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Gameday: Phillies (50-58) vs Braves (64-45)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, August 02, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 1

Philadelphia Phillies (50-58) vs Atlanta Braves (64-45) 

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Ethan Martin (11-5, 4.12 ERA in AAA) vs Kris Medlen (7-10, 3.74 ERA)

Time: 7:05 Citizens Bank Park

Tv: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 85, sunny

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies open a three game series with the first place Atlanta Braves on Friday night, still looking for their first series win since before the All-Star break. After a tough loss last night, the Phillies have now dropped 10 of their last 11 games.

Right-hander Ethan Martin will be making his major league debut tonight for the Phils, coming off several strong starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In his last three starts (18 innings) he has allowed only one earned run and ten hits, and is currently on a 13 inning scoreless streak. He is coming off the best month of his season, in which he went 2-2 with a 2.79 ERA.

Opposing Martin will be Kris Medlen, who does not have much success in his career against the Phillies. This season he faced them twice, going 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA. Over his entire career he is 1-2 with a 5.92 ERA (22 earned runs on 46 hits) in 34 innings against the Phillies.

Several Phillies players have hit Medlen hard through their careers. Jimmy Rollins is 4-for-13 with three doubles, two walks and a RBI, Chase Utley is hitting .375 in eight at bats against Medlen with two RBI, and Delmon Young has a home run and four RBI off Medlen.

Lineup: Rollins SS, M. Young 1B, Utley 2B, Ruf LF, D. Young RF, Asche 3B, Mayberry CF, Kratz C, Martin P

bagpipers-scotch-ale-posterGameday Beer: Fegley’s Brewworks Bagpiper’s Scotch Ale

Brewed locally in the Lehigh Valley, perhaps this malty, smoky ale will bring former IronPig Ethan Martin some success today in his debut with the big club. This ale, which is brewed with a bit of scotch, features some caramel, roasted barley and earthy tones, and at 8.5% ABV, if the Phillies do have a bad game you might not even remember it.

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Phillies Tab Martin to Start Friday

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, August 01, 2013 02:43 PM Comments: 10

Ethan Martin, brought to Philadelphia in the Shane Victorino-to-LA trade last summer, will make his major league debut on Friday against the Atlanta Braves. Martin was named the #3 prospect in the Phillies organization prior to the 2013 season by our minor league expert, Jay Floyd.

Martin, 24, has had a solid year at Lehigh Valley going 11-5 with a 4.12 ERA in 21 starts.  In 115 2/3 innings, Martin has given up 94 hits while striking out 107 and walking 67. The scouting report on Martin is that he’s a hard thrower at 6-2, 195. However, I’ve read/heard his fastball lacks a little movement, although his slider is pretty far along.

This could also mean Cliff Lee is not ready to start as he’s been dealing with a stiff neck. Lee’s ailment is not considered serious.

Here is an interview Ian did with Ethan just prior to the 2013 season:

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Minors Rundown: Asche, Biddle, Hanson, Charles, GCL

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, July 30, 2013 10:00 AM Comments: 4

Cody Asche, photo- Jay Floyd

Third baseman Cody Asche has been on a torrid pace of late. Asche, a University of Nebraska product, is showing more and more that he’s ready for a bigger challenge. The 23-year-old lefty batter has gone 14-for-33 (.424 avg) along with three doubles, five homers and 12 RBI in his last eight contests with the IronPigs.

Overall this season, Asche, who represented Lehigh Valley in the Triple-A All-Star Game earlier this month, is batting .295 with 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 104 games.

