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 probably won’t get much help with the bats in 2016 from their starting pitchers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 23 March 2016 at 10:08 am

The starting pitchers, outside of Jeremy Hellickson, don’t hit much.  Here is a look at the possible starting pitchers for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016 and how they have hit the ball so far in their careers:

Jeremy Hellickson, righty swinger – Hellickson was 9 for 41 (.220 avg, .502 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 7 RBIs last year.  He is now 10 of 47 (.213 avg, .482 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 7 RBIs.

Charlie Morton, righty swinger – Morton was only 1 for 36 (.028 avg, .082 OPS) with 1 RBI last year.  He is now 18 of 249 (.072 avg, .171 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 6 RBIs.

Aaron Nola, righty swinger – Nola was 2 for 23 (.087 avg, .212 OPS) with 1 RBI as a rookie last year.

Jerad Eickhoff, righty swinger – Eickhoff was 2 for 14 (.143 avg, .286 OPS) with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs last year as a rookie.

Vincent Velasquez, switch-hitter – Velasquez has yet to bat in his Major League career yet.

Adam Morgan, lefty swinger – Morgan was 2 for 26 (.077 avg, .192 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI last year in his first taste of the show.

Brett Oberholtzer, lefty swinger – He batted 3 times last year for the Astros.  He walked once and he had two sacrifice bunts, so he didn’t have any official bat.  It was the only 3 appearances of his Major League career so far at the plate.

The Philadelphia Phillies could have issues with their pinch hitters in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 15 March 2016 at 11:21 am

The Philadelphia Phillies are really going to be young in 2016, as they begin a complete rebuilding project.  With that in mind, they will probably be young on the bench, which could result in poor pinch hitting.  Here is a look at what the bench players have done as pinch hitters so far in their careers:

Cameron Rupp, righty swinger – Rupp could share time behind the plate with Carlos Ruiz in 2016.  He is o for 1 (.000 avg, .500 OPS) with 1 run scored as a pinch hitter.

J.P. Arencibia, righty swinger – Arencibia could also figure in behind the plate for the Phillies in 2016.  He is only 3 for 26 (.115 avg, .349 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI as a pinch hitter.

Darin Ruf, righty swinger – Ruf will be on the short end of a platoon at 1B with Ryan Howard.  Ruf is only 6 for 52 (.115 avg, .334 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs as a pinch hitter.

Darnell Sweeney, switch-hitter – Sweeney is 2 for 11 (.182 avg, .903 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs as a pinch hitter.

Emmanuel Burriss, switch-hitter – Burriss is only 4 for 25 (.160 avg, .410 OPS) with 3 runs scored as a pinch hitter.

Andres Blanco, switch-hitter – Blanco is 12 of 51 (.235 avg, .774 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base as a pinch hitter.

Cody Asche, lefty swinger – Asche could be the starter in RF for the Phillies.  He is 5 for 27 (.185 avg, .686 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers and 5 RBIs as a pinch hitter.

David Lough, lefty swinger – Lough is 3 for 17 (.176 avg, .717 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.

Tyler Goeddel, righty swinger – Goeddel was a Rule 5 Draft Pick of the Tampa Bay Rays.  He has yet to play in the show.

Cedric Hunter, lefty swinger – Hunter is 1 for 3 (.333 avg, .833 OPS) as a pinch hitter in the show.

Brett Oberholtzer is looking good so far this spring for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 12 March 2016 at 6:56 am

26-year old lefty starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer came over to the Philadelphia Phillies in the big Ken Giles’ deal with the Astros over the winter.  He has looked good so far this spring.  He has pitched in 2 games so far this spring and he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  Oberholtzer is trying to win a job in the Phillies’ rotation this spring and he is off to a good start doing just that.  He pitched in 8 games (all starts) for the Astros last year and he was 2-2 with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 45 games (42 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 11-20 with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

The Philadelphia Phillies lose Aaron Altherr

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 8 March 2016 at 6:12 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have lost 25-year old righty swinging outfielder Aaron Altherr for the next 4-6 months after he had left wrist surgery.  He played in 39 games for the Phillies last year and he was 33 of 137 (.241 avg, .827 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 5 homers, 22 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  This is a huge blow to both Altherr and the Phillies, as he was penciled in as the starting RF for the 2016 season.  The loser of the competition in LF between Peter Bourjos and Cody Asche will likely be the frontrunner for the starting job in RF to start the 2016 season.  Tyler Goeddel and David Lough will also likely be in the competition to replace Altherr in RF.

UPDATE:  (4/2/2016) – The Philadelphia Phillies have placed Aaron Altherr on the 60-day disabled list to start the 2016 season.

David Hernandez is getting the first shot to close for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 8 March 2016 at 1:19 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies inked 30-year old righty reliever David Hernandez with the idea of using him as the new closer.  He pitched in 40 games (0 starts) for the Diamondbacks last year and he was 1-5 with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 309 games (27 starts) so far in his Major League career and he is 25-35 with 19 saves, a 4.15 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  But, he has been much better as a reliever so far in his career.  In his 282 games out of the pen so far in his career, he is 20-20 with 19 saves, a 3.46 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  Hernandez has only allowed 217 hits while whiffing 323 batters in 273 1/3 innings as a reliever so far in his career and those are closer worthy numbers.  The Phillies are making a good gamble on Hernandez, as I have always thought that he has closer type stuff.

Nick Williams is a rising player for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 6 March 2016 at 8:18 am

22-year old lefty swinging outfielder Nick Williams comes into this season as the Philadelphia Phillies‘ #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  He was a key part of the return the Phillies got when they traded Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers.  Williams played in 119 games in AA-ball last year and he was 144 of 475 (.303 avg, .845 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 17 homers, 55 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  Williams has now played in 374 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 445 of 1,504 (.296 avg, .835 OPS) with 249 runs scored, 49 homers, 216 RBIs and 42 stolen bases.  Williams will likely be in Philadelphia in either late 2016 or early 2017.

I look for the Philadelphia Phillies to get big time production at 1B for 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 5 March 2016 at 2:43 pm

36-year old lefty swinging Ryan Howard and 29-year old righty swinging Darin Ruf are going to make a great platoon at 1B for the Phillies in 2016.  Howard played in 129 games for the Phillies last year and he was 107 of 467 (.229 avg, .720 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 23 homers and 77 RBIs.  But, he was only 13 of 100 (.130 avg, .418 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 10 RBIs against lefty pitchers.  He won’t have to worry about dealing with lefties too much in 2016.  That is where Darin Ruf comes in.  Ruf played in 106 games for the Phillies last year and he was 63 of 268 (.235 avg, .714 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 12 homers, 39 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Those numbers aren’t ones that blow you away, but, he rakes against lefty pitchers.  Ruf was 36 of 97 (.371 avg, 1.107 OPS) against lefties last year with 17 runs scored, 8 homers and 22 RBIs.  I look for the Philadelphia Phillies to get outstanding production out of Howard and Ruf in 2016!

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.

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