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.
August 22, 2014 |
Just four years after it started opening Bottom Dollar discount groceries in and around Philadelphia, Europe's Delhaize grocery group has put its 46 Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley stores up for sale, along with 20 more in the Pittsburgh and northwestern Ohio regions, Food Trade News reports, citing rival grocers who have received bid invitations. Delhaize America , the company's U.S. unit, didn't return a call seeking comment and wouldn't talk to Food Trade News, either.
August 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Catcher Tommy Joseph, The Inquirer's 11th-ranked prospect in the Phillies system, will undergo season-ending left wrist surgery on Tuesday. Surgeon Don Sheridan will perform the procedure on a tendon in Joseph's wrist. Joseph injured his wrist in a home-plate collision on May 9 while playing for double-A Reading. He returned last month to play six games for the Gulf Coast League Phillies. Joseph's most recent appearance for the GCL team was July 19. Earlier this year, Joseph missed a week with a head injury after taking a foul tip off his mask.
July 29, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - Like the Phillies, Freddy Galvis has had a rough year. The 24-year-old infielder found misfortune even before the season started, and it has not gotten much better since. In late March, Glavis contracted MRSA, a staph infection that can easily lead to other infections, and had to be hospitalized. The Phillies made the decision that he would start the season on the disabled list, putting him behind right from the get-go. "It was really tough because I didn't get to do a spring training," Galvis said.
July 28, 2014 |
1. Following a slow start after being promoted from Lakewood to high-A Clearwater on June 19, shortstop J.P. Crawford is beginning to heat up. Last year's first-round pick and The Inquirer's No. 1 Phillies prospect, Crawford was hitting .387 (12 for 31) with two RBIs and an .879 OPS in his previous nine games heading into the weekend. Overall Crawford was hitting .276 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 116 at-bats for Clearwater. If the 19-year-old continues improving, could he begin next season at double-A Reading?
July 18, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - Sean O'Sullivan grew up in what he called a baseball-oriented family. His family would schedule vacations throughout the year to visit new ballparks or for O'Sullivan to play in baseball tournaments. In his travels, he has seen almost all of the American League ballparks and most of the National League parks, too. But Philadelphia was one place he had never visited. He got a chance to experience Philadelphia baseball first-hand on June 28, when he made his first start as a member of the Phillies.