Posts Tagged ‘Top Prospects’

Reading Eagle’s Annual Prospect Survey

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, August 29, 2011 08:00 AM Comments: 6

This month Mike Drago of The Reading Eagle conducted a survey of a dozen experts, made up of writers and other media members, designed to rank the top prospects in the Philadelphia developmental system.

The participating individuals, who are all close to the Phillies minor league system, were asked to rank their personal top 15, which were tabulated to determine the paper’s published list of top ten prospects. Those that offered their insight for the ratings included Bob Brookover, Joe Berkery, Tony Graham, Jeff Schuler, Brian Seltzer, Mike Drago himself and yours truly, Jay Floyd.

Last year’s survey landed two keys to the trade that brought Hunter Pence to the Phillies at the top of the rankings. Jonathan Singleton and Jarred Cosart were numbers 1 and 2, respectively, based on voting done last year. Additionally, this year’s top Phillies rookie, Vance Worley, landed at number 3. The two players that followed those youngsters on the 2010 list now find themselves at the top of the latest edition of the Phils prospect hierarchy.

Two of the stars of the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers club, righty hurler Trevor May and catcher Sebastian Valle now take up the highest spots on the Eagle’s annual digest.

Last season’s top draft pick, left-handed pitcher Jesse Biddle, shot up the list this year with an extremely impressive campaign at Class A Lakewood. The Philadelphia native ranks third.

Another big mover this season was shortstop Freddy Galvis, who worked extremely hard last off-season to add some strength and to improve his offensive game. The Venezuela native has found himself rated as the fourth best prospect in the Phils’ organization.

Here’s a review of the full top 20 rankings: Continue reading Reading Eagle’s Annual Prospect Survey


Hunter Pence and Jayson Werth

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, August 04, 2011 07:00 AM Comments: 31

It seems like yesterday Jayson Werth sported red pinstripes. Philadelphia has many fond memories of Werth, but he has been placed in the rear view mirror. Losing Werth to free agency left many fans upset, the Phillies were without a strong right-handed bat. In addition, it left a gap in right field and questions as to whether Domonic Brown was ready for the everyday job. Brown got hurt, Ben Francisco did little with the job, and for two of the first three months of the season the Phillies got little from the corner outfield.

A drastic move at the trade deadline was necessary, even despite the Phils having the best record in baseball. Hunter Pence was acquired from the Houston Astros in exchange for top prospects Jonathan Singleton, Jarred Cosart, and two minor leaguers.

The Phillies offense had been streaky all season, but Pence’s addition has immediately improved it. Batting fifth, he enabled Ryan Howard to see more pitches in the strike zone. He initially took over the role that Jayson Werth once had.

In any sport, there are ongoing debates as to which players are superior. Whether using stats or intangibles, there are several ways to measure those similarities and differences. That leads to the question: who is the better option? Hunter Pence or Jayson Werth?

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Phillies Trade Rumors Friday: Hunter Pence Edition

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, July 29, 2011 01:43 PM Comments: 113

Would the Phillies be giving up too much for Pence? (PHOTO: Yahoo)

UPDATE, 5:15 pm: ESPN.com’s Buster Olney just tweeted that a source tells him the Phillies have no intention of putting Domonic Brown up for sale.

The saga continues.


UPDATE, 4:30 pm: Michael Baumann did a little research today on how prospects pan out in the majors, here is a look:

Proof that the Baseball America people know what they’re talking about (Click on the year to see that seasons full list of top prospects):

Top 10 2005: 8 major league regulars (Mauer, Felix Hernandez, Delmon Young, Ian Stewart, Kotchman, Kazmir, Rickie Weeks, Hanley Ramirez), 1 MVP, 1 Cy Young, 4 batting titles.  Other notables: Matt Cain (13), Prince Fielder (15), Chad Billingsley (19), Jeff Niemann (20), Carlos Quentin (22), Nick Swisher (24)

Top 10 2006: 7 ML regulars (Young, Justin Upton, Stephen Drew, Liriano, Billingsley,Verlander, Matt Cain) Other notables: Fielder (11), Howie Kendrick (12), Alex Gordon (13), Ryan Zimmerman (15), Quentin (20), Markakis (21), Jon Lester (22), Chris Young the outfielder (23) and Tulo (25)

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Clearwater Battery Mates Impress in Futures Game

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, July 11, 2011 12:00 PM Comments: 4

For the second straight year, Phillies pitching prospect Jarred Cosart was named to the MLB All-star Futures Game’s Team USA roster. This time around was different, however, as Cosart was injured last season and unable to attend the game. With a clean bill of health this year, the Texas native saw action in the premiere annual exhibition for all of the sport’s top prospects.

