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Halladay Puts Stamp of Approval on Phils Managerial Switch

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, August 21, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 16

Roy Halladay, image- Jay Floyd

Roy Halladay completed a moderately fair rehab effort with the Phillies’ Class A club on Tuesday night and did so with no ill effects.  However, the biggest story out of Lakewood, NJ may have been that the ace right-hander seemed to declare that the recent switch at the managerial position for the big league team was long overdue.

Immediately following an assertion of adoration for fired Phils skipper Charlie Manuel, the 36-year-old hurler told a crowd of reporters that there were issues that had been neglected and he knows that the man who replaced Manuel after nine seasons, Ryne Sandberg, has already begun repairing the problems.

“I’ve exchanged texts with (Charlie).  Obviously, I loved him.  He was great,” Halladay stated.  “But, from what I’ve seen, you know, Ryne came in and made some changes and addressed some issues that I think were being overlooked, so from that standpoint, as much as I miss Charlie, I think that Ryne’s going to do a good job.  I think he’s gonna bring more of the Phillie baseball style that we’ve had the last couple years.  You know, we haven’t really had that whole team effort and the whole team hustle that we had in prior years.”

The implication is clearly that Manuel had grown complacent in his position of supervision over the roster. Aside from a lack of hustle, which has long been a concern with certain players on the Phillies, what specifically were the other matters at hand? Continue reading Halladay Puts Stamp of Approval on Phils Managerial Switch

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Weekly Minor League Wrap Up, 4/17/13

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, April 17, 2013 11:00 AM Comments: 1

It’s time, once again, for our weekly glance around the Phillies’ developmental ranks, taking a look a some exceptional performers and those that have raised some eyebrows for different reasons.

Class A Lakewood
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Art Charles, photo- Jay Floyd

First baseman Art Charles, who was acquired from Toronto this spring in the Michael Schwimer trade, has hit in six straight games, going 9-for-22 (.409 avg) with two doubles, two homers and seven RBI in that stretch. Overall, the lefty batting 22-year-old is hitting .239 in 13 games this season.

Righty reliever Nic Hanson, who celebrated his 21st birthday this week, has struck out 10 batters while walking two in eight innings of work through three appearances. Additionally, he has a save and a 3.38 ERA during that time as well. The six-foot-seven 210-pounder was drafted by the Phils in the 16th round last year out of Golden West College.

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OF Brian Pointer is batting .174 this season, despite a current three-game hitting streak. The lefty batting 21-year-old was the Phillies’ 28th round draft pick in 2010.

17-year-old outfielder Carlos Tocci, the youngest player in the South Atlantic League, has posted a .186 batting average with one extra-base hit (a double) in 12 contests this season. The right-handed hitting Venezuelan batted .278 with two doubles in 38 games last season with the Gulf Coast League Phillies. Continue reading Weekly Minor League Wrap Up, 4/17/13

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True Phillie Material: Bob Stumpo

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, May 23, 2012 07:15 AM Comments: 0

Throughout the 1990’s and into the 2000’s, Bob Stumpo, a resident of Wilmington, DE, grew up rooting for his local Major League Baseball team, the Philadelphia Phillies. Currently, Stumpo is a catcher/first baseman for the Phillies Class A affiliate, the Lakewood BlueClaws in the South Atlantic League, where he is developing into a player worthy of wearing a Philadelphia uniform.

Through 14 games with Lakewood, the switch-hitting Stumpo has posted a .314 batting average with 2 doubles, a triple and 7 RBI. Prior to joining Lakewood, Stumpo sported a .313 average in 4 games with the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers. In the two seasons prior, Stumpo combined to bat .243 with 1 HR and 26 RBI in 67 combined games at three levels.

Back in June, 2010, Stumpo, a West Chester University graduate, was stunned to hear his name selected by his favorite club during the annual Major League Baseball amateur draft (33rd round). He describes that draft day as one of the most remarkable moments of his life.

“When the Phillies called my name on draft day, I was really excited,” Stumpo, whose father is a Phillies season ticket holder, recently told PhilliesNation.com’s Jay Floyd. “I talked to them before the draft and I thought it might happen, but getting drafted by the team you’ve been following your whole life is really exciting. Hopefully, I can keep moving up and up and be out in Citizens Bank Park one day. It’s almost a dream come true.”

