March 22, 2015 |
BRADENTON, Fla. - Over the winter, when hedging bets on his roster for the upcoming year, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that "in a perfect world" corner-infield prospect Maikel Franco would begin the season in the minor leagues. Barring an injury, Amaro will get his wish. Yesterday morning, the Phillies made the decision to start Franco at Triple A Lehigh Valley when the season gets underway in 3 weeks. Franco was optioned to minor league camp, along with pitchers Nefi Ogando and Joely Rodriguez.
February 16, 2015
Maikel Franco's 2014 season at triple-A Lehigh Valley was one of peaks and valleys. Period G AB H 2B 3B HR BB Avg. OPS April 3-22 18 67 9 2 0 0 6 .134 .380 April 23-May 19 23 91 29 8 0 4 11 .319 .937 May 20-June 29 37 144 25 6 1 1 6 .174 .454 ...
February 13, 2015
LEHIGH VALLEY Beer Week starts Sunday, and among the assortment of festivals, tastings and tap takeovers that will draw beer lovers to Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton is a seven-course dinner with Garrett Oliver, the author, engaging lecturer and debonair brewer at Brooklyn Brewery. The lavish menu pairs the likes of truffled prosciutto, foie gras and aged strip steak with Brooklyn's most exotic beers, including K is for Kriek and Wild Streak . Oliver's one-night appearance on Tuesday, though, won't be taking place at a swank restaurant or prominent craft beer bar. This $70-a-plate affair is at a supermarket.
November 16, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - The excitement for Darrun Hilliard, a native of nearby Bethlehem, began when he boarded the bus from Villanova to the Lehigh Valley and PPL Center, where he wanted to put on a show for his hometown fans. However, his shot couldn't find the basket Friday night when the 12th-ranked Wildcats found themselves in a season-opening battle with Lehigh. He missed his first five shots and his first seven attempts from three-point range. But the Wildcats found others to pick up the slack, namely Dylan Ennis and Ryan Arcidiacono, and picked up a hard-earned 77-66 victory over the pesky Mountain Hawks before a crowd of 8,751 in the first college basketball game at the two-month-old arena.
October 29, 2014
RIGHTHANDER B.J. Rosenberg cleared waivers yesterday and was outrighted to Triple A Lehigh Valley. The move leaves the Phillies with 38 players on their 40-man roster. Additional space will come within the week, when eligible players file for agency following the conclusion of the World Series. Righthanders Kyle Kendrick and Mike Adams are eligible to become free agents, along with veteran backup catcher Wil Nieves. Outfielder Grady Sizemore and righthander Jerome Williams, who both were eligible to be free agents, signed 1-year deals to return to the Phillies last week.
September 12, 2014
TWO PLAYERS in the Phillies organization who were about as far apart in their paths to the minor league system yesterday were named recipients of the prestigious Paul Owens Award for the 2014 season. Class A Clearwater shortstop J.P. Crawford and current Phillies reliever Luis Garcia are the winners of the Owens Award as the best player and pitcher in the team's minor league system. Crawford, 19, was selected with the 16th overall pick in the June 2013 draft. Garcia, 27, signed as a free agent in March 2013 after briefly leaving baseball and working as a hairstylist while rebooting his career in the independent Atlantic League in 2012.
September 2, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The Phillies traded outfielder-first baseman John Mayberry Jr. to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday for minor-league third baseman Gustavo Pierre. All players traded by Sunday are eligible for the postseason. Mayberry has been on the disabled list since July 22 because of inflammation in his left wrist. He appeared in nine rehab games for triple-A Lehigh Valley. Mayberry, 30, is a former first-round draft choice of the Texas Rangers. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in November 2008 for Greg Golson.
August 29, 2014 |
For the fourth time in less than two weeks, Ryne Sandberg felt it necessary to engage one of his players in a private chat regarding a perceived slight against the first-year Phillies manager. He sought Cole Hamels, who pouted when removed from Tuesday's game at 84 pitches and issued a calculated message afterward. On Wednesday, Sandberg diffused the situation with his talk. "It was brief," Sandberg said. "It wasn't a big deal. " This one instance was not. The pattern of clubhouse unrest, however, is alarming.
August 26, 2014 |
WHEN BEN REVERE slapped Nick Greenwood's 89-mph sinker to leftfield in yesterday's seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park, it signified the centerfielder's 26th multihit performance in his last 51 games. It also propelled him into a tie in the race for the National League batting title. With two more hits yesterday, Revere upped his average to .314, the same mark with which Colorado's Justin Morneau entered the day. Morneau was given the day off in the Rockies' home win against the Marlins that started just after the Phillies capped their 7-1 win over the Cardinals.
August 25, 2014 |
Infielder Freddy Galvis, whose season was delayed when he contracted MRSA in March, was recalled by the Phillies from triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies designated infielder Reid Brignac for assignment. The fact that Galvis is a switch-hitter factored in the decision. Brignac bats lefthanded. "With our infield being lefthanded hitters and Reid being a lefthanded bat, it was tough to get him some spots," manager Ryne Sandberg said before Saturday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the St. Louis Cardinals.