Posts Tagged ‘MiLB’

Silver Linings For The 2015 Philadelphia Phillies

April 4th, 2015 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Silver Linings For The 2015 Philadelphia Phillies | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies


The Phillies are just days away from the beginning of a potentially life altering nightmarish season. Cliff Lee, and the hope of trading him for anything of value at the deadline, is lost. Ryan Howard is still Ryan Howard. Is Chase Utley still the man? Maybe 4-5 days a week if he’s expected to be productive the entire season. I’m not trying to be all doom and gloom or a pre-2008 typical Negadelphian, but let’s be realistic, the Phillies have the potential to be a 100-loss team this year and will battle for the top pick in the 2016 First Year Player Draft. That being said, there is still plenty of reason to head to the ballpark this summer, whether it be in South Philly or various points around the Delaware Valley and the Gulf Coast of Florida.

At the major league level, first and foremost, just about every fan should be ready to sing in unison, “Nah, nah, nah, nah. Nah, nah, nah, nah. Hey. Hey. Goodbye.” Yes friends, everyone’s favorite General Manager Ruben Amaro Junior is FINALLY a lame duck. Amaro’s contract runs out at year’s end and I cannot imagine ANY reason to bring the man who systematically ruined the franchise from to top to bottom to be allowed back. Amaro has been the poster boy for trying to dig yourself out of a bad situation since taking over in 2009.

As far as on the field goes, I think that the Phillies have could potentially have a player similar to Shane Victorino in Odubel Herrera. Doobs, a rule five draft pick from the Rangers last winter, has not only made the team, but supplanted Ben Revere as the starting center fielder. For the last 12 months, Herrera has done nothing but provide offense:

  • 2014 MiLB (A+/AA): .315/.383/.388 with 21 Stolen Bases (67.7%) and 26 Extra Base Hits
  • 2014 Winter League: .372/.432/.556 with 9 Stolen Bases (100%) and 23 Extra Base Hits
  • 2015 Spring Training: .355/.379/.468 with 6 Stolen Bases (100%) and 3 Extra Base Hits

No one is saying that Herrera is going to be a 20/20 guy in the middle of the lineup, but if you can get 15 doubles, 5 triples, and 20 stolen bases at the top of the lineup, that leads to a lot of run scoring opportunities.


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The Venezuelan Power Ranger

September 14th, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on The Venezuelan Power Ranger | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

For the people who are really committed to the minor leagues, here’s a name to keep an eye on (if you aren’t already): Ranger Suarez. Suarez is an 18-year-old left hander who has pitched for the Phillies in the Venezuelan Summer League the last three seasons. In his first two seasons, Suarez was relegated to a relief role, but he made the best of it.

  • 2012 (16): 5.0 IP (3 games), 1.00 WHIP, and 4:3 K:BB ratio
  • 2013 (17): 17.0 IP (8 games), 1.06 WHIP, and 13:0 K:BB ratio

2014 has clearly been a breakout season for Suarez. He’s been moved from the bullpen to a full-time starter in the rotation. While his record of 5-4 on the season isn’t Clayton Kershaw-esque, the rest of his stat line is.

  • 2014 (18): 80.2 IP (14 games), 0.84 WHIP, and 78:1 K:BB ratio


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Phillies Top 25 Prospects

March 22nd, 2012 by Ian G. | Comments Off on Phillies Top 25 Prospects | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

1. Trevor May, RHP- Trevor May has rarely been considered for the top spot in the Phillies organization, but with the struggles of Brody Colvin, and the trade of both Jonathan Singleton and Jarred Cosart, he fits the bill. His best pitch is his plus-fastball which, when he’s commanding it well, can be his strikeout pitch. He also sports a plus-curveball, and a plus-changeup, so his stuff isn’t a problem. His trouble comes when he becomes erratic and walks a lot of people. He projects to be at least a mid-rotation starter, but his ceiling is often said to be a number two starter. While he has plenty of time to develop due to the set pitching staff, he could contribute as soon as 2013. Look for him in Reading at the start of the year, but if all goes well, he could make it to Triple-A.

2. Jesse Biddle, LHP- Jesse Biddle is often overlooked due to Trevor May, but he has a very similar ceiling, but as a left-handed pitcher. He has an inconsistent fastball velocity, but when it’s working it is at least an above average pitch. He also has a changeup that shows plus potential, but is once again inconsistent. His curveball has so much break, he has trouble throwing it for strikes. Eventually the Phils may let him throw the slider he threw in high-school. His ceiling as of now is a number three starter, but if he makes adjustments he could be a number two.

3. Sebastian Valle, C- Valle is most likely the Phillies catcher of the future, though the Phillies won’t rush him and he’ll move up a level at a time. Has impressive bat speed, and quick hands, which contributes to above-average raw power. He doesn’t walk a lot, and often is pull happy, which leads to a long swing at times. When he is doing well, he stays inside the ball and drives it the other way. He’s an above average catcher, with good pitch blocking and pitch calling skills. His ceiling is a solid starting catcher, and look for him in Reading this year with May and Pettibone.

4. Jonathan Pettibone, RHP- Pettibone pitches to both sides of the plate, and shows a plus-fastball that averages 90-94 mph and he can get it up to 95. He also has a plus-changeup that shows 9-10 mph difference from his fastball. The best command in the entire system, also helps him out. He also has a new 2-seam fastball and a slider that doesn’t get thrown very often. His ceiling is a mid-rotation starting pitcher, and of all the Phillies pitchers, he’s the most sure thing to reach his ceiling.

5. Freddy Galvis, SS- Galvis is often rated higher than any other position player in the system, but his concerning bat makes me rate him here, and I still feel like I’m overrating him. Now on to what people want to hear about, his defense. He’s often considered the best defensive SS in the minor leagues. He has plus-range, excellent hands and a great arm. He often sprays line-drives to all fields, he makes good contact but won’t hit for much power and looks to be at best a number eight hitter. His defense could make him a gold-glove shortstop, but some scouts think that due to his offensive ability, he’ll be a utility-infielder. He’ll get some seasoning in Triple-A this year.


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