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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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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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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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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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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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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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May 14, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Tommy Joseph had been hit in the forehead with foul tips. The catcher had been hit on the top of the head. Monday night, Joseph was hit in the jaw. He said it caught him in a different way than any ball ever has. "It caught me in a different spot and jarred me a little different," Joseph said. "After that, I just wasn't feeling right. " Joseph, 23, remained in triple-A Lehigh Valley's game for another inning before talking to the team's trainer. Joseph said he was out of the game 30 seconds later.
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January 19, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Growing up in Galveston, Texas, Nick Williams spent a lot of time in his backyard hitting golf balls without a golf club. He was a kid who loved baseball, and kids who love baseball often love hitting home runs, and Williams savored the chance to track how far a baseball would go once his bat struck it. His father might throw him 200 pitches during a batting-practice session, Williams said, and he'd swing from his heels at every one. But he particularly...
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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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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
Triple-A Lehigh Valley Tommy Joseph, who had a strong spring training, is off to a good start with the IronPigs. Joseph moved last season from catcher to first base after a series of concussions. He had four hits - including a homer - in his first 11 at-bats. He also walked twice in four games, after walking just 10 times in 58 games last season. The 24-year-old is splitting first-base duties with Brock Stassi. "It's tremendous," said Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan.
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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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January 19, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Growing up in Galveston, Texas, Nick Williams spent a lot of time in his backyard hitting golf balls without a golf club. He was a kid who loved baseball, and kids who love baseball often love hitting home runs, and Williams savored the chance to track how far a baseball would go once his bat struck it. His father might throw him 200 pitches during a batting-practice session, Williams said, and he'd swing from his heels at every one. But he particularly...
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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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October 30, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PHILLIES TOP prospect J.P. Crawford was pulled from Arizona Fall League action and won't return. But it wasn't because he had a slow bat following a long regular season between Class A Clearwater and Double A Reading. It's because of an injury. Crawford suffered a slight ligament tear in his left thumb. The 20-year-old shortstop said the injury will not require surgery. He is expected to be 100 percent healthy when spring training gets underway in Clearwater, Fla, in February. The injury happened on Oct. 22, when Crawford's hand made contact with a baserunner on a stolen base attempt.
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September 4, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A YEAR AGO - on Sept. 2, 2014, the day after Labor Day - Pat Gillick stood in the hallway in between the dugout and the visitor's clubhouse at Turner Field and spoke about one of the most difficult resources in professional sports. He talked about the importance of patience, particularly when running or rooting for a team in transition. Gillick's quasi-state of the franchise address came about 24 hours after four of his pitchers combined for a no-hit win over the Braves. Three of those pitchers - Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman and Jonathan Papelbon - have since moved on in trades, while Ken Giles has moved into the closer's role on the suddenly youthful Phillies roster.
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