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December 19, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
The best prospect in the Phillies' organization is a Philadelphia native, according to the top 10 rankings released Monday by Baseball America. Lefthander Jesse Biddle, the 27th overall player taken in the 2010 draft, moved to the top of the rankings for the first time in his three-year professional career. "My agent texted me and I kind of checked it out," Biddle said. "It's a cool honor and it means a lot . . . but I think everybody would agree that there are a lot of players who aren't on that list who are very, very talented and will still make an impact at all levels of the game.
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June 11, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies selected a nice balance of college pitchers, college and high school hitters, and "a really nice high school arm" in the draft Tuesday, Johnny Almaraz said. That high school arm seems to have the Phillies' director of amateur scouting most excited. Almaraz flew to California two weeks ago to watch lefthander Bailey Falter, whom the Phillies drafted in the fifth round. The pitcher matched his high-80s fastball with a good curveball and change-up, Almaraz said. He believes Falter was one of the best pitchers in the country, high school or college.
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June 8, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over the last few months, a pilgrimage to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., has been a must-make trip for scouts. The Phillies, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox. The Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, and Colorado Rockies. Scouts representing all of those major-league teams have found their way to the school with almost 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. "It's been pretty unusual this year," said Sean Leary, the Mountain Hawks coach for 20 seasons. "They were here pretty regularly.
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December 17, 2014
Baseball America ranked the Phillies' top 10 prospects. 1   J.P. Crawford   SS    2   Aaron Nola   RHP    3   Maikel Franco   3B/1B    4   Roman Quinn   OF/SS    5   Carlos Tocci   OF    6   Aaron Brown   OF    7   Matt Imhof   LHP    8   Jesmuel Valentin   2B    9   Yoel Mecias   LHP    10   Franklyn Kilome   RHP    ...
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June 8, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the days leading up to this week's Major League Baseball first-year player draft, Malvern Prep graduate Leon Stimpson has noticed many of his summer-league teammates and predraft workout comrades endlessly staring at their cellphones. They're waiting for a phone call, a text message, an e-mail - any clue from a major-league club or scout - about where their immediate future lies. So it goes for hundreds of prospects across the country, especially for those such as Stimpson - a product of Division III Alvernia College - who aren't wasting time pondering how to spend the multimillion-dollar signing bonuses they likely won't receive.
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May 24, 2000 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Gloucester Catholic's baseball team, which has been ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer since the preseason, has vaulted to the top of the national rankings. The Rams are No. 1 in the country in the most recent national rankings by Baseball America. They are the only New Jersey team in the Top 25, which was released Monday. Based in Durham, N.C., Baseball America won't release its next poll until June 5. "It's difficult to tell who's No. 1 in the nation, but it's an honor," Gloucester Catholic coach Dennis Barth said yesterday.
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March 9, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The other spring training opens for the Phillies Sunday morning at the Carpenter Complex, and, given the state of the team, it is the more important one. For the first time in this century, the Phillies arrived on the Gulf Coast of Florida as neither contenders nor pretenders. The proclamation from team president Pat Gillick in the offseason was that the Phillies are officially rebuilding. Depressing as that is for the fans, it has an entirely different meaning for the long list of minor-leaguers reporting for Sunday's first full-squad workout.
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February 22, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies reportedly accused two college draft picks who did not sign contracts last summer of potential NCAA violations, a decision that could affect the team's future negotiations with amateur talent. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed Thursday that an NCAA investigation was ongoing, as first reported by Baseball America, but he would not comment. He referred inquiries to Marti Wolever, the team's assistant general manager in charge of amateur scouting.
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January 16, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
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.
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February 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES' top two prospects won't be reporting to the big-league clubhouse at Bright House Field later this month. Neither righthander Aaron Nola nor shortstop J.P. Crawford received an invitation to major league camp, team officials said yesterday. There had been some speculation that Nola, the team's first-round pick (seventh overall) in last June's draft, could get a big-league audition this spring, regardless of the team's intentions of starting him in the minor leagues in 2015.
