January 24, 2012 |
Joe Jordan has spent most of his winter reading. With every report ever written on every Phillies minor-league player at his disposal, the team's new farm director started there. Then Jordan picked the brains of his assistants and traveled to Arizona, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela to see players with his own eyes. It's a system that was ranked 10th in the majors by Baseball America entering the 2011 season and was the victim of another blockbuster trade depleting it of top talent.
September 15, 2016 |
These days, the view from Joe Jordan's windowless office at Citizens Bank Park is an alluring one for the Phillies' director of player development. Jordan scans the board that contains more than 150 colored name plates representing the entire farm system, and he sees potential answers. "We have a lot of success stories," Jordan said. Winning in the minors is not always paramount to the mission of developing good big-league players. But the Phillies' six domestic minor-league affiliates posted a .595 winning percentage this season.
January 16, 2016 |
Mark Appel knows all about labels. The righthander said he does not pay attention, but he hears it. "Murmurs," he called them, the words tossed around when a No. 1 overall pick stumbles to a 5.12 ERA during his first three professional seasons before being traded. "It's part of the territory," Appel said. "It even started before I was in pro ball. I went back to school [at Stanford] for my senior year. I was labeled 'greedy.' Then I get picked [first overall] and I'm labeled with 'high expectations.' Then I struggle in the minors and now I get labeled a 'bust.' Right?
September 11, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - The Phillies had a bit of a conundrum when they determined the winners of Paul Owens Award, a yearly honor given to the organization's top minor-league pitcher and position player. They had two hitters - Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins - who were almost equally deserving. So the Phils awarded them both on Friday. Cozens and Hoskins shared the position player award and Ben Lively was named the organization's top pitcher. Cozens and Hoskins, who slugged back-to-back all season for double-A Reading, are the first players to share the Paul Owens Award since 1997, when Jimmy Rollins shared it with an outfielder named Jeff Key. "The hardest thing to develop is power, and the hardest thing to find is a run-producing bat. We feel like both of these guys are going to be that," said Joe Jordan, the team's director of player development.
October 8, 2014
T HE PHILLIES announced the hiring of Rafael Chaves as the minor league pitching coordinator yesterday. Chaves, 46, was the Los Angeles Dodgers' minor league coordinator from 2009 to 2013 before spending the past season as a player personnel special assistant with the Dodgers. "We are extremely excited to add Rafael to our staff," Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and is one of the most respected names in our business when it comes to developing pitchers.
May 21, 2015 |
The Boys and Girls Club in Germantown has all the trappings of the pre-World War I building it is: a third-floor gym; warrens of dilapidated rooms on multiple floors; a chained-off, caved-in pool. Not for much longer. On Tuesday afternoon, Comcast Corp. announced that it would spearhead a $40 million fund-raising drive that will allow the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia to demolish the Germantown club and replace it with a modern one named after the founder of the media and cable company, Ralph J. Roberts, 95, who lived in Germantown as a young man. Improvements to what will be called the Ralph J. Roberts Boys and Girls Club include a double gym for sports tournaments and a hockey rink financed through Ed Snider's charitable foundation.
December 27, 2014 |
Hot-shot Philadelphia guitarist Joe Jordan and his prog-metal band the Experiment (JJX) are playing as part of WMMR/Jaxon's Local Shots Mistletoe Jam tonight. The gig will be as bittersweet as his upcoming 2015 album, Lemonade . "We named it exactly why you'd think we would," says Jordan, 28. The album grew out of about a year's worth of long tours, sour management changes (a problem that's all good now), and personal struggles. Jordan says it's richer and more accessible than 2012's Twisted Visions . "We're still heavy," he says.
August 12, 2013 |
The Phillies' Gulf Coast League team will end its season Aug. 29 and the rest of the affiliates will finish in the first week of September, so when to move players to the next minor-league level is something the Phillies brass is looking at closely. "It's a constant challenge to make sure the player is at the right level," said Joe Jordan, the director of player development. Shortstop J.P. Crawford, the first-round draft choice (16th overall) from Lakewood High in California, entered the weekend hitting .375 with a .466 on-base percentage in 112 at-bats for the Gulf Coast League Phillies.
June 17, 2014 |
Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford is being promoted from low single-A Lakewood to advanced single-A Clearwater. In an accompanying move, Clearwater's Roman Quinn is being moved from shortstop to center field, a position he played in high school. Crawford, a shortstop, will join Clearwater on Wednesday, a day after participating in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Hickory, N.C. "We felt that J.P. handled himself well at Lakewood and felt it was time for him to move to the Florida State League," Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, said Sunday.
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.