Posts Tagged ‘Spring Training’

Spring Training Gameday: Phillies vs Blue Jays

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, March 28, 2013 12:26 PM Comments: 6

2559d7603ouedg7ldhw0br4fnPhiladelphia Phillies at Toronto Blue Jays

TIME: 1:05, Bright House Field
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Today is the last Spring Training game for the Phillies in 2013. And as they bid farewell to Clearwater, Charlie Manuel again has Ben Revere hitting leadoff, with Jimmy Rollins batting 2nd. I think today’s lineup is very close to what we will see opening day, except with Michael Young at third instead of Freddy Galvis (and obviously Cole Hamels at pitcher instead of Roy Halladay).

In minor league news, the Phillies released pitcher Jordan Whatcott and catcher John Hill. More info from Jay Floyd here.

Lineup: Revere CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Brown LF, Nix RF, Galvis 3B, Kratz C, Halladay P





Spring Training Gameday: Phillies vs Tigers

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, March 27, 2013 12:00 PM Comments: 6

DetroitTigersLogoPhiladelphia Phillies at Detroit Tigers

TIME: 1:05, Joker Marchant Stadium (Lakeland)
Weather: 63, sunny
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Today will be the last time this spring that the Phillies play a spring training game on the road. The Tigers will be their opponent, and it looks as though the Phillies team is already picked. The only thing that Charlie Manuel is doing now is tinkering with the lineup to see what he thinks will be best for the club come opening day. Even though many of the starters are absent for today’s game, Ben Revere is leading off, which is something to watch.

Lineup: Revere CF, Frandsen 3B, M Young DH, Nix 1B, Ruiz C, Orr 2B, Mayberry RF, Galvis SS, Inciarte LF (Hamels P)


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.


The Cody Chronicles, Vol. 6: Asche Ready to Begin 2013 Season

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, March 26, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 1

Asche with Reading in 2012, Image- Jay Floyd

As the exhibition schedule winds down, we check in one last time with Phillies third base prospect Cody Asche, who has been offering weekly thoughts directly from inside spring training in Clearwater, FL.

A 4th round draft selection in 2011 out of the University of Nebraska, Asche has been a fast rising prospect since joining the Phils organization. Last year, the 22-year-old, in his first full professional season, tallied a .324 batting average with 12 homers, 72 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 130 combined games with Class A Advanced Clearwater and Double-A Reading. Asche followed up that campaign with a .281/.343/.438 line with Peoria in the Arizona Fall League. This spring the six-foot-one 180-pounder went 5-for-14 (.357 average) with two doubles in eight Grapefruit League contests this year, before being reassigned to minor league camp.

In the latest edition of The Cody Chronicles, Asche talks about the potential of beginning the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, playing on developmental teams located in the heart of big league Phillies territory, his teammate and roommate Adam Morgan as well as plenty more. Read ahead for Cody’s thoughts.

On the possibility of starting the season at the Triple-A level, having entered the final week of spring games playing with the group that will come north as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs…

I don’t think anything’s set in stone. Anything can happen. So, I’ll just keep showing up and doing my work and keep playing hard until we get those final assignments. You can’t really assume anything at this point when, there’s still a lot of changes that could probably be made. Continue reading The Cody Chronicles, Vol. 6: Asche Ready to Begin 2013 Season


PN Interview: Catching Prospect Matt Hitt

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, March 25, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 0

Matt Hitt

Matt Hitt

On March 8, the Phillies signed Matt Hitt, a 23-year old catcher who led Eastern Michigan University in home runs in 2012. Hitt went undrafted  but played professionally with the Arizona Centennials last summer. Hitt comes to the Phillies organization with a reputation for plus defense and the ability to hit for power.

Hitt will likely play along side catchers Cameron Rupp, Justin Dalles, and Gabriel Lino in the Phils Minor League ranks, helping to develop some of the fantastic young pitchers. Matt took some time out of his schedule to answer some questions for Phillies Nation.

Q1: Baseball America reported your signing with Spring Training already underway. What was it like to get a call from the Phillies with camp just about starting and did you know that they were interested at all before they called? Had you made any plans or were you working anywhere else before they or any other team called?

MH: What can I say, but that it was the best day of my life! Up until that day I had no idea of the Phillies interest, but I had been working on other opportunities within Major League Baseball.

Continue reading PN Interview: Catching Prospect Matt Hitt


2013 Spring Training Game Day: Phillies v. Orioles

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, March 23, 2013 12:48 PM Comments: 1

Baltimore Orioles vs Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

Ed Smith Stadium – Sarasota, FL

Weather: 78, Cloudy

TV: MLB Network (On Delay)

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Aaron Cook looks to continue his strong Spring (3.21 ERA) and make his case for a spot on the Phillies roster as he and the Phils lock up with the Orioles in a rematch of the 1983 World Series.

