July 20, 2016 |
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.
June 14, 2016 |
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.
June 2, 2016 |
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.
April 15, 2016 |
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.
April 11, 2016 |
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.
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.
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.
March 23, 2016 |
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.
March 20, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - This is the time of spring, general manager Matt Klentak said, when teams around baseball begin to communicate with one another about which players will be making their clubs and those who will be cut. The Phillies, who have a significant need in the outfield, will be listening closely. The Phillies hold the first priority in baseball's waiver order. They will have the first option to claim any player who is waived from a roster as teams begin to trim toward the 25-man limit.