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Minors Notes: Updates on Ruf, Gillies, Watson, Joseph, James & More

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, June 30, 2013 06:45 AM Comments: 10

From all throughout the Phillies’ developmental ranks, here’s our weekly rundown of top performers and those players that have struggled recently.

Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

Who’s hot…

Outfielder Darin Ruf has picked up the production with his batting average of late, but has displayed minimal power during that stretch. The 26-year-old righty hitting slugger is batting .306 with only one extra-base hit, a double, while driving in seven runs in his past 10 games.  In 75 games with the ‘Pigs, Ruf is batting .270 with seven homers and 42 RBI.

Who’s not…

Righty pitcher Tyler Cloyd took his 7th loss of the season on Saturday, when he allowed six earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old is 0-3 with a 10.69 ERA in three starts for the IronPigs since returning from the majors this month.


Double-A Reading Fightins-

Who’s hot…

Outfielder Tyson Gillies has been on a tear, batting .400 with three homers, seven RBI and two steals in his last 10 games. Gillies, who batted .244 through his first 25 contests at Double-A this year, has his average up to .275 after 50 games. The 24-year-old began the season with the IronPigs, where he struggled. Continue reading Minors Notes: Updates on Ruf, Gillies, Watson, Joseph, James & More

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Minor League Notes: Asche, Gonzalez, Milner & More

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, June 16, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 4

re’s our weekly rundown of top performers and those players that have cooled off as of late.  Stats and notes current through games played on Saturday.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs…

Who’s hot-

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IronPigs third baseman Cody Asche

Third baseman Cody Asche is 13-for-34 (.382 avg) with two doubles, a triple, a homer and three RBI in his last nine games.  Asche, a lefty batter, was the Phillies’ 4th round draft pick in 2011.  The 22-year-old is batting .281 with seven home runs and 40 RBI in 65 games this year.

Upon making his Triple-A debut, catcher Cameron Rupp went 4-for-11 (.367 avg) with three RBI in his first three contests.  Rupp, 24, was the Phillies’ 3rd round draft choice in 2010 out of the University of Texas.

Who’s not-

In his last nine games, outfielder Leandro Castro is 6-for-35 (.171 avg) with a double, a triple and four RBI.  The Dominican native celebrated his 24th birthday this weekend.  Overall, Castro is sporting a .264 average with six homers in 59 games this season.

Double-A Reading Fightins…

Who’s hot-

Righty starter David Buchanan has tallied a 2.98 ERA while sporting a 2-4 record over his last seven starts.  Overall, in 14 starts, Buchanan has a 3-7 record with a 4.65 ERA.  The 24-year-old was a 7th round draft pick of the Phils back in 2010. Continue reading Minor League Notes: Asche, Gonzalez, Milner & More

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PNTV Interview: RHP Prospect Colby Shreve

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, June 08, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0

Righty reliever Colby Shreve entered his 2013 campaign with a 19-14 record, six saves and a 3.54 ERA along with a 7.25 K/9 mark and a 3.24 BB/9 mark in 110 games at three levels, but hasn’t been as sharp this season. In 15 games (14 with Class A Advanced Clearwater and one with Double-A Reading), the Las Vegas native has a 0-2 record, a 4.44 ERA and has struck out 19 and walked 16 in 26 1/3 innings pitched.

The 6-foot-5 210-pounder was sidelined with an elbow injury and required Tommy John surgery when he was selected in the 6th round of the 2008 draft by the Phils and did not make his pro debut until 2010.

Shreve, 25, altered his arm angle a bit last year and improved the velocity of his fastball which was clocked at 95 MPH during his time with Reading in 2012.

Last month, I talked with Colby, during his most recent stint with Reading, for Phillies Nation TV. He spoke about working to climb the developmental ladder, getting drafted by the Phillies and his impression of the rebranding in Reading. This segment went unused on the TV program, but I definitely wanted to bring it to the viewers anyway.

