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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.
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May 31, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Manager Ryne Sandberg said it would be great if Grady Sizemore elected to stay with the organization if the outfielder clears waivers after being designated for assignment on Friday morning, making room for Cody Asche. "He's a great guy, a baseball player. Good to have around," Sandberg said. "That'd be nice. It'd be a luxury to have him stay with the organization. " Sizemore batted .245 in 98 at-bats. He spent a stretch of five games earlier this month as the team's No. 3 hitter.
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May 31, 2015 | By Matt Breen and Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Phillies late Friday promoted their top prospect, shortstop J.P. Crawford, from high-A Clearwater to double-A Reading. Crawford, 20, hit .392 in 20 games this season with the Threshers. He drove in eight runs, scored 14, and walked 14 times with just nine strikeouts. He missed about the first month of the season because of a strained oblique he suffered during spring training. The Phillies' first-round draft pick in 2013 joins a prospect-laden Reading club headlined by righthanders Aaron Nola and Zach Eflin and centerfielder Roman Quinn.
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May 11, 1988 | By Frank Lawlor, Special to The Inquirer
Warning tracks are dug into baseball fields to help outfielders avoid running into fences. St. James centerfielder Warren McIntire had no warning track at his disposal yesterday, but just the same, he was happy to have a fence to run into. In the sixth inning of a game against St. John Neumann at Ninth and Wharton Streets, McIntire was tracking a fly ball when a pit bull charged him from the perimeter of the field. "I was thinking about it before the ball was even hit, when I first saw the dog out there at the beginning of the inning," McIntire said.
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October 25, 1992 | By Jayson Stark and Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The Phillies need a righthanded-hitting outfielder like Bart Simpson needs a hair stylist. And they might not even wait until the free-agent crop hits the market to get one. Lee Thomas returned to Philadelphia over the weekend from his World Series hunting mission, and the Phillies' general manager thinks he might have a shot to deal for a righthanded bat in the next couple of weeks. "I'm not real sure if the ones I talked about are the ones I want," Thomas said. "But there are one or two clubs that are looking to do something before the (Nov.
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February 12, 2011
The Phillies signed outfielder Cory Sullivan to a minor league contract, according to the team's website. Sullivan will participate in minor league camp. He hit .188 in 64 at-bats with the Astros last season, and has played 260 games in centerfield in his career.
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June 14, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Meghan Nolan stood deep in left-center by the fence last month. Like any good outfielder, the Avon Grove junior paid attention to the opponent who walked to the plate. In her previous at-bat, Central Bucks East's Hailey Aspinwall ripped a shot at precisely that spot, resulting in a triple. This time, before Aspinwall got herself situated in the box, Nolan made her move. She wouldn't let the softball drop in for a triple again. It didn't. This time, Aspinwall hit a line drive closer to the third-base line.
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March 26, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
DUNEDIN, Fla. - The highest-paid outfielder on the Phillies roster has not enjoyed a particularly auspicious spring. He started all of 26 games during an injury-ridden 2012. There were hopes that other players would step up, but because of ineffectiveness or injury they didn't pan out. When everything settles, Laynce Nix could be introduced as a starting outfielder for the Phillies opener Monday at Atlanta's Turner Field. "We'll see what happens," Nix said. "I'm sure Charlie has his lineups made.
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May 4, 2013
Downingtown East outfielder Kristin Owen looks back at the victory over West Chester East. www.philly.com/rallyvideos
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September 14, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
More than five months ago, as the Phillies prepared to break spring training in Florida, Roman Quinn was on Matt Klentak's mind. The first-year general manager had seen almost a dozen of his organization's best prospects in camp. He had various reasons to be excited, but Klentak said there was something about Quinn - how a 5-foot-10 dynamo sprayed the outfield with hard-hit balls and zipped around the bases - that warranted special attention. That Quinn arrived in the majors Sunday despite another injury-shortened season demonstrated how high the front office is on his potential.
