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Following The 40: Off-season Primer

October 12th, 2015 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Following The 40: Off-season Primer | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies


As the Phillies off-season begins, the first order of business was to pair down the roster to 40 players including ones that would be coming off of injured status. Earlier last week, the Phillies outrighted Justin De Fratus (who recently elected free agency), Jonathan Pettibone, Adam Loewen, Ken Roberts, Erik Kratz, Jordan Danks, and Chase d’Arnaud. The roster currently stands at forty, but with a strong likelihood that Cliff Lee, Chad Billingsley, Aaron Harang, Jerome Williams, Brian Bogusevic, Jeff Francoeur, and Andres Blanco all head to free agency.

Francoeur and Blanco are expected to be asked to return, but will both certainly be given offers with other clubs. Domonic Brown may have seen his last inning as a Phillie as he has a very strong chance of being non-tendered a contract. Jesse Biddle and David Buchanan are both likely to be outrighted in the near future due to their respective injury statuses. That sets the Phillies at 30 players.

Whoever the next General Manager may be, while they have the resources, there probably won’t be any huge splashes for 2016. In fact, the Phillies acquisitions will most likely be role players and players coming off of injury looking to establish value. The rotation will most likely consist of Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Adam Morgan as pitchers three thru five with Alec Asher and Severino Gonzalez given opportunities.

Matt Harrison, whom the Phillies acquired at the trade deadline in the Cole Hamels deal, could also be an option if he is healthy enough to compete. The Phillies could also add from within with Zach Eflin and Ben Lively as potential candidates. My personal targets for the Phillies to add from free agency: Mat Latos or Doug Fister.


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Deconstructing The Phillies: Relief Pitching

October 16th, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Deconstructing The Phillies: Relief Pitching | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

In part two of our ongoing series on how to potentially fix the Phillies, we’ll address the bullpen. The bullpen was actually one of the bright spots in 2014. Where Papelbon lacked off the field, he did his best to make up for it on the field, converting 39 of 43 save opportunities. Only rookie Ken Giles was able to convert a save out of the remaining pieces of the bullpen. In my opinion, when people say pitching wins championships, they most likely are referring to relief pitching. Starters, elite or mediocre, have a day in and day out ability to keep teams in games thru six innings. If you have enough quality arms in your bullpen, you shorten that game. Don’t believe me? Just look back to the 2008 squad, they were as good a pen as you could hope for and we all know how that ended. So what should the Phillies do moving forward? Click past the jump for my recommendation(s).


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Minors: Power Delivery, The New “Dutch”?

April 20th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Minors: Power Delivery, The New “Dutch”? | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Domonic Brown is facing live batting for the first time since breaking his hand during Grapefruit League play on March 5th. The Wilmington News Journal has reported that Brown is close to starting his rehab assignment by taking at bats in extended spring training. In his first outing, Brown went 2-for-3 over five innings. GM Ruben Amaro expects Brown to begin his rehab assignment within the next week to ten days. Once he starts playing in minor league games, Brown has 20 days to make his case. If he can hit at a torrid pace, which would most likely be bouncing around Lakewood, Reading, and Lehigh Valley, he may be the power infusion that Charlie is looking for. The only problem is that it makes the lineup that much more left handed heavy.  Brown could potentially inserted into the 6 hole if Ibanez is moved to 3rd, Rollins to lead off or 5th, and Victorino moved to 5th if Rollins moves to lead off.

Elsewhere, 2010 10th-round draft pick Mario Hollands is making a name for himself in his first three starts in Lakewood.  Not expected to be more than a 4th or 5th starting pitcher, Hollands may best be suited in the bullpen in Philadelphia. His stuff isn’t overpowering, but he does have a potential five-pitch arsenal and he has the ability to work himself out of a jamb. In three games so far, Hollands has allowed nineteen base runners in 16.1 innings, but has only allowed two earned runs. A college experienced pitcher, Hollands may be able to be fast tracked as a reliever. Looking at his splits, he definitely has fireman written all over him. In 8.1 innings with no base runners, Hollands has been very hittable, to the tune of an opponent batting average of .342. In 8.0 innings of having runners on, hitters have been less than half as successful, hitting at a .160 clip.

The bases empty average may improve as he progresses to better talent behind him as the Lakewood defense has averaged atleast one error in each of Hollands’ starts.  If he can continue his current level of success, hopefully he can get promoted to Clearwater by the middle of July.

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