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Minors Wrap Up: Updates on Asche, Franco, Biddle, Crawford and More

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, July 15, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 3

From all throughout the Phillies’ developmental ranks, here’s our weekly rundown of top performers and those players that have struggled recently.


Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

Who’s hot…

Cody Asche, image- Jay Floyd

Third baseman Cody Asche had four multi-hit games over a five-game stretch last week, including a 5-for-5 effort against Pawtucket on Wednesday.  The 23-year-old International League All-Star is batting .288 with 10 homers and 56 RBI in 93 games this season.  Asche was the Phils’ 4th round draft choice in 2011.

The IronPigs’ other All-Star, second baseman Cesar Hernandez, is batting .333 with three doubles, a triple and five RBI in 13 contests this month.  Due to the Phillies’ void in center field, as Ben Revere suffered a broken foot over the weekend, Hernandez will not participate in the IL All-Star events, instead, he’s been assigned to Double-A Reading to get extra work in the outfield in case the Phils choose to call him up for the second half.  Hernandez has played six total games in the outfield as a pro.  The 23-year-old Venezuelan is batting .306 with 27 steals in 81 games at Triple-A this year.

Who’s not…

First baseman/outfielder/DH Josh Fields is batting just .148 in 10 games this month.  The 30-year-old veteran is sporting a .306 overall average with four homers 33 RBI in 74 games this season with the IronPigs.  Fields was signed as a minor league free agent last November. Continue reading Minors Wrap Up: Updates on Asche, Franco, Biddle, Crawford and More

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Gameday: Phillies (45-46) vs Nationals (46-44)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, July 10, 2013 06:03 PM Comments: 9

adz8otx6xektaq3eszfoq5ecjPhiladelphia Phillies (45-46) vs Washington Nationals (46-44)

Cliff Lee (10-2, 2,73) v. Gio Gonzalez (6-3, 3.14)

TIME: 7:00, Citizens Bank Park
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The Phillies will turn to Cliff Lee tonight, and the All-Star lefty will try to bounce back after his last two shaky starts. He’s given up seven earned runs over his last 13.1 innings. His last outing against the Braves was going smoothly until a rough sixth inning where he gave up a three run home run to Dan Uggla. The only out he recorded in the inning was a bunt groundout. He still received the win thanks to a solid performance by the Phils bullpen. It was the first time that he had not pitched at least seven full innings since May 1.

For the Nats, Gio Gonzalez will get the start, and he’s been pitching pretty well lately. Over his last seven starts, he has an ERA of just 2.11. He’s gone at least six innings each time, and hasn’t given up more than 3 ER. Runs for both teams will come at a premium tonight.

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GAMEDAY BEER: Sweetwater Blue

SweetWater Blue is a unique light-bodied ale with a hint of fresh blueberries. It begins with an appealing blueberry aroma and finishes as a surprisingly thirst-quenching ale. It’ll certainly be hard to find in the Philly region, but if you know of one of those crazy 6-pack stores that has EVERYTHING, look for this, or at least ask about it. It’s an Atlanta-based brewing company. And while I’m not particularly fond of fruity beer, a hint I don’t mind. Get out that chicken and the Sweet Baby Rays and make this a sweet night.  -By Pat

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Lannan Twirls A Gem In Phils Win

Posted by Alex Lee, Mon, July 08, 2013 09:54 PM Comments: 14

John Lannan was unhittable on Monday night at CBP (Photo: AP).

John Lannan was unhittable on Monday night at CBP (Photo: AP).

Ruben Amaro publicly challenged his players when he decreed this 10-game homestand the tipping point of the 2013 season.  So far so good through four games, as the Phillies topped the Nationals on Monday night, 3-2, to climb within 2.5 games of second place Washington.

John Lannan (2-3, 4.26 ERA) threw eight innings of shutout ball and Ben Revere fueled the offense with his bat and his legs, tallying three hits, a steal and scoring two of the three Phillies runs.  Jimmy Rollins also had a good night, following two Revere hits with singles of his own in innings that led to runs.  Jonathan Papelbon navigated through a rocky ninth – two hits, a few loud outs – to capture his 19th save of the season.

