November 8, 2012 |
PEORIA, Ariz. - There is a sense of urgency, but, at the same time, patience is evident. While the Phillies deal with the revolving-door issue at third base, Cody Asche (ASH-ee) waits in the wings. There's a temptation to move Asche and other prospects through the organization quickly and address critical needs. Yet the Phillies brass realizes players such as Asche are not ready for the major leagues at this point and must bide their time. Though the organization remains cautious, Asche, at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, may not be far from claiming Citizens Bank Park as his summer residence.
November 1, 2014 |
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Under a faultless sky, on a perfect fall day, Adam Morgan went to the mound Monday accompanied by the applause of exactly 306 fans and took one more step back to where he had once been. The Arizona Fall League isn't a field of dreams, but it is a seeding ground for prospects to grow, for developing big-leaguers to acquire a new skill, and for players who have suffered injuries to reclaim a place in their organizations' plans. Lefthander Adam Morgan falls into the third category.
October 31, 2007 |
Even though he has been very impressive so far pitching in the Arizona Fall League, the Phillies are in no hurry when it comes to Joe Savery, their first-round pick in June's draft. "At this point, he needs every opportunity to grow," said John Russell, who is managing Savery for the Peoria Saguaros here in the Arizona Fall League. "We will not push him, and not move him around because of personnel matters. " For now, the 21-year-old, who was drafted as a junior at Rice University, has settled into a routine as a starter every fifth day with the Saguaros.
December 27, 2013 |
The development of another Phillies prospect brought Aaron Altherr to his parents' house in suburban Phoenix this past fall. The 22-year-old outfielder is 6-foot-5, glides to the ball, and looks like a future major-leaguer. He commuted to the ballpark every day for Arizona Fall League ball, a showcase league. One morning last month, Delino DeShields Jr., a Peoria Javelinas teammate, pretended to dribble a baseball like a basketball before another sleepy batting practice. Altherr, who received scholarship offers to play basketball at Division I schools, put his arms up to defend.
November 22, 2014 |
The Phillies added prospect Jesse Biddle to their 40-man roster Thursday, and Biddle's recent elbow trouble was diagnosed as mild tendinitis. It is one positive for Biddle, 23, after a forgettable 2014 season. "Everything looked good," said Joe Jordan, the team's director of player development. "Everything is fine. We think he has some tendinitis. Nothing at all. Everything is fine. " Biddle, the team's No. 1 pick in 2010 and a Germantown Friends graduate, was eligible for selection in December's Rule 5 draft if he was not added to the 40-man roster Thursday.
January 11, 2011 |
He advanced three levels in the Phillies' system, then spent three weeks in the Arizona Fall League, and finally, it was the off-season for Matt Rizzotti. He returned home to Floral Park, N.Y., a little over a month ago, and shortly thereafter, he was invited to big-league camp for spring training. "It hasn't sunk it at all," Rizzotti said Monday. The hulking prospect was in town with five other minor-leaguers to participate in the Phillies' annual rookie development seminar at Citizens Bank Park.
December 12, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - Antonio Bastardo wondered last summer whether he was better-suited for another team's bullpen, given the Phillies' glut of viable lefthanded relievers. The Phillies, on Wednesday, honored Bastardo's wishes. They traded him to Pittsburgh for Joely Rodriguez, a minor-league lefthanded starter. Rodriguez, 23, should slide into triple-A Lehigh Valley's rotation and adds much-needed depth. "Clearly we've been looking for starting pitching," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
November 21, 2013 |
The Phillies signed veteran infielder Reid Brignac to a minor-league deal on Tuesday, and they have more roster shuffling to do on Wednesday. Brignac, 27, provides depth at triple-A Lehigh Valley. He can play both shortstop and second base. He is a career .221 hitter known for his glove. He could fill the role Michael Martinez did for the previous two seasons. All 30 teams must set their reserve lists by midnight Wednesday in advance of December's Rule 5 draft. Players eligible for protection must be added to the 40-man roster before then or become subject to selection by another team.