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Phillies Reportedly Show Interest in Delmon Young

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, January 22, 2013 01:39 PM Comments: 7

According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies are seriously considering signing free agent outfielder Delmon Young.

The Phillies outfield has been a point of emphasis this offseason, but little has been done to address it. Ruben Amaro stayed away from the expensive names and instead added Ben Revere through a trade. That leaves younger, unproven players at the corner spots. Amaro has publicly stated he may have to live with some sort of outfield platoon.

Young, still just 27 (seems older), has had some off-the-field issues in the past, including a 50-game suspension in the minor leagues for throwing a bat at an umpire. Young was also arrested in 2012 for shouting anti-Semitic slurs while intoxicated outside a New York City hotel. He was banned seven games for the incident.

As former Phillies Nation colleague Michael Baumann stated on twitter today, “there are a lot of Jewish people in Philadelphia…wouldn’t dropping Delmon Young in the middle constitute a danger to public safety?”

On the field, it’s been up and down, as well. Young knocked in 112 runs in 2010 with the Twins, yet has never posted better than the 1.5 WAR he put up that year. He has the ability to drive in runs, and is a career .284 hitter, but would provide a marginal upgrade over guys like Ruf or Brown, at best. Young certainly provides no upgrade with his glove over any outfielder on the roster.

While it’s an interesting thought because of the talent he has shown at times, it doesn’t seem like a strong fit.

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Brundage Named New Iron Pigs Manager

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, November 01, 2012 04:57 PM Comments: 3

(Photo: Gainesville Times)

From the Phillies:

Dave Brundage has been hired as the manager for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies’ triple-A affiliate, Joe Jordan, Director, Player Development announced today.

For the last six years (2007-12), Brundage, 48, has managed at the triple-A level for the Atlanta Braves (Richmond and Gwinnett), where he led the team to the International League championship in 2007 and was named the organization’s Minor League Manager of the Year.  That same year, he also managed the U.S. team in the Futures Game.

Prior to joining the Braves, Brundage spent 19 years with the Seattle Mariners as a minor league player, coach and manager.  In 2003, he was named Baseball America’s Minor League Manager of the Year and the Texas League Manager of the Year.

“With Dave’s success and experience at the triple-A level, we feel he is the ideal person to manage the IronPigs,” Jordan said.  “His resume speaks for itself.”

A former outfielder, Brundage was originally selected by the Phillies in the fourth round of the 1986 draft and played two years (1986-87) in the organization’s minor league system, spending time at single-A Spartanburg, single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading.  He spent eight seasons (1988-94; 1998) playing in the Seattle Mariners’ minor leagues, the final three as a player-coach.

The 2013 season will be Brundage’s 14th as a minor league manager.  His record stands at 1,086-1,028 (.514) and he has led eight of his clubs to the postseason, including three to league championships.

The guy has clearly been around the game forever. Can’t say I know much about him other than he’s a baseball lifer and has already been part of the Phillies orgnaization as a player in the minor leagues. He’ll be asked to continue on with the fantastic job that Ryne Sandberg has done; one that led him to spot in the majors as a coach and possibly the manager-in-waiting for the Phillies.

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PN Interview: Colby Shreve, Fall League Edition

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, October 26, 2012 05:00 PM Comments: 0

Through six relief appearances in the Arizona Fall League righty hurler Colby Shreve has posted a 1..35 ERA while holding opponents to a .167 average.

At three levels during the 2012 regular season, the 24-year-old College of Southern Nevada product tallied a 6-3 record with a 3.69 ERA and a 7.38 K/9 mark.  A slight adjustment to his arm angle this year helped the 6-foot-5 210-pounder to upgrade his velocity, which was steadily clocked at 95 MPH in 2012.

The Phillies’ 6th round draft selection in 2008, Shreve had Tommy John surgery and missed his first full season following signing a professional contract, as he recovered.

Recently, Colby took some time to offer his thoughts on the AFL and what he’s working on while there.  Read ahead for that interview.

-How did you find out you’d be competing in the Arizona Fall Lg and what was your reaction?

I found out I was coming to the fall league about 10 days before our regular season ended. I was excited to come to the fall league, just as I was last year. It is a great opportunity to compete against the best competition in the minor leagues and showcase yourself in front of every MLB team. Continue reading PN Interview: Colby Shreve, Fall League Edition

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Cloyd Fans Nine as Phillies Beat Reds

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, September 03, 2012 06:19 PM Comments: 13

Cloyd had everything working in Cincy. (AP)

The Tyler Cloyd Project is going smoothly thus far. Cloyd fanned nine Cincinnati Reds as the Phillies won the first game of the series, 4-2.

