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The Philadelphia Phillies acquire Hunter Pence from the Astros

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 30 July 2011 at 8:02 am

The Phillies ante up last night as they acquired 28-year old righty swinging RF Hunter Pence from the Astros along with a cool $2 million bucks for 19-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Jonathan Singleton, 21-year old righty starting pitcher Jarred Cosart, 24-year old righty starter/reliever Josh Zeid and a player to be named later. Pence has played in 100 games for the Astros this year and he was 123 for 399 (.308 avg, .828 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 11 homers, 62 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Pence has played in 680 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 768 for 2,649 (.290 avg, .818 OPS) with 353 runs scored, 103 homers, 377 RBIs and 61 stolen bases. Pence will bat fifth and play RF for the Phillies, which should get Ryan Howard more pitches to hit.

Jonathan Singleton was the #2 ranked Phillies’ prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. Singleton played in 92 games in A-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 89 for 316 (.282 avg, .798 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 9 homers, 47 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Jarred Cosart came into this season as the Phillies’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America. Cosart pitched in 20 games (19 starts) in A-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 9-8 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Josh Zeid came into this year as the Phillies’ #23 prospect according to Baseball America. Zeid has pitched in 21 games (11 starts) in AA-ball this year and he was 2-3 with 2 saves, a 5.65 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.

This was an outstanding trade for the Phillies as Pence is a very solid all-around player. The fact that the Phillies got to keep Domonic Brown and Vance Worley make this deal even more amazing. The Phillies are officially the team to beat if you want to win the World Series.

The Philadelphia Phillies are looking to add some pieces for another World Series run

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, If I Were the GM, Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Monday 25 July 2011 at 11:50 am

The Phillies are looking to try to make some moves to fortify the roster for another World Series run. They want another outfielder and are currently talking trade with the Rays about B.J. Upton. He won’t come cheap. If the price is too high for Upton, look for the Phillies to go after guys like Melky Cabrera, David DeJesus, Coco Crisp, Corey Patterson, Ryan Sweeney, Juan Rivera and Chris Denorfia. The Phillies could also use a utility infielder who can handle 3B. Adam Kennedy, Blake DeWitt, Aaron Miles, Jamey Carroll, Mike Aviles and Jeff Baker each fit the bill. A lefty reliever would be nice for the Phillies to add with Will Ohman and Craig Breslow at the top of their list. Jason Frasor, Michael Wuertz and Matt Lindstrom are some hard throwing righty relievers that are likely on the Phillies’ radar right now. The Phillies have never been shy at the trade deadline so look for something to go down before this Sunday’s trade deadline.

The Philadelphia Phillies DFA Danys Baez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 22 July 2011 at 2:16 pm

The Phillies have designated 33-year old righty reliever Danys Baez for assignment to make room on the roster for Brad Lidge who has just come off of the D.L. Baez pitched in 29 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he was 2-4 with a 6.25 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. Baez pitched in 80 games (0 starts) in his two years with the Phillies and he was 5-8 with a 5.81 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. The Phillies won’t miss Baez with the way he was pitching.

UPDATE: (8/1/2011) - The Phillies have released Danys Baez.

The Philadelphia Phillies ink Aaron Heilman to a minor league deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 21 July 2011 at 8:02 pm

The Phillies have signed 32-year old righty reliever Aaron Heilman to a minor league deal. Heilman pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Diamondbacks earlier this year and he was 4-1 with a 6.88 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. He has now pitched in 477 games (25 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 35-46 with 16 saves, a 4.40 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. The Phillies will stash Heilman in AAA and give him a call back to the show if he earns it by pitching well in the minors.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Steve Singleton

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 21 July 2011 at 7:58 pm

The Phillies have signed 25-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Steve Singleton to a minor league deal. Singleton has played in 81 games in AA+AAA-ball so far this year and he is 84 for 308 (.273 avg, .731 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 6 homers, 30 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He has now played in 615 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 636 for 2,258 (.282 avg, .747 OPS) with 301 runs scored, 36 homers, 248 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. With all of the injuries the Phillies have suffered in the infield, it never hurts to stash a guy like Singleton in AAA-ball.