On the latest edition of the PhoulBallz Podcast, Asche was featured as a call-in guest. When asked when he’ll feel ready for the bigger challenge of the major leagues, he said the following:

“Whenever (the Phillies) tell me. That’s when I feel like I’m ready. There’s a lot of guys in this organization that are really smart and they know what they’re doing and they’ve been through this before with many players, so, you know, I 100-percent trust what they have in store for me and what they have planned for me. So, until they call me and say, ‘Hey, you’re ready! Let’s go do it.’, then I’m gonna keep working hard to be the best player I can be.” Continue reading Minors Rundown: Asche, Biddle, Hanson, Charles, GCL

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Carlos Zambrano Released

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, July 25, 2013 05:34 PM Comments: 1

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Seen here as a member of the IronPigs, Zambrano’s run in the Phillies organization ended today. Photo: MiLB.com

According to our Pat Gallen via Twitter, the Phillies have parted ways with RHP Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano threw just 35.1 IP for the Phillies in their minor league ranks before heading to the sidelines on June 28 with shoulder pain. Zambrano threw 19 innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he struck out 18 but also walked 10. The move likely indicates that the Phillies did not believe Zambrano would rehab quick enough to contribute at the Major League level in 2013.

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Brown to 7-Day DL, Susdorf Called to Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, July 25, 2013 05:17 PM Comments: 0

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In a season full of it, the Phillies got more bad news today. Domonic Brown hits the 7-day DL, which was put in place for concussions and other head injuries. Taking his spot on the roster during his absence will be long-time Phillies farm hand, Steve Susdorf.

Susdorf, 27, has been with the Phillies since he was drafted in the 19th round in 2008 out of Cal State Fresno. In over 2,000 plate appearances through all levels of the minor leagues, Susdorf is a career .304 hitter with an .804 OPS. This season with Lehigh Valley, Susdorf is hitting .335 with 1 homer and 25 RBI.

Brown suffered the concussion Tuesday night and hoped to play by Friday, but it appeared the Phillies will take the safe route and keep him off the field for the next several days.

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Weekly Minors Round Up: The Hot List

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, July 22, 2013 11:05 AM Comments: 3

It’s summer and in this scorching July weather, we’re focusing solely on the players who’ve been hot lately in this round of Phillies minor league notes.


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Cesar Hernandez with Reading in 2012, photo- Jay Floyd

Newly minted center fielder and All-Star second baseman Cesar Hernandez is batting .338 along with four doubles, a triple and seven RBI in 17 July games.  The 23-year-old switch hitter appeared in nine games with the big league Phils earlier this season, going 7-for-28 (.250 avg) during that stint.

Shortstop Freddy Galvis has tallied a .375 average with five doubles, a homer and seven RBI in his last 10 games for the IronPigs.  The 23-year-old sported a .207 average in 54 games with the Phillies earlier this season.

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In his past eight games, outfielder Kelly Dugan is batting .344 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI.  The 22-year-old lefty hitter has posted a .305/.380/.500 combined line in 70 games at Class A Advanced Clearwater and Reading this season.  Dugan was the Phils’ 2nd round draft selection in 2009.

Since posting a 4.09 ERA in nine May appearances, righty reliever Mike Nesseth has allowed just one earned run in 20 1/3 innings (0.44 ERA) in 17 outings.  The 25-year-old University of Nebraska product is pitching in just his third pro season, after he dealt with elbow surgery in his draft year, 2010. Continue reading Weekly Minors Round Up: The Hot List

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LHP Prospect Johnson Proving to be a Great Gamble

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, July 21, 2013 06:42 PM Comments: 1

Jay Johnson‘s promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley last week was something that at least three other big league organizations thought could never happen.  Now, as he ascends to the top in the Phillies’ developmental ranks, the left-handed reliever is just a step from the big leagues and has proved many people wrong.

Drafted twice, Johnson was turned away by the Orioles and Blue Jays, after being selected by those teams in 2009 and 2010 respectively, due to concerns raised with his elbow during physical examinations.  In both instances, the team and player had come to terms on a financial agreement, but the offers were rescinded following the discovery of bone spurs and loose chips in his joint.

The following year the New Brunswick, Canada native worked out for the Mariners at their spring training home in Arizona.  It had reached the point where Johnson was no longer concerned with a monetary agreement, but he instead was willing to sign for much less.  He simply wanted the chance to wear a pro uniform.

“I went out with the Mariners to just try and play and I said, ‘I just want to play.  Just let me get a jersey,’” Johnson explained in a recent interview.  “They failed my physical and I wasn’t even asking for anything then.”

