March 6, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The infielder was a month removed from Achilles' surgery, going about his daily rehab work and trying to keep a positive outlook. He relies on legs. His future is largely dependent on his legs' ability to recover and become strong again. Ryan Howard walked over to the kid last fall at the Phillies' state-of-the-art indoor training facility in Clearwater with some friendly words of advice. "Baby steps," Howard said. "You've got to keep a positive mindset.
January 26, 2014
The Atlanta Braves agreed to a minor-league contract with righthander Freddy Garcia and invited him to their big-league spring-training camp. A 37-year-old righthander, Garcia went 1-2 with a 1.65 in six games for the Braves, including three starts, after he was acquired from Baltimore last year. He also pitched six solid innings in Game 4 of the division series against the Dodgers. Atlanta wanted a veteran to bolster a talented but young group of starters, especially after Tim Hudson signed with San Francisco.
January 23, 2014 |
AFTER receiving little to no interest from any major league teams last winter, two former Phillies outfielders left the country to re-establish their playing careers. Marlon Byrd revived his bat in Mexico and received a contract with the New York Mets before spring training. After a bounce-back season between New York and Pittsburgh, Byrd signed a 2-year, $16 million contract with the Phillies 2 months ago. Bobby Abreu's journey was a bit longer, but he is also back in the major leagues - and back with the team where he will one day have a place on its Wall of Fame, too. The Phillies signed Abreu, who turns 40 in March, to a minor league contract yesterday afternoon with an invitation to big-league camp.
January 15, 2014
The Phillies signed veteran infielder Ronny Cedeno to a minor-league contract and invited him to spring training, which opens Feb. 13 in Clearwater, Fla. Cedeno, 30, played in 89 games with Houston and San Diego last season, batting a combined .242 with eight doubles, three triples, three home runs and 21 RBIs. He has played all four infield positions at different points during a nine-year big-league career that included stints with the Chicago Cubs, Seattle, Pittsburgh and the New York Mets.
September 9, 2013 |
Another minor-league season has come to a close and it was a difficult one for the Phillies in a lot of ways. Injuries derailed top prospects such as lefthander Adam Morgan, catcher Tommy Joseph, and shortstop Roman Quinn. Calls for relief at the big-league level mostly went unanswered when the team was still on the fringe of contention. None of the Phillies' minor-league affiliates reached postseason play. There were, however, some success stories. Infielder Maikel Franco wasn't among Baseball America's top 100 prospects at the start of the season, but he will likely be in the top 50 before the start of next season.
August 14, 2013 |
Joe Romano, an Ambler native who built a successful produce business before purchasing minor-league baseball teams in three cities and becoming a Phillies scout, died of natural causes Thursday in Clearwater, Fla. Mr. Romano's age was not disclosed. His ownership tenure began in 1967 and lasted until 1983. He first operated a Detroit Tigers farm team in Erie, Pa. After selling that, he purchased the Houston Astros franchise in Williamsport, Pa. His team later moved to Elmira, N.Y., where it became an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Since 1983, he had served as an "assistant scout" with the Phillies, his nephew Bob Romano said.
June 24, 2013 |
Lehigh Valley righthander Tyler Cloyd has noticeably struggled this season, except when he has pitched for the Phillies in two stints. In a true reversal of statistics, Cloyd is 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA in six starts for the Phillies. That was improved over last year, when he was 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA for the Phillies. Cloyd's solid performance in the major leagues hasn't translated to triple A. He entered the weekend 1-5 with a 7.29 ERA for the IronPigs. "I would like to see Tyler pitch a little better," IronPigs manager Dave Brundage said.
June 22, 2013 |
At minor-league baseball games, the draw is not on the field but off it, where children can climb rock walls, ride carousels, or swing a Wiffle bat at a Wiffle ball floating on a cushion of air. Walk through minor-league parks in Wilmington, Camden, or Reading (or anywhere else in America, for that matter) and you'll see scores of children, from infants in arms up to 12 or so, because Mom and Dad have discovered that minor-league baseball is inexpensive, fan-friendly entertainment.
June 17, 2013 |
Severino Gonzalez's season was supposed to begin this week in Williamsport. It will not, but only because it started more than a month ago at high-single-A Clearwater, a minor-league level two steps above Williamsport. "To be honest, he was in extended spring training and we were going to send him to Williamsport, but they had a need at Clearwater," said Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan. "We sent him there to give them some protection and him some innings. He far and away exceeded what we thought he would do. " Gonzalez, a 20-year-old native of Panama, entered the weekend with a 1-0 record and a 0.40 ERA in nine appearances.