The Philadelphia Phillies have five rookies that could help them in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 5 April 2012 at 12:30 pm

The Phillies have five rookies that could help them at some point in 2012. Here is a look at them:

Freddy Galvis: 22-year old switch-hitting 2B Freddy Galvis comes into this season as the Phillies’ #6 prospect according to Baseball America. He played in 137 games in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 151 of 543 (.278 avg, .716 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 8 homers, 43 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. He has now played in 526 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 488 of 1,987 (.246 avg, .613 OPS) with 256 runs scored, 18 homers, 160 RBIs and 68 stolen bases. Galvis will be counted on to fill in for Chase Utley until he’s ready to return to action and those are some huge shoes to have to fill.

Phillippe Aumont: 23-year old righty reliever Phillippe Aumont comes into this season as the Phillies’ #5 prospect according to Baseball America. Aumont pitched in 43 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball last year in which he was 2-5 with 7 saves, a 2.68 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He has now pitched in 129 games (29 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 11-26 with 26 saves, a 4.21 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Aumont seemed to really start to get it last year, so he could help the Phillies in the pen at some point in 2012.

Justin DeFratus: 24-year old righty reliever Justin DeFratus comes into this season according to Baseball America. He pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He also pitched in 51 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 6-3 with 15 saves, a 2.99 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. DeFratus has now pitched in 160 games (34 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 22-17 with 39 saves, a 3.18 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. DeFratus is going to start the 2012 season on the D.L., but he should be able to help the Phillies later in the year.

Joe Savery: 26-year old lefty reliever Joe Savery comes into this season as the Phillies’ #25 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.38 WHIP. Savery also pitched in 25 games (0 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 5-0 with 2 saves, a 1.50 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He has now pitched in 115 games (77 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 33-31 with 2 saves, a 4.08 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Savery will work out of the bullpen for the Phillies in 2012, as he looked pretty solid in his first full season as reliever last year in the minors.

Michael Schwimer: 26-year old righty reliever Michael Schwimer comes into this season as the Phillies’ #30 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. He also pitched in 47 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 9-1 with 10 saves, a 1.85 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Schwimer has now pitched in 170 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 20-10 with 49 saves, a 2.50 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. The Phillies hope that Schwimer can help them out of the pen at some point in 2012.

The Philadelphia Phillies lose 2B Harold Garcia for the next 4-6 months

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 March 2012 at 5:14 pm

The Phillies will be without 25-year old lefty swinging 2B Harold Garcia for the next 4-6 months as he has underwent microfracture surgery to his right knee. This is a bad break for Garcia who comes into this season as the Phillies’ #19 prospect according to Baseball America. Garcia played in 12 games in AA-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 15 for 50 (.300 avg, .807 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers, 4 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 400 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 412 of 1,410 (.292 avg, .804 OPS) with 225 runs scored, 27 homers, 187 RBIs and 107 stolen bases.

Major League Baseball suspends Zach Collier of the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 9 September 2011 at 8:26 am

Major League Baseball has suspended 22-year old lefty swinging outfielder Zach Collier for 50 games for testing positive for amphetamines. Collier played in 112 games in A-ball this year and he was 106 for 416 (.255 avg, .676 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 1 homer, 36 RBIs and 35 stolen bases. He has now played in 265 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 237 for 980 (.242 avg, .647 OPS) with 126 runs scored, 2 homers, 100 RBIs and 60 stolen bases. This is going to really hurt Collier’s chance of getting to the majors down the road with the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies release two veteran players

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Monday 22 August 2011 at 10:07 am

The Phillies have released 32-year old lefty swinging outfielder Jack Cust and 32-year old righty reliever Aaron Heilman. Cust played in 6 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies and he was 5 for 20 (.250 avg, .848 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. His release surprised me a little bit as I think he could have helped the Phillies off the bench in September. Aaron Heilman pitched in 9 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies and he was 0-0 with a 8.38 ERA and a 2.07 WHIP. Heilman was quickly signed to a minor league deal by the Pirates.