Jimmy Rollins was the difference as he launched a three-run homer in the fifth inning, his 17th, off Johnny Cueto. John Mayberry Jr. added a solo shot in the sixth inning off the NL Cy Young candidate.

Cloyd isn’t quite on Cueto’s level yet, but certainly outpitched him at Great American Ballpark on Labor Day. While the grills were burning, Cloyd was churning out strikeouts on the mound. The nine he posted is a season high for Cloyd, coming against a World Series contender in the NL.

So far, he’s been as advertised after going 15-1 in the minor leagues this season. As the Phillies make a late run at a wild card berth, they’re also holding tryouts for 2013. Cloyd is surely penciling his name in early for a chance at a rotation spot.

Phillippe Aumont recorded his first ever Major League save, but did give up two hits and a run in the ninth inning.

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Howard Could Return This Weekend; Halladay Progressing

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, July 05, 2012 06:09 PM Comments: 6

The big man might be back soon.

Good news has been hard to come by, but it sounds like the Phillies could get a bunch more soon.

-Ruben Amaro spoke to the media today and said there is a chance Ryan Howard could return to the Phillies as early as this weekend; the last series before the All Star break. That would be well in advance of the 20-day maximum stint he could use in the minor leagues as part of his rehab assignment. Amaro spoke to the media in New York and said this about Howard (via Todd Zolecki of mlb.com):

“I think he thinks he’s ready,” Amaro said. “But we’ll see. We’re still talking with the docs and have people evaluating him every day. … If he plays this weekend (for the Phillies), it may not be the worst thing for him to get some time off. You just don’t know how he’ll react and what kind of adrenaline there will be. We’ll take it one day at a time with him.”

Sounds like the big guy is feeling sure of himself. The Phillies clearly won’t make any rash decisions with their expensive/injured first baseman, so they may wait a little longer. If that’s the case, the Phillies hit the road to Denver following the break for three with the Rockies. It’s likely he’ll be ready for that, at worst.

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Dugan becoming Lakewood’s offensive star

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, May 31, 2012 11:00 AM Comments: 0

Lakewood BlueClaws first baseman Kelly Dugan has been somewhat forgotten by many people that follow prospects throughout the minor leagues.

A flurry of physical setbacks have prevented the Phillies’ top selection from the 2009 MLB amateur draft (2nd round, 75th pick overall) from progressing through the system with any type of commanding push.

This year, however, Kelly, the son of film director Dennis Dugan (Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy), hopes to make enough of a splash in the Class A South Atlantic League to rekindle some of the excitement that surrounded him when he was originally selected by the Phils.

The level of instant popularity that came Dugan’s way upon joining the Phillies organization could have been credited to an image taken on draft day from the set of his father’s film, Grown Ups, which starred Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade. With the closely knit star power involved and the collection of widely-known actors all sporting Phillies caps, fans and media alike were ready to see this Hollywood endorsed ballplayer make an impact in the pros.

Unfortunately for the 21-year-old Dugan, injuries have hindered his progress.

In 2010, Dugan dealt with a staph infection after being hit with a batted ball during batting practice, which resulted in him missing a large chunk of the season. The history of disabled list stints left Dugan in disbelief, like last month when he turned his left ankle badly while stepping on first base and fielding a throw on a close play. The damage to the ankle was only a sprain, despite awful looking bruises and substantial swelling. Dugan was grateful for only needing to miss about two weeks of action with his latest ailment.

“When you get injured, you can’t really move up,” Dugan told me recently. “You need to take at bats at each level and you have to show that you can produce at the level before they’re going to move you up, so you just end up repeating. It was frustrating, but it just makes me grateful that I can go out and play right now.” Continue reading Dugan becoming Lakewood’s offensive star

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R-Phils’ Ruf Focused on Performance, Not Obstacles

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, May 04, 2012 07:30 AM Comments: 3

The term prospect is typically reserved for younger players who display considerable talent in the minor leagues and tends to skip those players that might be of a more advanced age.  The omission associated with the way older players can be overlooked doesn’t bother 25-year-old Reading Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf, who has developed into an impact player and has proven to be his team’s standout offensive star.