Almost is a meaningful element to that statement for the 6-foot-3-inch 225-pounder. His ultimate goal is to one day don the catcher’s pads for his big league parent club. Continue reading True Phillie Material: Bob Stumpo

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Changes Leading to Bright Future For Hollands

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, September 27, 2011 11:00 AM Comments: 0

Lefty pitcher Mario Hollands had a roller coaster of a season in 2011 with the Phillies Class A affiliate the Lakewood BlueClaws. Hollands, who had a strong showing in spring training to earn the spot as the ‘Claws’ opening day starter in April, was removed from the pitching rotation after a rough 7 start stretch in which the 6-foot-5-inch 210-pounder posted a 6.95 ERA.

Once he was moved to the bullpen the 23-year-old improved greatly for Lakewood. Having posted a 4-4 record with a 4.64 ERA in 15 starts, Hollands looked much stronger in relief, going 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 13 outings. In addition, Hollands’ batting average against was over 100 points better in relief (.205) than it was as a starter (.306).

Hollands, who was a 10th round pick by the Phillies in the 2010 amateur draft, expressed a preference for working out of the bullpen following the success he had appearing in relief.

“I don’t mind doing either one, but since I made the move, I kind of enjoy the bullpen a little bit more,” Hollands said. “I get to pitch more often and I like that a little more. It seems a lot easier, just because you can go in there for one or two innings, and just blow it all out, then you can come out there a day or two later and do the same thing. My success out of the bullpen is only encouraging for the years to come.” Continue reading Changes Leading to Bright Future For Hollands

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Reflecting on the Departed, Part 2

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, September 06, 2011 08:01 AM Comments: 16

Recently, we reviewed the prospects that the Phillies dealt to acquire Roy Halladay.  As a sequel to that piece, this week we’ll take a glance at the minor leaguers that Philadelphia sent to Houston in exchange for Roy Oswalt.

Much like the deal for Halladay, the second of the team’s pair of Roys, Mr. Oswalt, cost the Phillies a three-piece of young talent.

At the time of the July, 2010 deal, Houston was reported to be in the market for a Major League ready contributor to fill Oswalt’s void on the roster. The Phillies obliged and sent 2009′s Sporting News Rookie of the Year, J.A. Happ, over to the National League Central’s current cellar dwellers.

After joining the Astros last season, the left-handed Happ did a respectable job, going 5-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 13 starts. This season, however, was considerably different. After posting a 7.66 ERA in 10 combined June/July starts, Happ was sent down to Triple A Oklahoma City, where he sported a 1.50 ERA through 3 starts and earned a return to the big leagues. Happ may have gotten himself back on track, as he has held opponents to a .226 average in 3 starts with the Astros since the stint in the minors, which is a massive change compared to his .326 batting average against in his previous 10 outings for the Astros. Continue reading Reflecting on the Departed, Part 2

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Lidge Continues Rehab in Lakewood

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, July 08, 2011 10:00 AM Comments: 5

On Thursday night, Brad Lidge appeared in his second game this week for the Phillies Class A affiliate, the Lakewood BlueClaws. On a rehab assignment, Lidge started the game, throwing 13 pitches (6 fastballs, 7 sliders) and striking out two Kannapolis Intimidators batters in a perfect inning of work.

Previously, on Monday, Lidge tossed a scoreless frame against the Hagerstown Suns, while surrendering two hits.

The outings in Lakewood have been quick.  Lidge’s road back to the Citizens Bank Park mound has not been, however. The 34-year-old former All-star closer has been sidelined with injuries since spring training. After initially working his way back from a rotator cuff strain, Lidge began experiencing elbow discomfort while pitching with the Phillies’ extended spring training team at the end of May.

The right-handed Lidge was clear about needing at least a few more rehab outings, but he is not sure when he could be activated by the Phillies. Lidge says that the way his fastball velocity progresses will help to determine how soon he could get back to big league action.

“We’ll take a look where my fastball’s at in my next outing or two. That’ll be a pretty good indicator,” Lidge said. “I know that when this process started, (the Phillies) said seven to ten outings. I’m hoping it’s on the shorter side of that.” Continue reading Lidge Continues Rehab in Lakewood

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Lidge Throws Successful Rehab with BlueClaws

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, July 05, 2011 08:00 AM Comments: 21

Philadelphia relief pitcher Brad Lidge made his first official regular season rehab appearance of the 2011 season on Monday night for the Phillies Class A affiliate the Lakewood BlueClaws.

Lidge tossed a scoreless inning to start the contest, against the Nationals affiliate, the Hagerstown Suns. He threw 15 pitches, 9 of which were strikes.

