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November 28, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
THE PHILLIES have signed journeyman catcher Humberto Quintero to a minor league contract, according to several reports. Although the news comes on the heels of Carlos Ruiz' suspension for using an amphetamine product, the reports say the deal was in the works before news of Ruiz' punishment spread. Quintero, 33, was invited to spring training with the Phillies, the reports said. He batted .232, with one home run and 19 RBI last season for the Kansas City Royals, who designated him for assignment in late June.
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November 13, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO, Fla. - Ruben Amaro Jr. whisked through the lobby of the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes wearing a Bluetooth earpiece. He dropped his bag upstairs, shook some hands, and stopped a conversation when Marlins general manager Dan Jennings approached. "We'll talk later," Amaro said to him. That is Amaro's dream, although an acquisition of Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton is improbable. Even Amaro is willing to admit it. His immediate priority is the procurement of a starting catcher, and he downplayed the notion of being in a poor bargaining position.
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January 25, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
St. Augustine Prep catcher Barry Buchowski is looking forward to the warm weather in New Orleans. "The South is where every baseball player wants to go and wake up when it's 82 degrees out," said Buchowski, a St. Augustine Prep senior who has committed to Tulane University on a baseball scholarship. Buchowski committed to Tulane after visiting the school in New Orleans last Thursday and Friday. He can sign his letter of intent April 17. Of his first visit to New Orleans, Buchowski said, "It was an unbelievable experience.
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April 22, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
The state's best pitching staff has lots of live arms. There are a senior and a freshman. There are sophomores and juniors. There are lefties and righties. There are introverts and extroverts. There are crazed competitors and guys who are a little more laid-back. "They're all different," said Gloucester Catholic senior catcher Jon Theckston, the rock on which the Rams' remarkable pitching staff rests. Theckston said he always has been a catcher. He's a tough Gloucester kid whose defensive prowess and ability to work with a variety of pitchers have been a key to the Rams' success over the last two seasons.
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April 11, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Coatesville's Jake Kennedy, a savvy and hard-hitting catcher, hopes that some late-year heroics will replace an early-season blunder. In the seventh inning against host Unionville, with the bases loaded and one out in an 8-8 contest, the usually focused backstop erred in thinking a strikeout was the third out and rolled the ball toward the mound. That gave the Unionville runner at third base the chance to race home for the deciding tally in the season opener. "It was a brain cramp," Kennedy said matter-of-factly.
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August 26, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - There is a chance, within the next week, that Carlos Ruiz's time with the Phillies will come to an end. The 37-year-old catcher has produced in a part-time role. He is the sort of veteran player contending teams look to acquire at this time of year. Or not. "I don't know," Ruiz said Wednesday. "Maybe it's possible. Maybe it's not. Depending on how everything goes, it's possible. So far there's nothing. I don't know. I'm still happy here. It was something I was thinking early in the season to now. We'll see what happens.
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April 14, 2012 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Alyssa Sims, a leadoff hitter and one of the most athletic catchers in South Jersey softball, reached first base safely, turned to her coach and, with a smile, asked: "Am I done?" "Come on. Really?" coach David Gurst said, laughing. On the Cherry Hill West softball team, it's supposed to be a surprise when a player reaches a milestone. But thanks to some anonymous sources, Sims was well aware that she was on the verge of her 100th career hit. As with most of the pressures Sims has faced in her storied career, she just hid it well.
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March 23, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER , Fla. - "Bwooosh," Cameron Rupp said, skimming the palm of one hand just over the top of his head. "When I got drafted they had another kid ahead of me that I had to play in front of. And then when they traded Hunter Pence, they brought Tommy Joseph over . . . " These days, there are two Phillies catchers of the future, neither named Cameron. Andrew Knapp, their 2013 second-round pick, will start the season in Triple A. Jorge Alfaro, one of the prospects received in the Cole Hamels trade, will begin at Double A. Both, Rupp reads over and over again, are expected to be with the Phillies real soon.
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May 13, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Steele says the key to Bishop Eustace's resurgent baseball season is that "everybody is doing their role. " For Steele, that was a little bit of everything last week. As the Crusaders went 4-0 and allowed just two runs, Steele made contributions at the plate as well as behind it. The senior catcher helped guide senior Zac Gallen, junior Devin Smeltzer, and sophomore Justin Hagenman through one of the most dominating weeks of the season for any pitching staff in South Jersey.
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June 24, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andrew Knapp, the Phillies' second-round draft choice from the University of California, is a rarity, a switch-hitting catcher. Just beginning his career with short-season Williamsport, Knapp comes from baseball roots. His father, Mike, was a former catcher and 11-year minor-league player. Yet it was his mother, Julie, who suggested that he switch-hit. "My mom was the first one to switch me around after seeing my dad only hit righthanded," Knapp said by phone. He said he made the move when he was 12. This past college season, Knapp hit .350 with 16 doubles, eight home runs, and 41 RBIs in 54 games.
