Phils draft second baseman Scott Kingery in 2nd round

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, June 09, 2015 07:00 AM Comments: 4

14-0704_MLB Draft Logo-2015With their second pick in the 2015 MLB amateur draft (48th overall), the Phillies selected righty batting second baseman Scott Kingery on Monday night.  A talented hitter, the five-foot-10 180-pounder was near the top of the NCAA in batting average for much of the season.

Remarkably, Kingery, who was a walk-on as a freshman, was named Pac-12 Player of the Year.  This year in his junior season, the 21-year-old posted a .392/.423/.561 slash line while driving in 36 runs and stealing 11 bases in 54 games.

In three seasons with the Wildcats, Kingery batted .351 while driving in 80 runs and stealing 38 bases in 149 games.

Kingery is said to have a short stroke with an ability to spray line drives to all fields.  Scouts have him profiling as a top-of-the-order contributor.  Considerable speed is also said to be a key tool for the Phoenix native.

Defensively, the youngster played the majority of his sophomore season in center field and was a shortstop in high school, but the Phillies seem comfortable keeping him at second base going forward.

Earlier Monday evening, the Phillies selected high school shortstop Cornelius Randolph with the 10th overall selection.

The draft is slated continue Tuesday with coverage beginning at 12:30 Eastern on MLB.com with rounds three through 10.  The draft will conclude Wednesday with rounds 11 through 40.


Phillies Select High School SS Randolph in MLB Draft

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, June 08, 2015 09:13 PM Comments: 17

With the 10th pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, the Philadelphia Phillies selected Cornelius Randolph, a high school shortstop that appears destined for a position change.

Rnadolph, 18, is a 6-1, 190 pound left-handed hitter that projects to be a solid power bat according to many draft pundits. MLB.com says Randolph could be a third baseman in the minors, however Phillies scouting director Johnny Almaraz said he’s headed to left field.

Below are his measurables:

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Phillies Nation Group Outing at Yankee Stadium on June 23

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, June 08, 2015 04:27 PM Comments: 7

Yankee StadiumWe here at Phillies Nation have teamed up with Host Committee to offer a group experience to remember at Yankee Stadium for the Phillies vs. Yankees game on Tuesday, June 23. The seats are all together, are located in Section 408 and cost just $20.

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This is a great opportunity to meet fellow Phillies Nation readers and invade Yankee Stadium with Phillies fans! We can even grow this into a regular group event at nearby ballparks for away games, or at home if there’s interest.

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Franco Showing Right-Handed Power Potential

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Mon, June 08, 2015 11:37 AM Comments: 2

The Phillies rank dead last in MLB with only 36 home runs, but the club has managed to homer nine times in their last seven games. Maikel Franco has been a big reason for that, hitting four home runs in his last six games, giving him six on the season.

After yesterday’s 2-4 effort with a solo shot, the 22-year-old has 10 hits in his last 25 at-bats (.400 BA) with four home runs and eight RBIs. His slugging percentage over that stretch is 1.000, while his OPS is 1.400.

Needless to say, Franco has found his home run stroke and has provided the Phillies with power from the right-side of the plate; something the club has been severely lacking in recent years.

(Via Philly.com)

(Via Philly.com)

Since the departure of Jayson Werth back in 2010, the Phillies have experimented with a number of right-handed power bats. Hunter Pence in 2011-2012 hit 28 home runs during his 155 games played with the Phillies, while Delmon Young hit only eight over 80 games in 2013. The most recent right-handed power-bat the Phillies have had is Marlon Byrd, who hit 25 home runs as the everyday right fielder for the Phillies last season, and currently has 10 for the Reds this season.

Now the Phillies have Franco, a guy who the team hopes can be the long-term solution to their right-handed power woes. The former prospect showed signs of power during his years in the Minors, as he hit 70 total home runs, highlighted by a 31 home run season between Single-A and Double-A back in 2013.

While hitting four homers in six games is impressive, Franco has also shown a flare for the dramatic while doing so. He hit game-tying home runs in consecutive games against the Cincinnati Reds, including a three-run blast off Aroldis Chapman to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th, which eventually led to a Phillies win in extra-innings.  His home run off Tim Lincecum in last Friday’s game against the Giants tied the game at four, and his solo shot in yesterday’s contest gave the Phillies’ bullpen a three-run cushion in the 8th inning.

Those who have watched Franco’s home runs can agree that they have been bombs, especially yesterday’s 434-foot blast off Jeremy Affeldt, but according to ESPN Home Run Tracker, Franco’s home runs have traveled an average distance of 405 feet.

