The Philadelphia Phillies place Cody Asche on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Sunday 3 April 2016 at 6:59 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 25-year old lefty swinging OF/3B Cody Asche on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained oblique muscle.  Asche played in 129 games for the Phillies last year and he was 104 of 425 (.245 avg, .689 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 12 homers, 39 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 300 games in his first three years with the Phillies and he is 242 of 984 (.246 avg, .693 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 27 homers, 107 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Phillies hope that Asche won’t miss too much time, as they need all of the help that they can get.

The Philadelphia Phillies hope that they have hit gold again in the Rule 5 Draft

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 3 April 2016 at 5:52 pm

Last year the Philadelphia Phillies plucked CF Odubel Herrera from the Texas Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft and he was outstanding for them.  So this year, the Phillies took 23-year old righty swinging outfielder Tyler Goeddel from the Tampa Bay Rays in the Rule 5 Draft.  He has not only made the team, but he will be playing a lot early this year due to the massive amount of injuries to the Phillies’ outfielders so far this spring.  Goeddel played in 20 games in spring training for the Phillies and he was 14 of 56 (.250 avg, .662 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 123 games in AA-ball for the Rays last year and he was 132 of 473 (.279 avg, .783 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 12 homers, 72 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.  Goeddel has now played in 451 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 439 of 1,676 (.262 avg, .739 OPS) with 224 runs scored, 31 homers, 244 RBIs and 108 stolen bases.  The Phillies are leaving no rock un-turned when looking for talent on other teams’ rosters and that is a good thing.

The Philadelphia Philllies send J.P. Arencibia to the minors

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 2 April 2016 at 9:54 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have sent 30-year old righty swinging catcher J.P. Arencibia to AAA to start the 2016 season.  Arencibia played in 13 games in spring training for the Phillies and he was 7 for 26 (.269 avg, .912 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 3 RBIs.  He played in 24 games for the Rays last year and he was 22 of 71 (.310 avg, .921 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 6 homers and 17 RBIs.  Arencibia has now played in 467 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 333 of 1,573 (.212 avg, .670 OPS) with 169 runs scored, 80 homers, 245 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  If anything happens to Cameron Rupp, Carlos Ruiz or Darin Ruf……I see Arencibia being the first guy called up for the Phillies in 2016.

The Philadelphia Phillies send to veteran relievers to the minors

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 2 April 2016 at 9:46 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have sent 31-year old righty Andrew Bailey and 30-year old righty Ernesto Frieri to the minors.  Bailey pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this spring and he was 2-1 with a 5.63 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  Bailey pitched in 10 games (0 starts) for the Yankees last year and he was 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  Bailey has now pitched in 216 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 11-13 with 89 saves, a 2.74 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  Frieri pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this spring and he was 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He pitched in 22 games (0 starts) for the Rays last year and he was 1-0 with 2 saves, a 4.63 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Frieri has now pitched in 298 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 11-13 with 73 saves, a 3.55 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Bailey and Frieri have had success in their careers, so I could see either of them pitching for the Phillies later on in the 2016 season.

UPDATE:  (4/5/2016) – The Phillies have released Ernesto Frieri.

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.

Maikel Franco is the guy the Philadelphia Phillies are going to build around

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 31 March 2016 at 1:31 pm

Make no mistake, the Philadelphia Phillies are rebuilding their baseball team around 22-year old righty swinging 3B Maikel Franco.  Franco has played in 20 games so far in spring training for the Phillies and he is 18 for 61 (.295 avg, 1.060 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 8 homers and 20 RBIs.  He really burst on the scene last year for the Phillies, as he played in 80 games in which he was 85 of 304 (.280 avg, .840 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 14 homers, 50 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  I look for Franco to have a huge year in 2016, as long as he can stay healthy.

The Philadelphia Phillies send a couple of players to the minors

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 3:18 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have sent 30-year old lefty swinging outfielder David Lough and 27-year old righty swinging infielder Ryan Jackson to the minors to start the 2016 season.  Lough played in 17 games in spring training for the Phillies and he was 11 of 42 (.262 avg, .785 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 84 games for the Orioles last year and he was 27 of 134 (.201 avg, .555 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers, 12 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Lough has played in 312 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 174 of 682 (.255 avg, .672 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 13 homers, 63 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Jackson played in 17 games this spring and he was 9 for 34 (.265 avg, .741 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.  He played in 22 games for the Angels last year and he was 0 for 9 (.000 avg, .100 OPS).  Jackson has now played in 42 games in his first three years in the show and he is 2 for 33 (.061 avg, .175 OPS) with 2 runs scored.  I won’t be surprised to see either of these guys playing for the Phillies at some point in 2016, as they are in a complete rebuilding project right now.

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 have sent five players to the minors

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 12:28 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have sent 29-year old righty reliever Luis Garcia, 24-year old lefty reliever Elvis Arajo, 31-year old righty reliever Chris LeRoux, 25-year old righty swinging IF/OF Darnell Sweeney and 26-year old lefty starting pitcher Adam Morgan to the minors to start the 2016 season.  Garcia was the biggest surprise of this bunch.  He pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this spring and he was 1-0 with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP.  Garcia pitched in 72 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 4-6 with 2 saves, a 3.51 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.  Garcia has now pitched in 109 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Phillies and he is 6-7 with 2 saves, a 3.94 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.  Arajo pitched in 6 games (0 starts) in spring training for the Phillies and he was 0-0 with a 7.94 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He pitched in 40 games (0 starts) in his first taste of the majors for the Phillies last year and he was 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  LeRoux pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in spring training and he was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  LeRoux pitched in 30 games (5 starts) in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  He last pitched in the show back in 2014 for the Yankees.  LeRoux has now pitched in 65 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 1-3 with a 6.03 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.  Morgan pitched in 3 games (all starts) in spring training and he was 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP.  Morgan pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the Phillies last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 5-7 with a 4.48 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  Sweeney comes into this season as the Phillies’ #26 prospect according to Baseball America.  Sweeney played in 18 games in spring training and he was 7 for 33 (.212 avg, .558 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Sweeney played in 37 games for the Phillies last year in his first taste of the show and he was 15 of 85 (.176 avg, .639 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 11 RBIs.  All of these guys will likely play for the Phillies at some point in 2016.

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.

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