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July 20, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
If there is one Phillies trade to be made between now and the Aug. 1 deadline, it could involve an outfielder for the sole reason that a logjam is near. Aaron Altherr is halfway through his minor-league rehab assignment. Nick Williams, one of the organization's top prospects, has a hit in 26 of his last 28 games at triple A. Manager Pete Mackanin has no idea what to expect in the next two weeks. A revamped outfield is a good bet. "It's so much out of my hands that I don't even worry about it," he said.
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June 14, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Meghan Nolan stood deep in left-center by the fence last month. Like any good outfielder, the Avon Grove junior paid attention to the opponent who walked to the plate. In her previous at-bat, Central Bucks East's Hailey Aspinwall ripped a shot at precisely that spot, resulting in a triple. This time, before Aspinwall got herself situated in the box, Nolan made her move. She wouldn't let the softball drop in for a triple again. It didn't. This time, Aspinwall hit a line drive closer to the third-base line.
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June 2, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Third in a series of profiles of potential Phillies draft picks. GREENSBORO, N.C. - Craig Gibson begged. As the coach at Mercer University for more than a decade, he knew how the system viewed small-school baseball. So he had relented before. But two autumns ago, as he tried to place Kyle Lewis on a Cape Cod League roster, Gibson could not capitulate. Either someone in the prestigious showcase league would grant Lewis a full-time spot, or he wasn't going for the summer. "Man," Gibson said, "I had to threaten everyone I knew up there.
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April 15, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The Phillies entered Wednesday with an outfield that ranked 27th among 30 major-league teams in OPS (.554) and 29th in batting average (.175), but the team's decision makers were content with the current group that has started six of the season's first nine games. "Let's put it this way," manager Pete Mackanin said. "If there's no offense, you better have defense. " It is difficult to quantify how much of a difference an improved outfield defense has made in a little more than a week's worth of games.
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April 11, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - All winter and spring, the Phillies touted their improved outfield defense as a means for staying competitive. Better range in the outfield, executives and coaches said, would help the pitchers. It would keep more games closer. That plan could be abandoned by the season's second week. Darin Ruf, a first baseman who learned left field in 2012, may see time in the outfield. It is Pete Mackanin's idea; he sees a lineup that needs a power infusion. The Phillies manager said Ruf could be in the outfield within the next few days.
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April 2, 2016
1.098 OPS (on-base percentage of .533 plus slugging percentage of .565 ) last season for Haddonfield junior shortstop Joey Loperfido, a Duke recruit. 1.01 ERA last season for West Deptford junior lefthander Drew Wilden, a Maryland recruit. 57 Games started in center field the last three seasons by Mainland senior Matt Thomas. 47 School-record number of hits last season by Northern Burlington senior outfielder Zack Wright, a La Salle recruit.
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March 26, 2016
1 Cherokee 17-9 last season The Chiefs return six starters led by senior outfielder Evan Powell, a Monmouth football recruit who hit four home runs last season as well as senior corner infielders Mike Faunt and John Gavura. Senior outfielder Hunter Mason is a St. Peter's recruit. The top of the pitching rotation features senior lefty Nick Snyder, a West Chester recruit who was 5-0 with a 1.08 ERA and junior righthander Jarrad Delarso, a Richmond recruit who was 3-1 with a 2.21 ERA. 2Gloucester Catholic 26-5 The Rams have a terrific 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation in senior righthander Tyler Mondile, a Florida State recruit and potential high draft pick, and senior lefthander Eric Grafton.
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March 23, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
LAKELAND, Fla. - There were times over the last four seasons, Cedric Hunter said, when he questioned his future in baseball. Hunter spent the last four seasons in minor-league outposts such as Columbus, Memphis and Akron. Chances appeared bleak that his major-league career would extend past the six at-bats he had in 2011. He wondered if the game was passing him by. "As players, we all go through that stage," Hunter said. "And I felt like I needed to go through that to bounce back and motivate myself to get here.
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