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.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Jeanmar Gomez on paternity leave

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 3 August 2016 at 6:58 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 28-year old righty closer Jeanmar Gomez on paternity leave.  Gomez has pitched in 47 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 3-2 with 27 saves, a 2.72 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He has given up 44 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 32 batters in his first 49 2/3 innings for the Phillies this year.  The Phillies have called up 27-year old righty reliever Michael Mariot to replace Gomez on the active roster.  Mariot has pitched in 32 games (2 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball so far this year and he is 1-3 with 1 save, a 3.76 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  Mariot has pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 1-0 with a 6.11 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (8/5/2016) – Jeanmar Gomez is back for the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies call up Phil Klein

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 3 August 2016 at 6:34 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have called up 27-year old righty reliever/starter Phil Klein.  Klein pitched in 8 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He has also pitched in 16 games (5 starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies and Rangers this year in which he is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 36 games (2 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 2-3 with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (8/4/2016) – Klein has been sent to AAA.  He started last night for the Phillies and he got a no decision.  He worked 5 innings allowing 8 hits, 4 runs (all earned) and 1 walk while whiffing 3 batters.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Aaron Nola on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 3 August 2016 at 6:28 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 23-year old righty starting pitcher Aaron Nola on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained right elbow.  Nola has pitched in 20 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 6-9 with a 4.78 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  He has given up 116 hits and 29 walks while whiffing 121 batters in his 111 innings pitched this year.  He has now pitched in 33 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 12-11 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  The Phillies might be smart to just shut Nola down for the year as he is a big part of their future plans.

The Philadelphia Phillies DFA Andrew Bailey

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 2 August 2016 at 7:08 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have designated 32-year old righty reliever Andrew Bailey for assignment.  Bailey pitched in 33 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he was 3-1 with a 6.40 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  He gave up 32 hits (6 homers), walked 15 batters and he whiffed 33 batters in his 32 1/3 innings for the Phillies this year.  The Phillies have called up 29-year old righty reliever Luis Garcia to replace Bailey on the active roster.  Garcia has pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 111 games (0 starts) in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 6-7 with 2 saves, a 3.99 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.  The Phillies won’t miss Bailey moving forward.

UPDATE:  (8/7/2016) – The Phillies have released Andrew Bailey.

Maikel Franco is putting up some solid numbers in 2016 for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 10:22 am

23-year old righty swinging 3B Maikel Franco is the player that the Philadelphia Phillies are going to build their future team around.  He has played in 100 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 94 of 376 (.250 avg, .751 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 19 homers and 59 RBIs.  Franco is leading the Phillies in both homers and RBIs and he is also tied for second (with Freddy Galvis) in runs scored so far this year.  He has a big time month of July for the Phillies, playing in 26 games in which he is 27 of 100 (.270 avg, .791 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 6 homers and 18 RBIs.  Franco has now played in 196 games in his first three years with the Phillies and he is 189 of 736 (.257 avg, .762 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 33 homers, 114 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Franco is the rare power hitter today that doesn’t whiff a lot (138 so far in his career), so I look for him to hit for a much higher batting average in the near future.  The sky is literally the limit for Franco!

It’s time for the Philadelphia Phillies to let Ryan Howard go

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were the GM by joelapinski on Friday 29 July 2016 at 9:27 am

It’s time for the Philadelphia Phillies to pull the plug on 36-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard.  I know that he is a Phillies’ legend, but enough is enough.  He is in the final year of a 5-year, $125 million deal.  They aren’t going to bring him back next year, so why let him take ABs away from 25-year old righty swinging Tommy Joseph?  Howard has played in 76 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 36 of 220 (.164 avg, .594 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 14 homers and 30 RBIs.  He has also whiffed 78 times against 17 walks so far this year for the Phillies.  It almost hurts to watch him play right now, as is a shell of his former self.  Joseph has played in 57 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 50 for 191 (.262 avg, .818 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 14 homers, 26 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has whiffed 47 times so far this year against only 9 walks.  The Phillies are a rebuilding team, so why not see what Joseph can do while playing everyday at 1B for the rest of the season.  I would release Ryan Howard, pronto!

The Philadelphia Phillies place Peter Bourjos on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 28 July 2016 at 3:53 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 29-year old righty swinging outfielder Peter Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained right shoulder.  Bourjos has played in 93 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 71 of 281 (.253 avg, .674 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 4 homers, 20 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  To replace Bourjos on the active roster, the Phillies have activated 25-year old righty swinging outfielder Aaron Altherr off the 60-day D.L.  Altherr played in 13 games in Rookie+A+AA+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment this year and he was 14 of 41 (.341 avg, .944 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He has played in 41 games in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 33 of 142 (.233 avg, .799 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 5 homers, 22 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Altherr is a guy the Phillies have high hopes for.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Andres Blanco on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 25 July 2016 at 7:48 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 32-year old switch-hitting infielder Andres Blanco on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured left finger.  Blanco has played in 75 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 42 of 155 (.271 avg, .767 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 4 homers, 21 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Blanco has now played in 206 games in his first three years with the Phillies and he is 123 of 435 (.283 avg, .817 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 12 homers, 49 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Phillies are going to miss Blanco while he is out of action, as he is a solid and versatile bench player.

Ron Reed was a solid reliever for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 22 July 2016 at 12:41 pm

Righty reliever Ron Reed was a rock solid reliever for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Reed pitched in 458 games (0 starts) in his 8 years with the Phillies and he was 57-38 with 90 saves, a 3.06 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He gave up 702 hits and 229 walks while whiffing 547 batters in his 809 1/3 innings with the Phillies!  Reed also pitched in 21 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Phillies in which he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 4.15 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  Reed gave up 33 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 23 batters in his 30 1/3 innings in the playoffs for the Phillies.  Reed was a reliever for the World Series champion 1980 Philadelphia Phillies’ team that beat the Kansas City Royals.  Reed’s best season with the Phillies came way back in 1976, when he worked in 59 games (0 starts) in which he was 8-7 with 14 saves, a 2.46 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  Reed gave up 88 hits and 32 walks while whiffing 96 batters in 128 innings for the Phillies in 1976.  Reed is still #7 in Phillies’ history with his 90 saves.  Reed is also #21 in ERA (3.06), #39 in wins (57), #10 in WHIP (1.15), #6 in games (458), #50 in innings pitched (809 1/3) and he is tied for #29 in strikeouts (547) in Phillies’ history!

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