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.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Dalier Hinojosa on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 30 April 2016 at 2:44 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies place 30-year old righty reliever Dalier Hinojosa on the 15-day disabled list due to a right hand contusion.  Hinojosa has pitched in 10 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  The Phillies have called up 26-year old righty reliever Colton Murray to replace Hinojosa on the pitching staff.  Murray pitched in 6 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  Murray pitched in 8 games (0 starts) in 2015 for the Phillies in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.

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.

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.

The Philadelphia Phillies call up David Lough

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 18 April 2016 at 2:53 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have called up 30-year old lefty swinging outfielder David Lough.  Lough played in 6 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 7 for 25 (.280 avg, .628 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Lough played last year with the Orioles.  He has now 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.  The Phillies have sent 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Cedric Hunter to AAA to open up the roster spot for Lough.  Hunter played in 13 games for the Phillies this year and he was 3 for 34 (.088 avg, .315 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI.  Hunter has now played in 19 games in his first two years in the show and he is 4 of 38 (.105 avg, .355 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI.

UPDATE:  (4/25/2016) – Cedric Hunter has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA.

Andrew Pullin has retired from the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 10 April 2016 at 7:54 am

22-year old lefty swinging outfielder Andrew Pullin has retired from the Philadelphia Phillies.  Pullin played in 123 games in A-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 127 of 493 (.258 avg, .696 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 14 homers, 73 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Pullin played in 344 games in his four years in the minors and he was 360 of 1,336 (.269 avg, .715 OPS) with 158 runs scored, 28 homers, 170 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  Pullin gave no reason for his retirement.

Andrew Knapp is a player on the rise for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 6 April 2016 at 1:32 pm

24-year old switch-hitting catcher Andrew Knapp is a player on the rise in the Philadelphia Phillies‘ minor league system.  He comes into this season as the Phillies’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 118 games in A+AA-ball last year for the Phillies and he was 141 of 458 (.308 avg, .876 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 13 homers, 84 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Knapp has now played in 278 games in his first 3 years in the minors and he is 291 of 1,041 (.280 avg, .790 OPS) with 153 runs scored, 23 homers, 139 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  Knapp will have to keep playing well because the Phillies’ #5 prospect is also a catcher (Jorge Alfaro).

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.

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