Seeing Franco’s recent power surge is a great sign for a Phillies ballclub that has ranked outside the top 20 in home runs the past two seasons. Hopefully Franco can be the right-handed power the bat the Phillies have been missing, and can continue to hit 400-foot bombs for years to come.



PN Interview: Lakewood 3B Derek Campbell

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, June 08, 2015 08:00 AM Comments: 2

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Derek Campbell, image- Jay Floyd

Lakewood infielder Derek Campbell hasn’t hit his stride yet this season with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. Struggling to bust out offensively (.188 average, one HR, 18 RBI in 43 games), the 23-year-old is focused on helping the team win before anything else.

Playing mostly third base for the BlueClaws, Campbell took some time recently to offer his thoughts on his draft experience last year, on the even of the anniversary of being drafted last year out of UC Berkeley, and playing for manager Shawn Williams among other things.

Read ahead for those quotes from Derek…

-With the draft coming up this week, talk about what your draft experience was like last year.

It was just, I hung out with my family and my friends. I kind of waited, like everyone else does. And I celebrated, not to much, but I was ready for that next step in my life, so it was a fun time.

-How did you approach signing your first pro contract? Was there any delay or negotiating that went on?

I signed pretty quick, ’cause I was a senior and I had graduated and that was what was next to come, was to go play professional baseball. So, I was eager to sign and I was anxious to get to where ever they were going to send me right away.

-Where did you go first? Straight to Williamsport to begin the short-season A level season?

I first went to Clearwater to do all the physicals and then I went to Williamsport. Continue reading PN Interview: Lakewood 3B Derek Campbell


With The 10th Pick The Philadelphia Phillies Select…..

Posted by Pat Egan, Sun, June 07, 2015 05:05 PM Comments: 8

Tomorrow, MLB will have its annual draft and, if you haven’t heard yet, the Phillies have the tenth overall pick. This is the second top-10 pick the Phillies have had in as many years. Normally, the Phillies have the same philosophy: take young kids out of high school who are raw with high ceilings. Picks like Anthony Hewitt, Zach Collier, Kyrell Hudson, and Larry Greene are just a few that never panned out. Last year, the Phillies flipped the script and chose a bevy of college players including LSU pitcher Aaron Nola with the seventh overall pick. This is an exciting draft as the Phillies have a new director of amateur scouting at the helm in Johnny Almaraz.

The Phillies could go in a number of areas including pitching, infield help, and possibly catcher. The Phillies went into last years draft in desperate need of starting pitching and addressed it with their first two picks (Aaron Nola and Matt Imhof) and also in the offseason with trades of Marlon Byrd and Jimmy Rollins which netted pitching prospects Zach Eflin, Tom Windle, and Ben Lively. While all are solid prospects, most project as middle/back of the rotation pitchers. None are the caliber of Nola who is projected as a future front line starter. The Phillies could go in a number of areas so lets break down some potential picks at number ten.

Tyler Stephensen: C – 6’4, 210 – Kennsaw Mountain HS (GA)

It is widely known that the Phillies front office loves Tyler Stephensen, and if this draft was held a few years ago I would fully expect Stephensen to be their pick, but because of the need for players who can reach the majors quickly I don’t know if the front office wants to wait 4-5 years for a high school catcher to develop. If the Phillies do decide to take a high school player, which would surprise me a bit, its going to be Stephensen.

Continue reading With The 10th Pick The Philadelphia Phillies Select…..


Gameday 58: Giants vs. Phillies

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Sun, June 07, 2015 12:55 PM Comments: 4

San Francisco Giants (32-25) at Philadelphia Phillies (21-36)


Starting Pitchers:

PHI: Sean O’Sullivan, RHP (1-4, 5.03)
SF: Ryan Vogelsong, RHP (4-3, 4.26)

Time: 1:35 EST, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today:

After a tough loss yesterday 7-5, the Phillies will look to get back in the win column against Ryan Vogelsong.

Sean O’Sullivan went 5.2 innings in his last start, allowing 9 hits and 4 home runs and has been subpar, to say the least.

Utley and Howard get back into the lineup tonight after a fair showcase from the young bucks yesterday.  Herrera gets the start in center after a few days off to get his bat straightened out.

Phillies look to avoid the sweep, first pitch at 1:35 EST.


