The Phillies have placed 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Domonic Brown on the 7-day disabled list due to a concussion. Brown has played in 99 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 101 of 373 (.271 avg, .847 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 24 homers, 69 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Brown will be impossible to replace, so they hope he doesn’t miss much more than a week. The Phillies have called up 27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Steve Susdorf for his first shot at the show. Susford played in 70 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies so far this year and he is 65 of 194 (.335 avg, .847 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 1 homer, 25 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.
29-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels is getting his act back together so far in 2013. He has pitched in 4 games (all starts) so far in July and he is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Hamels has now pitched in 21 games (all starts) overall this year and he is 4-12 with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Hamels has given up 131 hits and 36 walks while whiffing 123 batters in his first 134 innings this year, which are not bad numbers. Look for Hamels to start piling up some wins if he keeps pitching like he has so far in July.
The Phillies have designated 33-year old righty swinging catcher Humberto Quintero for assignment. Quintero has played in 16 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 16 for 64 (.250 avg, .700 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 9 RBIs. He has now played in 446 games in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 300 of 1,277 (.235 avg, .595 OPS) with 90 runs scored, 18 homers, 122 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Phillies hope that Quintero clears waivers and accepts an outright assignment to AAA, as they probably would like to keep him around as both Carlos Ruiz and Erik Kratz have missed time due to injury so far this year.
UPDATE: (7/26/2013) - Humberto Quintero has cleared waivers, but he has elected to become a free agent. He shouldn’t have much of a problem finding a new job.
The Philadelphia Phillies have placed Joe Savery on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 14th, due to left elbow stiffness. Savery has pitched in 10 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. The Phillies have called up 35-year old lefty reliever Raul Valdes to replace Savery on the active roster. Valdes pitched in 10 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Phillies and he was 1-0 with a 7.65 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.
27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Steve Susdorf is having a solid year in AAA-ball for the Phillies in 2013. He has played in 68 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 64 of 188 (.340 avg, .864 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 1 homer, 24 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Susdorf has now played in 526 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 541 of 1,778 (.304 avg, .804 OPS) with 252 runs scored, 32 homers, 256 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. Susdorf could get his first shot at the show at some point in 2013.
The Phillies could be buyers and sellers at the same time later this month. They really could use an influx of relief help and they could also use a CF. I could see the Phillies trying to deal Phillipe Aumont and Tyler Cloyd to the White Sox for Alejandro DeAza and Matt Lindstrom. That would give them a solid leadoff hitter with some pop and a strong arm for the pen. I could then see the Phillies swapping Michael Young to the Yankees for Joba Chamberlain. Kevin Frandsen would take over for Young at 3B and Chamberlain would give them another big arm for the pen. The Phillies might even deal Carlos Ruiz, as Erik Kratz has outplayed him so far this year. The Rays would probably give them Jose Molina, Ryan Roberts and Cesar Ramos for him. Buying and selling at the same time could result in the Phillies being a better team in the second half of the 2013 season.
The Philadelphia Phillies had a literally so-so first half as they finished it with a 48-48 (50%) record. The Phillies are in 3rd place in the N.L. East, 6.5 games behind the Braves. The Phillies are also 5.5 games behind the Reds for the last Wild Card spot in the N.L. Here is a look at the players that made the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2013 season for the Phillies, in my opinion:
TEAM MVP: Domonic Brown - 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Domonic Brown has been by far the best player on the Phillies so far in 2013. He has played in 95 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 97 of 355 (.273 avg, .856 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 23 homers, 67 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Brown is leading the Phillies in runs scored (49), homers (23) and RBIs (67) so far this year. Brown is rewarding the Phillies for the patience they have showed with him over the years.
BIGGEST SURPRISE: Jonathan Pettibone - 22-year old righty starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone came into this season as the Phillies’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America, but he wasn’t supposed to pitch for them until very late in the season at best. An injury to Roy Halladay opened up a spot in the rotation and Pettibone has taken advantage of it so far this year. Pettibone has pitched in 16 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 5-3 with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Carlos Ruiz - 34-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz started the 2013 season late due to a 25-game suspension for testing positive for Adderall. He has played in only 40 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 34 of 127 (.268 avg, .613 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 0 homers, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base.
25-year old lefty swinging CF Ben Revere broke his right foot in the first game of the double header against the White Sox yesterday and he will miss at least one month. Revere has played in 88 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 96 of 315 (.305 avg, .691 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 0 homers, 17 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. The Phillies are likely going to turn to 29-year old righty swinging John Mayberry in CF while Revere is out of action. Mayberry has played in 82 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 48 for 192 (.250 avg, .749 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 7 homers, 22 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. The Phillies hope that Mayberry steps up.
UPDATE: (7/15/2013) - The Phillies will be without Ben Revere for the next 6-8 weeks.
34-year old lefty swinging 2B Chase Utley will likely be traded by the end of this month if the Phillies don’t turn things around soon. Utley has played in 61 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 63 of 228 (.276 avg, .844 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 11 homers, 30 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. He has not played in more than 115 games in a season since 2009. He is in the last year of his contract, so he was about $7.5 million bucks still owed to him. The Royals and Dodgers have already shown some interest in Utley and they both have s0me young pitching to get a deal done with the Phillies.
34-year old lefty starting pitcher Cliff Lee and 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Domonic Brown have made the 2013 N.L. All-Star Team. Lee has been amazingly good so far this year for the Phillies. He has pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 10-2 with a 2.73 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. He has given up 108 hits and 21 walks while whiffing 119 batters in his first 131 2/3 innings this year…….which is downright impressive as Lee keeps pounding the strike zone and attacking hitters. Brown has played in 88 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 92 of 327 (.281 avg, .885 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 23 homers, 62 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Brown has rewarded the Phillies for their patience in his development as a baseball player.