When the Philadelphia Phillies dealt for 29-year old righty starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, they did it with the idea that he would give the younger pitchers on the team a good example to follow. He has done much, much more than that in 2016! He has pitched in 30 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 12-9 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He has given up 165 hits and 42 walks while whiffing 149 batters in his 181 1/3 innings for the Phillies this year. Hellickson has really been sharp since the All-Star break, working in 12 games (all starts) in which he is 6-3 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He has now pitched in 172 games (165 starts) in his first seven years in the show and he is 61-57 with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Hellickson is looking a lot like the pitcher he was with the Tampa Bay Rays when he won the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2011.
The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired 22-year old righty swinging outfielder Joey Curletta from the Los Angeles Dodgers as the player to be named later to complete the Carlos Ruiz/A.J. Ellis deal. Curletta played in 106 games in A-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 92 of 367 (.251 avg, .786 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 17 homers and 67 RBI. He also whiffed 124 times in the minors this year, so he has some holes in his swing. Curletta has now played in 448 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 418 of 1,601 (.261 avg, .735 OPS) with 200 runs scored, 40 homers, 240 RBI and 18 stolen bases. Curletta is about the best prospect the Phillies could have expected to get back in this kind of deal.
When you say Pete Rose, most people think Cincinnati Reds, but he played five years with the Philadelphia Phillies and he helped them win the World Series in 1980! The switch-hitting Rose was a full-time first baseman by the time he got to Philly (he wasn’t about to bump Mike Schmidt off 3B)! Rose played in 745 games in his five years with the Phillies and he was 826 of 2,841 (.291 avg, .726 OPS) with 390 runs scored, 8 homers, 255 RBI and 51 stolen bases. Rose also played in 25 games in the post-season for the Phillies in which he was 31 of 95 (.326 avg) with 10 runs scored, 0 homers, 6 RBI and 1 stolen base. Rose was an All-Star in four of his five years with the Phillies! His best year for the Phillies came back in 1979. Rose played in 163 games for the Phillies in 1979 and he was 208 of 628 (.331 avg, .848 OPS) with 90 runs scored, 4 homers, 59 RBI and 20 stolen bases. He also walked an amazing 95 times against only 32 whiffs! He led the N.L. in OBP in 1979 with a .418 mark! Rose won a Silver Slugger Award in the strike shortened 1981 season. Rose played in 107 games for the Phillies in 1981 and he was 140 of 431 (.325 avg, .781 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 0 homers, 33 RBI and 4 stolen bases. He led Major League baseball in hits in 1981 with 140 of them!
Despite only playing five years with the Phillies, Rose is still #48 in team history with his 826 hits! He is also still tied for #36 in batting average (.291), #33 in OBP (.365), #49 in doubles (139) and he is still #42 in walks (325) in Phillies’ history!
The Philadelphia Phillies have designated 26-year old righty swinging infielder Taylor Featherston for assignment. Featherston played in 19 games for the Phillies this year and he was 3 for 26 (.115 avg, .332 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases. He also played in 99 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year in which he was 102 of 402 (.254 avg, .738 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 13 homers, 37 RBI and 6 stolen bases. Featherston has now played in 120 games in his first two years in the show and he is 28 of 180 (.156 avg, .441 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 2 homers, 10 RBI and 6 stolen bases. This isn’t much of a loss for the Phillies moving forward.
UPDATE: (9/13/2016) – The Phillies have outrighted Taylor Featherston to AAA.
26-year old switch-hitting 2B Cesar Hernandez took over the starting job last year after the Philadelphia Phillies dealt Chase Utley to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he has played well. Hernandez has played in 132 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 133 of 460 (.289 avg, .755 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 14 doubles, an N.L. leading 9 triples, 6 homers, 36 RBI and 16 stolen bases. Hernandez has now played in 359 games in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 305 of 1,10o (.277 avg, .702 OPS) with 141 runs scored, 8 homers, 85 RBI and 36 stolen bases.
The Philadelphia Phillies have shut down 24-year old righty starting pitcher Vincent Velasquez for the remainder of the 2016 season. Velasquez pitched in 24 games (all starts) for the Phillies this year and he was 8-6 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He gave up 129 hits (21 homers) and 45 walks while whiffing 152 batters in his 131 innings this year. Velasquez has now pitched in 43 games (31 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 9-7 with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. The Phillies acquired Velasquez in the deal on December 12, 2015 that sent closer Ken Giles to the Houston Astros. With the Phillies out of contention right now, it was probably a smart move for them to have Velasquez take the rest of the year off to preserve his arm.