After that third letdown Johnson’s college coach, Brian Kubicek, who greatly wanted to see Johnson succeed as a professional, made a phone call to an old friend, Phillies senior advisor to the general manager Pat GillickContinue reading LHP Prospect Johnson Proving to be a Great Gamble

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Phillies Actively Looking for Center Field Upgrade

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, July 14, 2013 06:56 PM Comments: 39

Ruben Amaro Jr. addressed the media today, telling Todd Zolecki and others that the club is actively looking to upgrade the center field position after receiving a 6-8 week timetable for Ben Revere‘s return from a broken foot. The Phillies have played second baseman Cesar Hernandez in center field yesterday and today at Triple-A Lehigh Valley and have asked Hernandez to report to Double-A Reading during the Triple-A All-Star break, including skipping the Triple-A All-Star game for which he was selected. Amaro specifically stated that the team is looking for an upgrade over today’s hero John Mayberry Jr. but they will find a pretty thin trade market. The Blue Jays, who entered today 11.5 games out of the AL East race do have Colby Rasmus, Rajai Davis, and former Phils propsect Anthony Gose, who all are able to play center field, but the Jays may be reluctant to trade any of them because of their relative youth and inexpensive, team-friendly deals.

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Is Asche Ready for The Show?

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sat, July 13, 2013 12:00 PM Comments: 0

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Cody Asche, photo- Jay Floyd

We all know that Cody Asche has had a strong 2013 season from an offensive standpoint — .293/.351/.460 with 10 HRs, 35 XBH, 45 runs, 56 RBI, and even 10 stolen bases in 91 games for the AAA-Iron Pigs — but the casual fan wants to know if his all-around game is strong enough to make him a mainstay at the big league level.

It’s true that Asche has made a fair few errors this year at third base this year for Lehigh Valley, but I think that number masks how good of a defensive third baseman Cody Asche really is.

When a third baseman makes plays deep behind the bag and throws out the runner, barehands a slow bouncer up the line or dives to cut a ball off in the third base-shortstop hole, it always goes down as a 5-3. The number’s don’t dictate how many balls a player gets too and makes the play on that most third basemen in the league do not make. That’s certainly the case with Asche. Sure, he makes some bad errors, but he also might make an error on an errant throw on a ball that there is no way he should have even gotten too in the first place. He might have 10 errors, but he also easily has at least 15 or 20 plays that other third basemen might not have made, so despite the error number being high, he is actually making more plays than most of the third baseman in the International League.

The other thing to consider is that this is only his second full season in minor league ball as a third baseman, and first at Triple-A, where the game gets even faster. He came from second base, where the ball is not hit to you as hard nor do you have a far throw to first. I think as he gets more and more time playing at third he will grow into it even more. Personally I think he is as close as you can get to big league ready in the field and at the dish.

-Don McGettigan also contributed to this post.

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Phillies Recall Garcia, Option Aumont to AAA

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, July 09, 2013 04:29 PM Comments: 0

In somewhat of a surprising move, the Phillies have optioned RHP Phillippe Aumont to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for RHP Luis Garcia. In a corresponding move, Garcia was added to the 40-man roster by placing RHP Mike Adams on the 60-day DL. Since his return from Triple-A, Aumont has posted a 4.26 ERA, registering a hold but surrendering a .393 OBP-against.

Garcia, 26, began the year with Clearwater after spending 2012 with the independent Newark Bears. Garcia posted a 1.67 ERA in 31 MiLB appearances across Clearwater, Reading, and Lehigh Valley with 9.3 K/9 IP. His most recent stop was in Lehigh Valley, where he posted a 1.29 ERA in seven innings. Garcia was originally signed as an international free agent in 2006 at age 19 by the Dodgers and was traded to the Nationals organization for Ronnie Belliard in 2009. Garcia spent 2011 out of organized baseball.

According to Matt Provence, Garcia cut hair and worked as a mover in 2011 and parts of 2012, essentially giving up on baseball. He now throws in the high-90s and 26 of his 30 appearances have been scoreless affairs.

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