July 28, 2014 |
Jesse Biddle remains on double-A Reading's temporary inactive list, but the Phillies' 2010 first-round pick out of Germantown Friends School returned to the mound Saturday in Tampa, Fla. Pitching for the Gulf Coast League Phillies, Biddle covered two innings and faced eight batters in his team's 4-2 win over the GCL Yankees squad. He allowed one hit - a home run to Drew Bridges - walked one batter, and struck out three. "It was encouraging that he was back out there throwing," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development.
July 15, 2013 |
1. Shortstop J.P. Crawford, the Phillies' first-round draft pick in June from Lakewood High in California, has gotten off to a quick start in the Gulf Coast League. Entering the weekend, Crawford was hitting .459 (17 for 37) and had a 1.001 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Crawford turned 18 in January. "He is a very advanced, polished shortstop," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development. 2. Catcher Tommy Joseph, who had 67 at-bats for Lehigh Valley before being sidelined with a concussion, is working his way back.
July 3, 2013 |
READING - For years, the Phillies have wondered who might emerge as their third baseman of the future. Double A Reading prospect Maikel Franco might be the answer. Since beginning the season in high-Class A Clearwater, Franco has been on a tear. The 20-year-old Dominican owns a .431 batting average with one double, two triples, four homers and 11 RBI in 51 at-bats with Reading. While his recent success might be a surprise to some, his coaches and teammates knew it was only a matter of time.
July 23, 2012
About one month into the Gulf Coast League season, a couple of lesser-known players have shined for the Phillies. Pitcher Manaure Martinez, a 20-year-old Venezuelan playing his first year in the United States, is 2-2 with a 2.25 ERA through six starts. Martinez's control has been key. His strikeout rate is 9.3 per nine innings while his walk rate is 2.2. Martinez throws fastballs, sliders, and change-ups, and he pitched in the Venezuelan Summer League last year. There, the righthander also held a 2.25 ERA, though most of his work came from the bullpen - he started just three games.
August 21, 2011
As he enters the season's stretch run, Jesse Biddle can feel the physical effects of the innings that continue to add up on his score sheet. After all, this is just his first full professional season, and he's just a year removed from graduating high school. The Mount Airy native is on a tight pitch count - assistant general manager Chuck LeMar said that is something the Phillies do with all their young pitchers. In his last 10 starts for low-A Lakewood of the South Atlantic League, Biddle has gone past the sixth inning just once.
August 17, 2011 |
Kevin Comer is a baseball player, but the recent Seneca High graduate got to experience his own version of midnight madness. Less than 10 minutes before the midnight Monday deadline for draft picks to sign with major-league teams, Comer agreed to terms with the Toronto Blue Jays on a deal that includes a $1.65 million bonus as well as provisions for his college education. "It was wild," said Comer, a righthanded pitcher who was the 57th overall pick in the June draft. "It really didn't look like it was going to happen.
August 16, 2011 |
Kevin Comer is a baseball player, but the recent Seneca High graduate got to experience his own version of midnight madness. Fewer than 10 minutes before the midnight Monday deadline for draft picks to sign with major-league teams, Comer agreed to terms with the Toronto Blue Jays on a deal that includes a $1.65 million bonus as well as provisions for his college education. "It was wild," said Comer, a righthanded pitcher who was the 57th overall pick in the June draft. "It really didn't look like it was going to happen.
August 16, 2011
IN A FEW DAYS, a powerful man-child outfielder named Larry Greene should begin getting the baseball lesson of his young life. If the Phillies send the large young man from Berrien County High School in the hamlet of Nashville, Ga., to Clearwater for the final 2 weeks of the rookie Gulf Coast League season, that will be education enough. It is always a shock to the system of a kid used to dominating weak high school pitching in a lesser league when he stands in against pitchers who have been at their Florida minor league complexes since the first week in March.
May 10, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Mason Williams is a fleet, young outfielder, the Yankees' fourth-round draft pick last June. Thanks to a high throw by young Venezuelan catching prospect Francisco Diaz, Chase Utley got a chance to execute another baseball move he needs to prove he can do: leap for a high throw over a sliding runner. This extended spring-training game yesterday was in Tampa at the Yankees' minor league complex. Like Saturday's 5-for-7 debut against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Utley was facing pitchers destined for the rookie, short-season Gulf Coast League.
May 9, 2011
C LEARWATER, Fla. - When I'm King of the World, Chase Utley Edition . . . Hitting will not be as easy as Utley made it look Saturday in his first seven rehab at-bats. After the Phillies second baseman went 5-for-7 with a pair of homers against two Blue Jays extended-spring-training lefthanders in Dunedin, I told him, "That was one helluva endorsement for 3 months of nothing but batting practice. " "I guess," Utley said, expansively. I asked if the next test for a knee wounded by patellar tendinitis would be how it feels the next day. "One day at a time," Chase elaborated.