Freddy Galvis is playing pretty well for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 8:12 am

The Philadelphia Phillies aren’t scoring many runs this year, but 26-year old switch-hitting SS Freddy Galvis is doing his part so far this year.  He has played in 38 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 34 of 143 (.238 avg, .636 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers, 17 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Galvis is second on the Phillies in runs scored and he is tied for 3rd in homers, tied for second in RBIs and he is tied for second in stolen bases.  Galvis has now played in 360 games in his first five years with the Phillies and he is 293 of 1,216 (.241 avg, .634 OPS) with 118 runs scored, 24 homers, 122 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.  Galvis is not one of the best shortstops in the National League by any means, but he is an important player for the Phillies right now.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cesar Hernandez is looking good for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 22 September 2013 at 8:08 am

The only thing good about having a lousy year like the Phillies are in 2013, is that you get to look at some younger players later in the season.  23-year old switch-hitting 2B/OF Cesar Hernandez came into this season as the Phillies’ #15 prospect according to Baseball America.  Hernandez has played in 26 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 27 of 86 (.314 avg, .751 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 0 homers and 8 RBIs.  He has also played in 107 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Phillies in 2013 and he was 126 of 401 (.314 avg, .785 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 2 homers, 37 RBIs and 33 stolen bases.  Hernandez is going to get a shot to make the Phillies’ 2014 roster next spring and his versatility in the field will do him well.

Cody Asche is getting hot with the bat lately for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 6 September 2013 at 9:34 am

23-year old lefty swinging 3B Cody Asche is trying to stake a claim to be the Phillies’ starting 3B in 2014.  In his last seven games, Asche is 12 of 28 (.429 avg) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 7 RBIs.  He has now played in 29 games overall this year for the Phillies and he is 27 of 98 (.276 avg, .773 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 3 homers, 17 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Asche came into this season as the Phillies’ #7 prospect according to Baseball America, so they have high hopes for him moving forward.

Darin Ruf has been hitting well for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 22 August 2013 at 7:52 am

The Phillies have suffered a lot of injuries in 2013, which has opened the door for 27-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Darin Ruf, and he is taking advantage of that so far.  Ruf has played in 38 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 35 of 130 (.269 avg, .879 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 8 homers and 13 RBIs.  He is hacking at the plate though, as he has walked 16 times while also whiffing 47 times so far this year.  Ruf has now played in 50 games in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 46 of 163 (.282 avg, .919 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 11 homers and 23 RBIs.  The Phillies are going to continue to play Ruf and see what he can do the rest of the way in 2013.

Ben Revere has been playing well lately for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 4 July 2013 at 6:23 am

25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Ben Revere had a rough April and he almost got benched for it, but he’s playing well since then.  Since May 1st, Revere has played in 56 games in which he is 60 for 184 (.326 avg) with 23 runs scored, 0 homers, 8 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.  Revere has now played in 79 games overall this year for the Phillies and he is 78 of 274 (.285 avg, .649 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 0 homers, 12 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  The Phillies hope that Revere keeps up the good work as they are going to need all hands on the deck if they are going to make a playoff run this year.

Domonic Brown has another good month in June for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 1 July 2013 at 7:46 am

25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Domonic Brown continues to rake for the Phillies.  He played in 28 games in June and he was 30 for 108 (.278 avg, .884 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 6 homers, 21 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Brown has now played in 82 games overall this year and he is 83 for 303 (.274 avg, .866 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 21 homers, 57 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Brown is leading the Phillies in runs scored, homers and RBIs so far this year and he is tied for second on the team in stolen bases.  The Phillies were smart to stick with Brown and not to trade him the last couple of years when opposing teams were trying to pry him away from them.

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