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January 24, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 15, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 16, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
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?
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September 11, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
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May 21, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 27, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
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August 12, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 17, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 8, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 15, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 11, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 28, 2016 | Matt Breen, Staff writer
Triple-A Lehigh Valley Andrew Knapp entered Friday batting just .259 with an .324 on-base percentage. The catcher has just 12 hits this month and appears to be stuck in a rut after a strong season in double A. "I just watched that club for a couple of days and watched him catch for a couple days. His numbers aren't off the charts, but I don't think he's in a rut," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development. "I had a great conversation with him just a couple days ago and that was my point to him. Numbers are numbers and he's progressed so much this year defensively.
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August 28, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
The Phillies' minor-league coaches, instructors, prospects, veterans, and organizational fillers gathered in the spring of 2015 near the back fields of the team's complex in Clearwater, Fla. The annual meeting - which serves as an introduction to minor-league spring training - followed a season in which the Phillies affiliates combined to win just 40 percent of their games. None of the five minor-league teams finished 2014 with a record better than .500. The best team finished 10 games worse than .500.
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May 23, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
How are the Phillies' top 10 prospects, as ranked by MLB.com, faring in the minor leagues? (Weekly stats from May 13 to May 19.) J.P. Crawford SS, Lehigh Valley (AAA) Crawford snapped out of a funk at the plate by going 3 for 6 on Tuesday with three RBIs. The shortstop was rewarded with a promotion on Friday to triple A. He has 11 walks in May and has struck out just five times this month.   AB H BA 2B 3B HR BB SO RBI SB Last week 15 6 .400 2 0 1 4 0 5 1 Season 136 36 .265 8 0 3 30 21 13 5   RHP, Lehigh Valley (AAA)
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May 2, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
BARNEGAT, N.J. - The most remarkable thing about Jason Groome isn't the explosion of his fastball. Although there's that. It's not the command of his curveball. Although there's that, too. It's the economy of his motion. Groome, the Barnegat High School senior lefthander projected as the possible No. 1 pick in the major-league draft by the Phillies, pitches the way Olympic divers enter the water - with barely a ripple. "As a coach, you always worry about a kid with violent mechanics," Pinelands coach Rob Sanzari said after his team dropped a 2-0 decision to Groome's Barnegat squad in a first-round game of the Ocean County tournament on Saturday morning.
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April 18, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
READING, Pa. - Dylan Cozens looks like a football player. He is 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds. The hulking rightfielder is the tallest position player in the entire Phillies organization. And for a moment, it seemed as if football was where he was headed. Cozens played just one season of high school football. Randy Cozens wanted to keep his son off the gridiron after a pair of knee surgeries in the late 1970s ruined his NFL career before he even played a regular-season snap with the Denver Broncos.
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April 8, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 2, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
READING - One was a mild surprise, the other was expected, as the Phillies continue to show patience with their top prospects. Before Thursday's game between the Phillies and their top prospects at FirstEnergy Stadium, Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan said that shortstop J.P. Crawford and centerfielder Roman Quinn will begin the season where they ended the last one - at double-A Reading. Crawford, who turned 21 in January and was the first-round draft choice in 2013, is the Phillies' consensus top prospect.
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