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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Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, July 25, 2013 05:17 PM Comments: 0
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.
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.
Triple-A Lehigh Valley-
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.
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
Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, July 21, 2013 06:42 PM Comments: 2
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 Gillick. Continue reading LHP Prospect Johnson Proving to be a Great Gamble
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.
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.
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.
Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, July 06, 2013 05:30 PM Comments: 0
You know what’s more fun than beating the Braves once? Beating the Braves twice and taking the series. That’s precisely what the Phillies will try to do tonight after hanging on to take the opener last night. And they’ve got just the man on the mound to do it.
For his career, Kyle Kendrick has posted a sparkling 2.86 ERA against the Braves while going 7-1. It’s the best numbers he has against an NL East opponent. Even in earlier days, when Kendrick struggled a lot more as a pitcher, he’d pitch well against the Bravos. Just one of those things.
The Braves counter with Tim Hudson, who is still pitching relatively well, despite beginning to show signs of age. Hudson did struggle in his first start against the Phils, way back in the first series of the season, surrendering three runs in just 4.1 innings of work. For his career, he’s got a 3.81 ERA when facing the Phillies.
Charlie keeps the lineup the same, aside from getting Chooch back in there. Keep an eye of Ryan Howard, who sees the ball very well off Hudson. For his career, he’s taken him deep seven times and posted a .328 average.
UPDATE: The Phillies have scratched Ryan Howard from tonight’s lineup, moving him to the DL. Darin Ruf has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Howard’s place on the roster. Laynce Nix is starting in place of Howard at 1B for tonight’s game. The updated lineup is below.
Lineup: Revere CF, Utley 2B, Rollins SS, Brown LF, M Young 3B,D Young RF, Nix 1B, Ruiz C, Kendrick P.
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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
Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, June 28, 2013 03:35 PM Comments: 22
McDonald, a veteran of 15 major league seasons, has a career .235 batting average and a .605 career OPS mark. The 38-year-old posted a .053 batting average in 24 games in the bigs this year. Primarily a shortstop, with 568 games played there, McDonald has also spent considerable time at second base (209 games) and third base (135 games) while dabbling just a tad in the outfield (six games).
Galvis is a career .218 hitter with a .626 OPS in 112 major league contests. The move will allow the 23-year-old Venezuelan to get more playing time with the IronPigs.
“When we evaluate him, we think he has a good chance of being a hell of a player,” Manuel said. “If he’s going to stay here and only play once a week or something like that, that ain’t enough. That’s definitely not enough.”