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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Phillies using new drill to help baserunners | MLB.com

Interesting drill. Will the work pay off?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, technology

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Dallas Green, first Phillies manager to win the World Series, dies at 82

Dallas Green, the bearish, blustering, boom box-throated manager who in 1980 whipped a talented but complacent Phillies team to the franchise’s first world championship, died Wednesday at 82, a team official confirmed.

Mr. Green spent most of his long baseball career with a Phillies organization that signed him as a Delaware high schooler in 1955. Over the subsequent 61 years, with notable interruptions in New York and Chicago, he would pitch, coach, manage, scout, and fill a number of front-office positions for the team.

A commanding physical presence at 6-foot-5, with a thick mane of silver hair and a voice that could penetrate concrete walls, Mr. Green seemed born to lead.

As a spot-starter and reliever with the Phillies, Mets and Senators, he was a hard-throwing righthander who never mastered his control or his temper. Mr. Green compiled a 20-22 record and a 4.26 ERA in his playing career from 1960-67.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 22, 2017 at 04:52 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dallas green, mets, obituary, phillies, senators

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Trio of top prospects head to minor league camp with visions of ‘World Series,” completing Phillies’ rebuild | PhillyVoice

Young Phillies on the way.

“That’s a great compliment – he’s going to be one of the best in the game soon,” Crawford said of Coghlan’s comparison to Russell, a first-round pick in 2012, the year before Crawford was drafted. “He just told me that he liked how I handled myself, how I went about my business. I really thank him for going out of his way to come talk to me. I’ve never had anyone like that, a veteran guy (doing that). I took it to heart and I can’t thank him enough.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: j.p. crawford, phillies, prospects


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Phillies get ambidextrous

The Phillies made a minor trade with fun implications today, flipping outfield prospect Joey Curletta to the Seattle Mariners for switch pitcher Pat Venditte. Both Curletta and Venditte are off of 40-man rosters, so there will be no corresponding moves needed.  Curletta was the player to be named later in the Carlos Ruiz deal (the other two pieces being A.J. Ellis and RHP Tommy Bergjans).


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Column: Vince Velasquez should focus on himself – Phillies Nation

“Me and umpires just don’t get along for whatever reason, I guess. They don’t like me or they can’t see. I don’t know what the case is. It’s just one of those things where I’ve got to keep it under my tongue and just go about my business.”

“I’ve got to keep it under my tongue,” comes directly after “Me and umpires just don’t get along for whatever reason.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2017 at 09:57 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, vince velasquez

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Aaron Nola passes the first of many tests 7 months after elbow injury | CSN Philly

Positive news for Phillies fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2017 at 09:53 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Phillies prospect Moniak showing maturity | MLB.com

It’s Mickey Moniak Day in all the Philly rags.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2017 at 09:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mickey moniak, phillies

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Finally healthy, 2013 first-overall pick Mark Appel is ready to live up to expectations | For The Win

He probably should have waited until he has some pro success before making this reveal.

“Given where I was, and the investment that the Astros put in me — the belief that they had in me — I wanted to compete,” Appel said. “I love playing baseball; I love pitching. But I also just wanted to give my best effort and be somebody — the Astros made a huge investment, and I don’t take that lightly. I wanted to be able to perform and be the guy that I know I can be for a team that drafted me in the first round. So with that being said, it’s like, ‘I can’t do any of that on the DL. It doesn’t hurt to throw. I’m not getting any extension, but it doesn’t hurt to throw, and I can compete, I can find a way.’

“I think it was a little bit of pride in me, not going to get it checked out or anything like that. But also it wasn’t to the point that I was feeling pain every time I threw a baseball. I just couldn’t get extension, and I didn’t realize the effect it had on me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mark appel, phillies

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Peeking into the future if Maikil Franco doesn’t pan out

I know we Philly fans are impatient but this piece is ridiculous. He’s freaking 23!

Consistent performance from Franco would do a lot, now and over the seasons to come, to solidify the middle of the order.

But if Franco does fall short – if he does top out as a mediocre hitter with okay defense – what then?

eddieot Posted: February 21, 2017 at 12:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: maikel franco, phillies

Phillies No. 1 prospect J.P. Crawford has something to prove

“I tried to do too much last year when I got moved up,” Crawford said. “I was trying way too much with the bat, and physically I was just trying to do too much. This year, I’m trying to go back to what I do best. Stick with a plan and produce offensively.”

