August 4, 2013 |
With his hands stretched behind his head, Zach Miner relaxed on his black leather chair on Friday afternoon and looked into his new locker in the Phillies clubhouse. A night earlier, triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage told him he was being promoted to the big leagues. Miner spent most of Friday's early afternoon stuck in traffic trying to find his way to Citizens Bank Park. But after four seasons, the 31-year-old righty was back in the majors. It feels better this time, Miner said, than when he debuted seven seasons ago with Detroit.
August 18, 2012 |
Ryne Sandberg is ready to return to the big leagues. "Oh, I'm ready," the Hall of Fame second baseman said last week as he sat in the dugout at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. "In my mind, I'm ready for a major-league opportunity. " Good luck trying to find somebody who does not agree. Sandberg has spent six seasons as a minor-league manager, including the last two with the Phillies' triple-A Lehigh Valley affiliate, and the time has come for him to take the next step. You won't hear Sandberg say that.
September 6, 2013 |
WHEN MIKE Adams' season was declared over and Antonio Bastardo was served a 50-game suspension, the Phillies' bullpen basically turned into Jonathan Papelbon and a herd of pitchers moving in and out of a revolving door to and from Triple A Lehigh Valley. The relief corps has been made up of former IronPigs trying to stay former IronPigs by succeeding in the big leagues. It's really been one, big, open tryout for the 2014 bullpen. While many have struggled to take advantage of the opportunity, at least one reliever has blossomed as a big-leaguer.
May 21, 2012 |
Going into this uncertain season, Freddy Galvis was one of the Phillies' biggest question marks. With a quarter of the regular season in the books, Galvis has raised some questions of his own with his performance. Questions such as: If the Phillies had known they would get this kind of production from Galvis, would they have committed to that new contract for Jimmy Rollins? And: Why didn't they expect Galvis to be ready for the big leagues? And what might that say about the way the Phillies evaluate their own minor-league prospects (ahem, Domonic Brown)
January 5, 2015 |
The easiest items to remove in the Phillies' offseason garage sale are gone. Jimmy Rollins' wheels may be old, but the engine still runs pretty well, and there was lots of value in the glove department. The $11 million price tag was minuscule for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team with the highest payroll in baseball. Marlon Byrd, meanwhile, has gotten better with age, and once the Phillies decided to eat $4 million, the Cincinnati Reds were willing to give up an upper-level prospect (pitcher Ben Lively)
July 13, 2010
1. Now. He's ready for the big leagues. 2. Soon. The Phils might need outfield help. 3. Later. September sounds right.
August 23, 2011
The Phillies are expected to sign 16-year-old Venezuelan Carlos Tocci, a 6-foot-2, 160-pound outfielder, a baseball source said Monday. Tocci's signing bonus is expected to be in the $750,000 range, the largest for an international player by the Phillies since South Koreans Seung Lee and Il Kim signed in 2001. Lee received $1.2 million and Kim $800,000, but neither made it to the big leagues. Tocci could be signed Tuesday. - Bob Brookover
July 16, 2015 |
CINCINNATI - It's been two decades since Kevin Garnett opened up the NBA Preschool Learning Academy by jumping immediately from high school to the NBA draft. Since 1995, the Association and its fans have adjusted to the rush of kids, accepting that potential has become the driving force in player selection and that it is better to gamble on getting the next Kobe Bryant or LeBron James than to be cautious and face the wrath of missing out. Major league baseball has not reached the point where the NBA is, but it does seem to be undergoing a shift in the conventional wisdom of how to best develop an exceptional young prospect.
May 13, 2015 |
Lehigh Valley third baseman Maikel Franco entered Monday hitting .336 with an International League-leading 12 doubles. The Phillies closest prospect is "getting closer and closer" to a major-league promotion, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We want to bring him when we're sure that it's time for him to come," Amaro said. "He got his feet wet a little last year. I think that was good [for him] to get an understanding of what it's like to be in the big leagues and have a little precursor.
March 7, 2011 |
LAKELAND, Fla. - There's always more than one way to look at things. So while Kyle Kendrick pitched three impressive innings in his first Grapefruit League start and seems to have a firm grip on a spot in the bullpen, the old baseball disclaimer buzzes in the background: You never know. Kendrick allowed just one baserunner, a single by leftfielder Andy Dirks. So far this spring, he's totaled five shutout innings. The Phillies' split squad ended up losing, 2-1, to the Tigers at Marchant Stadium.