The Philadelphia Phillies deal Hunter Pence to the Giants

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 31 July 2012 at 1:56 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have dealt 29-year old righty swinging RF Hunter Pence and cash considerations to the San Francisco Giants for 28-year old righty swinging outfielder Nate Schierholtz, 21-year old righty swinging C/1B Tommy Joseph and 23-year old righty reliever Seth Rosin. Schierholtz will come right up for the Phillies and he could replace Pence in RF. Schierholtz played in 77 games for the Giants this year and he was 45 of 175 (.257 avg, .755 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 5 homers, 17 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He has now played in 503 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 327 of 1,209 (.270 avg, .731 OPS) with 145 runs scored, 23 homers, 119 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Joseph came into this season as the Giants’ #2 prospect as he is the biggest part of this deal. He played in 80 games in AA-ball for the Giants this year and he was 79 of 304 (.260 avg, .705 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 8 homers and 38 RBIs. Joseph has now played in 324 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 327 of 1,209 (.256 avg, .734 OPS) with 158 runs scored, 46 homers, 201 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Seth Rosin was not one of the better thought of prospects of the Giants. Rosin pitched in 34 games (5 starts) in A-ball for the Giants this year and he was 2-1 with 10 saves, a 4.31 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. He has now pitched in 79 games (16 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 5-5 with 12 saves, a 3.80 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Rosin has given up 139 hits and 49 walks while whiffing 170 batters in 156 1/3 innings in the minors, and those are impressive numbers.

Hunter Pence played in 101 games for the Phillies this year and he was 108 of 398 (.271 avg, .784 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 17 homers, 59 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He played in 155 games in his two years with the Phillies and he was 175 of 605 (.289 avg, .842 OPS) with 94 runs scored, 28 homers, 94 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.

This is really going to hurt the Phillies’ offense the rest of this year. But, if Joseph pans out down the road…this will look a lot better for the Phillies than it does right now.

The Philadelphia Phillies call up Domonic Brown

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Tuesday 31 July 2012 at 11:52 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have called up 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Domonic Brown. He will likely replace Shane Victorino as the starting CF, starting tonight. Brown played in 65 games in Rookie+AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 74 of 239 (.310 avg, .833 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 5 homers, 32 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Brown has played in 91 games in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 58 of 246 (.236 avg, .696 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 7 homers, 32 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. The Phillies need to let Brown start the next two months and see if he is going to be a big part of the future for them or not.

The Philadelphia Phillies have dealt Shane Victorino to the Dodgers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 31 July 2012 at 11:47 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have dealt 31-year old switch-hitting outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 25-year old righty reliever Josh Lindblom, 23-year old righty starting pitcher Ethan Martin and a player to be named later or cash. Lindblom pitched in 48 games (0 starts) for the Dodgers this year and he was 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He has now pitched in 75 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Lindblom will immediately be inserted as Johnathan Papelbon’s set-up man. Ethan Martin came into this season as the Dodgers’ #17 prospect according to Baseball America. Martin pitched in 20 games (all starts) in AA-ball for the Dodgers this year and he was 8-6 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He has only allowed 89 hits while whiffing 112 batters in his first 118 innings in the minors this year, but he has walked 61 batters as he is more than a little wild. Martin has now pitched in 109 games (73 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 32-35 with 3 saves, a 4.91 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

Shane Victorino played in 101 games for the Phillies this year and he was 101 of 387 (.261 avg, .724 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 9 homers, 40 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. He played in 987 games in his nine years with the Phillies in which he was 998 of 3,571 (.279 avg, .784 OPS) with 582 runs scored, 88 homers, 390 RBIs and 179 stolen bases. The Phillies are going to miss the Flyin’ Hawaiian.

The Phillies aren’t going anywhere this year, so this deal made perfect sense. The Phillies have been desperate for bullpen help and Lindblom will help them immediately in that area.

