Posts Tagged ‘Julio Rodriguez’

The Four U’s

May 24th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on The Four U’s | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Being that we are already less than ten weeks from the non-waiver trade deadline, I’d like to throw out my opinion on how the Phillies should approach buying and selling. With the Phillies struggling as mightily as they are, one would think it would take a considerable run over the next couple of weeks for the front office to want to pursue adding pieces. It definitely appears that they should be sellers, albeit with very few chips to sell. We can break down what the availability should be by breaking the players down into three categories: Untradeable, Untouchable, Unlikely and Useful.

Leading by example. Showing you what NOT to do!

Unfortunately, the Phillies have a lot of untradeable players. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Cliff Lee, and Jonathan Papelbon all have contracts that would make trading them hard to move, be it from lack of health, lack of production, or just inflated salaries. Together they make up roughly half of the payroll. While the pitchers have performed admirably, albeit Lee hasn’t gotten the results, the position players are what is really hurting the team. Utley’s offseason work out regimen has apparently made his overall condition worse as he officially won’t be making his season debut until long after he made his debut last season. Despite the “updates” the Phillies have provided, I am still under the impression that Howard won’t be making his season debut until after the All Star Game.

The Baby Aces may not be the answer, but they should be a part of the solution.

As far as untouchables go, there really shouldn’t be many, if any at all. I can understand wanting to hold on to the “Baby Aces” and some of the position players, but depending on the deal, just about every player should be made available. The Phillies really need to succeed at determining which players within the organization can be viable contributors moving forward.


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Baby Aces 2.0

May 3rd, 2012 by Mike H. | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

(From Left to Right) Trevor May, Jonathan Pettibone, and Julio Rodriguez

This time last season, the talk of the Phillies farm was the “Baby Aces”, a trio that consisted of Jarred Cosart, Brody Colvin, and Trevor May. At season’s end, May turned out to be the Ace of Diamonds end his 2011 campaign with an organization high 208 strikeouts. Cosart was shipped off to Houston in the Pence deal, and Colvin took a step back in his progression.

If Colvin, Cosart, and May were the Aces, Julio Rodriguez, Jonathan Pettibone, and Jesse Biddle were considered Kings. “J-Rod” had a break out season for his first as a starter winning an organization high 16 games. Pettibone’s control shined with an impressive 1.9 BB/9. Biddle started off slow, but finished the season with a sub-3 ERA in his first full season of professional baseball.

So where do they stand heading into 2012? May is still clearly the cream of the crop. Rodriguez, Pettibone, Colvin, and Biddle, while still show a lot of promise, haven’t been as dominant after all, except Colvin, moved up a level.  The Phillies have re-stacked the deck a bit with a pair of left handers after losing Cosart.

 The Phillies drafted Adam Morgan with the 120th pick of the draft out of the University of Alabama. Morgan has been solid for the Phillies after signing early enough to get a half season under his belt at short season Williamsport. While Morgan has posted an 8.1 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in his early career, he isn’t the best addition. That honor goest to the player who not only may compliment Trevor May in the Phillies rotation in the not so distant future, but may pitch alongside him by the end of the season.


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One Bad Pitch

June 30th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on One Bad Pitch | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

In last night’s Clearwater Threshers game against the Brevard County Manatees, Julio Rodriguez was one pitch away from a potential win. The Threshers lost the game 4-2, but Rodriguez had them in check until the seventh inning. After a single, a walk, and an infield single, the bases were loaded and nobody out. Rodriguez looked as if he was going to wiggle out of the jam after a strikeout and a fly ball out, but with two outs Sean McCraw cranked a grand slam over the right field wall. That was the end of Rodriguez’ night. Rodriguez’ line for the evening was still very stellar. Through six and two thirds innings pitched, he had given up five hits (two of which were in his final inning), four earned runs (all in the seventh), one walk (in the seventh) and struck out eleven (one in the seventh).

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