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June 11, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies selected a nice balance of college pitchers, college and high school hitters, and "a really nice high school arm" in the draft Tuesday, Johnny Almaraz said. That high school arm seems to have the Phillies' director of amateur scouting most excited. Almaraz flew to California two weeks ago to watch lefthander Bailey Falter, whom the Phillies drafted in the fifth round. The pitcher matched his high-80s fastball with a good curveball and change-up, Almaraz said. He believes Falter was one of the best pitchers in the country, high school or college.
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June 10, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is very rare, Phillies scouting director Johnny Almaraz said, when an entire draft room comes to a consensus. That's what he said happened Monday night as the Phillies selected shortstop Cornelius Randolph with the 10th overall pick in the major-league draft. The 18-year-old from outside Atlanta will transition to the outfield. He will likely move to left field, where he has played in the past. It was the second time in three years that the Phillies used their first-round pick on a shortstop.
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June 9, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Johnny Almaraz says his draft philosophy is very basic. "My philosophy is that I look for the best baseball players with the best ability," the Phillies' first-year scouting director said last week. There's a good chance that the best player available Monday will be a pitcher when the Phillies make their first pick in the draft. The Phillies have the 10th selection in a first round that seems to fluctuate daily. Catcher Tyler Stephenson, a popular Phillies selection in many mock drafts, was projected by Baseball America on Friday to go No. 1 to Arizona.
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June 8, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over the last few months, a pilgrimage to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., has been a must-make trip for scouts. The Phillies, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox. The Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, and Colorado Rockies. Scouts representing all of those major-league teams have found their way to the school with almost 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. "It's been pretty unusual this year," said Sean Leary, the Mountain Hawks coach for 20 seasons. "They were here pretty regularly.
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May 8, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
J.P. Crawford's season debut proved to be worth the wait. The Phillies top prospect went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run Wednesday afternoon for the single-A Clearwater Threshers. Crawford, 20, missed the first month of the season after straining his left oblique late in spring training. The shortstop batted leadoff and was used as a designated hitter. Crawford reached base four times, scored twice, and drove in three runs as the Threshers defeated Brevard County, 7-3. Crawford said he will play in the field Thursday and Friday.
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April 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Phillies president Pat Gillick and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. began charting the organization's course for rebuilding, they set forth to acquire as much young, controllable talent as possible. There is no step-by-step guide indicating exactly how best to rebuild a major-league baseball roster. The key, to boil it down to its simplest terms, is to hit on the young players acquired in both the trades of veteran players and in June's first-year player draft. Recent examples illustrate various models of rebuilding efforts.
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March 30, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Zach Eflin had to step outside Frenchy's beachfront restaurant on Friday evening. His phone was buzzing, and a band was playing inside. The call was from Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development. The pitching prospect had no idea why Jordan was calling. Jordan told Eflin that he will start Monday for the Phillies when they travel south to Bradenton. The 20-year-old will face the Pittsburgh Pirates in his first game against a major-league opponent.
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March 14, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Before he plays his first game this spring, Phillies pitching prospect Zach Eflin will grab a black Sharpie and his red Phillies cap. The righthander will then flip the cap and write a message he has scribbled inside for the last two seasons. I play to motivate, to inspire and to show that you can fulfill a dream with faith and dedication. The 20-year-old's faith and dedication helped him navigate through a life filled with hurt and loss. His older sister Ashley died in 1995 of leukemia.
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March 9, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The other spring training opens for the Phillies Sunday morning at the Carpenter Complex, and, given the state of the team, it is the more important one. For the first time in this century, the Phillies arrived on the Gulf Coast of Florida as neither contenders nor pretenders. The proclamation from team president Pat Gillick in the offseason was that the Phillies are officially rebuilding. Depressing as that is for the fans, it has an entirely different meaning for the long list of minor-leaguers reporting for Sunday's first full-squad workout.
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February 11, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com Second in a series of NL East previews
  TAKING A LOOK at the Atlanta Braves: Manager: Fredi Gonzalez Last 5 years: 2014: 79-83, second place; 2013: 96-66, first place; 2012: 94-68, second place; 2011: 89-73, second place; 2010: 91-71, second place Additions: RF Nick Markakis, OF Jonny Gomes, RHP Shelby Miller, 2B Alberto Callaspo Subtractions: RF Jason Heyward, C Evan Gattis, LF Justin Upton, LHP Jonny Venters, RHP Ervin Santana What to expect: ...
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