The Philadelphia Phillies acquire Joey Curletta from the Dodgers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 15 September 2016 at 3:02 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired 22-year old righty swinging outfielder Joey Curletta from the Los Angeles Dodgers as the player to be named later to complete the Carlos Ruiz/A.J. Ellis deal.  Curletta played in 106 games in A-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 92 of 367 (.251 avg, .786 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 17 homers and 67 RBI.  He also whiffed 124 times in the minors this year, so he has some holes in his swing.  Curletta has now played in 448 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 418 of 1,601 (.261 avg, .735 OPS) with 200 runs scored, 40 homers, 240 RBI and 18 stolen bases.  Curletta is about the best prospect the Phillies could have expected to get back in this kind of deal.

The Philadelphia Phillies DFA Taylor Featherston

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 10 September 2016 at 11:19 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have designated 26-year old righty swinging infielder Taylor Featherston for assignment.  Featherston played in 19 games for the Phillies this year and he was 3 for 26 (.115 avg, .332 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  He also played in 99 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year in which he was 102 of 402 (.254 avg, .738 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 13 homers, 37 RBI and 6 stolen bases.  Featherston has now played in 120 games in his first two years in the show and he is 28 of 180 (.156 avg, .441 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 2 homers, 10 RBI and 6 stolen bases.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Phillies moving forward.

UPDATE:  (9/13/2016) – The Phillies have outrighted Taylor Featherston to AAA.

The Philadelphia Phillies deal Carlos Ruiz to the Dodgers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 25 August 2016 at 8:55 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have dealt 37-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 35-year old righty swinging catcher A.J. Ellis, 23-year old righty starting pitcher Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later.

Carlos Ruiz played in 48 games for the Phillies this year and he was 43 of 165 (.261 avg, .719 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBI and 3 stolen bases.  Ruiz played in 1,069 games in his 11 years with the Phillies and he was 898 of 3,378 (.266 avg, .745 OPS) with 388 runs scored, 68 homers, 401 RBI and 24 stolen bases.  Ruiz also played in 46 games in the post-season for the Phillies and he was 36 of 142 (.254 avg, .789 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 4 homers, 15 RBI and 3 stolen bases.  He played for the Phillies’ last World Series’ Championship team in 2008, when they beat the Tampa Bay Rays in five games!  Ruiz played in 5 games in the 2008 World Series for the Phillies and he was 6 for 16 (.375 avg, 1.188 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer, 3 RBI and 1 stolen base!  Ruiz was an All-Star for the only time in his career in 2012 for the Phillies.  He played in 114 games for the Phillies in 2012 and he was 121 of 372 (.325 avg, .935 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 16 homers, 68 RBI and 4 stolen bases.  Ruiz is #34 in games played (1,069) in Phillies’ history!  He is also #41 in hits (898), #26 in doubles (213), #39 in homers (68), #41 in RBI (401) and he is also #31 in walks (386) in Phillies’ history!  Ruiz getting dealt means that 1B Ryan Howard is the only player left on the Phillies from their World Series’ Champion team of 2008!

A.J. Ellis will replace Ruiz as the Phillies’ backup catcher.  Ellis played in 53 games for the Dodgers this year and he was 27 of 139 (.194 avg, .537 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 13 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Ellis has now played in 544 games in his first nine years in the show and he is 385 of 1,622 (.237 avg, .688 OPS) with 155 runs scored, 36 homers, 191 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Ellis has also played in 17 games in the post-season so far in his career and he is 19 of 52 (.365 avg, 1.065 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers and 5 RBI.  Bergjans pitched in 24 games (21 starts) in A-ball this year for the Dodgers and he was 3-13 with 1 save, a 4.98 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  He has given up 138 hits and 29 walks while whiffing 133 batters in his first 130 innings in the minors this year.  Bergjans has now pitched in 38 games (33 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 6-16 with 1 save, a 4.51 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

This was a good deal for the Phillies to get two prospects for Ruiz, who is nearing the end of his MLB career.

