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First Round Pick Crawford Officially Signs with Phils

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, June 18, 2013 02:20 PM Comments: 0

JP Crawford, screen cap- MLB Network

Thanks to a picture that was tweeted and soon deleted by J.P. Crawford’s sister Eliza, we caught a quick glimpse of the Phillies’ top draft pick signing his first professional contract today.

Crawford, 18, was selected 16th overall out of Lakewood (CA) High School less than two weeks ago by the Phillies.  The youngster enjoyed his high school graduation late last week, then took off to begin his life as a pro ball player, flying into Philadelphia on Monday.  Crawford met with team officials and put ink to paper on Tuesday afternoon shortly after 1 PM.

The lefty batting shortstop, has been highly touted throughout his high school years and is said to have great defensive range and a strong arm.  Crawford hit .432 in 25 games in his senior season this year and is his school’s all-time leader in hits and runs scored. Continue reading First Round Pick Crawford Officially Signs with Phils

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PN Interview: Shane Watson Speaks on JP Crawford

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, June 17, 2013 11:25 AM Comments: 0

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Watson & Crawford go back to tee ball, image- Shane Watson

With the Phillies’ 2013 first round pick, J.P. Crawford en route to Philadelphia, jotting some ink on his first professional contract seems inevitable. What has become somewhat of a ceremonial signing for 1st rounders, which typically includes the player taking batting practice and/or putting himself on display to the media, seems to be in the near future for the 18-year-old Lakewood High School (CA) product that was taken with the 16th overall pick in the MLB draft less than two weeks ago.

With the excitement level picking up for Crawford to join the Phils organization, I spoke with one of his closest friends, Shane Watson, who was selected with the Phillies’ first pick in the 2012 draft. The two players grew up together, playing tee ball on the same team and being by each other’s side through high school ball until Watson turned pro last year.

Now, the two “brothers” seem to be more excited than any pair of ball players you might come across. I spoke with Shane over the weekend and he offered his thoughts on the guy that will soon be the newest addition to the Phillies family. Read ahead for that interview.

- In your playing days, I know you guys came up on the same tee ball league team together and played at the same high school, but through all those years in youth ball, I imagine that you two would have faced each other at some point.

Yeah, a couple times in, like, intrasquad games, for high school, we would face each other and I think it was a draw. I know once he hit a dribbler back to me and then another time I walked him. So, we came out even and it was a draw, I think. We both got the best of one another one time. That was about it, though, from what I remember. 

- And obviously, you got to see him play a considerable amount. So, how would you describe his strengths out there on the field?

I would say there’s not too many holes in his swing. I mean, it’s kind of hard to pitch to him. He’s one of those guys where he can handle pressure. He’s gonna play hard. He’s a Lakewood (High School) guy. All of us pride ourselves on playing really hard, playing with lots of heart and getting after it. So, he’s gonna do that, no matter what.  Continue reading PN Interview: Shane Watson Speaks on JP Crawford

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Prospect Quinn Not Working Out at Shortstop?

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, April 08, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 6

Roman Quinn reflecting on his efforts during Sunday’s contest, Photo- Jay Floyd

Following a day in which he committed three errors in an 11-4 loss to Kannapolis at Lakewood’s FirstEnergy Park, highly regarded Phillies prospect Roman Quinn seemed to be pondering a change of position in order to help his career, his team and his own peace of mind.

Quinn’s three errors on Sunday for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws, gave the speedster, who is generously listed five-foot-ten 170-pounds, a total of five miscues on the new season. Having spent more time in the outfield during his high school days, Quinn switched to shortstop on a full time basis upon signing his first professional contract with the Phillies late in the summer of 2011, after the organization selected him in the 2nd round of that year’s amateur draft.

Asked on Sunday if he can take a lesson from his dismal defensive effort, in order to bounce back the next time out, a clearly discouraged Quinn, who knows that baseball is a game full of failures, assuredly stated he had no choice in the matter, but admitted that he has been having a difficult time in a position that still feels new to him.

“I can’t do nothing but bounce back tomorrow,” Quinn said from his locker after Sunday’s series finale that put the BlueClaws’ record at 1-3 this year.  “I think most of (the defensive troubles) got to do with the mental part of it. I’m not too focused on the game when I’m playing shortstop. Something I just got to adjust to.”

