Righty reliever Ron Reed was a rock solid reliever for the Philadelphia Phillies. Reed pitched in 458 games (0 starts) in his 8 years with the Phillies and he was 57-38 with 90 saves, a 3.06 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. He gave up 702 hits and 229 walks while whiffing 547 batters in his 809 1/3 innings with the Phillies! Reed also pitched in 21 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Phillies in which he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 4.15 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. Reed gave up 33 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 23 batters in his 30 1/3 innings in the playoffs for the Phillies. Reed was a reliever for the World Series champion 1980 Philadelphia Phillies’ team that beat the Kansas City Royals. Reed’s best season with the Phillies came way back in 1976, when he worked in 59 games (0 starts) in which he was 8-7 with 14 saves, a 2.46 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. Reed gave up 88 hits and 32 walks while whiffing 96 batters in 128 innings for the Phillies in 1976. Reed is still #7 in Phillies’ history with his 90 saves. Reed is also #21 in ERA (3.06), #39 in wins (57), #10 in WHIP (1.15), #6 in games (458), #50 in innings pitched (809 1/3) and he is tied for #29 in strikeouts (547) in Phillies’ history!
26-year old switch-hitting 2B Cesar Hernandez took over at 2B for the Philadelphia Phillies last year and he has done a solid job for them. He has played in 89 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 84 of 300 (.280 avg, .683 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 2 homers, 21 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Hernandez has now played in 316 games in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 256 of 940 (.272 avg, .670 OPS) with 115 runs scored, 4 homers, 70 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. The Phillies hope that Hernandez keeps up the good work moving forward.
The Philadelphia Phillies have released 32-year old righty reliever Edward Mujica, at his request. He was a little irritated that the Phillies continued to pass him up when they needed a reliever. Mujica pitched in 36 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies and he was 0-3 with 23 saves, a 3.69 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Mujica has pitched in 494 games (4 starts) in his first 10 years in the show and he is 24-28 with 50 saves, a 3.85 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He should have an easy time finding a new team.
21-year old lefty swinging shortstop J.P. Crawford came into this season as the Philadelphia Phillies‘ #1 prospect according to Baseball America. Crawford has played in 83 games in AA+AAA-ball so far this year in the minors for the Phillies and he is 86 of 321 (.268 avg, .740 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 5 homers, 30 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Crawford has now played in 366 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 402 of 1,409 (.285 avg, .779 OPS) with 217 runs scored, 23 homers, 141 RBIs and 60 stolen bases. He could be in Philly by August 1st, if the Phillies deal Freddy Galvis at the trade deadline.
The Philadelphia Phillies have sent 23-year old righty reliever/starter Severino Gonzalez to AAA. Gonzalez has pitched in 11 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. He gave up 13 hits and 1 walk while whiffing 17 batters in his first 13 1/3 innings for the Phillies this year, so he was pitching really well for them. Gonzalez has now pitched in 18 games (7 starts) in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 3-4 with a 6.55 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He will likely get another shot with them later this year. His spot on the active roster has been filled by rookie lefty reliever Daniel Stumpf.
The Philadelphia Phillies have activated 25-year old lefty reliever Daniel Stumpf off the restricted list. Stumpf pitched in 3 games (0 starts) earlier this year and he was 0-0 with a 40.50 ERA and a 4.50 WHIP. He gave up 1 hit (it was a homer) and he walked two batters in 2/3 innings earlier this year for the Phillies. He has also pitched in 7 games (0 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Phillies so far this year in which he is 1-0 with a 6.48 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Daniel Stumpf was on the restricted list due to an 80 game suspension for testing positive for PEDs. He was a Rule 5 pick over the winter away from the Kansas City Royals.
The Philadelphia Phillies have designated 27-year old lefty reliever Mario Hollands for assignment. Hollands pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 0-o with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Holland pitched in 50 games (0 starts) for the Phillies in 2014 and he was 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. The Phillies needed Holland’s 40-man roster spot to activate 25-year old lefty reliever Daniel Stumpf off the restricted list.
UPDATE: (7/14/2016) – The Phillies have outrighted Mario Hollands to AAA.
24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Odubel Herrera of the Philadelphia Phillies will be an All-Star for the first time of his career. Herrera has played in 88 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 96 of 326 (.294 avg, .807 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 10 homers, 33 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Herrera has now played in 235 games in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 243 of 821 (.296 avg, .781 OPS) with 112 runs scored, 18 homers, 74 RBIs and 28 stolen bases. Herrera is a player on the rise for the Phillies!
The Philadelphia Phillies have released 27-year old righty reliever Yoervis Medina. Medina has not pitched at all this year after hurting his elbow in March. Medina has pitched in 146 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 10-9 with 2 saves, a 3.08 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. He will likely hook on with another team, as long as his elbow is healthy.
The Philadelphia Phillies are 40-47 on the season, which has them in 4th place in the N.L. East, 11 games behind the Nationals. They are also 7.5 games behind the Dodgers for the second wild card spot. The Phillies have played much better than expected so far this year, so if I were in charge, I wouldn’t dismantle the whole thing like they did last year. I think the Peter Bourjos, Andres Blanco, Jeremy Hellickson and David Hernandez would be the players I would move at the trade deadline. No need to rush to make a deal, as there is still 23 days to go before the non-waiver trade deadline. Hellickson is the best trade chip the Phillies have, as starting pitching is pretty scarce on the trade market right now. The Orioles, Red Sox, Tigers, Royals, White Sox, Rangers, Mariners, Mets, Marlins, Pirates and Dodgers will all be interested in him. The Marlins just traded a very legit prospect to the Padres for Fernando Rodney, so they would likely be the first team I called. Righty reliever David Hernandez should appeal to teams like the Tigers, Mariners and Cardinals….who all are in need of righty relief help. Outfielder Peter Bourjos would be a backup outfielder on a good team, but he is hot with the bat right now. There would be no better time to trade him than right now. The Blue Jays, White Sox, Astros and Nationals would all likely have a lot of interest in him right now. Andres Blanco will would only bring back a minor return in a deal by himself, but he could be a sweetener added to a deal involving Hellickson, Hernandez or Bourjos. The Red Sox, White Sox, Astros and Nationals would likely have some interest in him. Finally, I would give catcher Carlos Ruiz and 1B Ryan Howard until the end of the month to start hitting, as likely have no interest in the trade market. If they continue to struggle with the bat, I release them both on August 1st.