August 15, 2016 |
The Phillies have 43 players on their 40-man roster - two on the 60-day disabled list and one suspended - and all but three have appeared in the majors at some point in their careers. A new front office billed this season as a chance to evaluate the talent it inherited before making the next wave of decisions in the rebuilding process. That phase is almost near. The overturn on the 40-man roster, starting in a few weeks when rosters are expanded for September, will be immense.
August 14, 2016 |
The Phillies traded Jim Thome after the 2005 season, but Charlie Manuel said the team should have given him a World Series ring in 2008. That is how much, Manuel said, Thome helped mold the corps of that championship team. Thome, who was inducted into the team's wall of fame on Friday night, meant more to the franchise than just his 101 homers. He is the shortest tenured player to reach the Wall of Fame, but Thome will be remembered for making the Phillies immediate contenders when he signed before the 2003 season and for laying the foundation for the 2008 team.
August 10, 2016 |
When the Phillies failed to move veteran starter Jeremy Hellickson at the non-waiver trade deadline, some otherwise rational people suggested that was a mistake, whatever the deal might have been, because Hellickson's presence blocked the way for the overdue promotion of Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley. I say "otherwise rational people," but the truth is it was mostly fans communicating by posted comments and through email, the latter method often employing all capital letters. For instance: "GET HIM UP HERE NOW. " Whether those impatient for Thompson imagined a late pennant push or had simply identified the savior du jour and wanted to see the first round of miracles sooner than later is a matter of conjecture.
August 7, 2016 |
ALLENTOWN - When a Phillies top prospect, shortstop J.P. Crawford, was struggling after being promoted to triple-A Lehigh Valley earlier this season, he didn't have to go far for advice. The player whose locker is next to Crawford's is outfielder Nick Williams. The two are good friends, and they may have a friendly race to determine who gets called up to the Phillies first. What they also have in common is that they had less than stellar triple-A beginnings but have rebounded well.
August 4, 2016 |
Jeremy Hellickson is still with the Phillies and that creates a logjam in the starting rotation if the club plans to promote prospect Jake Thompson from triple-A Lehigh Valley. Thompson, a 22-year-old righthander, has proved that he is ready for the call to the majors by posting a 1.21 ERA in his last 11 starts. To make room for him, the Phillies eventually could go to a six-man rotation, which they employed last September. General manager Matt Klentak said the team is "open-minded to anything.
July 28, 2016 |
Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Tuesday declared Pennsylvania "in play" for president, two days before his friend Hillary Clinton is slated to accept the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia. The reason? Republican nominee Donald Trump's rhetoric is resonating with "white, blue-collar workers," Rendell said at breakfast sponsored by Politico. "People have to understand, not withstanding presidential elections, Pennsylvania is not a blue state," Rendell said. "We have a Republican legislature.
July 18, 2016 |
Tommy Joseph was out of the lineup Saturday night against the Mets. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said he would use the second half of the season to determine where the rookie first baseman fits into the system. Since Joseph was called up from Lehigh Valley on May 13, he has batted .255 with a .510 slugging percentage. "He came in like gangbusters," Mackanin said. "Then he went through that bad stretch and he came out of it, little by little. Now it is going to be determined: Is he going to come out of it big or so-so?
July 10, 2016 |
ALLENTOWN - Andrew Knapp has had a productive July so far, pulling himself out of a late-June slump. He entered Friday batting .368 with a .952 OPS in his last five games. While there is still plenty of baseball left this season, Knapp said he was encouraged by his recent progress, which has brought his average to .266. The starting catcher for triple-A Lehigh Valley began trending downward last month. From June 19 to 29, he had only seven hits, all singles, in 37 at-bats (.189), with one RBI. Self-aware and focused on his goal - becoming an everyday catcher in the big leagues - Knapp diagnosed the problem: poor pitch selection.
June 27, 2016 |
How are the Phillies' top 10 prospects, as ranked by MLB.com, faring in the minor leagues? (Weekly stats from June 17 to 23.) J.P. Crawford SS, Lehigh Valley (AAA) Crawford continues to find a feel for triple A as he entered Friday with a hit in five of his last six games. He is batting .300 in his last 50 at-bats and is cutting down on his strikeouts. AB H BA 2B 3B HR BB SO RBI SB Last week 27 8 .296 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 Season 258 62 .240 12 0 3 45 44 20 9 Jake Thompson RHP, Lehigh Valley (AAA)
June 19, 2016 |
General manager Matt Klentak says the Phillies have no plans to release Ryan Howard and are in no hurry to rush their top prospects through the system. He also updated injures and discussed the two Phillies pitchers suspended for performance-enhancing drugs in a wide-ranging interview with reporters before Friday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park. Howard entered Friday batting .148 and has been replaced at first base by Tommy Joseph. Klentak says it hasn't been a distraction having Howard around.