The Philadelphia Phillies call up Frank Herrmann

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 2:31 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have called up 32-year old righty reliever Frank Herrmann.  Herrmann pitched in 27 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies earlier this year and he was 6-1 with a 1.72 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.  He gave up 24 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 31 batters in his 31 1/3 innings in AAA-ball this year, so he was impressive.  He earned his first call-up to the show since the 2012 season, when he was with the Cleveland Indians.  Herrmann has pitched in 95 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 4-1 with 1 save, a 4.26 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

The Philadelphia Phillies send Elvis Araujo to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 2:23 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have sent 25-year old lefty reliever Elvis Araujo to AAA.  He has pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 2-1 with a 6.91 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP.  He has given up 36 hits (4 homers) and 17 walks while whiffing 29 batters in his first 27 1/3 innings for the Phillies this year, so he was wild and got hit pretty hard!  Araujo has now pitched in 72 games (0 starts) in his first two years for the Phillies and he is 4-2 with a 4.94 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP.  Araujo will probably get another chance with the Phillies when rosters expand next month.

The Philadelphia Phillies have activated Peter Bourjos from the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 13 August 2016 at 7:22 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have activated 29-year old righty swinging outfielder Peter Bourjos off of the D.L.  He has played in 94 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 72 of 284 (.254 avg, .680 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 4 homers, 20 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  To make room on the roster for Bourjos, the Phillies have sent 26-year old lefty swinging outfielder Cody Asche to AAA.  Asche played in 57 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 37 of 174 (.213 avg, .643 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 4 homers, 17 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He has now played in 357 games in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 279 of 1,158 (.241 avg, .686 OPS) with 119 runs scored, 31 homers, 124 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Asche could get another chance later this year with the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies have claimed Patrick Schuster off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 12 August 2016 at 1:25 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have claimed 25-year old lefty reliever Patrick Schuster off waivers from the Oakland A’s.  Schuster got his first taste of the majors with the A’s this year, working in 5 games (0 starts) in which he was 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP.  He gave up 9 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 6 batters in his first 6 2/3 innings in the show this year.  Schuster has also pitched in 32 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this year and he was 1-0 with 7 saves, a 1.16 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  Schuster will begin his career with the Phillies in AAA-ball.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Zach Eflin on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 9 August 2016 at 3:54 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 22-year old righty starting pitcher Zach Eflin on the 15-day disabled list due to patellar tendinopathy in both knees.  He has really had a rough time in August, so it’s possible that he has been pitching hurt for a while.  In his 2 starts in August, Eflin was 0-1 with a 14.63 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP.  He came into this season as the Phillies’ #13 prospect according to Baseball America.  He has now pitched in 11 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year (in his first taste of the show) and he is 2-5 with a 5.54 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  He has given up 67 hits (12 homers) and 17 walks while whiffing 31 batters in his first 63 1/3 innings for the Phillies this year.  On a bright note, he already has two complete games with one of them being a shutout!

UPDATE:  (8/20/2016) – Zach Eflin has underwent season ending surgery on his knee.

The Philadelphia Phillies DFA Brett Oberholtzer

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 7 August 2016 at 7:34 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have designated 27-year old lefty reliever Brett Oberholtzer for assignment.  He pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he was 2-2 with a 4.83 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.  He gave up 58 hits (11 homers) and 20 walks while whiffing 38 batters in his 50 1/3 innings for the Phillies this year.  Oberholtzer has now pitched in 71 games (42 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 13-22 with 1 save, a 4.09 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  I wouldn’t be surprised if some team claims Oberholtzer off waivers and uses him as a starting pitcher.

UPDATE:  (8/9/2016) – The Phillies have lost Brett Oberholtzer on waivers to the Los Angeles Angels.

The Philadelphia Phillies are calling up Jake Thompson tomorrow

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 5 August 2016 at 5:16 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies are calling up 22-year old righty starting pitcher Jake Thompson to make his Major League debut against the San Diego Padres tomorrow night.  Thompson came into this season as the Phillies’ #3 prospect according to Baseball America.  He was part of the return the Phillies got last July in the deal that send Cole Hamels to the Rangers.  Thompson pitched in 21 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 11-5 with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  He gave up 105 hits and 37 walks while whiffing 87 batters in his 129 2/3 innings in AAA-ball this year.  Thompson has now pitched in 94 games (92 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 36-22 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  The Phillies are hoping that Thompson will give them a building block for their starting rotation moving forward.

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