August 28, 2016 |
J.P. Crawford SS, Lehigh Valley (AAA) Crawford is batting .290 with a .370 on-base percentage since June 15, when he seemed to turn his season around by going 3 for 4. The 21-year-old was batting .169 at triple-A before that game. AB H BA 2B 3B HR BB SO RBI SB Last week 29 7 .241 1 0 0 3 4 3 0 Season 429 111 .259 18 1 6 69 69 41 12 Nick Williams OF, Lehigh Valley (AAA)
August 15, 2016 |
The Phillies have 43 players on their 40-man roster - two on the 60-day disabled list and one suspended - and all but three have appeared in the majors at some point in their careers. A new front office billed this season as a chance to evaluate the talent it inherited before making the next wave of decisions in the rebuilding process. That phase is almost near. The overturn on the 40-man roster, starting in a few weeks when rosters are expanded for September, will be immense.
April 28, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - The Phillies intended for Charlie Morton to be a stabilizing force in the middle of a young rotation. But Morton carried an extensive history of injuries. And less than a month into the season, the Phillies could be without Morton for quite some time. The team declined Tuesday to detail the results of a Monday examination on Morton's strained left hamstring, only to say it did not go well. "I really don't know what the next step is," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.
February 27, 2016 |
J.P. Crawford, Nick Williams, and Andrew Knapp may eventually be the catalysts of the next Phillies revival. But this spring they are just minor-leaguers inside a major-league clubhouse. The Phillies invited more players to spring training than they have locker stalls at Bright House Field for, forcing the team to order portable lockers. They had not done that since they moved in 2004 from Jack Russell Stadium, which had a cramped clubhouse. The six extra lockers sit in the middle of the clubhouse floor, affording little privacy for some of the team's top prospects.
February 5, 2016 |
If Jesse Biddle is to revive his career, the Germantown Friends product is at least headed to a haven for pitching reclamation projects. The Phillies on Wednesday traded the former first-round pick to Pittsburgh for Yoervis Medina, a 27-year-old reliever. Biddle, 24, had been designated for assignment last week. He will miss the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last October. As the Phillies stockpiled young pitchers, Biddle's value to his hometown organization was diminished.
January 31, 2016 |
Jesse Biddle, the Germantown Friends graduate and former first-round pick, was designated for assignment Friday by the Phillies in a transaction that could end the lefty's once-promising time with his hometown team. The Phillies replaced Biddle on the 40-man roster with a waiver claim - reliever Bobby LaFromboise, a 29-year-old lefthander with a 3.63 ERA in 27 career games. Biddle, 24, will miss the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last October. The Phillies have 10 days to either trade, release or waive Biddle.
November 23, 2015 |
MATT KLENTAK added yet another pitcher and also moved three minor league prospects onto the 40-man roster Friday in anticipation for next month's Rule 5 draft. The Phillies claimed righthander A.J. Achter off waivers from the Minnesota Twins and added righthanders Jimmy Cordero, Edubray Ramos and outfielder Roman Quinn to the 40-man roster. Achter is the fourth pitcher Klentak has added to the Phillies' inventory since he became the team's general manager last month. Achter joins veteran starter Jeremy Hellickson (trade)
October 21, 2015 |
DOMONIC BROWN entered this offseason eligible for arbitration for the second straight winter. The likelihood that he was going to be tendered a contract wasn't strong: Brown made $2.6 million last year, the second consecutive season when he failed to regain his status as an important young cog in the middle of the Phillies' lineup. The Phillies got ahead of the process a couple of months early. Brown, 28, an All-Star in 2013, was among four players outrighted off the 40-man roster on Monday.
October 5, 2015 |
Starting pitchers Alec Asher RHP Asher, 23, struggled in all but one of his first seven major-league starts, and it would take a big spring for him to make next year's starting rotation. It is likely he will begin 2016 as sorely needed depth atop the triple-A rotation. Jesse Biddle LHP The former first-round pick from Germantown Friends finished his sixth minor-league season on the triple-A disabled list and is seeking a second opinion on his elbow. Next season could be make or break for the soon-to-be 24-year-old, who has yet to consistently harness his above-average pitch repertoire.
January 16, 2015 |
HISTORY SUGGESTS the guys who gathered in the Phillies' clubhouse yesterday evening are not The Guys. Yes, they represent the best players in the minor league system. Yes, their names are more intriguing than previous years' participants in the Phillies' annual Prospect Orientation, an event whose title has been much more accurate about the orientating part. But the complexion of a minor league system changes rapidly when a team is losing games and drafting high, so it might be best to keep the Zach Eflin and Tom Windle jerseys on layaway for now. That's not to say a handful of these guys won't go on to have solid major league careers, or that one or two won't be key contributors to the next Phillies team that isn't forecast to win 70 games.