In Arizona on Sunday night, Cosart and his battery mate for the past two seasons, Sebastian Valle, showed why each of them are highly regarded prospects. The 21-year-old righty Cosart sparkled in relief, throwing a perfect 8th inning, in which he struck out 2 batters. Valle, a 20-year-old Mexico native, slapped a game tying RBI double for the World Team in the 6th inning and later flied out in the contest.

Valle’s run scoring hit pulled the game even, at 3 runs apiece, before the World Team went ahead in the 8th inning, but Yankees prospect Double A Trenton Thunder catcher Austin Romine put the USA Team back in front for good, in the bottom of the frame, which gave Cosart the win. USA won by a final score fo 6-4. Continue reading Clearwater Battery Mates Impress in Futures Game


Phillies Fans’ Guide to Clearwater

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, March 01, 2011 07:30 AM Comments: 5

March is here, and you know what that means – Spring Training! With a few games already behind them, the Phillies have started their quest for the 2011 World Series. Fortunately for fans, that journey always begins in sunny Clearwater, Florida. The Phillies have been coming to the area just off the Gulf of Mexico since 1915 and it has provided fans a warm haven from the final weeks of winter.

Phillies Nation has gone to Spring Training the past 6 years and after all the games, player sightings, sunburns, and parties, we’ve put together our Phillies Fans’ Guide to Clearwater.

To those fans who have not yet been on a Spring Training trip, I have one word for you – GO! It’s the most fun you’ll ever have…or the most relaxing time you’ve ever had….or both! In the meantime, read below for a taste of what you’ve been missing. The Guide is definitely a work in progress, so I’ve you’ve been to Spring Training, please offer your suggestions in the comments area.

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Week In Review 1/31 – 2/6

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, February 06, 2011 09:30 AM Comments: 12

It is finally here. Super Bowl Sunday! Enjoy your snow Dallas. For Phillies fans, this just means we are that much closer to pitchers and catchers reporting down to Clearwater. With our beloved Eagles exiting the postseason early all attention has been turned to the four aces and this juggernaut of a team Ruben Amaro Jr has put together. We are only eight days away! February 14th is when pitchers and catchers can voluntarily show up for Spring Training. But as I am sure many of you would have guessed, a good amount of guys are already down in FL gearing up for the start of the Spring.

Our Minor League insider Jay Floyd, once again, has been at it all week introducing you to the top prospects down on the farm in Prospect Nation. This week we met Phillippe Aumont. At #13 he has been on the Phillies radar ever since he came over from Seattle in the Cliff Lee trade. The former first round pick has battled some injuries early in his career while the organization still tries to figure out where he fits in. For the 2011 season it looks like Aumont will head back to the bullpen, where he might be more comfortable. The 6’7″ 255 pound Aumont, who Floyd calls a ‘pudding prospect’ says, is capable of becoming a gratifying home made treat.

For Prospect Nation, it doesn’t get much sweeter than #11 Matt Rizzotti and #12 Harold Garcia. May and June’s Phillies Minor League players of the month, respectively. These are two guys that Floyd thinks could see Major League call-ups this season. Rizzotti is a kid who spent a lot of last season working on his hitting and it paid off. He finished hitting .358 or better for both High A Clearwater and Double A Reading. With a certain first baseman in his way, Rizzotti could attract possible American League suitors if his numbers continue to impress. Garcia was pouring on his own numbers down in Clearwater as well. He broke a 59-year old Florida State League record by recording at least one hit in 37 straight games. Garcia could be a very good utility type guy for a big league team; including the Phillies.

