The Philadelphia Phillies call up Tommy Joseph

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 13 May 2016 at 11:13 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have called up 24-year old righty swinging 1B Tommy Joseph from AAA.  Joseph played in 27 games in AAA-ball this year and he was 33 of 95 (.347 avg, .981 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 6 homers and 17 RBIs.  He has now played in 500 games in his seven years in the minors and he is 467 of 1,869 (.255 avg, .733 OPS) with 211 runs scored, 69 homers, 292 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Joseph will move right into a platoon at 1B with Ryan Howard.  This could cost 29-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Darin Ruf his roster spot.  He has played in 31 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is only 9 of 57 (.158 avg, .399 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.

The Philadelphia Phillies are getting a lot of production out of Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 12 May 2016 at 11:12 am

The Philadelphia Phillies are getting most of their power production out of 23-year old righty swinging 3B Maikel Franco and 36-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard so far this year.  Franco is the player the Phillies want to build their offense around for the now and the future.  He has played in 32 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 31 of 125 (.248 avg, .747 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 7 homers and 18 RBIs.  He has whiffed 26 times so far this year, so he doesn’t have nearly as many holes in his swing as most power hitters do.  Howard was projected to platoon with Darin Ruf, but he has played more than expected so far this year.  Howard has played in 33 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 18 of 99 (.182 avg, .678 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 8 homers and 16 RBIs.  Howard has already whiffed 37 times so far this year, but the Phillies will put up with it as long as he keeps hitting homers.  The Phillies are getting 20.4% of their runs scored, 55.6% of their homers and 34% of their RBIs from Franco and Howard so far in 2016.

David Hernandez could work his way back to the closer role soon

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 6 May 2016 at 7:24 am

30-year old righty reliever David Hernandez pitched horribly in his debut for the Philadelphia Phillies and he lost the closer job after one game.  He has now pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  He has given up 10 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 23 batters in his first 14 1/3 innings this year.  In his last 12 games, Hernandez is 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.  Jeanmar Gomez has pitched pretty well at the Phillies’ closer, but Hernandez has much better stuff than him.  This will be something to watch going forward.

Mark Appel is looking good in the minors for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 2 May 2016 at 11:49 am

The Philadelphia Phillies took a chance in the Ken Giles deal with the Astros, when they got back 24-year old righty starting pitcher Mark Appel as part of the return.  Appel was the Astros’ #8 prospect coming into 2016 according to Baseball America.  He is starting to turn things around in AAA and he might still reach his full potential.  A change of scenery might just be what the doctor ordered for Appel’s career.  He has pitched in 4 games (all starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 58 games (57 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 19-11 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  Appel could make his Major League debut later this year, if he keeps pitching well in AAA for the Phillies.

Tommy Joseph is off to a blazing start with the bat in AAA for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 2 May 2016 at 11:44 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have had 24-year old righty swinging Tommy Joseph move to 1B full-time in 2016.  He was a catcher before.  Joseph has played in 17 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 21 of 57 (.368 avg, 1.074 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 4 homers and 10 RBIs.  If he keeps raking, he could get a shot with the Phillies in the near future.  Joseph has played in 490 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 464 of 1,831 (.253 avg, .731 OPS) with 206 runs scored, 67 homers, 285 RBIs and 1 stolen base.

Aaron Nola continues rolling for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 2 May 2016 at 11:38 am

22-year old righty starting pitcher Aaron Nola has been rock solid this year for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Nola has pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 1-2 with a 3.55 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP.  He has only give up 23 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 37 batters in his first 33 innings this year, which are impressive numbers.  Nola has now pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Phillies in his first two years with them and he is 7-4 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  Nola’s only issue so far in his career is he has problems with the gopher balls.  Nola has given up 14 homers in his first 110 2/3 innings this year.

The Philadelphia Phillies call up Adam Morgan

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 29 April 2016 at 4:03 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have called up 26-year old lefty starting pitcher Adam Morgan, and he will get the first shot to replace Charlie Morton in the rotation.  Morgan pitched in 3 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He 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.  The Phillies have sent 29-year old righty reliever Luis Garcia to AAA to make room on the roster for Morgan.  Garcia pitched in 1 game out of the pen for the Phillies so far this year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  Garcia has now pitched in 110 games (0 starts) in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 6-7 with 2 saves, a 3.90 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.  Garcia will be back at some point in 2016 for the Phillies.

Hector Neris is pitching well for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 6:30 am

26-year old righty reliever Hector Neris is pitching well for the Philadelphia Phillies so far this year.  He has pitched in 10 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 0.82 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.  He has only given up 6 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 18 batters in his first 11 innings this year, which are eye popping numbers.  Neris has now pitched in 43 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 3-2 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  The Phillies hope that Neris keeps rolling along.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Charlie Morton on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 24 April 2016 at 4:55 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 32-year old righty starting pitcher Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left hamstring.  Morton has pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  The Phillies have called up 29-year old righty reliever Luis Garcia to replace Morton on the pitching staff.  Garcia has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he is 0-1 with 1 save, a 4.26 ERA and a 2.05 WHIP.  He has 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.

UPDATE:  (4/27/2016) – The Phillies will be without Charlie Morton for the rest of the 2016 season, as he needs surgery to repair his torn left hamstring.

Odubel Herrera continues to impress for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 3:52 pm

24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Odubel Herrera was taken from the Texas Rangers in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft.  He then not only make the Philadelphia Phillies‘ roster, but he started in CF and had a rock solid rookie year.  Herrera played in 147 games for the Phillies last year and he was 147 of 495 (.297 avg, .762 OPS) with 64 runs scored, 8 homers, 41 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  He hasn’t missed a beat so far in 2016 for the Phillies.  He has played in 16 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 13 of 51 (.255 avg, .797 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Herrera is leading Major League Baseball so far this year in walks, as he already has 15 of them!  That has helped him pump up his on-base percentage to an out of this world .424!  The Phillies hope that Herrera keeps up the good work as they need all of the help that they can get.

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