July 31, 2016 |
READING - It was an interesting transaction announced just as the minor-league season was getting underway. "OF Andrew Pullin retired," read the April 9 listing on the Florida State League's transaction log. Pullin hit 14 homers last season with high-A Clearwater to lead the Florida State League. And now he was retired at just 22. Pullin returned home for a month to Centralia, Wash. It was a break, he said, to clear his mind more than it was a retirement from baseball. There was a thought that Pullin was disappointed that he was assigned to start the season in Clearwater instead of double-A Reading.
April 8, 2016 |
Rhys Hoskins asked the Phillies after last season if they would be able to find a team for him to play for in the offseason. There are winter leagues throughout Latin America where U.S. baseball players go to stay busy between seasons. Hoskins wanted to keep his rhythm after a scorching season with two of the Phillies' single-A affiliates. The first baseman told the Phillies that he was willing to go anywhere. And they took him up on it. Hoskins was sent to Sydney, Australia, a world away from Lakewood, N.J., and Clearwater, Fla. The experience was awesome, Hoskins said.
July 29, 2015 |
Nomar Mazara. The lefthanded hitting outfielder is the Rangers' second-best prospect, according to Baseball America. He boasts a .799 on-base plus slugging percentage in his first full season in double A. Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez. The 23-year-old righthander (23d overall pick in 2013) has a fastball with movement, a slider, and change-up. Jorge Alfaro. Considered one of the best catching prospects in baseball. An ankle injury has sidelined the 22-year-old Colombian slugger since June 10. Nick Williams.
June 27, 2015 |
READING - Aaron Nola and J.P. Crawford - the two brightest stars in the Phillies' minor-league system - will get a chance to shine on the national stage after being selected Thursday to play in the Futures Game next month. The two prospects will represent the Phillies on July 12 at the minor-league all-star showcase in Cincinnati, three days before the major-league All-Star Game there. Crawford, ranked by ESPN as the second-best prospect in baseball, is returning to the Futures Game for the second straight year.
May 2, 2015 |
It was a good April for Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies. You couldn't tell that, of course, by simply watching the games at the big-league level. For the most part, the Phillies have been every bit as bad as advertised. They entered Thursday afternoon's lopsided loss in St. Louis ranked last in the league in hitting, last in the big leagues in OPS and runs, 27th in fielding percentage, and 24th in starting pitching ERA. That's a special brand of bad, and their 8-15 record speaks for itself.
August 29, 2013 |
NEW YORK - They lived in Clearwater, Fla., at a place called the Buena Vista Hotel, a fine establishment that is now a TraveLodge on U.S. 19. "Oh, yeah," Jake Diekman said. "It was wonderful. They had a room catch on fire in 2008. One of the players lost, like, everything. " That was their introduction to professional baseball. The 2007 Gulf Coast League Phillies walked 10 minutes to the ballpark. Not counting rehabilitation players, 44 men played on that team. The three members in the majors - Diekman, Justin De Fratus, and Travis d'Arnaud - reunited Monday at Citi Field.
April 13, 2013 |
CLEVELAND - Another dangerous pitch has Carlos Carrasco in trouble again. The Cleveland Indians pitcher was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Friday for "intentionally throwing" at New York's Kevin Youkilis, the righthander's second penalty in two years for aiming at a hitter. The Indians acquired Carrasco in 2009 as part of the trade that sent Cy Young winner Cliff Lee to the Phillies. Carrasco had just completed serving a five-game suspension for a fastball thrown at Kansas City's Billy Butler in 2011 (Carrasco missed all of 2012 following elbow ligament-replacement surgery)
May 20, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cody Asche was sure the transition from the University of Nebraska to professional baseball would be a smooth one. "I expected to just carry on," Asche said. "Williamsport would just be another part of what I did in college. I figured I'd go in and roll right along, and I did a complete opposite of what I thought. " Asche, a fourth-round draft choice last year, had hit .327 and led the Big 12 with 12 home runs during his junior season with the Cornhuskers.
May 18, 2012
CHICAGO - Rich Thompson waited eight years for the second chance and it finally arrived in the form of a phone call at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. Lehigh Valley manager Ryne Sandberg told him his flight to Florida was at 1:45 p.m. He was going back to the majors. The Phillies traded Thompson, a fan favorite at triple-A Lehigh Valley, to Tampa Bay for outfielder Kyle Hudson. Thompson joined the Rays, who played Boston in St. Petersburg, Fla. "It's awesome," Thompson said by phone from the Charlotte airport.
May 26, 2011
The Reds will send Homer Bailey, perhaps the most unfortunately named pitcher in the majors, against the Phillies in Thursday's series finale. Bailey has never had a huge problem allowing the long ball: A 0.9 home runs per nine innings rate over the last three seasons is about league average. So the name has not been prophetic. It does, however, rank up there with Bob Walk, Kevin Slowey, and Grant Balfour as the worst pitcher names. Josh Outman, the former Phillies farmhand recently recalled by Oakland, has to be the best.