For Top Moments, we are just about ready to break into the top ten. Michael Baumann tackled #12 and thank God he did. The only thing better than the game was his tweet about it – ‘Jay Bruce loses a fly ball and I lose my shit–it’s Top Moment No. 12!’ You know you were thinking the same thing watching that game. As an extra, Mike added his reaction to Bruce’s muffed catch to the post. You will find it most fulfilling. Be sure to check out Jimmy Rollins‘ walk-off in #13 and #14 where, yes again, Rollins provided the late game heroics.

The Phillies announced this week that fans will be able to enjoy all 162 games this season from the comfort of their own homes. Yay for us! Comcast SportsNet will carry 103 games on their network with the Comcast Network also airing three games in April. MyPHL17 will have 45 games including the home opener against the Astros April 1. ESPN picked up two Sunday night games while FOX is covering nine Saturday games. And remember, you can listen to all the games on the Phillies Flagship station WPHT.

Going into the home opener, there is no doubt who takes the ball. Roy Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball and one of, if not the most, hardest working players in the entire league; nay the world. It’s also no surprise that we are talking about his work load from last season as a new season dawns upon us. A night after Halladay picked up yet another award, this one in the form of the Outstanding Pro Athlete award, Pat Gallen touched on some possible ‘inning saving’ techniques. Toss up an assist or two to Dave Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com for also touching on Halladay’s high amount of innings last season.

I guess it just wouldn’t be a good week until we looked at yet another Mets blunder. For the record I still have no idea how this one is even linked back to the team. With that said, owner Fred Wilpon announced his intention of selling part of, if not more, of the Mets to help pay litigation costs stemming from the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme. I know, me neither. MB takes a look at how this effects Phillies fans, not much, and does his best to make sense of all this. One good thing for the Mets is they will be hosting the 2013 All Star game at Citi Field. They will have front row seats cheering on Halladay, Chase Utley and maybe even Domonic Brown. Isn’t it great being a Phillies fan?

If you are still looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for your dude or just need something to wear for Opening Day head over to the Phillies Nation store and check out our new tee designs. Up new this week we pay homage to the Four Aces, R2C2, the Four Horsemen or whatever you call them with ‘Philly’s Pitchers.” Also available is ‘The Vet.’ All shirts are ready to please and be worn.

Some quick hits from this past week – The Phillies signed journeyman Jason Grilli to a minor league contract without an invite to big league camp. PG looked into the possibility of trading Joe Blanton to the Yankees after Andy Pettitte announced he would retire. On a side note, I have read that Cliff Lee‘s decision to go somewhere not called New York did play a factor. A small factor I am sure, but still a factor. Or maybe I made that up.

Have a great week Nation! We do this for you.


Cliff Lee Signs $120 Million Pact with the Phillies

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, December 14, 2010 11:30 AM Comments: 193

Originally posted December 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm.

This afternoon Jayson Stark stated on ESPN.com that the Philadelphia Phillies were the rumored “mystery team” in the mix, along with the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees, for the services of a free agent known as Cliff Lee.

Later in the evening, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal cofirmed via Twitter that the Phillies are involved in the pursuit of Lee.  Other info via the likes of Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman (yes, the real one) and others state that the Yankees still have the edge on the monetary value of the contracts offered.  However, if location means enough, as Lee stated in the past that he loved his time in Philadelphia, the Phils are certainly a contender to be high on Lee’s list of desired destinations.

Other reports state that the Phillies have touched base with multiple teams in an effort to trade Joe Blanton, which would help to free up money in the team’s ever-rising payroll.  Blanton is owed $8.5 million ($17 million total) in each of the 2 years remaining on his contract.

If the Phillies do re-acquire Cliff Lee, plenty of Phillies fans will be overjoyed.  However, it will still stand to be mulled over by some that the Phillies gave up several top prospects for Lee, later gave Lee away for very little to Seattle and then spent more money than they’ve ever given any pitcher to bring him back.

UPDATE, 10:20 pm: The twitter comments are coming too quickly to keep posting on here from the big guns, but in summation, it seems to be getting closer and closer to become a reality. Let’s not jump ahead of ourself because NOTHING is even close to done. However, by the sounds of the tweets from Jon Heyman and others, the Phillies may have jumped into the lead.