Trevor May is starting to put things together in the minors for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Monday 15 August 2011 at 11:14 am

21-year old righty starting pitcher Trevor May came into this season as the Phillies’ #5 prospect according to Baseball America. May has pitched in 22 games (all starts) in A-ball so far this year and he is 9-6 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. May has whiffed 164 batters and he has only allowed 100 hits in his first 124 1/3 innings so far this year and those are amazing numbers. But, he has walked 54 batters this year too, so he needs to tighten up his control a bit. May has now pitched in 70 games (65 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 26-16 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. May has whiffed a stunning 466 batters in his first 355 2/3 innings in the minors, as he has been overmatching batters in the minors when he throws strikes as his stuff is that good. The Phillies are probably really glad that the Astros didn’t ask for May in the Hunter Pence deal.

The Philadelphia Phillies deal Brian Bocock to the Pirates

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Tuesday 2 August 2011 at 4:45 pm

The Phillies have dealt 26-year old righty swinging shortstop Brian Bocock to the Pirates, likely for cash considerations (probably around $20 bucks). Bocock played in 83 games in A+AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 63 for 279 (.226 avg, .586 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 4 homers, 28 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Bocock played in 6 games last year for the Phillies and he was 0 for 5 (.000 avg) with 2 runs scored. This is absolutely no loss for the Phillies going forward.

The Philadelphia Phillies release Jason Grilli

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Wednesday 20 July 2011 at 12:06 pm

The Phillies have released 34-year old righty reliever Jason Grilli to allow him to sign with another team (which was the Pirates). Grilli pitched in 28 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he was 4-1 with 3 saves, a 1.93 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He gave up 26 hits in 32 2/3 innings in the minors this year and he whiffed 42 batters, so he was throwing the ball really well, the Phillies just didn’t have a spot for him. Grilli has pitched in 238 games (16 starts) in his 8 years in the majors and he is 18-18 with 2 saves, a 4.74 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He might be able to help the Pirates but I have my doubts.

Justin DeFratus is looking solid in the minors for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 8 July 2011 at 5:34 pm

23-year old righty reliever Justin DeFratus came into this season as the Phillies’ #15 prospect according to Baseball America. He has pitched in 30 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Phillies so far this year and he is 6-0 with 8 saves, a 2.74 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. DeFratus has whiffed 60 batters while only allowing 41 hits in his first 46 innings in the minors, showing just how good he has been. DeFratus has now pitched in 139 games (34 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 22-14 with 32 saves, a 3.16 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. DeFratus could work his way to Philly by the end of this year if he keeps pitching like he is right now.

Drew Carpenter gets another chance with the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Tuesday 28 June 2011 at 3:49 pm

26-year old righty Drew Carpenter has been called up by the Phillies today to replace Ryan Madson in the bullpen. Carpenter has been converted to relief work this year and he has been outstanding so far in AAA. Carpenter has pitched in 24 games (1 start) in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 5-0 with a 1.58 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. He has only given up 34 hits in 45 2/3 innings this year with 51 whiffs and only 9 walks. Carpenter has now pitched in 133 games (105 starts) in six years in the minors and he is 50-35 with 1 save, a 3.57 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He has pitched in 5 games (1 start) in parts of three years with the Phillies and he is 1-1 with a 9.31 ERA and a 2.28 WHIP with them. I look for him to be much better for the Phillies this time around.

Ronnie Belliard of the Philadelphia Phillies retires from baseball

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Wednesday 15 June 2011 at 10:24 am

36-year old righty swinging 2B Ronnie Belliard has decided to call it a career. Belliard played in 53 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 50 for 199 (.251 avg, .657 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 3 homers, 23 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Belliard played in 1,484 games in his 13 years in the major leagues and he was 1,377 of 5,045 (.273 avg, .753 OPS) with 685 runs scored, 114 homers, 601 RBIs and 43 stolen bases. The Phillies won’t miss Belliard as they weren’t about to call him up any time soon.

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