The Philadelphia Phillies have released 29-year old lefty reliever Bobby LaFromboise. LaFromboise pitched in 13 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies and he was 1-3 with a 5.94 ERA and a 2.28 WHIP. He has pitched in 27 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 0-1 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. This isn’t much of a loss for the Phillies moving forward.
36-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard is going to grab some bench for the next 3-4 games for the Philadelphia Phillies. Howard has played in 46 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 22 of 143 (.154 avg, .558 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 8 homers and 19 RBIs. Howard has also whiffed 53 times while only walking 12 times so far this year, as he has appeared overmatched at the plate! 24-year old righty swinging Tommy Joseph is going to try to take the starting job away from Howard in the next few days. Joseph has played in 13 games so far this year for the Phillies and he is 10 for 37 (.270 avg, .816 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 3 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base. I hate to see Howard’s time in Philly possibly ending this way, as he has been one of the best players in franchise history. He is second in Phillies’ history in homers (365, behind only Mike Schmidt) and he is also third in RBIs (1,154, behind only Mike Schmidt and Ed Delahanty….both Hall of Fame players).
The Philadelphia Phillies have designated 31-year old switch-hitting infielder Emmanuel Burriss for assignment. Burriss played in 27 games for the Phillies this year and he was 4 for 33 (.121 avg, .407 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 0 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 314 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 181 of 756 (.239 avg, .570 OPS) with 91 runs scored, 1 homer, 42 RBIs and 41 stolen bases. The Phillies shouldn’t miss Burriss too much moving forward.
UPDATE: (6/4/2016) – Burriss has accepted his outright assignment to AAA, so he will remain with the Phillies.
The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired 27-year old switch-hitting 3B/OF Jimmy Paredes from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations. Paredes played in 7 games for the Blue Jays this year and he was 4 for 15 (.267 avg, .886 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. He has now played in 256 games in his first six years in the show and he is 208 of 808 (.257 avg, .667 OPS) with 91 runs scored, 16 homers, 83 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. This was a good pickup for the Phillies, as Paredes has been a solid hitter so far in his career in the show.
Lefty swinging catcher Darren Daulton didn’t show much in his first 8 years with the Philadelphia Phillies (except in 1990)….but the patience they showed in him started to pay off in 1992. He played in 145 games for the Phillies in 1992 and he was 131 of 485 (.270 avg, .908 OPS) with 80 runs scored, 27 homers, a National League leading 109 RBIs, 11 stolen bases and 88 walks. He was an All-Star, won a Silver Slugger Award and he finished 6th in the voting for the MVP Award in 1992. He followed the 1992 season with a huge 1993 season! In 1993, Daulton played in 147 games for the Phillies in which he was 131 of 510 (.257 avg, .875 OPS) with 90 runs scored, 24 homers, 105 RBIs, 5 stolen bases and 117 walks! He was an All-Star in 1993 and he finished 7th in the voting for the MVP Award! Daulton also played in 12 games in the post-season for the Phillies in 1993 and he was 10 for 42 (.238 avg) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBIs. The Phillies lost the World Series in six games to the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993. Daulton also made the All-Star team in 1995 for the Phillies. Daulton played in 1,109 games in his 14 years with the Phillies and he was 858 of 3,504 (.245 avg, .783 OPS) with 489 runs scored, 134 homers, 567 RBIs and 48 stolen bases. Daulton is still #16 in Phillies’ history with his 134 homers. He is also still #30 in games played (1,109), tied for 42nd in OBP (.357), tied for #50 in SLG (.427), #45 in OPS (.783), #39 in runs scored (489), #32 in doubles (189), #26 in RBIs (567) and #12 in walks (607) in Phillies’ history!
22-year old righty starting pitcher Aaron Nola is turning into the ace of the starting rotation for the Philadelphia Phillies. Nola has pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 4-3 with a 2.86 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. He has given up 49 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 70 batters in his first 66 innings this year for the Phillies! Nola has now pitched in 23 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 10-5 with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. It looks like Nola is going to be a true #1 starter that the Phillies can build a rotation around.
The Philadelphia Phillies have released 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Alfredo Marte. Marte played in 12 games in AAA-ball for the Orioles and Phillies this year and he was 5 for 36 (.139 avg, .301 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI. Marte has played in 71 games in his first three years in the show and he is 28 of 155 (.181 avg, .532 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 2 homers, 13 RBIs and 1 stolen base.
When the Philadelphia Phillies traded for 29-year old righty starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, they were expecting him to not only pitch well….but to serve as a good example for the younger starting pitchers on the team. He is doing both things well right now. Hellickson has pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He has given up 49 hits (9 homers) and 13 walks while whiffing 50 batters in his first 49 2/3 innings this year! Hellickson has now pitched in 151 games (144 starts) in his first seven years in the show and he is 53-50 with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
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.