These “sources” are saying that it is probably not going to happen tonight, but there are so many factors at work tonight. Heyman has said Lee could leave as much as $70 million on the table to sign with the Phillies. Wow. We’ll have more as it comes.  -Pat Gallen

UPDATE, 11:35: Do yourself a favor and read the twitter of Joel Sherman of the New York Post. He’s summing up everything beautifully over a series of tweets (so make sure you read them backwards, of course). – Pat Gallen

UPDATE, 11:55 pm: Jon Heyman says the Yankees have been told they are out of the Cliff Lee dealings. – PG

UPDATE, 11:58 pm: Sources tell T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com (Rangers beat writer) that Cliff Lee is coming to Philadelphia, it is a done deal. – Pat Gallen

UPDATE, 12:04 am: The deal is done! Cliff Lee is a Philadelphia Phillie according to multiple sources. Unbelievable. Welcome to the big time, folks. Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt, Lee. Have fun and Happy Holidays all! – PG

UPDATE, 12:17 am: The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but word is it’s a five-year, $100 million deal. Lee reportedly leaves a seven-year deal on the table from the Yankees that would have been worth more than $150 million. -PG

UPDATE, 12:35 am: Todd Zolecki of MLB.com says the deal is for five years with a vesting sixth-year option. The deal could be worth up to $120 million. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com tweets that the Phillies are working to trade Joe Blanton to free up some salary space. – PG

UPDATE, 1:28 am: Joel Sherman of the New York Post says Lee left a seven year, $154 million pact on the table from the Yankees to join the Phillies. – PG

UPDATE, 10:32 am: Jerry Crasnick has crunched the numbers and this is what it comes down to.

Lee’s deal includes a $27.5 million option that vests if he pitches 200 innings in 2015 or a total of 400 innings over the 2014-15 seasons. If the option doesn’t vest, the deal includes a $12.5 million buyout.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems as though the five years equal out to $107.5 million with the guaranteed buyout in 2015 pushing the grand total to $120 million. The sixth year option, should it vest, would make the deal six-years, $135 million or the same as what the Yankees and Rangers offered as their base salary before options were included.

So yes, it’s a deal. However, Lee is still making plenty of bank, bro. -PG

UPDATE, 11:00 am: Crasnick tweets that he may not be leaving much on the table after all. -PG


Rizzotti Impressive in 2010, Future Questionable

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, November 18, 2010 12:50 PM Comments: 17

MESA, AZ- Matt Rizzotti, who enjoyed an outstanding season in the minor leagues at three levels of the Phillies organization, brought his hot bat to the Arizona Fall League last month. As a member of the Mesa Solar Sox, the lefty batting first baseman from Floral Park, NY has continued his impressive 2010 into the Autumn.

The 6’5″ Rizzotti has made himself a prospect to be reckoned with by blazing through the minors throughout the regular season, posting a .343 batting average and a .985 OPS in 125 games. He was also one of just two Phils minor leaguers who moved up two levels to stay, during the season. The other was pitcher Vance Worley.

Among Arizona Fall League batters that include top prospects from several Major League organizations, like Seattle’s second overall draft choice from 2009 Dustin Ackley, the Angels’ Brandon Wood who has played at the Major League level, the Blue Jays’ Eric Thames who was an Eastern League MVP candidate this year and the Braves’ top prospect Freddie Freeman, Rizzotti ranks near the top in batting average (.344) and on-base percentage (.500).

However, while some of Rizzotti’s stats are swelling up in Hulkish fashion, his power numbers haven’t gone green accordingly. Through 18 games in the Arizona Fall League, Rizzotti has collected just 2 extra base hits, both doubles.

“It’s the same as when I started the season in Clearwater. I wasn’t trying to do too much, and that’s exactly what I am trying to do out here,” said Rizzotti, who hit just 1 homerun in 31 games at High A level Clearwater, prior to earning a promotion to Double A Reading, where he smashed 16 homers in his next 77 games. “In Clearwater, the power wasn’t necessarily there, and then there was a point where I started to feel good and take some bigger cuts.