You can’t blame Carlos Ruiz for the Philadelphia Phillies’ failure this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 30 July 2012 at 9:12 am

The Philadelphia Phillies are now 45-57 on the season, which has them in last place in the N.L. East, 16.5 games behind the Nationals. They are also 10.5 games out of the wildcard spot. But, you can’t blame any of this on 33-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz, as he is having a career year with the bat. Ruiz has played in 93 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 104 of 304 (.342 avg, .976 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 14 homers, 57 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Phillies hope that Ruiz keeps up the good work the rest of the way in 2012 as he has been a huge bright spot for them in a dim season.

Are the Philadelphia Phillies really going to become sellers?

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were the GM by chinmusic on Friday 27 July 2012 at 6:31 pm

The Phillies are in last place in the N.L. East right now and things don’t look to get much better any time soon. Unless they sweep the Braves this weekend, I think they are going to be sellers at the trade deadline. Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino would probably spawn widespread interest, giving the Phillies likely a very solid return. Mike Fontenot, Ty Wigginton, Juan Pierre, Laynce Nix and Joe Blanton wold also likely garner interest from other teams. Like I said though, it all depends on how well or badly the Phillies play this weekend. Stay tuned.

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

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 26 July 2012 at 3:29 pm

The Phillies have placed 36-year old righty swinging 3B Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list due to a case of back inflammation. Polanco has played in 82 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 74 of 290 (.255 avg, .628 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 2 homers and 19 RBIs. He has been especially awful so far this month. He has played in 14 games in July and he is 6 for 45 (.133 avg, .339 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. The Phillies have called up 30-year old righty swinging infielder Kevin Frandsen to replace Polanco on the active roster. Frandsen has played in 99 games in AAA-ball this year for the Phillies and he was 118 of 391 (.302 avg, .733 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 1 homer, 33 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Frandsen last played in the majors back in 2010 for the Angels. He has played in 228 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 138 of 568 (.243 avg, .636 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 7 homers, 53 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.

Roy Halladay is having a rough time since coming off the D.L. for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Thursday 26 July 2012 at 3:22 pm

35-year old righty starting pitcher Roy Halladay has had a rough time since coming off the D.L. He has started 2 games for the Phillies and he is 0-0 with a 6.55 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Halladay has now pitched in 13 games (all starts) so far this year and he is 4-5 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. The Phillies aren’t too worried about him yet, but he hasn’t really pitched consistently well this season since April. Could father time and the heavy workloads of the past be catching up to Halladay? Only time will tell.

The Philadelphia Phillies DFA Jason Pridie

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 23 July 2012 at 7:48 am

The Phillies have designated 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Jason Pridie for assignment. Pridie played in 9 games for the Phillies this year and he was 3 for 10 (.300 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs. He has now played in 121 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 51 of 222 (.230 avg, .685 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 5 homers, 23 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. The Phillies will likely try to keep Pridie if he clears waivers.

UPDATE: (7/24/2012) – Jason Pridie has cleared waivers and he has accepted an outright assignment to AAA.

The Philadelphia Phillies are going to try to lock up Cole Hamels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Friday 20 July 2012 at 9:29 am

The Phillies are going to attempt to lock up 28-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels to a long term deal. If he rejects them, he is likely going to be traded by the deadline on July 31st. Hamels has pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 11-4 with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. He has now pitched in 199 games (198 starts) in his first seven years with the Phillies and he is 85-58 with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. The Phillies could get an impressive haul for Hamels, but they would rather keep him around.

Shane Victorino could be the first player dealt if the Philadelphia Phillies are sellers at the trade deadline

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Monday 16 July 2012 at 10:04 pm

31-year old switch-hitting CF Shane Victorino is likely going to get dealt later this month. He has been ice cold in July at the plate for the Phillies. He has played in 9 games so far this month and he is 6 for 36 (.167 avg, .516 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. Victorino has now played in 89 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 84 of 343 (.245 avg, .690 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 8 homers, 38 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. The Phillies are floundering right now at 39-51, which has them in last place in the N.L. East, 14 games behind the Nationals. Victorino is in the last year of his contract, and I don’t see them bringing him back for 2013 or beyond……so look for him to be wearing a different uniform in the very near future.

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