The Philadelphia Phillies lose Daniel Stumpf to suspension

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 15 April 2016 at 8:55 am

25-year old lefty reliever Daniel Stumpf of the Philadelphia Phillies has been suspended for 80 games due to him testing positive for PEDs.  Stumpf pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 40.50 ERA and a 4.50 WHIP.  He has pitched 2/3 of an inning for the Phillies so far this year and he has given up 1 hit (it was a homer), 3 runs (all earned) and he has walked 2 batters without whiffing any.  He was a Rule 5 Draft pick over the winter from the Kansas City Royals.  The Phillies have called up 24-year old lefty reliever Elvis Araujo to replace Stumpf in the bullpen.  He pitched in 1 game (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.  He got his first taste of the majors in 2015 with the Phillies, as he worked in 40 games (0 starts) for them in which he was 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  Araujo is a better pitcher than Stumpf, so the Phillies are a better team than they were before.

Andrew Pullin has retired from the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 10 April 2016 at 7:54 am

22-year old lefty swinging outfielder Andrew Pullin has retired from the Philadelphia Phillies.  Pullin played in 123 games in A-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 127 of 493 (.258 avg, .696 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 14 homers, 73 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Pullin played in 344 games in his four years in the minors and he was 360 of 1,336 (.269 avg, .715 OPS) with 158 runs scored, 28 homers, 170 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  Pullin gave no reason for his retirement.

The Philadelphia Phillies release Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 1 April 2016 at 6:58 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have released 29-year old righty starter/reliever Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.  Gonzalez pitched in 6 games (all starts) in Rookie+AAA-ball last year and he was 0-2 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  His only major league experience came back in 2014 for the Phillies when he pitched in 6 games (0 starts) and he was 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP.  This is next to no loss for the Phillies moving forward.

The Philadelphia Phillies release Edward Mujica

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 1:54 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have released 31-year old righty reliever Edward Mujica.  Mujica pitched in 6 games (0 starts) this spring for the Phillies and he was 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.  He pitched in 49 games (0 starts) for the A’s and Red Sox last year in which he was 3-5 with 1 save, a 4.75 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  Mujica has now pitched in 494 games (4 starts) in his first 10 years in the show and he is 24-28 with 50 saves, a 3.85 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  Mujica should have little problem finding a new team for 2016.

UPDATE:  (3/30/2016) – The Phillies have signed Edward Mujica to a minor league deal.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Will Venable

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 28 March 2016 at 2:22 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed 33-year old lefty swinging outfielder Will Venable to a minor league deal.  He played in 135 games for the Rangers and Padres last year and he was 85 of 349 (.244 avg, .669 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 6 homers, 33 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Venable has now played in 955 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 706 of 2,818 (.251 avg, .722 OPS) with 376 homers, 81 homers, 307 RBIs and 135 stolen bases.  This was a good pickup for the Phillies, as Venable has some power and some speed.

UPDATE:  (4/2/2016) – The Phillies have sent Venable to the minors to start the 2016 season.  He played in 14 games this spring for the Phillies and Indians in which he was 5 for 33 (.152 avg, .427 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.

The Philadelphia Phillies release Andrew Amaro

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 27 March 2016 at 7:58 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have released 22-year old lefty swinging OF/1B Andrew Amaro.  Amaro played in 20 games in two levels of A-Ball last year and he was 12 of 55 (.218 avg, .622 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Amaro was taken in the 35th round of the 2015 Amateur Draft, likely as a favor to then GM Ruben Amaro.  This isn’t going to be a feel good, Mike Piazza/Tommy Lasorda story.

The Philadelphia Phillies lose Raul Valdes on waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 2 October 2013 at 11:05 pm

The Phillies have lost 35-year old lefty reliever Raul Valdes on waivers to the Houston Astros.  Valdes pitched in 17 games (1 start) for the Phillies this year and he was 1-1 with a 7.46 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  Valdes pitched in 44 games (2 starts) in his two years with the Phillies and he was 4-3 with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  The Phillies were likely going to get rid of Valdes this winter anyway, so they won’t miss him in 2014 or beyond.

The Philadelphia Phillies lose Tyler Cloyd on waivers to the Indians

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 2 October 2013 at 11:02 pm

The Phillies have lost 26-year old righty starter/reliever Tyler Cloyd on waivers to the Cleveland Indians.  Cloyd pitched in 13 games (11 starts) for the Phillies in 2013 and he was 2-7 with a 6.56 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.  Cloyd pitched in 19 games (17 starts) in his two years with the Phillies and he was 4-9 with a 5.98 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  He came into this season as the Phillies’ #21 prospect according to Baseball America, so I’m a little surprised that they gave up on him so quickly.

The Philadelphia Phillies have dealt Michael Young to the Dodgers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Sunday 1 September 2013 at 7:08 am

The Phillies have dealt 36-year old righty swinging 3B/1B Michael Young to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 24-year old lefty starting pitcher Rob Rasmussen.  Young played in 126 games for the Phillies this year and he was 129 of 468 (.276 avg, .731 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 8 homers, 42 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Rasmussen came into this season as the Astros’ #19 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 28 games (24 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Dodgers this year and he was 3-11 with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Rasmussen has now pitched in 88 games (77 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 23-32 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  It was a good move for the Phillies to deal Young to the Dodgers for Rasmussen, who is a legit major league prospect.

The Philadelphia Phillies deal John McDonald to the Red Sox

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Saturday 31 August 2013 at 7:30 pm

The Phillies have dealt 38-year old righty swinging infielder John McDonald to the Boston Red Sox for 24-year old righty reliever Nefi Ogando.  McDonald played in 21 games for the Phillies this year and he was 4 for 23 (.174 avg, .513 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  Ogando pitched in 33 games (0 starts) in A-ball for the Red Sox and he was 2-3 with 3 saves, a 4.09 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  Ogando has now pitched in 97 games (6 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 10-13 with 5 saves, a 3.45 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  This was a good deal for the Phillies as they got a nice relief prospect for a 38-year old backup infielder that can’t hit a lick.

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