“The season here is just a month long and I’ve just been focusing on having good plate appearances and seeing more pitches. Even though the power isn’t there, mentally I still feel fantastic up there (at the plate) and that’s important. Sometimes you don’t mind sacrificing power for feeling very focused.”

Rizzotti, a 6th round draft pick in 2007 out of Manhattan College, credits Mesa hitting coach Mark Parent with influencing his maturation as a hitter this Fall. Parent, of course, is a former Major Leaguer who managed the Phillies Class A club the Lakewood BlueClaws to the South Atlantic League championship this year. “(Mark Parent) brings experience…all the tough situations of the game- he’s been through them all. It’s really good to (be around) him.” Rizzotti stated.

Parent’s collection of big name contacts are probably what made the biggest impression on Rizzotti, however. This week in Mesa, as Parent spoke of his days as a player and working out with Nolan Ryan, Rizzotti shot a disbelieving, “There’s no way you worked out with Nolan Ryan!” toward his coach. Parent had to present the saved entry for the Hall of Famer, and other well-known baseball names, in his own cell phone’s directory in order to convince Rizzotti that his tales were true.

Back at home on the east coast, Rizzotti must be added to the Phillies’ 40-man roster soon. Without doing so, Rizzotti could be subjected to Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 draft. The Rule 5 selection process, done annually each December, is designed to prevent organizations from stock piling too much talent in their minor league system and to allow players who may be blocked at higher levels to gain an opportunity to ascend toward the Majors elsewhere.

The clock is ticking for a 24-year-old prospect like Rizzotti, but don’t expect the Phillies to simply let him walk away for nothing.

When the Phillies protect Rizzotti, he will still be blocked at his position by 3-time all-star and former league most valuable player Ryan Howard, who is signed through at least the 2016 season. That situation could result in Rizzotti’s name becoming attached to trade talks. If such rumors start to fly, it won’t bother Rizzotti.

“If those rumors arise, it’s not a good thing, it’s not a bad thing. I came up in the Phillies organization and I know everybody, I know the whole system and if I got traded it would be just like starting over. As a player, it’s always good to be traded because that means someone is thinking (highly of you) somewhere.”

The focus remains strong with Rizzotti to reach the Major Leagues. Ideally, he’d like to stick with the organization that drafted him. He’s virtually grown up in the Philadelphia system and he has built relationships, with players as well as coaches, that are closer than he keeps his own buzz cut.

The Phillies recently announced the hiring of former Phillie and Chicago Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg to manage their Triple A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Provided Rizzotti remains with the Phillies, he could start the 2011 season with the ‘Pigs and might be afforded the opportunity to begin building his own collection of Hall of Fame digits.


Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league contributor. You can read more from Jay on his site, PhoulBallz.com.

To hear Jay’s previous interview with Matt Rizzotti, click HERE.


Arizona Fall League a Hot Spot for Future Talent

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, October 29, 2010 07:48 AM Comments: 2

This is the latest post from our minor league writer, Jay Floyd of PhoulBallz.com

The Arizona Fall League is a place for aspiring Major Leaguers to go to work on their baseball skills in the Autumn months. As the weather begins to cool elsewhere, the diamond stays hot and for many of baseball’s most promising young talents in Arizona.

Rosters in the AFL are a mixture of different organizations’ prospects, with each Major League club sending 7 players that combine to fill up the 35-man rosters of the league’s six teams.

With many of the sport’s top prospects playing in the league annually, the AFL has become a virtual launching pad to the big leagues. Several players from last year’s AFL rosters made their MLB debuts in 2010. The likes of Ike Reese, Mike Leake, Domonic Brown, Starlin Castro, Stephen Strasburg and Buster Posey all made their names known in their respective organization’s cities and around MLB this year.

Certainly not all of this year’s AFL players are gearing up to be playing on their sport’s biggest stage within the next 6-11 months, but it’s a lock that some of them are.
This year, the Phillies’ players are merged with individuals from the Mets, Angels, Pirates and Cubs to complete the Mesa Solar Sox roster.

