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June 12, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - He took a serious step back during a 2014 season that went awry after he suffered a concussion, but Jesse Biddle is attempting to pitch his way back into the Phillies' future. This is the sixth minor-league season and the third at double-A Reading for Biddle, the Phillies' first-round draft pick in 2010 out of Germantown Friends School. Once considered the franchise's top pitching prospect, Biddle has been far from dominating this season. Still, he is getting the ball every fifth day and will look at his most recent start as a step in the right direction.
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June 6, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Tyler Phillips was in first grade, the teacher asked him and his classmates to write down their career ambition. "I wrote down that I wanted to play in the major leagues," said Phillips, a senior at Bishop Eustace Prep. "I wrote it down every year after that. " Phillips still is a long way from realizing his dream. But he could take a step closer if he is selected in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft next week. "He's got what the scouts are looking for," Bishop Eustace coach Sam Tropiano said.
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May 23, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Justin Miloszewski carries around a little yellow ball with six nubs and it has become part of an intense competition among the players at double-A Reading. Miloszewski - Milo is what everybody calls him - is the team's strength and conditioning coordinator and the ball is used to improve reflexes. A Blackwood native who attended Triton High School, Miloszewski has turned the reflex drill into a game in which the participants stand about 15 feet apart and try to roll the ball past one another.
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May 23, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies' double-A Reading affiliate has a rotation of top prospects as well as centerfielder Roman Quinn on the roster. Inquirer columnist Bob Brookover was on a road trip with the team last week. This is yhe fifth and final story in a series about the Fightin Phils. The trip out of Erie was a difficult one for the writer. After being overexposed to the sun during Aaron Nola's dominating outing against the Seawolves on Sunday afternoon, the tomato-faced writer attempted to leave about 7 p.m. only to find himself alone and locked inside Jerry Uht Park.
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April 13, 2015
Six games into the season, the Phillies will get their first taste of the headliner to baseball's best rotation. New Nationals ace Max Scherzer will make his Citizens Bank Park debut Sunday opposite Sean O'Sullivan, who is coming up from triple-A Lehigh Valley to serve as the Phillies' fifth starter. Scherzer, who in January signed with Washington for seven years and $210 million, lost his debut Monday but received only one run of support. The 30-year-old righthander allowed three unearned runs on four hits over 72/3 innings.
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April 13, 2015
THE REAL baseball fan loves the game for many reasons, one of which is the length of the season, which allows his or her team the ability to overcome an awful start. The season always has periods of ups and downs, which, alternately, give rise to hope and despair. The true fan brings high hopes into the start of the season, but, in truth, is realistic about the team's chances. Though we all dream of winning the World Series, we really want the season to be exciting from April to October.
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April 9, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - A piece of paper stapled to the bulletin board inside the Phillies' spring training complex told the five pitchers that Reading would be their post-Florida destination. Jesse Biddle, Aaron Nola, Zach Eflin, Tom Windle, and Ben Lively are the team's top five pitching prospects. They arrived this week in "Baseballtown" to assemble what is expected to be one of the top rotations in all of double A. The pitchers were grouped together throughout spring training, leading them to believe they would start the season as teammates.
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April 7, 2015
The Phillies will carry two utility infielders and only four true outfielders to begin the season. Cesar Hernandez, who is out of minor-league options, and versatile veteran Andres Blanco made the team Sunday as bench players, as did rightfielder Jeff Francoeur. Centerfielder Odubel Herrera and leftfielder Ben Revere are expected to start Monday against the Red Sox. Grady Sizemore will likely play right field while Domonic Brown rehabs from Achilles tendinitis. Darin Ruf made the roster as an infielder but can play left field in addition to first base.
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March 30, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 15, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The first sign Aaron Harang would miss his second start of this spring came Friday morning, when he watched as the rest of the Phillies pitchers played catch. The veteran righthander was scratched for Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Detroit Tigers because of lower-back discomfort. His status is day-to-day, the team said. "It's a little muscular thing that he has," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I'm not that concerned about it. " Righthander Paul Clemens, a nonroster invitee, will start in Harang's place.
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