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Watson, Cooper to Make Up For Missed Time in Florida Instructional League

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, September 17, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0

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The Florida Instructional League will provide an opportunity for a pair of Lakewood hurlers that were sidelined with injuries this summer to make up for some missed time. Shane Watson and Zach Cooper will be among the Phillies prospects spending time in Clearwater at “instructs” over the next several weeks.  The pair will be able to put themselves on display for organizational coaches and brass while they take strides to excel and bounce back from injuries that forced them to miss time this year.

Watson, who has been sidelined since early July with shoulder inflammation, saw a specialist on Monday and was cleared to begin a throwing program.  The 20-year-old was the Phillies’ top selection (40th overall) in last year’s amateur draft out of Lakewood High School in California.

In 15 starts this season for the Class A BlueClaws, the six-foot-four 200-pounder posted a 4-6 record with a 4.75 ERA and a .230 batting average against.

The hard throwing righty is quite excited for his impending return to the mound but has a fair grasp of the slow type of progress he’ll need to make before actually facing live competition.

“I’ll probably start throwing (on) the 18th and then I should, hopefully, get an inning or two in the instructs.  But, if I don’t, it’s no big deal.  I’ll go home for a little bit and then come back out there to get stronger early for spring training,” Watson said on the most recent edition of the PhoulBallz Podcast. Continue reading Watson, Cooper to Make Up For Missed Time in Florida Instructional League

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Galvis Returns, Other Call-ups Announced

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, September 02, 2013 06:21 PM Comments: 10

Thanks to a tweet from IronPigs beat reporter Jeff Schuler, we got our first glance at the second wave of the Phillies’ September call-ups.

 

Some familiar faces in pitchers Tyler Cloyd, Joe Savery and Luis Garcia will return after previous stints with the big club this season. Relief pitcher Mauricio Robles and catcher Cameron Rupp will be making their first trips to Citizens Bank Park as official members of the big league roster.

Additionally, the Phillies will recall shortstop Freddy Galvis.  The five-foot-ten 170-pounder posted a .207 average with four homers and 14 RBI in 54 games with the Phillies earlier this season. Of his inclusion on the big league opening day roster, Galvis felt it was encouraging and took a lot of confidence from his time in the majors earlier this year.

Freddy Galvis, Image- Jay Floyd

“It feels good,” Galvis stated.  “You feel like you worked hard and the work you did in the off-season was good.  I mean, when you have the chance to play in the big leagues, that’s the best feeling you have.”

Since the demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, the switch-hitting Galvis has posted a .245 batting average with three home runs, 25 RBI and three steals in 62 games.

Although he was extremely pleased to have begun the 2013 season on the major league roster, Galvis stated that there was no level of dissatisfaction with being sent back to the minor leagues.

“I think there was no disappointment, man.  It’s something I think was good for me.  I wasn’t playing every day over there.  I think- I feel like I’m a young guy.  I’m 23-years-old, I should be playing every day, so sending me here was good for me to get here and be playing everyday and try to (continue) the development,” Galvis said. Continue reading Galvis Returns, Other Call-ups Announced

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Reading’s Murphy Increases Versatility with Time in Outfield

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, August 29, 2013 01:30 PM Comments: 4

Jim Murphy, Image- Jay Floyd

With the Phillies’ decision to try Double-A third base prospect Maikel Franco at first base recently a bit of a dilemma with how to use slugger Jim Murphy arose.  The 27-year-old Eastern League All-Star has held down first base at several levels of the minors since he was drafted by the Phillies out of Washington State University in 2008.

Murphy, who is among the league leaders in home runs (22) and RBI (81) was without a spot in the Reading Fightin Phillies’ lineup against National League affiliated opponents down the stretch, as teams do not use a designated hitter in those match ups.

Some luck came Murphy’s way this week when a lineup spot abruptly vacated by outfielder Kelly Dugan, who was a late scratch on Tuesday, left an opening for Murphy.  The righty batter has never given up on his dreams of climbing all the way up the developmental ladder, despite seemingly being provided with limited opportunities at times.