But the big story today is not Cook’s quest to make the Phillies – instead it is that of Roy Halladay, who labored through 4 innings in a Minor League game, throwing 81 pitches and giving up 2 ER, while topping out at 90 MPH on the radar gun and settling in between 86-89 MPH. Keep it here for any updates on Halladay and the latest roster news.


1. Revere – CF

2. Rollins – SS

3. Utley – 2B

4. Howard – 1B

5. Young – 3B

6. Brown – RF

7. Mayberry  – LF

8. Lerud – C

9. Cook – P

Go Phillies!


Who the #@%! was that? – PN’s Guide to Late Spring Call-Ups

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, March 23, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 0

Susdorf is one of the many players the Phillies have added to their role call late this Spring. He has the best chance of any to see any time with the Phillies in 2013. Photo: MiLB.com

If you have caught any of the Phillies Spring Training games this year, you likely have seen a player enter a game that you have never heard of. The Phillies have used 68 players in Spring action this year and have added a crop of folks according to their transaction page that you may see with the big club in the Spring. Some of them will receive very brief consideration regarding a potential 2013 call-up, however most are getting a quick look while the starters are resting or playing in minor league games to avoid seeing division rivals. Here’s a guide to those players:

Added on 3/1/2013

Mike Nesseth

Position: RHP Reliever

Age: 24

MLB Spring Stats: 1/3 IP, 1 K

Nesseth is part of the suddenly large contingent of University of Nesbraska Cornhuskers in the Phillies minor league rolls. Nesseth got his only out via strikeout this Spring. He turns 25 this April and, after finishing as Clearwater’s closer with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.261 WHIP, Nesseth will likely get a shot Reading this year.

Continue reading Who the #@%! was that? – PN’s Guide to Late Spring Call-Ups


Ruf and Mitchell to Minor Leauge Camp, Lopez Released

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, March 22, 2013 05:19 PM Comments: 10

According to the Delaware News Journal’s Chris Branch, outfielders Darin Ruf and Jermaine Mitchell have been reassigned to minor league camp while pitcher Rodrigo Lopez has been released.

Ruf was hitting .246 after today’s game but the main concern according to team officials was defense. Branch says team officials say Ruf needs more seasoning in the outfield while staying sharp at first base. Jim Salisbury quotes General Manager Ruben Amaro as stating Ruf will play left field for the IronPigs five times a week while playing first once a week.

Mitchell, hitting .269/.321/.577 in Spring action, was not believed to have much of a chance to make the team out of camp despite his strong play while it was believed Lopez would be kept around as pitching depth. With two less outfielders, one has to believe Ender Inciarte’s chances of making the Phillies out of Spring Training have greatly increased.


2013 Spring Training Game Day: Phillies v. Braves

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, March 22, 2013 12:00 PM Comments: 3

http://wrcb.images.worldnow.com/images/259547_G.gifAtlanta Braves vs Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

Bright House Field – Clearwater, FL

Weather: 72, 20% chance of showers

TV: The Comcast Network, Home of Phillies Nation TV, and MLB Network (On Delay)

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The Phillies tangle with the Braves the day after losing 6-1 in a rare Spring training night game with the Red Sox. Adam Morgan will take the hill for the varsity squad and Jermaine Mitchell, in center, and Freddy Galvis, at third, get an extra chance to show they deserve to make the Phillies this afternoon.


1. Mitchell – CF

2. Betancourt – SS

3. Utley – 2B

4. Howard – 1B

5. Brown – RF

6. Ruf – LF

7. Nix – DH

8. Kratz – C

9. Galvis – 3B

Go Phillies!


Brown’s Confidence Soaring Going into Regular Season

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, March 21, 2013 06:05 PM Comments: 34

We could see this a lot in 2013. (AP)

We could see this a lot in 2013. (AP)

The man has certainly earned it. Domonic Brown has done more than enough to secure a starting spot in the Phillies outfield when they break camp and head to Atlanta on April 1. Not only has he flirted with .400 this spring, but his confidence might be at an all-time high.

“In my mind I don’t feel like a pitcher can have enough stuff to get me out,” Brown told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. “Even if they’re throwing 100 mph, I feel I can turn it around.”

If you don’t love those words from Brown then you have no soul. OK, maybe I shouldn’t go that far, however, if you aren’t impressed by everything pertaining to Brown this spring, then you must be part of the group that keeps spouting, “it’s only spring, it doesn’t mean anything.”

That rationale would normally hold some credence, but not now, not with Brown. We’ve been waiting to see this sort of play out of the former #1 overall player in the organization. So, if you’re not happy with what you’re seeing and hearing, you’ve given up on him. Many haven’t, myself included.

It’s clear Brown has lowered his hands and is swinging with authority. Not to mention, this is Brown’s first full Spring Training. In prior springs, he was either injured or wasn’t really part of the plans of the team going into the regular season. This year, Brown knew there is a starting spot staring at him, which he has all but secured.

Dom’s Away™.


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