Bob Boone was a rock solid catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 24 August 2016 at 2:33 pm

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!

The Philadelphia Phillies call up Frank Herrmann

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 2:31 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have called up 32-year old righty reliever Frank Herrmann.  Herrmann pitched in 27 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies earlier this year and he was 6-1 with a 1.72 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.  He gave up 24 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 31 batters in his 31 1/3 innings in AAA-ball this year, so he was impressive.  He earned his first call-up to the show since the 2012 season, when he was with the Cleveland Indians.  Herrmann has pitched in 95 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 4-1 with 1 save, a 4.26 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

The Philadelphia Phillies send Elvis Araujo to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 2:23 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have sent 25-year old lefty reliever Elvis Araujo to AAA.  He has pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 2-1 with a 6.91 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP.  He has given up 36 hits (4 homers) and 17 walks while whiffing 29 batters in his first 27 1/3 innings for the Phillies this year, so he was wild and got hit pretty hard!  Araujo has now pitched in 72 games (0 starts) in his first two years for the Phillies and he is 4-2 with a 4.94 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP.  Araujo will probably get another chance with the Phillies when rosters expand next month.

Hector Neris has been really sharp this year for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 11:57 am

27-year old righty reliever Hector Neris has been incredible for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016.  He has pitched in a National League leading 60 games (0 starts) so far this year for the Phillies and he is 4-3 with 1 save, a 2.35 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  Neris has given up 44 hits and 18 walks while whiffing 77 batters in his first 61 1/3 innings for the Phillies so far this year!  Since July 1st, Neris has pitched in 18 games (0 starts) for the Phillies in which he is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.  Neris has now pitched in 93 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Phillies and he is 7-5 with 1 save, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  Don’t be surprised if Neris is the Phillies’ closer down the road.  But for now, he will bide his time behind Jeanmar Gomez, who is having a career year in 2016 as the Phillies’ closer.

The Philadelphia Phillies have activated Peter Bourjos from the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 13 August 2016 at 7:22 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have activated 29-year old righty swinging outfielder Peter Bourjos off of the D.L.  He has played in 94 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 72 of 284 (.254 avg, .680 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 4 homers, 20 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  To make room on the roster for Bourjos, the Phillies have sent 26-year old lefty swinging outfielder Cody Asche to AAA.  Asche played in 57 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 37 of 174 (.213 avg, .643 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 4 homers, 17 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He has now played in 357 games in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 279 of 1,158 (.241 avg, .686 OPS) with 119 runs scored, 31 homers, 124 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Asche could get another chance later this year with the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies have claimed Patrick Schuster off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 12 August 2016 at 1:25 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have claimed 25-year old lefty reliever Patrick Schuster off waivers from the Oakland A’s.  Schuster got his first taste of the majors with the A’s this year, working in 5 games (0 starts) in which he was 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP.  He gave up 9 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 6 batters in his first 6 2/3 innings in the show this year.  Schuster has also pitched in 32 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this year and he was 1-0 with 7 saves, a 1.16 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  Schuster will begin his career with the Phillies in AAA-ball.

Roman Quinn is getting closer to being called up by the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 10 August 2016 at 11:39 am

23-year old switch-hitting OF/SS Roman Quinn came into this season as the Philadelphia Phillies‘ #8 prospect according to Baseball America.  He has played in 61 games in Rookie+AA-ball so far this year and he is 76 of 246 (.309 avg) with 53 runs scored, 3 homers, 17 RBIs and 31 stolen bases.  Quinn has now played in 340 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 368 of 1,332 (.276 avg, .748 OPS) with 241 runs scored, 20 homers, 112 RBIs and 154 stolen bases.  Quinn will probably get his first shot at the show when rosters can expand to 40.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Zach Eflin on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 9 August 2016 at 3:54 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 22-year old righty starting pitcher Zach Eflin on the 15-day disabled list due to patellar tendinopathy in both knees.  He has really had a rough time in August, so it’s possible that he has been pitching hurt for a while.  In his 2 starts in August, Eflin was 0-1 with a 14.63 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP.  He came into this season as the Phillies’ #13 prospect according to Baseball America.  He has now pitched in 11 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year (in his first taste of the show) and he is 2-5 with a 5.54 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  He has given up 67 hits (12 homers) and 17 walks while whiffing 31 batters in his first 63 1/3 innings for the Phillies this year.  On a bright note, he already has two complete games with one of them being a shutout!

UPDATE:  (8/20/2016) – Zach Eflin has underwent season ending surgery on his knee.

The Philadelphia Phillies DFA Brett Oberholtzer

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 7 August 2016 at 7:34 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have designated 27-year old lefty reliever Brett Oberholtzer for assignment.  He pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he was 2-2 with a 4.83 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.  He gave up 58 hits (11 homers) and 20 walks while whiffing 38 batters in his 50 1/3 innings for the Phillies this year.  Oberholtzer has now pitched in 71 games (42 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 13-22 with 1 save, a 4.09 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  I wouldn’t be surprised if some team claims Oberholtzer off waivers and uses him as a starting pitcher.

UPDATE:  (8/9/2016) – The Phillies have lost Brett Oberholtzer on waivers to the Los Angeles Angels.

Jerad Eickhoff is pitching well for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 6 August 2016 at 8:46 am

26-year old righty starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff is pitching well in 2016 for the Philadelphia Phillies.  He has pitched in 22 games (all starts) and he is 6-12 (leads N.L. in losses) with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  Eickhoff has given up 129 hits and 31 walks while whiffing 112 batters in his first 132 innings with the Phillies.  Eickhoff has now pitched in 30 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 9-15 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  He is part of the bounty the Phillies got from the Texas Rangers as the trade deadline last year for Cole Hamels.

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