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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.
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April 18, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
How are the Phillies' top 10 prospects, as ranked by MLB.com, faring in the minor leagues? J.P. Crawford SS, Reading (AA) Crawford returned to double A for more seasoning before he likely moves to triple A by summer. He homered Wednesday night for the first time this season, driving the ball to right field. Crawford entered Friday with a hit in seven straight games, including three multihit games.    AB   H   BA   2B   3B   HR   BB   SO   RBI   SB    Last week   35   12   .343   3   0   1   4   5   3   1    Season   35   12   .343   3   0   1   4   5   3   1    Jake Thompson RHP, Lehigh Valley (AAA)
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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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November 23, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
OTTAWA, Ontario - With the Flyers offense struggling, general manager Ron Hextall may soon be tempted to recall high-scoring left winger Petr Straka from the Phantoms. For now, however, Hextall, is staying patient. That means the speedy Straka - who scored his AHL-leading 11th goal Saturday - is staying with Lehigh Valley for the time being. The general manager wants Straka, 23, to manage the puck better and improve defensively. "He's getting better than he was the last two years; he's paying the price more," Hextall said before the Flyers played in Ottawa on Saturday night.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A rebirth of the long-ago rail route between Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley is among the possibilities being considered in a two-year study looking at transportation options for the quickly growing region. The MoveLV: Long Range Transportation Plan will look for the best transportation options for the Allentown-Easton-Bethlehem region. Surveys conducted in the last year suggest demand for such a major rail project. "One of the top things that always comes up is rail service," said Becky Bradley, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission's executive director.
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September 17, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
WHEN THE Flyers' prospects finished their initial warmup yesterday morning, the first on-ice day at rookie training camp, it was pretty clear who the best defenseman was. The "Fab Five" defensive prospects, as athletic trainer Jim McCrossin called them over the summer, were all on the ice. But the youngest of the bunch was rather impressive. Sure, it's only drills, but the way seventh overall pick Ivan Provorov dominated Flyers prospects in one-on-one and two-on-one drills - among others - provided a glimpse at just why many around the league claim the 18-year-old to be NHL-ready.
SPORTS
September 3, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - About 3 1/2 hours before first pitch last night, Erik Kratz snuck up behind Carlos Ruiz and wrapped his arms around the 5-10 catcher's chest. The 6-4 Kratz lifted Ruiz off the ground before putting him back on his feet. Ruiz turned around and smiled before the teammates, reunited again, shook hands and hugged. "You get to play with guys, you appreciate them as players," Kratz said. "A fan, they appreciate them as players. But, as teammates, you get to see what kind of men people are. You get to see what kind of person somebody is, day in and day out. The real person shines.
SPORTS
August 21, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cameron Rupp and a few teammates ran to the rail of the Phillies dugout Wednesday night and waved their hands, trying to get the attention of Toronto pitcher Mark Buehrle. Bench coach Larry Bowa stood on the dugout step and shouted as Toronto's pitching coach visited the mound. Aaron Altherr had just roped a double to left field in the first inning for his first major-league hit and first RBI. The Phillies needed the baseball and for a moment it looked as if their efforts would be fruitless.
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