Kyle Kendrick has been really solid for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 21 July 2011 at 10:10 am

26-year old righty starter/reliever Kyle Kendrick is pitching the best baseball of his major league career right now. Kendrick has pitched in 23 games (8 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 5-4 with a 3.34 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He has filled in for whatever role the Phillies have needed him to and he has looked good in all of them so far this year. Kendrick has pitched in 116 games (91 starts) in his first five years with the Phillies and he is 40-28 with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.

The Philadelphia Phillies release Jason Grilli

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by chinmusic on Wednesday 20 July 2011 at 12:06 pm

The Phillies have released 34-year old righty reliever Jason Grilli to allow him to sign with another team (which was the Pirates). Grilli pitched in 28 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he was 4-1 with 3 saves, a 1.93 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He gave up 26 hits in 32 2/3 innings in the minors this year and he whiffed 42 batters, so he was throwing the ball really well, the Phillies just didn’t have a spot for him. Grilli has pitched in 238 games (16 starts) in his 8 years in the majors and he is 18-18 with 2 saves, a 4.74 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He might be able to help the Pirates but I have my doubts.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Palcido Polanco on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Friday 15 July 2011 at 1:12 pm

The Phillies have placed 35-year old righty swinging 3B Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation. Polanco has played in 83 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 88 for 321 (.274 avg, .676 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 4 homers, 39 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. 33-year old righty swinging Wilson Valdez and 28-year old switch-hitting Michael Martinez will share 3B until Polanco is ready to return to action. Valdez has played in 64 games so far this year and he is 41 for 175 (.234 avg, .566 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 0 homers, 15 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Martinez has played in 44 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 19 for 83 (.229 avg, .559 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 0 homers and 8 RBIs. The Phillies hope Polanco gets healthy soon because they are going to miss both his bat and mitt.

The Philadelphia Phillies had a solid first half

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Tuesday 12 July 2011 at 4:33 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies finished the first half with a 57-34 record which has them in first place in the N.L. East, 3.5 games ahead of the Braves. The Phillies have been winning with pitching as they have a team ERA of 3.02 with a 1.16 WHIP. The Phillies had a lot of injuries in the first half of the season but they will be opertating at almost full speed in the field when they return to action after the All-Star break. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impact for the Phillies in the first half:

Team MVP: 31-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard put up huge numbers in the first half of the season without much help in the batting order. Howard has played in 90 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 87 for 339 (.257 avg, .828 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 18 homers, 72 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Wait until you see the numbers Howard is going to put up in the second half with almost everyone healthy.

Biggest Surprise: 23-year old righty starter Vance Worley and 25-year old lefty reliever tied for this award. Vance Worley has stepped in at the back end of the rotation with Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton a tad gimpy. Worley has pitched in 10 games (8 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Antonio Bastardo ended the first half of the season as the Phillies’ closer due to injuries to Brad Lidge, Jose Contreras and Ryan Madson. Bastardo has pitched in 36 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 3-0 with 5 saves, a 0.82 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP. He has only given up 11 hits in 33 innings this year with 38 whiffs and those are eye popping numbers.

Biggest Disappointment: The Phillies were depending on 30-year old righty starting pitcher Joe Blanton as the #5 starter. But he has been ineffective and now he’s injured. Blanton has started 6 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 1-2 with a 5.50 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. He might have a hard time getting his job back when he gets healthy due to the pitching of both Vance Worley and Kyle Kendrick.

Justin DeFratus is looking solid in the minors for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 8 July 2011 at 5:34 pm

23-year old righty reliever Justin DeFratus came into this season as the Phillies’ #15 prospect according to Baseball America. He has pitched in 30 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Phillies so far this year and he is 6-0 with 8 saves, a 2.74 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. DeFratus has whiffed 60 batters while only allowing 41 hits in his first 46 innings in the minors, showing just how good he has been. DeFratus has now pitched in 139 games (34 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 22-14 with 32 saves, a 3.16 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. DeFratus could work his way to Philly by the end of this year if he keeps pitching like he is right now.

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