Check out the interview in the media player below and be sure to tune into PNTV every Tuesday at 6 PM on The Comcast Network. The program also replays throughout the week on TCN and Comcast Sportsnet, so check your listings.

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Galvis Continues to Rake in Win over Rays

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, March 26, 2013 04:20 PM Comments: 12

On Sunday, the Phillies disposed of journeyman Yuniesky Betancourt because they have faith in Freddy Galvis. And on Tuesday, Galvis continued his spring tear, going 2-for-4 with a home run, his third of the spring, and three RBI in the Phillies 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay.

Galvis now has 12 extra-base hits in 70 at-bats during Spring Training, good for a .905 OPS. Any worries about his back injury from last season should be gone. He also played left field today, clearly without incident. The kid can do it all.

Kevin Frandsen also did work today, going 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Domonic Brown finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs, and a RBI.

Brown’s spring average climbed to .373.

It was a bullpen game for the Phillies pitching staff with Raul Valdes leading off and going three innings, allowing one run, while fanning five. Mike Stutes, Jeremy Horst, Colby Shreve, Antonio Bastardo, Steven Inch, and Jonathan Papelbon went the rest of the way holding the Rays scoreless.

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Phils Ink Five to Minor League Deals, Make Camp Adjustments

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, March 14, 2013 09:00 PM Comments: 2

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Matt Hitt

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Troy Marks

According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Phillies have signed RHP Troy Marks, C Matt Hitt, 2B Shawn Williams, SS Miguel Abreu, and SS Andres Blanco.

Marks, 23, is a 6’5 righty who attended the University of Nevada. As a member of the Wolfpack, he earned WAC All-Academic team distinction He went undrafted in 2012.

Hitt, 23, is a 6’0 catcher who hit .226 for Eastern Michigan Universtiy in 2012. Hitt made his pro debut last summer with the Arizona Centennials.

Williams, 29, is a 6’2 second baseman who went to Emery-Riddle Aeronautical University. He hit .272/.353/.373 with 6 HR and 18 steals for the Long Island Ducks last year and last played organized ball in the Tampa Bay Rays organization in 2010. Williams figures to fill the hole left by the departed Harold Garcia in Reading.

Abreu and Blanco were both shortstops in the Phillies organization last season and were released and then re-signed. Abreu, 27, hit .280/.298/.362 for Reading last season. Blanco, 28, hit .235/.301/.346 for Lehigh Valley last season and is battling shoulder trouble.

In addition, the Phillies have added the following players to Major League camp today: RHPs Jordan Whatcott and Colby Shreve and catcher John Suomi. Whatcott, 27, joined the Phillies organization in 2010 after graduating from the University of Utah and was an Eastern League All-Star for Reading in 2012. Shreve, 25, has found success in Clearwater but needs to make the jump to Reading permanent. Suomi, 32, hit .265/.311/.393 for the IronPigs last season and replaced Russell Martin on Team Canada in the WBC. Whatcott, Shreve, and Suomi are all likely to be depth pieces for late Spring and not much more.

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Prospect Nation 2013: The Prelude

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, January 15, 2013 02:05 PM Comments: 4

We’re just under a month until pitchers and catcher are due to report to Clearwater for spring training. That means it’s time to kick off our annual countdown of the top 25 prospects in the Phillies organization. Gradually, in the coming weeks, leading to the kickoff of the 2013 regular season, I will be unveiling player reviews for each of the top developmental talent that you, as Phillies fans, should be familiar with.

Taken into consideration when reviewing these young talents will be age, minor league performance relative to levels played, value to the organization as well as future potential.

These rankings will not include players over 25-years-old or individuals that have spents lengthy and multiple stretches in the big leagues. Thus, players such as Austin Hyatt, Darin Ruf, Justin De Fratus, Phillippe Aumont and Jake Diekman will not appear on this year’s list.

Some very talented youngsters did not make the cut simply because other individuals ranked higher. Included in the group that fell short of making this year’s top 25 list are outfielders Leandro Castro and Jiwan James as well as righty pitchers Colby Shreve, David Buchanan and Gabriel Arias.