The Phillies are now 4-3 against the Nationals this year and have three more against them this week at Citizens Bank Park.

LANNAN DOMINANT AGAINST FORMER MATES

- Lannan was magnificent in his second outing against his former team.  The lefthander retired the side in order in four of his eight frames, allowing only four hits and a pair of walks.  He induced 12 groundouts in eight innings.  Monday night was unequivocally Lannan’s best start as a member of the Phillies.  He needed only 109 pitches to get through eight, the first time he’s hit triple digits in 24 outings dating back to 2011.  He lowered his ERA to a respectable 4.26 on the season.

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Dom Brown, Home Run Derby Snub

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, July 08, 2013 07:50 PM Comments: 0

AP Photo.

AP Photo.

Domonic Brown is second in the National League in home runs (as of this writing) with 23, yet will not be taking part in the Home Run Derby at Citi Field in New York City. Instead, hometown captain David Wright has assembled this team:

-David Wright (Captain): 13 HR
-Bryce Harper: 13 HR
-Michael Cuddyer: 15 HR
-Carlos Gonzalez: 24 HR

As you can see, MICHAEL CUDDYER!? Brown has previously stated that he would have taken part in the derby. “It can screw up your swing if you go about it the wrong way,” Brown told the Philadelphia Inquirer.  “I’d go about it the right way.”

Unfortunately, we won’t get to see that sweet lefty swing pelting Utley’s Corner with mammoth blasts. And as someone who has seen him mash some shots in BP, we’re missing out.

Does it bother you that Brown is not in the derby?

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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

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Howard to DL, Ruf Recalled

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, July 06, 2013 06:50 PM Comments: 1

Not long before Saturday evening’s contest against the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies announced that ailing first baseman Ryan Howard would be placed on the disabled list, as he has been battling left knee issues for several weeks.

The lefty hitting slugger was scratched from Saturday night’s lineup following batting practice that afternoon.  In 80 games this year, Howard has a .266 batting average along with 11 home runs and 43 RBI. 

To occupy the void on the roster, the Phillies announced the return of first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf, who made his major league debut with the Phils last September, hitting .333 with three home runs and 10 RBI in a dozen game with the big club.

This season, the Creighton University product who turns 27-years-old later this month, has posted a .266 average with seven homers and 46 RBI in 82 games with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs.  Continue reading Howard to DL, Ruf Recalled

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Phils Hold On to Beat Braves, 5-4

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, July 05, 2013 09:58 PM Comments: 0

PHOTO: AP

PHOTO: AP

Cliff Lee, who had thrown six innings of shutout baseball, exited Friday after giving up a three run home run that put the Braves within two runs. They would get one more in the inning but the Phillies held on to beat the Braves 5-4. J.C. Ramirez cleaned up the mess that Lee made in the seventh.

The offense was able to put up five runs on Braves starter Paul Maholm, and Ryan Howard–yes that Ryan Howard–hit the first home run by a lefty off of Maholm this year. He has also been holding lefties to a .188 average prior to tonight’s game. Continue reading Phils Hold On to Beat Braves, 5-4

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Fightins Quotables: Wathan Speaks on Biddle, Wright, Franco, Gillies and more

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, July 05, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0

I sat down with Double-A Reading manager Dusty Wathan on Thursday to chat about several key names in the Phillies’ developmental ranks.  Among the topics of discussion were top Phils prospect lefty pitcher Jesse Biddle, fast rising third base prospect Maikel Franco, struggling left-handed starter Austin Wright and outfielder Tyson Gillies, who earned a promotion from Reading to Triple-A Lehigh Valley this week.

Read ahead for all the quotes, plus some bonus Fightins related news blurbs at the end…

- Lefty pitcher Jesse Biddle has now gone eight straight starts without a win.  As good as Jesse is, can this sort of stretch be disruptive or discouraging for a young player?

Well, I think a lot of times, every year you can look and see one guy who pitches well and doesn’t get the wins to show for how well he’s pitched.  And a lot of it comes down to run support.  It’s a difficult situation sometimes, but it’s just, every year it seems like one of the guys in the rotation has trouble getting runs scored for him and Jesse seems to be that guy this year.  He’s a guy- obviously, he’s a huge competitor who wants to win, but in the long run, as long as he’s making improvements every start and getting himself better as we go…the wins are always nice as a ball club, but I tell these guys that if we don’t win any games and everybody gets better, then we’ve done our job. 