“I think he needs to go back and prove he’s a better hitter than he showed,” manager Pete Mackanin said. “I really haven’t seen enough of him so far this spring. But I know one thing: He’s got a lot of potential, a lot of ability. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 06:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: j.p. crawford, phillies

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Aaron Nola clears a symbolic hurdle in Phillies camp | CSN Philly

Nola’s health is probably the biggest storyline in camp and that showed in the number of eyeballs that peeked in on Wednesday’s bullpen session. Several front office members were on hand. Part owner John Middleton was in attendance, as well.

To the naked eye, Nola looked fine, free and easy, as they say. More tests will come and he will remain a focal point of camp.

“We’re cautiously optimistic,” manager Pete Mackanin said. “He feels great. He feels like he’s 100 percent and he looks like he’s 100 percent. The test for him is going to be during the course of the season, if he holds up. I’m hoping he does. We know how good he can be.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 03:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron nola, phillies

Phillies embrace Tug McGraw’s life motto – Phillies Nation

The rivalry between the Phillies and the Mets is one of the best in all of sports, but with the Phils in the middle of a rebuild and the Mets continuing to ride their 30-year championship drought, all has been fairly calm.

That is until the Phillies had the audacity to design a wall in their spring training complex using the words of their Wall of Fame closer Tug McGraw. I mean, how dare they use the slogan “Ya Gotta Believe,” one in which McGraw made his life motto and continued to say long after he was traded from the Mets in 1974?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 08:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, tug mcgraw

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Andy MacPhail on where Phillies stand in 2017 | MLB.com

“We think our starting pitching, we have a lot of depth through the system. Not necessarily front-end rotation types, but, honestly, I would rather take numbers of solid prospects over the higher valued few. Give me numbers because we know the attrition rate. So I think we’re in good shape there. Our expectation is that we’ll be better than we were a year ago, and our expectation is that we’ll continue to introduce new talent onto our Major League team, not unlike we did last year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2017 at 09:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Monday, February 13, 2017

Relaxed John Kruk introduced as CSN broadcaster

John Kruk isn’t going to hold back on Comcast SportsNet.

The Phillies and CSN introduced Kruk as the newest member of their broadcast team Tuesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, and Kruk entertained during the nearly 15-minute news conference. Kruk, who sources said signed a 5-year contract, will work between 80-90 games as an analyst this season. Ben Davis will work the remaining 70-80, and Mike Schmidt will work with Kruk or Davis during weekend games in Philadelphia.

“It’s going to be a long year for you, pal,” Kruk said to play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy.

Kruk worked as an analyst with CSN in 2003 before spending 12 years at ESPN. He left the network last summer, which had many thinking Kruk could join the Phillies’ broadcast crew at some point. In fact, Kruk said he and the Phillies had been talking about a possible reunion for a few years.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 13, 2017 at 02:35 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, john kruk, phillies

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Top 33 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies | FanGraphs Baseball

Thirty-three players make the list.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2017 at 06:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects

Sunday, February 05, 2017

OTP 6 Feb. 2017: Curt Schilling, Politics, and the Hall of Fame

Curt Schilling has said that his politics are costing him votes for the Hall of Fame. The other day here at NRO, Aaron Goldstein argued specifically that in the most recent balloting, earlier this winter, baseball writers backed away from Schilling because he supported Trump last year in the presidential election.

A few problems dog that theory. One is that Schilling did better in the 2017 voting than he’s done on average in his five years of eligibility.

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

BDC Posted: February 05, 2017 at 10:45 PM | 2003 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, hall of fame, phillies, politics, red sox

Monday, January 30, 2017

Phillies raise financial investment mining for talent in Dominican Republic

Money matters most here, especially when everyone wants a cut for shepherding a prospect to a major-league team. But this is a place - perhaps the last one - where baseball’s endless fascination with analytics has no reach, where the men on the ground must trust their bonds with the local scouts and buscones, or street agents.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2017 at 01:40 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Phillies prospect Matt Imhof quits baseball at 23 after losing right eye

Philadelphia Phillies pitching prospect Matt Imhof has announced his retirement from baseball at the age of 23, just seven months after losing his right eye in a freak training accident.

In a first-person piece for ESPN, Imhof confirmed he was walking away from the game young, but insisted that it wasn’t because of his injury. “My injury is not what’s stopping me,” Imhof wrote. “The truth is I need a change of pace after 20 years of doing the same thing.”

