The Philadelphia Phillies are going to miss Carlos Ruiz at the start of the 2013 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 31 January 2013 at 10:49 am

33-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz has been suspended for the first 25 games of the 2013 season after he tested positive for PEDs.  Ruiz played in 114 games for the Phillies last year and he was 121 of 372 (.325 avg, .935 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 16 homers, 68 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Ruiz played in 106 games (95 starts) behind the plate for the Phillies last year and he had 6 errors and 5 passed balls.  Ruiz also threw out 21 of 85 (24.7%) runners trying to steal on him last year and Phillies’ pitchers had a 4.12 ERA with him behind the dish.  Ruiz has now played in 733 games in his first 7 years with the Phillies and he is 616 of 2,238 (.275 avg, .781 OPS) with 274 runs scored, 52 homers, 299 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.  32-year old Erik Kratz will likely be the Phillies’ starting catcher until Ruiz is ready to return to action.  Kratz played in 50 games for the Phillies last year and he was 35 of 141 (.248 avg, .809 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 9 homers and 26 RBIs.  He played in 41 games (38 starts) behind the dish for the Phillies last year and he had 1 error and 3 passed balls.  Kratz threw out a very impressive 12 of 30 (40%) runners trying to steal on him last year and pitchers had a 3.43 when throwing to him.  Kratz has now played in 61 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 41 of 181 (.227 avg, .712 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 9 homers and 27 RBIs.  The Phillies hope that Kratz can handle a heavy workload until Ruiz returns to action.  33-year old righty swinging Humberto Quintero played in 43 games for the Royals last year and he was 32 of 138 (.232 avg, .598 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 19 RBIs.  He played in 43 games (40 starts) behind the plate for the Royals last year and he had 5 errors and 2 passed balls.  He threw out 11 of 43 base stealers (25.6%) last year and Royals’ pitchers had a 4.11 ERA with him behind the dish.  Quintero will likely be Kratz’ backup until Ruiz returns to action.  22-year old righty swinging Sebastian Valle came into last season as the Phillies’ #3 prospect heading into the 2012 season according to Baseball America.  He played in 105 games in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 98 of 388 (.253 avg, .699 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 17 homers and 58 RBIs.  Valle has now played in 510 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 502 of 1,875 (.268 avg, .735 OPS) with 220 runs scored, 49 homers, 270 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Valle c0uld beat out Kratz for the starting job to start the 2013 season for the Phillies, if he has a really strong spring.  But, they won’t let him sit on the bench.  If he doesn’t beat out Kratz, he will start the 2013 season in AAA-ball.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2013:  C+

The Philadelphia Phillies DFA J.C. Ramirez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 30 January 2013 at 6:28 pm

The Phillies have designated 24-year old righty reliever/starter J.C. Ramirez to a minor league deal.  Ramirez pitched in 45 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 3-4 with 4 saves, a 4.01 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 177 games (127 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 43-51 with 4 saves, a 4.31 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  This is not much of a loss for the Phillies moving forward.

UPDATE:  (2/1/2013) – J.C. Ramirez has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Yuniesky Betancourt

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 30 January 2013 at 8:35 am

The Phillies have signed 30-year old righty swinging infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to a minor league deal.  He played in 57 games for the Royals last year and he was 49 of 215 (.228 avg, .656 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 7 homers and 36 RBIs.  Betancourt has now played in 1,019 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 974 of 3,661 (.266 avg, .682 OPS) with 402 runs scored, 67 homers, 411 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.  Betancourt will have a good shot of winning a bench job this spring for the Phillies.

UPDATE:  (3/24/2013) – The Phillies have released Yuniesky Betancourt.  He played in 17 games for the Phillies in spring training and he was 21 of 47 (.447 avg, 1.025 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer and 14 RBIs.  He won’t be out of work too long with the way he’s swinging the bat this spring.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Chad Durbin

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 30 January 2013 at 8:33 am

The Phillies have signed 35-year old righty reliever Chad Durbin to a 1-year, $1.1 million dollar deal with a club option for 2014.  Durbin pitched in 76 games (0 starts) for the Braves last year and he was 4-1 with 1 save, a 3.10 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 440 games (75 starts) in his first 13 years in the majors and he is 42-47 with 5 saves, a 4.95 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  Durbin was really successful in his three previous years with the Phillies, in which he worked in 194 games (0 starts) and he was 11-7 with 3 saves, a 3.62 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  This was a good signing for the Phillies, as they needed help for the bullpen in 2013.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Delmon Young

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 30 January 2013 at 8:30 am

The Phillies have signed 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Delmon Young to a 1-year, $750,000 deal with plenty of incentives to earn.  Young played in 151 games for the Tigers last year and he was 153 of 574 (.267 avg, 707 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 18 homers and 74 RBIs.  He has now played in 880 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 955 of 3,358 (.284 avg, .742 OPS) with 396 runs scored, 89 homers, 482 RBIs and 34 stolen bases.  This was a great deal for the Phillies as Young will likely step right into the starting lineup in LF for them in 2013.

UPDATE:  (3/29/2013) – Delmon Young will start the 2013 season on the 15-day D.L. as he continues to recover from ankle surgery.  He will hopefully be back in early May.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Brian Bass

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 January 2013 at 8:34 pm

The Phillies have signed 31-year old righty reliever Brian Bass to a minor league deal.  Bass pitched in 17 games (13 starts) in AAA-ball for the Astros last year and he was 2-5 with a 5.56 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.  He last pitched in the majors with the Pirates in 2010.  Bass has pitched in 101 games (4 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 9-7 with 1 save, a 5.16 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP.  Bass will be a longshot to make the Phillies’ bullpen this spring.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Joe Mather

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 January 2013 at 8:31 pm

The Phillies have signed 30-year old righty swinging outfielder Joe Mather to a minor league deal.  Mather played in 103 games for the Cubs last year and he was 47 of 225 (.209 avg, .581 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 5 homers, 19 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Mather has now played in 229 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 108 of 493 (.219 avg, .628 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 14 homers, 49 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Mather will get a shot to win a job on the Phillies’ bench this spring.

UPDATE:  (3/9/2013) – The Phillies have released Joe Mather.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Aaron Cook

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 16 January 2013 at 10:28 am

The Phillies have signed 33-year old righty starting pitcher Aaron Cook to a minor league deal. Cook pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Red Sox last year and he was 4-11 with a 5.65 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. He didn’t miss many bats last year as he gave up 115 hits and he only whiffed 20 batters in 94 innings for the Red Sox in 2012. But, he does throw strikes as he only walked 21 batters last year. Cook has now pitched in 256 games (224 starts) in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 76-79 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Cook will duke it out with John Lannan and Rodrigo Lopez this spring for the #5 job in the Phillies’ starting rotation.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Juan Cruz

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 16 January 2013 at 10:25 am

The Phillies have signed 34-year old righty reliever Juan Cruz to a minor league deal. Cruz pitched in 43 games (0 starts) for the Pirates last year and he was 1-1 with 3 saves, a 2.78 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. Cruz has now pitched in 447 games (38 starts) in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 38-36 with 6 saves, a 4.05 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Cruz is going to have a really good shot of winning a bullpen job this spring for the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Rodrigo Lopez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 12 January 2013 at 2:53 pm

The Phillies have signed 37-year old righty starter/reliever Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league deal. Lopez pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA and a 2.05 WHIP. Lopez also pitched in 18 games (15 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs last year in which he was 2-5 with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Lopez has now pitched in 257 games (215 starts) in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 81-89 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Lopez will likely get a shot to win a long relief job with the Phillies next spring.

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