Cesar Hernandez of the Philadelphia Phillies continues to play well

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 July 2016 at 6:34 am

26-year old switch-hitting 2B Cesar Hernandez took over at 2B for the Philadelphia Phillies last year and he has done a solid job for them.  He has played in 89 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 84 of 300 (.280 avg, .683 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 2 homers, 21 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Hernandez has now played in 316 games in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 256 of 940 (.272 avg, .670 OPS) with 115 runs scored, 4 homers, 70 RBIs and 26 stolen bases.  The Phillies hope that Hernandez keeps up the good work moving forward.

The Philadelphia Phillies’ lone player in the All Star Game will be Odubel Herrera

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 6:35 am

24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Odubel Herrera of the Philadelphia Phillies will be an All-Star for the first time of his career.  Herrera has played in 88 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 96 of 326 (.294 avg, .807 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 10 homers, 33 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  Herrera has now played in 235 games in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 243 of 821 (.296 avg, .781 OPS) with 112 runs scored, 18 homers, 74 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.  Herrera is a player on the rise for the Phillies!

Peter Bourjos is on fire at the plate right now for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 3 July 2016 at 11:19 am

29-year old righty swinging outfielder Peter Bourjos has caught fire with the bat lately for the Philadelphia Phillies.  In his last 22 games, Bourjos is 28 of 65 (.431 avg, 1.133 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 2 homers, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Bourjos has now played in 74 games for the Phillies overall this year and he is 56 of 210 (.267 avg, .703 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 3 homers, 17 RBIs and 4 stolen base.  When Bourjos is hitting like he is right now, he becomes very valuable, as he is already a good defensive player who has a lot of speed.

Maikel Franco is playing pretty well for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 14 June 2016 at 8:17 am

23-year old righty swinging 3B Maikel Franco has been rock solid for the Philadelphia Phillies so far this year.  He has played in 60 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 57 of 226 (.252 avg, .738 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 11 homers and 33 RBIs.  Franco is leading the Phillies in both homers and RBIs so far this year.  He is also third on the team in runs scored.  His production numbers would be a lot better if he had better hitters in front of and behind him in the lineup.  Franco has now played in 156 games in his first three years with the Phillies and he is 152 of 586 (.259 avg, .760 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 25 homers, 88 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Franco is the player the Phillies are going to build around in the field.

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.

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