Through 26 games for the R-Phils in the Double-A Eastern League, Ruf has posted impressive numbers, tallying a .362 batting average with 2 homeruns, 11 RBI and 15 runs scored.

A 20th round draft pick by the Phillies in 2009, Ruf has steadily progressed upward in the developmental system during his time as a pro, having made stops in the rookie level Gulf Coast League, Class A Lakewood, Class A Advanced Clearwater and now with Reading.

A solid performer at the plate last year with a .308 average, 17 HR and 82 RBI with Clearwater in the Florida State League, Ruf credits his time playing as a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions last autumn with benefiting his offensive development.

“I think a lot of my success can be attributed to my time in the Arizona Fall League.  I got a lot of good learning in, out there.  I got to pick the brains of some different coaches and some of the players…guys that have had success at the big league level and everything like that,” Ruf stated. Continue reading R-Phils’ Ruf Focused on Performance, Not Obstacles

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Cloyd Proving Himself Ready for the Next Step

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, April 29, 2012 09:00 AM Comments: 0

Tyler Cloyd feels no heightened sense of urgency to climb the developmental ladder because of his age. The righty starter, who will turn 25-years-old on May 16th, has all but exceeded everyone’s expectations of his ceiling, clearly proving, with a very solid 2011 campaign and an exceptional first month of this season, that he can compete at the highest levels of the minor leagues.

An 18th round draft selection in 2008, Cloyd made his professional debut that year, posting a 7-4 record with a 3.91 ERA in 14 outings combined with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies and short-season Williamsport. Since then, the Nebraska native has had winning records every season, while alternating between starting and relief duties.

Cloyd made a considerable impact last year, following up a season in which he sported an unimpressive 5.17 ERA in 37 combined games (5 starts) with Class A Advanced Clearwater and Double-A Reading to serve up a 9-4 record and a 2.77 ERA overall in 2011, splitting time with Clearwater and Reading once again.

Officially on the prospect map, heading into the 2012 season, Cloyd was called upon to fill in for suspended Triple-A hurler Dave Bush on opening day this season. He took that opportunity to shine, throwing 6 shutout innings, allowing no baserunners and striking out 8 batters.

In his three starts that followed, after returning to Double-A, Cloyd has been nearly as sharp, posting a 3-0 record with a 2.37 ERA and 13 strike outs in 19 innings. Even more remarkable is that Cloyd has yet to allow a walk this season.

Many minor leaguers would be considered to have aged themselves right out of prospect consideration by the age of 25, but that’s not something that bothers Cloyd. He keeps a focus on performance, regardless of the level he is assigned to.

“For me it’s just- I do what I can, where I’m at. I’m not in a big hurry to move. Whenever the Phillies want to move me, then that’s their decision to make,” Cloyd said in an exclusive interview. “For me, I try not to get too caught up into that. I do what I can, where I’m at, every five days when I go out on the field. I just do what I can and go out there and show them that I can do this. As far as me moving up, obviously, I want to get back up there and keep climbing the ladder, but when that is would be up to the Phillies.” Continue reading Cloyd Proving Himself Ready for the Next Step

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Gameday: Cubs (7-13) vs. Phillies (9-11)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, April 28, 2012 06:30 PM Comments: 19

Philadelphia Phillies (9-11) vs. Chicago Cubs (7-13)

Joe Blanton (1-3, 4.34) vs. Randy Wells (0-0, 3.60)

Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
TV: TCN, MLBN
Weather: 80% chance of rain, 41 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Even with Roy Halladay on the mound, the Phillies were unable to beat the last place Chicago Cubs. After showing signs of life during the last few games on the West Coast, the Phillies offense only managed one run against Chicago. The Phillies hope to inch closer to .500 today with Joe Blanton on the hill.

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Prospect Nation 2012: #21 1B Cody Overbeck

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, January 23, 2012 12:00 PM Comments: 3

Cody Overbeck has proven himself to be an impact slugger after slamming 48 total homeruns and driving in 154 runs across three levels of the Philadelphia developmental ranks from 2010-2011. Throughout his time in the Philadelphia system, Overbeck, who is regarded for his quick hands and his ability to drive the ball, has been valuable to every lineup he has swung a bat for.

Formerly a third baseman through his first three seasons in the minor leagues, Overbeck, a 6-foot-1-inch 200-pounder, dabbled in the outfield and was primarily a first baseman in 2011 with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The experience for Overbeck increased his versatility. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2012: #21 1B Cody Overbeck

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