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November 8, 2012 | By Mark Brown, For The Inquirer
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.
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November 1, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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October 31, 2007 | By Mark Brown FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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December 27, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 22, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 11, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 21, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Last spring, Ken Giles was the kid in the back corner of the clubhouse with the filthiest fastball in the Grapefruit League. Since he had never played above Class A, though, Giles was sent to minor league camp midway through March. But then he would become a cult hero in Baseballtown, striking out 51 percent of the batters he faced during a monthlong stay at Double A Reading. And then he moved along to Allentown, where Triple A hitters were sent into fits with his triple-digit heat.
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December 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - While a franchise-altering trade hung in the balance, the Phillies completed one deal yesterday afternoon, their first major transaction of the winter. Veteran reliever Antonio Bastardo was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for lefthanded pitching prospect Joely Rodriguez. Bastardo, 29, was a pivotal member of the Phillies' bullpen for the last five seasons. He went 20-18 with a 3.72 ERA in 275 games (five starts), striking out 324 batters, while walking 125, in 259 innings.
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November 22, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 1, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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August 28, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE ONLY THING more discouraging for Phillies fans eager to see the current season come to an end is the dearth of major league-ready talent in the minor leagues. Pitchers Aaron Nola and Jesse Biddle could be ready for the big leagues at some point in 2015, but not in April. After power-hitting corner infielder Maikel Franco, there isn't a prospect realistically expected to compete for a job at big league camp next spring. But shortly after the 2014 season ends, a ray of hope within the lower levels of the minor league system will be on display out west.
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August 28, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the last 10 months, Roman Quinn ruptured his right Achilles tendon; changed positions; became the Phillies' best outfield prospect; and earned an assignment as the team's top-ticket player in the showcase Arizona Fall League. The Phillies' minor-league system has had few success stories this season, a required caveat when analyzing it on a micro level. Quinn, a 21-year-old prospect, is one whose development did not regress. "For me, he's going to be an impact player," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development.
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August 25, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - It's been an unusual year for Reading centerfielder Aaron Altherr, one that began with a wrist injury, has included two brief stints with the Phillies, saw a recent power surge, and now finds the 2009 ninth-round draft choice looking to finish with some offensive momentum. Altherr had a late start after recovering from December surgery for a broken bone in his right wrist suffered in the Arizona Fall League. Altherr wasn't able to hit in the offseason and really didn't return to the batting cage until late in spring training.
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March 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BRADENTON, Fla. - Ken Giles wasn't on the bus headed for Pirate City yesterday morning. Instead, his locker in the home clubhouse at Bright House Field had been cleared of any personal possessions. When his spring training resumes, Giles will be in the cramped, less attractive confines of the minor league clubhouse at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater. Giles, the relief pitching prospect with the 100-mph arm, was among the half-dozen Phillies players who saw their time in major league camp come to an end yesterday.
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