June 11, 2015 |
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.
June 10, 2015 |
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.
June 9, 2015 |
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.
June 8, 2015 |
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.
May 8, 2015 |
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.
April 4, 2015 |
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.
March 30, 2015 |
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.
March 14, 2015 |
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.
March 9, 2015 |
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.
February 11, 2015 |
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: ...