May 18, 2015 |
The Phillies' outfield situation is muddled, and not necessarily with an array of players who are certain to figure into their future. Here's a look at other outfielders in the minors who could see time with the Phillies this season or in the future. Domonic Brown: The Phillies don't seem in any rush to recall Brown, who before his spring training injury was penciled in as their everyday rightfielder. He entered the weekend hitting only .222 in triple A. Brian Bogusevic: The 31-year-old Bogusevic has hit well at triple A. He entered the weekend hitting.
May 11, 2015
Cody Asche tossed his black outfield glove into his locker and walked through the Phillies clubhouse. His gray shirt was drenched in sweat. Cameron Rupp asked Asche if he had gone swimming. Another productive afternoon was complete. Asche was not in the lineup Saturday against the New York Mets. But he still was one of the first Phillies players on the field. Four hours before first pitch, the third baseman tracked down fly balls in left field. First-base coach Juan Samuel stood near the infield dirt and sprayed balls to Asche.
May 8, 2015 |
Charlie Concannon says one of the keys to his stellar batting average this season is a short memory. "A big thing has been my mental approach at the plate," the West Chester Rustin senior first baseman said. "I'm focusing on the next pitch instead of worrying about the last pitch or at-bat. " Concannon was hitting .519 with 29 RBIs, 19 runs, seven doubles, and seven home runs coming into a Ches-Mont League American Conference game Wednesday at Sun Valley. He had a .609 on-base percentage and 1.074 slugging percentage.
April 5, 2015 |
You can almost picture Taylor Winkelman cringing as she retells the story over the phone. She was a freshman at Springfield (Delco), starting in the outfield. It was the first game of the softball season and her first varsity experience. Coach Todd Odgers moved the promising young player, a shortstop by nature, to center. Winkelman was happy to do it, but she was nervous. Then the ball flew off the opponent's bat and soared close to the fence. Winkelman, now a senior, recalls that day vividly, saying she, "tracked it wrong - horribly, horribly wrong.
March 27, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A spring training experiment is starting to look more and more like the Phillies' opening-day outfield alignment. Each day that manager Ryne Sandberg uses his new-look outfield increases the chances that it will appear that way April 6 against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. Odubel Herrera and Ben Revere spent the last four games in center field and left field, respectively. Only eight games remain on the team's Grapefruit League schedule. "I'll continue to look at different options and different things," Sandberg said.
February 22, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - First it was a rib cage injury. Then a fractured wrist. And finally struggles in winter ball. Last season, Darin Ruf said, was disappointing. "But it's a whole new year," he said Friday. "I feel healthy. I did some things this offseason to increase mobility and take some of the muscular injuries out of the game. " The Phillies' position players do not have to report to camp until next week. But the 28-year-old Ruf - and a handful of others - checked in early.
December 13, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - The Phillies were an active participant in the annual Rule 5 draft even in years when they planned to contend for a division title. But it is easier for a rebuilding team to carry selected players on its 25-man roster for the entire season - one stipulation of the draft - so the Phillies added two players Thursday. They chose outfielder Odubel Herrera from Texas and lefthanded reliever Andy Oliver from Pittsburgh. Herrera, soon to be 23, won the Texas League batting title last season.
November 26, 2014
DESPITE NOT yet seeing a single pitch of varsity baseball action, Penn Charter freshman outfielder Mike Siani committed to the University of Virginia last weekend. The 5-11, lefty, who recently turned 15, picked up scouting attention during summer ball with the Whiz Kids baseball organization. Siani, who lives in Glenside, also competed in tournaments involved with Perfect Game, an organization that aids in baseball recruiting. "(Virginia) was always kind of on the radar for us as a family," said Siani's father Ralph.
November 15, 2014 |
THE PHILLIES signed nine players to minor league contracts, including Jeff Francoeur, and invited them to spring training. The non-roster invitees are: * Andres Blanco: The 30-year-old infielder batted .277 in 25 games for the Phils last season. * Brian Bogusevic: The 30-year-old outfielder has played 299 major league games over four seasons with the Astros and Cubs. He batted .236 with 17 home runs, 62 RBI and 22 stolen bases. * Russ Canzler: The 28-year-old utility man played at Lehigh Valley and Scranton-Wilkes-Barre last season.
October 29, 2014 |
GRADY SIZEMORE will be a member of the 2015 Phillies. In what capacity remains to be seen. The club announced yesterday that it had signed the once-talented but more recently inert outfielder to a $2 million contract for the upcoming season. Sizemore, a three-time All-Star with the Indians, joined the Phillies last summer after an uninspiring couple of months with the Red Sox. Despite a hot start with the Phillies, he finished the year hitting .233/.299/.354 overall. The signing underscores the decisions the Phillies have to make with their outfield.