, Braves, Astros, no problem. Cliff Lee is dealing, as is Roy Halladay. Cole Hamels shook off the rust from an ugly first start putting together excellent outings in his last two.

Really, the problem has not been the pitching staff. Forget about the blown game against the Marlins on Friday night in which JC Romero and Danys Baez gave up runs after Roy Oswalt departed with an injury. Look to the offensive issues as a reason more pressure is being put on the arms.

Through the first eight games of the season, the Phillies offense averaged seven runs per game. Everything clicked during the 6-2 jump off as they put up a 10 spot followed by an 11 spot against the Mets.

Since, the Phillies have gone 4-2, but have done so on the back of outstanding starting pitching. In those six games, their runs per game sunk to just 3.3.

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2011 Phillies Road Trips

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, April 16, 2011 01:27 PM Comments: 3

2011 Phillies Nation Road Trips
Six years ago, Phillies Nation ran its first road trip to Washington, DC in what was then the first year of baseball in our nation’s capital. That day, Rob Cowie captained a short bus full of fans (and a few cases of beer) down I-95 to old RFK Stadium. Since then thousands of fans have traveled with us to cities around the country to root on the Phillies and have a good time.

This year, we have our most ambitious slate of trips yet. Along with our partner Phils Fever, we aim to fill opposing stadiums and show the country what being a Phillies fan is really about.

The regular season started with a massive invasion of DC on April 14 to see our old friend Jayson Werth face our returning hero Cliff Lee. We all know how that worked out (CG-SO!). There are another 2 trips to DC, 2 to New York plus overnight stays in San Diego, Miami, San Francisco and Seattle.

Most Phillies home games will be sold out before the season even begins so don’t miss out on any of the action. Get your tickets to the April 14th trip to DC now and start making plans for the rest of the season.
April 21-25 – San Diego
May 7-11 – Miami
May 29 – New York Mets
May 30 – Washington, DC – Memorial Day
June 16-20 – Seattle
June 23 – Tour of CBP and McFadden’s Party
July 16 – New York Mets – details coming soon
August 4-8 – San Francisco
August 20 – Washington, DC
September 24 – New York Mets

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