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September 15, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Jorge Alfaro spent the last five months preparing for the moment he faced in the seventh inning of a 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. The catching prospect worked each afternoon this season with double-A manager Dusty Wathan. It helped, Alfaro said, to have a minor-league manager who happened to be a former catcher. Wathan gave Alfaro daily lessons in the catcher's art of calling pitches. There is little question that Alfaro can hit. He batted .285 with a .783 OPS this season at Reading.
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September 14, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
A manager, two coaches, and a veteran catcher gathered near home plate about four hours before Monday's game to watch Jorge Alfaro. The 23-year-old catching prospect fired again and again to second base in a pregame drill, showing an arm that is regarded as one of the best in the minors. On Tuesday, Alfaro will have a chance to use it in a major-league game. He will catch Alec Asher, in what should be the first of a few opportunities for the Colombian catcher this September. The Phillies have 18 games remaining after Monday.
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August 30, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - For two nights at Citi Field, the Mets battered the Phillies. They clobbered eight homers, smashed five doubles, and drew nine walks. They pounded fastballs. That was foreboding for Vince Velasquez, who started Sunday afternoon and likes to throw fastballs. He is a 24-year-old pitcher learning the intricacies of life as a starter while facing major-league lineups every fifth day. It is not always pretty. In a 5-1 Phillies win, Velasquez silenced an imposing (but depleted)
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August 29, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - A.J. Ellis departed Los Angeles devastated after he was traded to the Phillies on Thursday as part of the trade that sent Carlos Ruiz to the Dodgers. Both catchers left the only franchises they had ever known. It was hard to say goodbye, Ellis said. He even cried with longtime teammate Clayton Kershaw. But those waves of emotions, he said, are "getting farther and farther apart. " Ellis, 35, joined the Phillies on Saturday afternoon and is expected to start Sunday. Ellis met with Pete Mackanin and the manager told the nine-year veteran to try to leave a mark on the team's young players.
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August 26, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - There is a chance, within the next week, that Carlos Ruiz's time with the Phillies will come to an end. The 37-year-old catcher has produced in a part-time role. He is the sort of veteran player contending teams look to acquire at this time of year. Or not. "I don't know," Ruiz said Wednesday. "Maybe it's possible. Maybe it's not. Depending on how everything goes, it's possible. So far there's nothing. I don't know. I'm still happy here. It was something I was thinking early in the season to now. We'll see what happens.
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August 22, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
It's not always easy for a quarterback and receiver to get on the same page. It takes precision timing, a strong feel for each other's abilities, and lots of practice reps. This year in Southeastern Pennsylvania, a number of top-notch signal-callers and rock-solid pass catchers have that special bond. It should translate into plenty of eye-popping aerial hookups. Last season's most prolific passer is back. Stephen Sturm threw for a whopping 3,100 yards and 31 touchdowns while leading Perkiomen Valley to a 10-2 record and the PIAA District 1 Class 4A quarterfinals.
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July 24, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
READING - As soon as Jorge Alfaro signed with the Texas Rangers in 2010, his focus shifted to doing whatever he could to make it to the majors. But Alfaro grew up playing the outfield, third base, and shortstop. He didn't have any catching experience and the Rangers moved him behind the plate anyway. He wasn't expecting it. But he wasn't surprised, either. Alfaro was ready to do whatever was asked of him. "I will play anything," Alfaro said. "But I really like catching [now]
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July 10, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
ALLENTOWN - Andrew Knapp has had a productive July so far, pulling himself out of a late-June slump. He entered Friday batting .368 with a .952 OPS in his last five games. While there is still plenty of baseball left this season, Knapp said he was encouraged by his recent progress, which has brought his average to .266. The starting catcher for triple-A Lehigh Valley began trending downward last month. From June 19 to 29, he had only seven hits, all singles, in 37 at-bats (.189), with one RBI. Self-aware and focused on his goal - becoming an everyday catcher in the big leagues - Knapp diagnosed the problem: poor pitch selection.
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June 19, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
You can judge Maggie Balint by the speed of her fastball. You can judge the senior by the way her rise fools batters into swinging when it is out of the zone. You can judge her by the number of strikeouts and wins she has accumulated over the years. It's all impressive, stunning actually. But all of that is just part of the picture, a fraction as to why the righthanded Oregon recruit is the Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania softball player of the year for the third consecutive season.
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May 30, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Aidan Baur hesitated for a moment when he saw the ball bounce away from the catcher and start rolling at a decent pace toward the backstop. "Then I heard my coach [Kevin Schneider] screaming, 'Go, go, go,' " he said. "Once I took off, I knew I had it. " Baur easily scored from third base on a wild pitch, giving Neumann-Goretti a dramatic, 3-2, walk-off victory over St. Joseph's Prep in Saturday afternoon's Catholic League baseball final at sun-splashed Immaculata University. N-G's fifth crown in eight seasons came in highly improbable fashion.
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