In June last year, Imhof was taking part in a resistance-training exercise in Florida, where he was playing for the Clearwater Thrashers, when a metal hook broke away from the wall and slammed into his face. He fractured his nose, broke two orbital bones and severely injured his right eye. “Everything went numb as I hit the ground screaming. I could feel the warmth of the blood running down my face and taste it in my mouth,” he wrote.

Doctors in Miami did their best to repair the damage to his eye, but after learning of the seriousness of the injury, Imhof chose to have it removed. He now wears a prosthetic eye.


FanGraphs: No ordinary Joe

For those not keeping up with Fat Joe’s career post-Terror Squad, he has reinvented himself as the master of the slider and death to all RHB.

Blanton was effective in the Royals’ bullpen, and when he was traded to the Pirates at the trade deadline, he was again successful in a relief role. During the following offseason, he signed a modest one-year, $4 million deal with the Dodgers and was, again, successful pitching out of the bullpen.

Since 2015, Blanton has appeared in 107 games, all as a reliever. In that time he ranks 11th in ERA (2.29) among all relievers, 24th in FIP (3.02) and 26th in K-BB% (19.1 points).

So what’s strange — in an era during which we hear more interest and talk about teams relying more heavily on their bullpens, when we saw inspired bullpen usage by the Cleveland Indians and other clubs in the postseason — what’s strange is Blanton remains available in free agency.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Phillies Catchers Have Much To Prove In 2017

In my now-ongoing series on the Phillies rebuild, I’ve examined their pitching, and focused on Maikel Franco. Now, we turn to their catchers.

As GM Matt Klentak has repeatedly done this winter, there will be a stopgap in place, while a fresh young prospect will be groomed to be the next great core player. What will be interesting is to see how Klentak and manager Pete Mackanin balance both.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2017 at 10:57 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Monday, January 23, 2017

Phillies’ Maikel Franco works to improve plate approach

I’m sold on his bat to ball skills. If he can learn to hunt for better pitches, he can be a star.

Franco offered a blunt diagnosis for his woes at the plate.

“In 2016, most of the time I just went to the plate without a plan,” he said. “I just swung at everything. Now, I think about it like, ‘This year is really important for you. You have to know what you’re doing and have to show everybody more discipline and be more selective at home plate.’ “

Franco wasn’t the only Phils hitter to struggle last season. He was one of six Phils to strike out at least 100 times. Only six big-league teams struck out more and only the Kansas City Royals earned fewer walks.

Franco didn’t rest after playing in 152 games last season, He worked on his new plate approach playing in the Dominican Republic winter league. In 12 games (50 at-bats), Franco hit .240 with one extra-base hit (a double), three RBIs and a .556 OPS.

“I have to show everybody I’ve improved and that I’m learning,” Franco said. “When I went to winter ball, I just tried to do my own thing, see a pitch to hit and how more discipline at the plate because I know this year is going to be really important for me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 23, 2017 at 03:52 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: maikel franco, phillies

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Drew Anderson hoping to make quick rise through Phillies’ minor league ranks | PhillyVoice

After watching Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, Jake Thompson, Zach Eflin, and others graduate to the big leagues in the last two seasons, the Phillies will be eager to see the next wave of young pitching make their own case for a chance to call Citizens Bank Park home in 2017. Anderson was one of seven pitchers added to the 40-man roster in mid-November, along with Mark Appel, Ben Lively, Ricardo Pinto, Nick Pivetta, Alberto Tirado, and left-hander Elniery Garcia.

Anderson probably isn’t likely to reach the major leagues before 2018 at the earliest, but his addition to the roster made it abundantly clear what the Phillies think of his future.

“I like a lot about him,” Jordan said. “He’s got very good weapons to begin with, a good arm and a good breaking ball. … I think what I really like about him is he was a low-round high school pick but all he’s done is compete. He’s got a lot of confidence. I think he has a lot of the intangibles good pitchers have. … He’s got a chance to be a good piece.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2017 at 10:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Checking in on Chase Utley’s Hall of Fame chances

Better argument than I could have made, and he’s my favorite Phil since Schmidt, but I guess he comes up short…

Utley was part of the core that led the Phillies during the most successful period in their history and to a championship. He may not have hit 58 home runs or stole more than 40 bases in a season like Ryan Howard or Jimmy Rollins, but he was arguably the most valuable part of that team. Utley is worth 63 career WAR, the highest among 2007-2011 Phillies not named Roy Halladay (65.6). In comparison, Rollins is the next highest at 49.4.

eddieot Posted: January 12, 2017 at 10:03 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, phillies

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