Additionally, 2012 draft picks Mitch Gueller and Dylan Cozens weren’t far off the list either and, with their exceptional talents that earned them each a considerable signing bonus from the Phillies, could very well find themselves on this list next year. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: The Prelude

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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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New Arizona Fall League Season Kicks Off

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, October 09, 2012 08:00 AM Comments: 1

Tuesday marks the beginning of another baseball season…the Arizona Fall League season.  This year, as the league celebrates its 20th anniversary, representatives from the Phillies organization will team with players from the Reds, Padres, Twins and Mariners to make up the Poeria Javelinas roster.

Led by 2012 Double-A Reading Phillies manager Dusty Wathan, the club will feature seven Phils minor leaguers.  Righty relievers Kyle Simon, Tyler Knigge and Colby Shreve, who each manned a key bullpen role for the R-Phils into the playoffs this season, will solidify Peoria’s relief corp.  Left-hander Jay Johnson will also be serving as a reliever for the team.  Additionally, catcher Tommy Joseph, who was acquired by the Phillies in the Hunter Pence trade this year, will see considerable playing time.  Third baseman Cody Asche, who made an impact at two levels in 2012, his first full year of professional baseball, is also on the roster along with outfielder Zach Collier, who was the Phils’ supplementary 1st round draft choice in 2008.

Simon, a 22-year-old, was acquired from Baltimore in the Jim Thome trade this year, posted excellent numbers after joining the Phils system.  In 20 contests, the University of Arizona product posted a 4-0 record with a 1.36 ERA while striking out 35 batters and walking just six in 39 2/3 innings.  Simon was the Orioles’ 4th round draft pick in 2011. Continue reading New Arizona Fall League Season Kicks Off

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DJ Hey Beef in Concert & Other R-Phils Notes

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, June 10, 2012 08:00 AM Comments: 0

On Saturday night, as part of the Reading Phillies’ Yuengling Post-Game Concert Series, right-handed hurler Trevor May performed as his alter ego DJ Hey Beef, following the club’s 7-2 victory over the Harrisburg Senators (Washington affiliate).

May, who has DJ’d publicly in his home state of Washington, has never had the opportunity to spin music for fans in the Philadelphia region before. When a spot opened up on the schedule in the R-Phils’ weekend concert schedule, May welcomed the opportunity to display his musical hobby to a game day crowd.  The Phillies’ 4th round draft selection from 2008 had previously reached out to the team about hosting a show in some fashion.

“It should be a lot of fun.  That’s one thing that he’s really big into. I was his roommate on the road, earlier this year, and that’s all he was talking about. He was on the computer, trying to find a gig to do…and it should be a lot of fun, Reading outfielder Jiwan James said, after a game in which he laced two hits including an inside-the-park home run that helped the R-Phils lock down their win over the Senators.

Reliever Colby Shreve (6th round, 2008 draft), who threw a scoreless 9th inning in Saturday’s contest after serving up 5 earned runs in his Double-A debut on Thursday, was also excited to see some Hey Beef action.  “It should be really fun,” Shreve stated.  “I’m definitely going to check it out.  I’ve listened to a lot of his stuff and it’s really good.  He played something (original) for me yesterday and it sounded like it was straight off the radio.”

The majority of May’s teammates stuck around, along with plenty of fans, long after the game ended to witness the hour-long set.  The crowd enjoyed the nightclub atmosphere, right there in their team’s home park.  With a fun time had by all and many folks’ expectations exceeded, there were some that already had ideas for DJ Hey Beef’s future gigs.

“He should start playing weddings,” said Reading slugger Darin Ruf with a laugh.

DJ Hey Beef t-shirts can be purchased via the PhoulBallz.com Spreadshirt page by clicking here. To enjoy a sample of the Hey Beef show, check out the media player below.

Additional notes from Baseballtown… Continue reading DJ Hey Beef in Concert & Other R-Phils Notes

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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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