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SPORTS
May 9, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
How are the Phillies' top 10 prospects, as ranked by MLB.com, faring in the minor leagues? (Weekly stats from April 29 to May 5.) J.P. Crawford SS, Reading (AA) Crawford missed two games with an ingrown fingernail on his left thumb. In his second at-bat after the respite, he homered to center. His time at double-A Reading could be nearing an end.    AB   H   BA   2B   3B   HR   BB   SO   RBI   SB    Last week   15   4   .267   0   0   1   2   4   6   1    Season   86   24   .279   4   0   2   6   21   17   4    Jake Thompson RHP, Lehigh Valley (AAA)
SPORTS
April 28, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - The Phillies intended for Charlie Morton to be a stabilizing force in the middle of a young rotation. But Morton carried an extensive history of injuries. And less than a month into the season, the Phillies could be without Morton for quite some time. The team declined Tuesday to detail the results of a Monday examination on Morton's strained left hamstring, only to say it did not go well. "I really don't know what the next step is," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
Hillary Clinton plans to speak at the Convention Center on Tuesday after results in the five-state "Acela primary" become clear. She'll be on a stage about seven miles from the site of the Democratic convention in July. Coincidence? Hardly. Clinton hopes to reinforce the message she's been sending for the last week: The nomination fight with Sen. Bernie Sanders is over. She won't say it, of course - focusing instead on GOP opponents Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz - but the setting and the expected results could speak loudly enough.
SPORTS
April 24, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
MILWAUKEE - Before Hector Neris' final outing in the Grapefruit League, Pete Mackanin pulled catcher J.P. Arencibia aside. The Phillies manager had instructions last month in Fort Myers, Fla. "I want to see three out of four splits," Mackanin told Arencibia. "I want to force him to throw it. " This season, Neris has thrown his splitter more than any other pitch. There have not been many Phillies bullpen revelations in the first month of games, but Neris is one. He is unscored upon with 17 strikeouts and three walks in 101/3 innings.
SPORTS
March 20, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - That Brock Stassi lingered in big-league camp as long as he did indicates what kind of impression he made on Phillies officials. Stassi, 26, is not considered a prospect. He repeated double-A Reading last season, and an adjustment to his swing contributed to a vast improvement in 2015 at the plate. After 25 at-bats in Grapefruit League games, he's at least entered the equation for a potential call-up if injury strikes. On Saturday, the Phillies sent Stassi and infielder Taylor Featherston to minor-league camp.
SPORTS
February 15, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
40-MAN ROSTER Pitchers Elvis Araujo LHP The rookie pitched his best after the all-star break until a groin injury prematurely ended his season. Alec Asher RHP He is the sort of pitcher who will become familiar with the roads between Philadelphia and Allentown. David Buchanan RHP A 2.01 ERA in his final four starts could not mask the gore. Buchanan's 6.99 ERA was the highest for a Phillies pitcher with at least 15 starts since 1930. Jimmy Cordero RHP He is mentioned as a potential future closer because he throws 100 mph, but the strikeout-to-walk ratio must improve.
SPORTS
January 8, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Nine additional nonroster players have been invited to spring training by the Phillies, including the team's top four prospects based on Baseball America's rankings. Top prospect J.P. Crawford will be in big-league camp for the first time since the Phillies made him the 16th overall pick in the 2013 draft. Crawford, 20, hit a combined .288 with a .380 on-base percentage and .414 slugging percentage at single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading last season. At the time of his promotion to Reading, he was the youngest player in the Eastern League.
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