Mark Parent, a man who has quickly become well liked throughout the Philadelphia organization is the Solar Sox hitting coach. Parent, who in his first season managing affiliated ball, led the Phillies Class A team the Lakewood BlueClaws to a second consecutive South Atlantic League championship in 2010. The former big leaguer has some people close to the organization thinking he is on the fast track upward in the Phils’ system as a coach. Early in the season, Phillies brass mentioned the coaching assignments in the AFL to Parent, who stuck by something he stated when he was hired for the Lakewood job. Upon joining the Phillies organization, Parent told general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. that he would do whatever the Phillies asked, and Parent excitedly took the AFL assignment.

“It’s cool. It’s certainly a job I haven’t had. The more jobs you have, and building a resume of some sort, it’s a good thing,” Parent said in an exclusive interview recently.

So, not only is the AFL a place for players to sharpen and develop their skills, it also works as a platform for coaching personnel to do the same.

Catcher Tim Kennelly, first baseman Matt Rizzotti and outfielder John Mayberry Jr. are the offensive Philadelphia properties that Parent is working with closely out in Mesa.

Also on the team are pitchers BJ Rosenberg, Tyson Brummett, Justin De Fratus and Chris Kissock.

Mayberry Jr. saw some action at the Major League level in each of the past two season with the Phillies, but which of the other six Fightins hopefuls would be likely to make a splash with the big club sooner than later? With Matt Rizzotti’s .500 OBP through 7 AFL games, his .343 avg. and .985 OPS in 125 minor league games during the 2010 regular season and a roadblock at his position named Ryan Howard making Rizzotti resemble a delicious trading chip, the best candidate to make his debut in red pin stripes next year is righty reliever Justin De Fratus.

De Fratus, who turned 23-years-old last week, posted a 3-0 record, 21 saves and a 1.94 ERA with 71 strike outs and 16 walks in 65 innings combined at High-A Cleawater and Double A Reading in 2010. De Fratus, who sports a fastball that registers around the 93 MPH mark, was assigned the honor of having best control in the Phillies’ system last off-season by Baseball America. De Fratus, a California native, was an 11th round draft selection in 2007 and is primed to be the hurler that makes big moves in 2011.

Check back for updates and exclusive interviews from the Arizona Fall League in the coming weeks.


Padres (32-21) at Phillies (28-24)

Posted by Jonathan Fogg, Fri, June 04, 2010 05:36 PM Comments: 75

San Diego Padres (32-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (28-24)

Mat Latos (5-3, 3.08 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (7-3, 1.99 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly cloudy, 86
TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Twitter: @philliesnation
Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Castro SS, Ruiz C, Halladay P

Boy, do the Phillies ever need Roy.

Games such as this one are exactly why the Phillies shuttled a couple of their top prospects to Toronto to pry “Doc” away from the Blue Jays.

You do that to get a pitcher for which there are many nicknames – “horse,” “ace,” “stopper” – in essence, a guy who is his best when the chips are down.

The Phillies need Halladay because they need a win, having fallen three games behind the white-hot Braves in the NL East, and Halladay far and away gives them their best chance at getting one.

It’s probable that Halladay won’t be as good as he was the last time out, when he breezed through the Florida Marlins’ lineup three times as easily as he knocks out a 7 a.m. workout. It’s quite likely that Johnny Vander Meer’s record of consecutive no-hitters will still be standing come Saturday. But the amazing thing about Halladay is that you believe that indeed he could do it again.

In reality, this game is no more about Halladay, though, than it is about the Phillies’ offense. For the past 11 games, the offense has been a shell of its former self because of a combination of slumps and injuries that has turned the clock back on the lineup – as in back to February and March, when you would actually expect to see two or three reserves playing every day. In the Charlie Manuel era, the Phillies’ fate has usually been tied to the offense, and this season is no different.

Woodchuck Dry and DarkYour Gameday Beer – Great Divide Wild Raspberry Ale

The arrival of hot weather means raspberries are almost in season – an excuse to try one of these 5.6 percent brews. As expected it’s sweet, tart and fruity but not exactly an authentic framboise. It has a dark amber appearance, which gives the beer a base for the flavors of red and black raspberries. It has a lot of carbonation, so be prepared. Pair it with spicy Mexican food. – By Brian


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