“The Phillies want Franco to get some games in at first and (manager Dusty Wathan) wanted me to stay in the lineup for National League games, so I worked out there for a few days,” Murphy stated.  “Don’t know what the future will hold for me in the outfield but it would add value to myself to have a secondary position. It was fun to be out there.” Continue reading Reading’s Murphy Increases Versatility with Time in Outfield

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Lakewood’s Watson Shut Down for Rest of Season

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, August 11, 2013 07:01 PM Comments: 0

Shane Watson, Image- Jay Floyd

Last year’s top Phillies draft pick Shane Watson has been sidelined with shoulder issues since early July. Following an MRI this past week, the Phils have shut down the righty hurler, who turns 20-years-old on Tuesday.

Initially, the time off was prescribed for the Class A Lakewood hurler without an MRI when the he was experiencing shoulder fatigue, following his July 4th start against Greensboro. Now, after having a complete exam and being diagnosed with shoulder inflammation, the six-foot-four 200-pounder will continue to rehab at the Phillies’ spring training facility in Clearwater, FL until the fall instructional league begins in September.  Plans are for Watson to take part in “instructs” as an active pitcher, to make up for some innings he’ll have missed this season.

Watson is not discouraged by the manner in which his season ended, despite having hoped for another crack at South Atlantic League competition this year.

“I’m not disappointed. I’m really excited to come back stronger than when I left,” Watson said on Sunday. Continue reading Lakewood’s Watson Shut Down for Rest of Season

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Confidence Has Lakewood’s Hanson Rolling

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, August 01, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 0

Nic Hanson, photo- Jay Floyd

A single word has been the secret to success for one of the Phillies’ breakout prospects this year. Confidence is what leads the way for Lakewood’s Nic Hanson.

The right-hander began his 2013 in the bullpen for the Class A BlueClaws. As a reliever, Hanson had little impact. But since he was moved into the team’s starting rotation, the Phillies’ 16th round draft choice from last year has been quite dominant and is primed to be a major highlight of the club’s season.

On May 2nd, Hanson replaced right-hander Jordan Guth in the ‘Claws group of starters and since then has shown great amounts of improvement with his output. Out of the bullpen, the six-foot-seven 210-pounder tallied a 5.74 ERA and a .333 batting average against. Since the change of roles, Hanson has become Lakewood’s most dependable hurler, posting a 1.55 ERA and a .243 batting average against through nine starts.

According to Lakewood manager Mickey Morandini, the opportunity to work on all of his pitches in heavier doses has triggered a growing level of confidence inside Hanson.

“He’s been pitching well all year really, once we put him in the starting rotation,” Morandini stated. “He’s a strike thrower, has a good sinker, slider’s getting better, change up’s getting better. He’s a very confident young man.” Continue reading Confidence Has Lakewood’s Hanson Rolling

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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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Hudson Leaves Threshers to Pursue Football

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, July 16, 2013 09:55 PM Comments: 1

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Kyrell Hudson, image- Jay Floyd

Multiple sources have confirmed that outfielder Kyrell Hudson has taken a leave of absence from the Phillies organization to pursue college football.

The speedy 22-year-old was selected by the Phils in 3rd round of the 2009 MLB amateur draft out of Evergreen High School (Washington state).  In parts of five seasons in the pro baseball ranks, Hudson tallied a .224 average with 34 doubles, five triples, three home runs, 66 RBI and 72 stolen bases.  Hudson played as high as Class A Advanced Clearwater, where he batted just .202 in 50 games this season.

Hudson is set to attend junior college in California to restart his career on the gridiron.  As a high schooler, Hudson played quarterback and was a kick returner.

The 6-foot-1 180-pounder was committed to Oregon State as a two-sport athlete out of high school before he signed with the Phillies.

Another Phils prospect, third baseman Travis Mattair, went on the retired list in 2010 in order to pursue his love of another sport, basketball.  At that time, Mattair spent the entire summer with the Boise State men’s hoops squad, but would inevitably return to the diamond and was scooped up from the Phillies by Cincinnati in the 2011 Rule 5 draft.

Of the Phillies’ first 20 draft selections in 2009 just six players remain in the organization and only three of those, OF Kelly Dugan, RHP Brody Colvin and 1B/OF Darin Ruf, are playing above A level ball.