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Prospect Nation 2013: #18 OF Larry Greene Jr.

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, February 03, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 8

Larry Greene Jr., quietly began his ascension upward in the developmental ranks last season, after being selected in the supplemental 1st round, 39th overall, by the Phillies in 2011.

In his senior year of high school, the lefty batting Greene became an All-American, posting a .536 average in 30 games with 11 doubles, 19 home runs, 52 RBI and 37 walks.

Greene worked out with the Gulf Coast League Phillies late in the 2011 season, after signing his first professional contract, which came with a reported $1 million signing bonus.  He also spent some time at the Florida Instructional League as well that year.

Despite sitting out a good deal of time at Instructs with a groin injury, the slugger was able to take in plenty of batting practice and put himself on display for the brass in attendance, who were there to see many of their newly drafted prospects.  The ailment resulted in some downtime through the winter months and Greene wasn’t in the best shape when he reported to spring training in 2012. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: #18 OF Larry Greene Jr.

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Prospect Nation 2013: #21 OF Kelly Dugan

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, January 26, 2013 12:35 PM Comments: 5

Kelly Dugan was the Phillies’ top draft pick (2nd round, 75th overall) back in 2009.  Since then, it’s been a bit of a slow progression in the pro ranks, but after a solid season with Class A Lakewood in 2012, the California native has shown that he is ready to make an impact in the organization.

Much hype surrounded Kelly upon being drafted to the Phillies, as an image of him on the set of his director father Dennis Dugan’s film Grown Ups, with many of Hollywood’s comedy elite, made the rounds.  Through his career, though, Dugan has dealt with a collection of injury concerns that have prevented the 6-foot-3-inch 195-pounder from fully establishing himself as a potential rising star.

After signing his first professional contract, Dugan, who was working on being a switch-hitter at the time, debuted with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, posting a .233 average with eight doubles, a triple and eight RBI in 45 games.   The following year, with the GCL team and short-season Class A Williamsport, Dugan batted .366 with a homer and eight RBI in 28 combined games.  He missed roughly two months of action that year after he was hit in the leg with a batted ball during batting practice in June and later developed a staph infection that required draining.

Dugan returned to Williamsport in 2011 and represented the club in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game.  With the Crosscutters, in 47 games, he sported a .284 batting average along with two home runs and 21 RBI.

Last season with Lakewood, Dugan displayed improved power and steady production, as he notched a .300 batting average, 12 homers and 60 RBI in 117 games.  Additionally, his OPS, at .857, was
.127 points higher than his mark from the previous season.
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Buschini Building Success After Phils Failed Him

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, January 18, 2013 12:00 PM Comments: 0

Less than two years after he was drafted by the Phillies in the 4th round, infielder Adam Buschini was stunned to learn that the team he had hoped to grow with and help win games for had given up on him. Buschini played through a serious injury during his junior season in college and into his pro career, hoping his own toughness would result in success for his teams, but sometimes such fortitude can prove thankless and it did for this heard-nosed ballplayer.

As the California Polytech State University baseball team reached the Tempe Regional tournament for the first time in 2009, Buschini, who starred as the Mustangs’ offensive leader, refused to succumb to a broken hand suffered on a hit by pitch. That year, he led the Mustangs in batting average (.422), home runs (11), RBI (61) and several other categories. With high hopes of leading his team to post-season glory, Buschini stuck it out, but Cal Poly fell to Kent State and Buschini’s college career was complete.

Quickly, the gritty competitor’s career went from a collegiate calamity to minor league motive, as the righty hitter signed his first professional contract and debuted with the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters. A rough initial stretch in the pro ranks saw Buschini post a .228 batting average with two homers and 15 RBI through 52 games for the ‘Cutters.  Buschini would participate in the Florida Instructional League that year as well.

The following year, the 6-foot-2-inch 210-pounder was a key contributor for the Class A BlueClaws in the early going, but his hand injury worsened. Over time, Buschini lost cartilage in the injured area, making it painfully difficult to throw, lift weights and especially to hit a pitched ball with authority. Again, though, Buschini found himself on a club that was in the hunt for a post-season berth and felt responsibility to play through the discomfort in order to help his teammates.