(To see Biddle shut down rehabbing Yankees player Eduardo Nunez in three at bats, click here.)

- Maikel Franco‘s joined the club here and has had some really good success, batting .407 in 14 games with four homers.  Clearly, he’s taken some big strides.  I wanted to ask if you saw him in spring training to remark about the difference between then and now and just your thoughts on his progress.


Yeah, I didn’t really get a change to see him a whole lot in spring.  A couple games, but nothing over an extended period of time.  I saw him play in instructional league a couple years ago and, obviously, he’s a kid that’s developed into a pretty good pure hitter, I think.  He’s got some power, obviously.  But, I think the thing you see in him is that he goes up there and young hitters a lot of times they’ll have a tendency to go up there and chase pitch after pitch out of the zone or make the same mistake twice.  He doesn’t tend to do that.  He’ll make the adjustment in the middle of his at bat.  Continue reading Fightins Quotables: Wathan Speaks on Biddle, Wright, Franco, Gillies and more

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Biddle, Franco To Represent Phils in Futures Game

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, June 26, 2013 05:25 PM Comments: 0

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Franco’s, seen here in 2012, 2013 performance has put him in the MLB Futures Game. Photo by Jay Floyd

Lefty Jesse Biddle and third baseman Maikel Franco have been selected to play in the 15th Annual MLB Futures Game at Citi Field on Sunday, July 14. Biddle with pitch for the US squad while Franco will represent the World team.

Biddle, 21, has a 3.29 ERA in 14 starts, with a 1.197 WHIP. The jump from High-A Clearwater to Double-A Reading has not phased Germantown Friends’ Biddle: Biddle has increased his strikeouts per 9 IP by almost a full K in 2013. Biddle hasn’t be as efficient as he was last year limiting walks but his 1.197 WHIP is a career-low and his 91 Ks leads the Eastern League.

Franco, 20, has clubbed his way to Double-A after hitting a career-high 16 home runs in just 288 PAs for High-A Clearwater. Franco posted a career-high triple-slash in that time period (.299/.347/.576) and combined it with excellent glove work. Franco’s early performance with Reading has been awesome: Franco is hitting .524/.545/.952 in his first 22 PA with two homers.

Analysis: Biddle is one of the top lefties in the Eastern League right now and his consistency as a 21-year old has scouts salivating.

Franco has used a solid frame to square up on balls and send them over the wall, conquering High-A in his first trip in about 1/3 of a season. Franco was ranked #42 overall in Baseball Prospectus’ mid-season Top 50 list and Danny Knobler of CBS passed this note along Monday on Twitter:

It is a relative long shot but both could see time with the Phillies in late 2014 if they continue to develop at this rapid pace. Keep them in mind during Spring Training 2015.

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Minors Notes: Franco, Susdorf, Green and Others Heat Up

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, June 24, 2013 07:30 AM Comments: 0

From all throughout the Phillies’ developmental ranks, here’s our weekly rundown of top performers and those players that haven’t done much as of late.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

Who’s hot…

Steve Susdorf with Reading in 2011

Outfielder Steve Susdorf has been on a tear lately, going 10-for-24 (.417 avg) with a double, a home run and four RBI in his last seven games.  The 27-year-old lefty batter was the Phils’ 19th round draft choice in 2008 out of Fresno State.  Susdorf is batting .326 with a home run and 23 RBI in 51 games this year.

First baseman Josh Fields has five multi-hit games in his last seven contests.  The 30-year-old is 10-for-25 (.400 avg) during that stretch.  Overall this season, Fields, who was signed as a minor league free agent last November, is batting .316 with four homers and 26 RBI this year.

Who’s not…

Infielder Pete Orr is 3-for-23 (.130 avg) with two doubles in his last seven games.  Orr, who has spent time in the big leagues with the Phillies in each of the past two seasons, is batting .231 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 54 games with the IronPigs this season. Continue reading Minors Notes: Franco, Susdorf, Green and Others Heat Up

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