Initially, the outing wasn’t looking too great, as Lidge surrendered hits to the first two batters of the game. However, he quickly induced a grounder to shortstop Edgar Duran for a double play, then wrapped up the opening frame on a ground out to third baseman Moose Mattair.

The right-handed Lidge, who has been out of action since spring training with elbow and shoulder issues, was rather satisfied with his effort and is hoping to progress without any setbacks.

“I’m not taking any day for granted,” Lidge told Tony Graham of the Asbury Park Press. “That actually felt really good to get out there and the first time pitching in real competition since the post season last year. I was definitely pleased by the results.” Continue reading Lidge Throws Successful Rehab with BlueClaws

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PhilliesNation Interview: RHP Prospect Colby Shreve

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, June 23, 2011 09:50 AM Comments: 0

Righty hurler Colby Shreve didn’t have a solid start this season with the Phillies’ Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. After beginning the year in the starting rotation and posting a .315 batting average against through three April starts, as the team’s fifth starter, Shreve was moved to the bullpen. Since that time, the 6-foot-5-inch tall Shreve has sported a .261 BAA and has improved his other numbers as well.

Pitching coordinator Gorman Heimueller, along with the BlueClaws coaching staff saw the switch as an opportunity to allow Shreve to become more focused and increase his velocity.

A 6th round draft pick in 2008, Shreve missed the 2008 and 2009 season due to elbow issues that required Tommy John surgery and made his pro debut last year, as a member of Lakewood’s starting rotation, when he went 7-5 with a 3.95 ERA.

In his past 9 relief appearances, Shreve has been strong, going 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA.

Last week, I spoke with Colby about his change of roles, his progress with his pitches, a well known admirer of his and plenty more. Check out the media player below to listen to the full interview.


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Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league insider. You can get more great content from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.

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Lakewood Manager Chris Truby Interview- May, 2011

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, May 30, 2011 03:35 PM Comments: 0

The Phillies Class A affiliate, the Lakewood BlueClaws, have had some noteworthy success lately. The club has won 11 of their last 12 games and their starting pitchers are on a hot streak of not allowing any earned runs in their past 4 outings (a stretch of 28 innings).

Two standout stars in the ‘Claws’ pitching rotation have emerged. Righties David Buchanan (7th round, 2010) and Garett Claypool (11th round, 2010) rank 1st and 2nd in the South Atlantic League in ERA with marks of 1.97 and 2.00 respectively.

Two forces on the offensive side during the team’s current hot streak have proven to be 25-year-old first baseman Jim Murphy, who has a SAL leading 13 homeruns on the season to go along with 37 RBI in 49 games played, and former top Phils draft pick 22-year-old OF/DH Anthony Hewitt, who has posted a .317 batting average in his last 10 games and has smashed all 6 of his homers this season in May.

On the current homestand, I spoke with Lakewood manager, and former Major Leaguer, Chris Truby about some of the team’s exceptional performers, a visit from rehabbing Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino and more. Check out the media player below to listen to the full interview.


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

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Lakewood’s Buchanan Shining in the SAL

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, May 23, 2011 08:10 AM Comments: 1

Lakewood starting pitcher David Buchanan is off to a tremendous start in the 2011 season. Through 9 starts, the right-hander has prevailed as the premiere hurler on the Phillies Class A BlueClaws staff.

Buchanan, a 7th round draft pick of the Phillies in last year’s amateur draft, has used his fastball, his slider and his sinker to dominate South Atlantic League batters. Following his victory against the West Virginia Power on Sunday, Buchanan leads the league in ERA (2.21) and innings pitched (57) and is tied for the league lead in wins (6).

Earlier this month, Buchanan threw a complete game and got the win against the Yankees affiliate Charleston RiverDogs. It was the BlueClaws’ first 9 inning complete game since 2007, when Carlos Monasterios achieved the feat.

The 6-foot-3-inch, 190-pound Buchanan is humble and credits the team and coaches behind him for helping him achieve early success in his first full season of professional baseball.

“I’ve got great guys behind me,” Buchanan stated. “I’m a ground ball pitcher and after I pitch, you don’t see too many errors on the board, if any, and that says a lot about the defense. I just go out there and do my job and trust them to make the plays and we win as a team.”

“Every game I’ve gone out there, I’ve just had the same approach, and that’s to get strike one and take things pitch by pitch,” Buchanan added. “That technique is straight from my pitching coach Steve Schrenk. Continue reading Lakewood’s Buchanan Shining in the SAL

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