The Philadelphia Phillies have dealt 28-year old righty swinging SS Ryan Jackson to the Angels for cash considerations. Jackson played in 30 games in AAA-ball this year for the Phillies and he was 18 for 84 (.214 avg, .585 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 7 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Jackson has played in 42 games in his first three years in the show and he is 2 for 33 (.061 avg, .175 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 0 RBIs. This is no loss for the Phillies, so they did good to get something for Jackson.
21-year old lefty swinging outfielder Dylan Cozens came into this season as the Philadelphia Phillies‘ #16 prospect according to Baseball America. Cozens has played in 36 games in A-ball so far this year and he is 39 of 136 (.287 avg, .949 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 10 homers, 26 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. Cozens has now played in 397 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 391 of 1,471 (.266 avg, .775 OPS) with 227 runs scored, 48 homers, 206 RBIs and 71 stolen bases. With the way the Phillies’ outfielders are hitting right now, it wouldn’t be a shock to see them call up Cozens later on this year.
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 have released 30-year old righty swinging catcher J.P. Arencibia at his request. Arencibia played in 12 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 8 for 48 (.167 avg, .437 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. He 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. The Phillies won’t miss Arencibia moving forward.
The Philadelphia Phillies have sent 29-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Darin Ruf to AAA. Ruf played in 31 games for the Phillies this year and he was 9 for 57 (.158 avg, .399 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs. Ruf has now played in 274 games in his first five years with the Phillies and he is 169 of 711 (.238 avg, .739 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 32 homers, 90 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Ruf will have to play well in AAA-ball to get another shot in 2016 with the Phillies.
The Philadelphia Phillies have called up 24-year old righty swinging 1B Tommy Joseph from AAA. Joseph played in 27 games in AAA-ball this year and he was 33 of 95 (.347 avg, .981 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 6 homers and 17 RBIs. He has now played in 500 games in his seven years in the minors and he is 467 of 1,869 (.255 avg, .733 OPS) with 211 runs scored, 69 homers, 292 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Joseph will move right into a platoon at 1B with Ryan Howard. This could cost 29-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Darin Ruf his roster spot. He has played in 31 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is only 9 of 57 (.158 avg, .399 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.
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.
30-year old righty reliever David Hernandez pitched horribly in his debut for the Philadelphia Phillies and he lost the closer job after one game. He has now pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. He has given up 10 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 23 batters in his first 14 1/3 innings this year. In his last 12 games, Hernandez is 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. Jeanmar Gomez has pitched pretty well at the Phillies’ closer, but Hernandez has much better stuff than him. This will be something to watch going forward.
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.
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.