March 1, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Hitting a pitched baseball is supposed to be the single most-difficult athletic feat. So, if nothing else, Joe Savery has raised the degree of difficulty as he attempts an extreme makeover of his career. The Phillies' No. 1 draft choice in 2007, a lefthander out of Rice whom team officials at the time likened to Cole Hamels, reported to the Carpenter Complex this past weekend listed among the position players instead of the pitchers. It goes without saying that the 25-year-old didn't make this decision because of all the success he was having.
July 17, 2011 |
Joe Savery is back where he was last season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, but under much different circumstances. In the place where his career appeared to be flaming out as a starting pitcher, Savery, the Phillies' 2007 first-round draft choice, has revived himself in the bullpen. In between pitching assignments, the 25-year-old attempted to reinvent himself as a hitter this year. "It's certainly been a roller coaster," Savery said in a phone interview. Savery's dizzying baseball season has featured three stops and what he hopes is a career-altering position change.
June 12, 2012 |
BALTIMORE - Charlie Manuel was dressed in full uniform hours before Sunday's game and long before any other Phillie. He emerged from the visiting manager's office at Camden Yards, pulled his red cap onto his gray head, and sauntered through an upbeat clubhouse. When a 5-4 loss in 10 innings to the Baltimore Orioles was complete, Manuel plopped into his chair and slipped on shower sandals. The first word out of his mouth was "Again. " Again, the Phillies scored but stranded so many more chances.
February 25, 2012
Even if Roy Halladay had actually wrestled that anaconda in the Amazon, it still would not have qualified as the most amazing story inside the Phillies clubhouse at this spring training. That's because it is really difficult to top Joe Savery's tall tale. A year ago when the Phillies held their first full-squad workout, as they did Friday at the Carpenter Complex, you would not have found Savery. He had gone from 2007 first-round draft pick and stud pitcher to a converted first baseman desperately trying to fulfill his big-league dream in a different way. A lot of pitchers - even the ones taken in the first round - get released after going 1-12 with a 4.66 ERA at the triple-A level as Savery did in 2010.
April 4, 2012
IF HE wasn't playing the starring role, Joe Savery might think this was one of those hokey baseball stories that happen only in the movies. Here he was a former first-round draft pick who failed as a projected power pitcher but then suddenly had a rebirth as a lefthanded reliever. After beginning 2011 in Class A Clearwater as a first baseman, Savery, who was selected 19th overall out of Rice University in 2007, rediscovered his pitching arm after being promoted to Double A. By September, he was being called up by the Phillies when the rosters expanded.
May 31, 2011 |
THE Clearwater Threshers trudged through a 23-inning ironman contest with host Jupiter on May 24, only to come up short, 2-1. The box score on that epic has since been examined and dissected, but we thought it would be interesting to check in with someone who participated in the near-tripleheader. "Some of us talked about it afterward," Threshers outfielder Brian Gump said. "We were all saying that was the longest game any of us had ever played in. It was easily the longest one I've ever played.
June 7, 2011 |
HE PLAYS first base in an organization that's packed like a Tokyo subway with first basemen. Lakewood's Jim Murphy knows. He also knows his dream is to play in the big leagues someday and he's not ready to give that up. And who could blame him? Murphy leads the South Atlantic League in RBI (43) and is second in homers (13). What's more, he's riding a 15-game hitting streak that has lifted his average from .242 to .289. What's he doing differently these days? Easy. "I like to keep things simple and not to think too much when I'm up there," said Murphy, a 6-4, 240-pounder who grew up near Seattle rooting for the Mariners and Jay Buhner.
September 4, 2011 |
Chuck LaMar, the Phillies' assistant general manager in charge of player development, has a checklist of goals before the start of every season. "First and foremost, we want to do everything we can to help our major-league club win," LaMar said. "That's what this game is all about. " Check. Rookies Vance Worley and Mike Stutes spent time in the Phillies' minor-league system this year, but they spent far more time playing vital roles for the best team in baseball. Add in the contributions of young lefthanded reliever Antonio Bastardo and the system's ability to produce the prospects needed to get rightfielder Hunter Pence at the trade deadline, and the minor-league system has far exceeded expectations.
April 21, 2013 |
Joe Savery understands the deal. He was called up by the Phillies from triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday and the lefthanded reliever realizes that it could be a short stay. The Phillies needed to fill a spot after placing John Lannan on the disabled list Thursday with a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee. The injury is expected to keep the No. 5 starter out from six to eight weeks. Lannan's place in the rotation will come up Monday against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Phillies will be calling up a starter for that game and possibly beyond.
July 3, 2010 |
ALLENTOWN - Joe Savery has been told to take a step back, and now it's fair to wonder what the next steps will be for the Phillies' 2007 first-round draft pick. With a 1-8 record and 5.21 ERA at triple-A Lehigh Valley, Savery was recently removed from the starting rotation and sent to the IronPigs' bullpen. Chuck LaMar, the Phillies' assistant general manager in charge of player development, said the organization hopes that Savery can regain some confidence and return to the rotation before the end of the season.