36-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard started off the 2016 season horribly at the plate and it cost him his starting gig at 1B for the Philadelphia Phillies. Since the All-Star break, he looks like a different man at the plate. He has played in 27 games for the Phillies since the All-Star break and he is 23 of 76 (.303 avg, 1.017 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 8 homers and 18 RBI. Howard has now played in 94 games for the Phillies overall this year and he is 54 of 277 (.195 avg, .690 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 20 homers and 45 RBI. Howard is amazingly #2 in homers and #3 in RBI on the Phillies so far this year. This is it for Ryan Howard. This will be his final month playing with the Philadelphia Phillies, so if you’re a fan of his, make sure you get out to the park and see him play.
27-year old righty swinging catcher Cameron Rupp is likely going to see increased playing time for the Philadelphia Phillies the rest of the way in 2016. Rupp has played in 85 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 82 of 312 (.263 avg, .784 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 14 homers, 43 RBI and 1 stolen base. Rupp has now played in 188 games in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 160 of 655 (.244 avg, .711 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 23 homers, 79 RBI and 1 stolen base. The Philadelphia Phillies have a lot of solid prospects behind Rupp at catcher, so he is going to have to finish the year strongly if he wants to be their starting catcher in 2017.
The Philadelphia Phillies have dealt 37-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 35-year old righty swinging catcher A.J. Ellis, 23-year old righty starting pitcher Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later.
Carlos Ruiz played in 48 games for the Phillies this year and he was 43 of 165 (.261 avg, .719 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBI and 3 stolen bases. Ruiz played in 1,069 games in his 11 years with the Phillies and he was 898 of 3,378 (.266 avg, .745 OPS) with 388 runs scored, 68 homers, 401 RBI and 24 stolen bases. Ruiz also played in 46 games in the post-season for the Phillies and he was 36 of 142 (.254 avg, .789 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 4 homers, 15 RBI and 3 stolen bases. He played for the Phillies’ last World Series’ Championship team in 2008, when they beat the Tampa Bay Rays in five games! Ruiz played in 5 games in the 2008 World Series for the Phillies and he was 6 for 16 (.375 avg, 1.188 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer, 3 RBI and 1 stolen base! Ruiz was an All-Star for the only time in his career in 2012 for the Phillies. He played in 114 games for the Phillies in 2012 and he was 121 of 372 (.325 avg, .935 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 16 homers, 68 RBI and 4 stolen bases. Ruiz is #34 in games played (1,069) in Phillies’ history! He is also #41 in hits (898), #26 in doubles (213), #39 in homers (68), #41 in RBI (401) and he is also #31 in walks (386) in Phillies’ history! Ruiz getting dealt means that 1B Ryan Howard is the only player left on the Phillies from their World Series’ Champion team of 2008!
A.J. Ellis will replace Ruiz as the Phillies’ backup catcher. Ellis played in 53 games for the Dodgers this year and he was 27 of 139 (.194 avg, .537 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 13 RBI and 1 stolen base. Ellis has now played in 544 games in his first nine years in the show and he is 385 of 1,622 (.237 avg, .688 OPS) with 155 runs scored, 36 homers, 191 RBI and 1 stolen base. Ellis has also played in 17 games in the post-season so far in his career and he is 19 of 52 (.365 avg, 1.065 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers and 5 RBI. Bergjans pitched in 24 games (21 starts) in A-ball this year for the Dodgers and he was 3-13 with 1 save, a 4.98 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He has given up 138 hits and 29 walks while whiffing 133 batters in his first 130 innings in the minors this year. Bergjans has now pitched in 38 games (33 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 6-16 with 1 save, a 4.51 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
This was a good deal for the Phillies to get two prospects for Ruiz, who is nearing the end of his MLB career.
Righty swinging catcher Bob Boone was the classic defense first type of catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. But, he also had the knack of getting a clutch hit from time to time. Boone played in 1,125 games in his 10 years with the Phillies and he was 957 of 3,690 (.259 avg, .695 OPS) with 349 runs scored, 65 homers, 456 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. Boone also played in 24 games in the post-season for the Phillies and he was 19 of 68 (.279 avg) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 7 RBIs. Boone helped the Phillies win the 1980 World Series over the Kansas City Royals. Boone played in 6 games in the 1980 World Series for the Phillies and he was 7 for 17 (.412 avg, 1.029 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs. Boone was an All-Star three times in his time with the Phillies and he won two Gold Glove Awards while playing for them. Boone’s best year for the Phillies came back in 1977 (when he was not an All-Star). Boone played in 132 games for the Phillies in 1977 and he was 125 of 440 (.284 avg, .780 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 11 homers, 66 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Boone is still #28 in games played in Phillies’ history with 1,125 of them. He is also #35 in hits (957), #40 in doubles (172), tied for #41 in homers (65), #34 in RBIs (456) and he is also #35 in walks (365) in Phillies’ history!