The Philadelphia Phillies release Kasey Kiker

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 21 March 2012 at 2:18 pm

The Phillies have released 24-year old lefty reliever/starter Kasey Kiker. Kiker pitched in 30 games (1 start) in A-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 3-4 with a 7.05 ERA and a 2.17 WHIP. He has pitched in 128 games (87 starts) in his six years in the minors and he is 23-31 with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. Kiker regressed badly last season, so it comes as little surprise that he was let go.

The Philadelphia Phillies release Dontrelle Willis

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 17 March 2012 at 1:56 pm

The Phillies have released 30-year old lefty Dontrelle Willis. Willis was horrible this spring for the Phillies. This could be the end of the line for Willis in the majors. He pitched in 162 games (all starts) in his first years in the majors (all with the Marlins) and he was 68-54 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. After his trade to the Tigers (along with Miguel Cabrera), Willis seemed to lose it. In his last four years in the majors, Willis has worked in 43 games (40 starts) in which he is 4-15 with a 6.15 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. This is no loss for the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies need Placido Polanco to stay healthy in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 10 March 2012 at 12:21 pm

36-year old righty swinging 3B Placido Polanco is starting to get a little brittle in his old age. He played in 122 games for the Phillies last year and he was 130 of 469 (.277 avg, .674 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 5 homers, 50 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Polanco has now played in 598 games in his first six years with the Phillies and he is 698 of 2,382 (.293 avg, .753 OPS) with 337 runs scored, 49 homers, 262 RBIs and 31 stolen bases. Polanco has played in 1,719 games in his first 14 years in the majors and he is 1,966 of 6,534 (.301 avg, .752 OPS) with 948 runs scored, 101 homers, 681 RBIs and 79 stolen bases. Polanco only had 8 errors in 118 games at 3B while showing out of this world range. Polanco is still a good all-around 3B when he’s healthy.

34-year old righty swinging Ty Wigginton will be the Phillies’ top backup 3B in 2012. He played in 68 games for the Rockies at 3B last year and he had 4 errors while showing awful range. Wigginton has more power than Polanco, but he’s nowhere near as good of a contact hitter or defensive 3B.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 3B IN 2012: B

The Philadelphia Phillies lose 2B Harold Garcia for the next 4-6 months

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 March 2012 at 5:14 pm

The Phillies will be without 25-year old lefty swinging 2B Harold Garcia for the next 4-6 months as he has underwent microfracture surgery to his right knee. This is a bad break for Garcia who comes into this season as the Phillies’ #19 prospect according to Baseball America. Garcia played in 12 games in AA-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 15 for 50 (.300 avg, .807 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers, 4 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 400 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 412 of 1,410 (.292 avg, .804 OPS) with 225 runs scored, 27 homers, 187 RBIs and 107 stolen bases.

The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping for another big year out of Jimmy Rollins in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 March 2012 at 9:02 am

33-year old switch-hitting Jimmy Rollins played in 142 games for the Phillies last year and he was 152 of 567 (.268 avg, .736 OPS) with 87 runs scored, 16 homers, 63 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,636 games in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 1,866 of 6,858 (.272 avg, .761 OPS) with 1,080 runs scored, 170 homers, 725 RBIs and 373 stolen bases. Rollins only had 7 errors in 138 games at SS for the Phillies last year but he showed slightly below average range. I look for Rollins to have another solid year for the Phillies in 2012.

29-year old switch-hitting Michael Martinez will likely be Jimmy Rollins’ caddy in 2012. Martinez played in 88 games as a rookie for the Phillies last year and he was 41 of 209 (.196 avg, .540 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 3 homers, 24 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Martinez had 2 errors in 13 games at SS for the Phillies last year where he showed pretty awful range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SS IN 2012: B+

The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping for a full year out of Chase Utley in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 March 2012 at 8:57 am

33-year old lefty swinging Chase Utley played in 103 games for the Phillies last year and he was 103 of 398 (.259 avg, .769 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 11 homers, 44 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,190 games in his first 9 years with the Phillies and he is 1,198 of 4,133 (.290 avg, .882 OPS) with 731 runs scored, 188 homers, 694 RBIs and 110 stolen bases. Utley only made 5 errors in 100 games at 2B last year while showing off good range. The Phillies really need a full year out of Chase Utley in 2012 as he is one of the best all-around 2B in all of baseball.

29-year old switch-hitting Mike Martinez is likely going to be the top middle infield backup for the Phillies in 2012. He played in 19 games at 2B last year for the Phillies and he only made 1 error, while showing off outstanding range there.

32-year old lefty swinging Pete Orr is going to have a hard time making the Phillies this spring due to all of the veterans on the bench. Orr played in 46 games for the Phillies last year and he was 21 of 96 (.219 avg, .529 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Orr has now played in 393 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 156 of 615 (.254 avg, .608 OPS) with 87 runs scored, 3 homers, 39 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Orr had 2 errors in 29 games at 2B for the Phillies last year while showing off outstanding range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR 2B FOR 2012: B+

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