“Our Lakewood team of 2010 was in the hunt for first place in the first half. Our manager Mark Parent…wanted me to stick it out and play because we didn’t have any other third baseman,” Buschini explained during a recent interview. Continue reading Buschini Building Success After Phils Failed Him

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Off-season Q&A: Ludy Has Sights Set on Sophomore Success

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, January 09, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0

Last season the Phillies selected catcher Josh Ludy as a senior out of Baylor University in the 8th round of the MLB amateur draft.  The 22-year-old righty hitter had a solid debut as a pro.  Serving mainly as a backup, the Indiana native sported a .271 batting average along with 11 doubles, one triple, a homer and 12 RBI in 32 games for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. Following the regular season, Ludy was among a group of prospects selected to spend an extra month in the Florida Instructional League.

This week, I spoke with Josh to get his thoughts on his transition from college to the pro’s, time spent at instructs, his off-season training regimen and plenty more.  Read ahead to check out the full interview.

- You performed well last season with Lakewood after signing your first professional contract.  How would you assess your first go of it in the professional ranks and was the adjustment from college to the minors what you expected?

I feel the first year for me went well. Obviously, there are a lot of things I would have liked to have improved on, but it’s all part of the process. I think one of the biggest adjustments for me was having to get familiar with an entirely different staff of pitchers. Coming from college, where you spend four years with some guys, or, at the least, have a full year to get to know guys, to maybe catching someone one time and they move on, or having a new guy come in towards the end of the season. It took a little while to get comfortable in learning everyone, but towards the end of the year I felt pretty good about it. As far as hitting, it was definitely an adjustment moving to the wood bat again. Where the weight is in the bats, and the smaller sweet spot took some getting used to, but the more time spent with it, the more natural it felt.

- What was the experience of playing in the instructional league like and how is it beneficial to players?  Also, is it a big plus to be able to play there and make an impression on more coaches and front office folks from the organization?

I had a great time at instructs. Getting to do individual work with the coordinators on a daily basis was a great experience. We have a great group of coaches and instructors that are there to make us better and have a lot of insight and wisdom to pass down. Every day was an opportunity to be able to show the organization what you can do. Continue reading Off-season Q&A: Ludy Has Sights Set on Sophomore Success

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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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Prospect Nation 2012: #3 LHP Jesse Biddle

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, March 08, 2012 08:00 AM Comments: 8

Left-handed starting pitcher Jesse Biddle redefines homegrown talent. Born and bred as a Phillies fan in the Philadelphia region, the youngster’s dreams came true in 2010, when he was selected 27th overall in that year’s amateur draft. Biddle wasted no time signing his first professional contract and quickly made his minor league debut, beginning his ascent toward donning the home uniform of the team he cheered on from the seats of Citizens Bank Park all throughout his teenage years.

The graduate of Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia combined to sport a 4-1 record with a 3.92 ERA and a .241 batting average against in 12 starts with the Gulf Coast League Phillies and the Williamsport Crosscutters in 2010.

In 2011, Biddle became an All-Star in the South Atlantic League with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. As the team’s most dependable starter through much of the year, Biddle posted a 7-8 record with a 2.98 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) and struck out 124 batters in 133 innings pitched. In addition, he held opponents to a .219 batting average. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2012: #3 LHP Jesse Biddle

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Prospect Nation 2012: #14 OF Larry Greene Jr.

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, February 11, 2012 10:11 AM Comments: 5

The Phillies’ top draft pick from 2011, Larry Greene Jr., has the type of power that already has many within the organization and around baseball buzzing. After inking his first professional contract close to the signing deadline last year, Greene Jr. has yet to play in his first organized professional contest. The power hitting outfielder from Berrien County High School in Georgia is expected to make his pro debut in just a few short months.

Greene Jr., who got a $1 million signing bonus, worked out with the Gulf Coast League Phillies late in the season last year and spent some time at the Florida Instructional League as well. Despite sitting out with a groin injury, the lefty batting slugger was able to take in plenty of batting practice and put himself on display for the brass in attendance to see many of their newly drafted prospects. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2012: #14 OF Larry Greene Jr.

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