Revere RF, Herrera CF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Franco 3B, Asche LF, Galvis SS, Rupp C, O’Sullivan RHP


Gameday 57: Giants vs. Phillies

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Sat, June 06, 2015 01:28 PM Comments: 16

San Francisco Giants (31-25) at Philadelphia Phillies (21-35)


Starting Pitchers:

PHI: Severino Gonzalez, RHP (2-1, 6.88)
SF: Madison Bumgarner, LHP (6-2, 3.12)

Time: 3:05 EST, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Cloudy, 75 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

No Chase Utley, no Ryan Howard tonight in the lineup.  After a close loss to the Giants last night, the Phillies will look to get a win against one of the toughest lefties in the league, Madison Bumgarner.  The Phillies went down swinging last night, with Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard both going yard for the Phillies in a 5-4 loss.

Franco gets moved up the order today batting third, as we see an lineup full of young Phillies prospects that have been in sights for years.  With Cesar Hernandez at second, Freddy Galvis at short, and Darin Ruf at first base, we will see the future of the Phillies infield on showcase, with another prospect on the mound, Severino Gonzalez.

Severino has started 4 games for the Phillies this year, and bolsters a high K/BB ratio and a low 1.59 BB/9.  After gathering a 23.63 ERA in his first start in the Majors this year, Severino brought his ERA down to 6.88 over his next 3 starts and looks to improve that against a hitting team that sits at first in the league for hits, and 16th for runs.

Phillies look to take a win away from the Giants, coming up at 3:05 EST.


Revere CF,  Hernandez 2B,Franco 3B, Ruf 1B,  Francouer RF, Asche LF, Galvis SS, Ruiz C, Gonzalez RHP


Gameday 56: Giants vs. Phillies

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Fri, June 05, 2015 03:08 PM Comments: 9

San Francisco Giants (30-25) at Philadelphia Phillies (21-34)

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Starting Pitchers:

PHI: Jerome Williams, RHP (3-5, 5.49)
SF: Tim Lincecum, RHP (5-3, 3.00)

Time: 7:05 EST, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Cloudy, 70 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

The Phillies came back to within 2 runs in last nights final game of the series against the Cincinnati Reds, losing 6-4 after Aaron Harang gave up 6 runs (5 earned) over 5.2 innings.

Jerome Williams gets the start opposite Tim Lincecum on the mound tonight, looking for his 4th win of the season.  Jerome gave up 4 runs and 8 hits in his last outing of 5.0 innings on May 31st against Colorado.  All of those runs came on home runs with men on base to Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu.

The San Francisco Giants are first in the League for hits and lead in batting average, but are only 17th in RBI’s (the Phillies sit dead last in that column).

Freddy Galvis gets the day off as Cesar Hernandez stands in at short, and Ben Revere gets the start for a second day in a row in center field, leading off at the top of the order.

Phillies-Giants series begins tonight, first pitch at 7:05 EST.


Revere CF, Francouer RF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Franco 3B, Asche LF, Hernandez SS, Rupp C, Williams RHP


Minor League Notebook: Zier, Hockenberry, Mayorga, Imhof, Dugan, Lino, more

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, June 05, 2015 12:00 PM Comments: 3

From the bottom of the developmental ranks to the upper levels here’s all the latest this week…

At the Class A level for the Lakewood BlueClaws, as I reported on Twitter on Thursday, infielder Tim Zier is out for the year after undergoing season-ending left knee surgery on Monday.  The San Diego State product was injured during pre-game fundamentals/infield work recently.  Zier, last year’s 21st round draft pick, was batting .264 with two RBI in 15 games with the BlueClaws this year.

Reliever Matt Hockenberry, a Temple product, returned from the disabled list on Thursday, after a stint on the disabled list with a right arm strain.  In 11 appearances this season, the 23-year-old sports a 1-0 record with six saves, a 1.06 ERA and a .148 batting average against.

Outfielder Jiandido Tromp return to action this week as well, after being on the disabled list with a hamstring strain.  The 21-year-old Aruba native is batting .183 with three doubles, three triples and eight RBI in 35 games this year.

With the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, catcher Jose Mayorga was added to the roster on Thursday after a short period with Lakewood and after a paperwork move to transition him to the extended spring training roster, in the meantime, just a few days earlier.  I asked Lakewood manager Shawn Williams if that sort of movement, which Mayorga was subjected to last season as well, can be disruptive or discouraging to a player.  Continue reading Minor League Notebook: Zier, Hockenberry, Mayorga, Imhof, Dugan, Lino, more

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