23-year old lefty swinging 3B Cody Asche is trying to stake a claim to be the Phillies’ starting 3B in 2014. In his last seven games, Asche is 12 of 28 (.429 avg) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 7 RBIs. He has now played in 29 games overall this year for the Phillies and he is 27 of 98 (.276 avg, .773 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 3 homers, 17 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Asche came into this season as the Phillies’ #7 prospect according to Baseball America, so they have high hopes for him moving forward.
The Phillies have dealt 36-year old righty swinging 3B/1B Michael Young to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 24-year old lefty starting pitcher Rob Rasmussen. Young played in 126 games for the Phillies this year and he was 129 of 468 (.276 avg, .731 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 8 homers, 42 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Rasmussen came into this season as the Astros’ #19 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 28 games (24 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Dodgers this year and he was 3-11 with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Rasmussen has now pitched in 88 games (77 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 23-32 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. It was a good move for the Phillies to deal Young to the Dodgers for Rasmussen, who is a legit major league prospect.
The Phillies have dealt 38-year old righty swinging infielder John McDonald to the Boston Red Sox for 24-year old righty reliever Nefi Ogando. McDonald played in 21 games for the Phillies this year and he was 4 for 23 (.174 avg, .513 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs. Ogando pitched in 33 games (0 starts) in A-ball for the Red Sox and he was 2-3 with 3 saves, a 4.09 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. Ogando has now pitched in 97 games (6 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 10-13 with 5 saves, a 3.45 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. This was a good deal for the Phillies as they got a nice relief prospect for a 38-year old backup infielder that can’t hit a lick.
29-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels got off to a rough start in 2013, but he is locked in right now. Since July 1st, Hamels has started 11 games in which he is 4-2 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Hamels has now pitched in 28 games (all starts) overall this year for the Phillies and he is 6-13 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Hamels has given up 178 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 166 batters in his first 186 innings this year for the Phillies. The Phillies hope that Hamels finishes strongly for them in September.
25-year old righty swinging 3B/OF Tyler Henson is having a decent year in the minors for the Phillies this year. He has played in 104 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Phillies so far this year and he is 92 of 328 (.280 avg, .808 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 8 homers, 34 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Henson has now played in 813 games in his first eight years in the minors and he is 769 of 2,921 (.263 avg, .724 OPS) with 414 runs scored, 56 homers, 347 RBIs and 91 stolen bases. Henson could get called up when rosters expand next month.
The Phillies have placed 28-year old righty swinging outfielder Casper Wells on the 15-day disabled list due to vision problems. Wells has played in 11 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 1 for 23 (.043 avg, .207 OPS) with 2 runs scored. Wells has now played in 52 games for the A’s, White Sox and Phillies so far this year and he is 12 of 94 (.128 avg, .337 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI. This makes perfect sense, as Wells is a better player than he has shown so far this year. Maybe he just needs glasses.
The Phillies have suffered a lot of injuries in 2013, which has opened the door for 27-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Darin Ruf, and he is taking advantage of that so far. Ruf has played in 38 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 35 of 130 (.269 avg, .879 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 8 homers and 13 RBIs. He is hacking at the plate though, as he has walked 16 times while also whiffing 47 times so far this year. Ruf has now played in 50 games in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 46 of 163 (.282 avg, .919 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 11 homers and 23 RBIs. The Phillies are going to continue to play Ruf and see what he can do the rest of the way in 2013.
The Phillies have signed 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Roger Bernadina. He played in 85 games for the Nationals earlier this year and he was 27 of 152 (.178 avg, .517 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 2 homers, 6 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Bernadina has now played in 468 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 287 of 1,182 (.243 avg, .670 OPS) with 146 runs scored, 25 homers, 107 RBIs and 56 stolen bases. The Phillies aren’t very deep at outfield and Bernadina can play all three positions, so he could get some P.T. right away.
The Philadelphia Phillies have fired 69-year old manager Charlie Manuel. The Phillies were only 53-67 (44.2%) this year, which had them in 4th place in the N.L. East, 20.5 games behind the Braves. They are also 15.5 games out of the last wildcard spot, owned by the Reds right now. Manuel had a nice 9-year run as the Phillies’ manager. He was 780-636 (55.1%) during the regular season and he was 27-19 (58.7%) in the playoffs for the Phillies. Manuel led the Phillies to a World Series’ Championship in 2008 over the Tampa Bay Rays. 53-year old Ryne Sandberg will replace Manuel on an “interim” basis. He was their 3B coach this year. This will be Sandberg’s first shot to manage in the major leagues. He was a minor league manager for the Cubs from 2007-2010 and he managed the Phillies’ AAA-team (Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs) in 2011. Sandberg was elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2005. Sandberg began his major league playing career with the Phillies and now he will start his managing career for them.
The Phillies have placed 28-year old lefty starting pitcher John Lannan on the 15-day disabled list due to a left knee injury. Lannan has pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the Phillies overall this year and he is 3-6 with a 5.33 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. This might help explain how horrible Lannan was in August. He started 3 games in August for the Phillies and he was 0-2 with a 12.66 ERA and a 2.53 WHIP. Lannan gave up 17 hits (4 homers) and 10 walks while whiffing 4 batters in his 10 2/3 innings this month.