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Franco Excited to Represent Phils in Futures Game

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, July 14, 2013 01:00 PM Comments: 0

Maikel Franco, image- Jay Floyd

You likely won’t find a happier minor leaguer than Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco. The Dominican born 20-year-old is having a tremendous season, has started to become a house hold name and will represent the Phils in Sunday’s MLB All-Star Futures Game.  With all that in mind, Franco’s ready to put forth his best efforts on a big stage but is still in amazement, at times, of his own output.

Signed by the Phillies in 2010 at the age of 17, Franco has steadily been climbing the developmental ladder ever since, making an impact last season with Class A Lakewood where he started off at somewhat of a slow pace.  The youngster batted .207 with six homers, 27 RBI and a .607 OPS before he turned things up after the South Atlantic League All-Star break. In the second half of 2012, Franco really showed what he can do, as he posted a .346 average with eight home runs, 57 RBI, and a .925 OPS.

Franco, who had never before played in cold weather, cites an adjustment period last year to playing in the northeast in April and May, where the weather is far different from the Dominican Republic and Florida where he had spent those months each year until his appointment to man the hot corner for the BlueClaws last season.

This season, though, Franco has already surpassed last year’s home run total, mashing 21 big flies thus far at two levels in 2013.

“That’s amazing.  I’m so happy.  Unbelievable.  But I’ve been consistent here.  I had 14 home runs and now I’ve got (more than) 20 already, I’m so excited and so happy,” Franco said with a proud expression.”  Continue reading Franco Excited to Represent Phils in Futures Game

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Lakewood Trio Combines for No-hitter

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, July 12, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 0

In his fourth start of the season, Class A Lakewood right-hander Jeb Stefan tossed six innings to start off what would result in the BlueClaws’ fourth no-hitter in team history, in a 1-0 victory over the Rome Braves at home on Thursday. Along with Stefan, Dominican righty Ramon Oviedo tossed two perfect frames while right-hander Chris Burgess wrapped up the historic feat with a hitless ninth.

Stefan, 23, was the Phillies’ 22nd round draft choice last year out of Louisiana Tech University. In 26 games (four starts), the 6-foot-4 225 pounder has a 3-4 record along with 3.78 ERA and a .228 batting average against.

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Ramon Oviedo, photo- Jay Floyd

The 22-year-old Oviedo, who had a 1-7 record along with a 9.15 ERA in nine appearances for Lakewood last season, struck out four Braves in his 2013 BlueClaws debut.

Burgess was a 26th round draft selection this year our of Oklahoma Christian. The 22-year-old transferred from Oklahoma University last year and quickly became a standout performer on the OC pitching staff, going 7-0 with nine saves and a 1.54 ERA while giving up just one extra-base hit in 22 appearances for the Eagles.

Lakewood took a 1-0 lead in 4th inning when 17-year-old outfielder Carlos Tocci plated Jonathan Roof on a sacrifice fly. That score held till Burgess notched the final out. The win was Lakewood’s fifth straight. Continue reading Lakewood Trio Combines for No-hitter

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PN Interview: Phillies OF Prospect Carlos Tocci

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, July 01, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 1

Carlos Tocci, photo- Jay Floyd

One of the most raved about prospects in the Phillies system is 17-year-old Carlos Tocci. Praised for his superior defense and excellent quickness along with an ability to hit to all fields, the Venezuelan born outfielder opened the season as the youngest player in Lakewood BlueClaws history in the Class A South Atlantic League.

Tocci was signed by the Phillies at the age of 16 for a reported $750,000 in August of 2011.

Thus far in 73 games with Lakewood, the 6-foot-2 160-pounder has posted a .231 with 13 doubles, 15 RBI and five steals. Those numbers may not seem too impressive, but Tocci has definitely shown offensive improvements, as he has batted .249 since he posted a .192 mark in April.

With the help of teammate Willie Carmona, who translated for us, I spoke with Carlos this past weekend. The youngster shared thoughts about his progress this year, what attracted him to signing with the Phillies and plenty more. Read ahead for the full interview.

- How has the transition to this level been for you this year? Has it been easier or more difficult than you thought?

One of the hardest things was, at the beginning of the year, it was really, really cold. I had never played in any type of cold, so it was a shock to me. The pitching is a lot better here too. It’s not easy like rookie level ball, where pitchers were predictable. Here, it’s a lot more difficult. Continue reading PN Interview: Phillies OF Prospect Carlos Tocci

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