Phils and Baseball 2013 Now In Session With Spring Training Play

Utley, Hamels come out sharp in Phils’ spring opener

 

Second baseman notches RBI in first at-bat; starter tosses two shutout innings

 

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros opened their Grapefruit League schedules Saturday with a game at Bright House Field.

 

It was the Astros’ first game in the American League.

 

Spring training

 

It also was Phillies second baseman Chase Utley’s first Spring Training game since 2010 because of knee injuries. He ripped a single up the middle on the first pitch he saw from Astros right-hander Lucas Harrell in the first inning to score the Phillies’ first run in an 8-3 loss.

 

The Astros took a 3-2 lead in the fourth, when Nate Freiman — who had two RBIs — and Carlos Corporan each singled to knock in runs.

 

Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels threw two scoreless innings. Harrell allowed four hits, two runs and one walk in two innings.

 

“Physically, I feel really strong,” Hamels said.

 

Cole Hamels pitching a complete game shutout v...

 

“I was just mainly trying to locate,” said Harrell, who could be the Astros’ Opening Day starter. “I didn’t locate very well, and the results showed that. A couple of times I made good pitches and got a lot of ground balls, which was a plus. I was pulling off on my front side a little bit, and a few pitches were pretty flat. Then I started making [pitches in] the second inning when I went back out to make sure my front shoulder was closed. Just trying to work [at keeping] the ball down and work the sinker.”

 

Robbie Grossman notched his first of two RBIs with a single, and Freiman added his second RBI in a two-run Astros fifth before Brandon Barnes clubbed a solo home run in the seventh.

 

Second baseman Pete Orr mashed the Phillies’ first home run of the spring, a solo shot in the eighth.

 

The Phillies committed four errors.

 

Up next for Phillies: Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay will make his Grapefruit League debut Sunday against the Tigers in Lakeland at 1:05 p.m. ET, live on Gameday Audio. Halladay is trying to bounce back from a disappointing 2012 season and says a revamped offseason training program has him moving in the right direction. Sunday will be his first true test in finding out if that program worked.

 

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

 

 

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Phils Sign OF Delmon Young To 1 Year Deal

Phillies sign Delmon Young to deal for one year

Right-handed slugging outfielder was ALCS MVP last year, had 108 RBIs in 2010

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com | 01/22/2013 2:56 PM ET

Delmon Young comes up clutch for the Tigers during the ALCS with four go-ahead hits against the Yankees

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies found a right-handed-hitting corner outfielder with power.

But this one comes with baggage.

The Phillies and free agent Delmon Young agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract worth $750,000 plus potential performance bonuses. The signing screams low-risk, high-reward for the Phillies. Young, who is 27, earned 2012 American League Championship Series MVP honors with the Detroit Tigers and hit .267 with 18 home runs and 74 RBIs in the regular season. He also had a career-high 112 RBIs in 2010 with the Minnesota Twins and has a career .824 OPS against left-handed pitchers.

But Young also has battled consistency issues on the field and has had several notable off-the-field problems, including an April arrest in New York on a second-degree aggravated harassment charge. Police said an intoxicated Young hurled anti-Semitic slurs at four men, and Major League Baseball suspended him for seven days as a result.

He was suspended twice in his Minor League career, for three games in 2005 for making contact with an umpire and for 50 games in 2006 for flinging a bat at an umpire.

However, the Phillies are comfortable with the risks, especially considering they made only a one-year commitment to him.

If Young plays well, the Phillies could have a productive corner outfielder at a remarkable bargain.

If he causes problems, well, the Phillies always can cut him loose without taking a significant payroll hit.

“Delmon is an experienced Major League bat who will add some depth to our relatively inexperienced outfield and another layer of competition for playing time there as well,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

The Phillies had been looking for a corner outfielder since the beginning of the offseason. But how much outfield can Young play? And how effectively? He played just 31 games in the outfield last season, appearing in 113 games as Detroit’s designated hitter.

Young, listed at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, has had conditioning issues in the past, and last season he played with bone spurs in his ankle. He had surgery to remove the spurs in November and is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

Young’s arrival creates an interesting outfield situation for the Phillies. Ben Revere will be the team’s everyday center fielder. Young presumably will take one of the corner outfield spots, potentially as an everyday player. That could result in Domonic Brown and John Mayberry Jr. sharing time in the other corner spot with Laynce Nix a reserve and Darin Ruf possibly opening the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley to get more seasoning.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.\

Delmon Damarcus Young

Position: Leftfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6′ 3″, Weight: 240 lb.

Born: September 141985 in Birmingham, AL (Age 27)
High School: Adolfo Camarillo HS (Camarillo, CA)
Drafted
 by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2003 amateur draft.
Signed September 8, 2003. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 29, 2006 (Age 20)
Teams (by GP): Twins/DevilRays/Tigers 2006-2012
2013 Contract Status: Free Agent (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2013): 6.034, Free Agent: 2013 [*], Agents: Arn Tellem [*]
Relatives: Brother of Dmitri Young

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
2006 TBD 30 126 16 40 9 1 3 10 1 24 .317 .336 .476
2007 TBD 162 645 65 186 38 0 13 93 26 127 .288 .316 .408
2008 MIN 152 575 80 167 28 4 10 69 35 105 .290 .336 .405
2009 MIN 108 395 50 112 16 2 12 60 12 92 .284 .308 .425
2010 MIN 153 570 77 170 46 1 21 112 28 81 .298 .333 .493
2011 TOT 124 473 54 127 21 1 12 64 23 85 .268 .302 .393
2011 MIN 84 305 26 81 16 0 4 32 18 55 .266 .305 .357
2011 DET 40 168 28 46 5 1 8 32 5 30 .274 .298 .458
2012 DET 151 574 54 153 27 1 18 74 20 112 .267 .296 .411
7 Yrs 880 3358 396 955 185 10 89 482 145 626 .284 .317 .425
162 Game Avg. 162 618 73 176 34 2 16 89 27 115 .284 .317 .425
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/22/2013.

 

Baseball America’s Top 10 Phillies Prospects

2013 Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Prospects

By Matt Forman
December 17, 2012

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects

Lists are based on projections of a player’s long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. All players who haven’t exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible.

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TOP TEN
PROSPECTS
1. Jesse Biddle, lhp
2. Roman Quinn, ss
3. Tommy Joseph, c
4. Jon Pettibone, rhp
5. Adam Morgan, lhp
6. Ethan Martin, rhp
7. Cody Asche, 3b
8. Maikel Franco, 3b
9. Darin Ruf, 1b/of
10. Carlos Tocci, of
BEST
TOOLS
Best Hitter for Average Cody Asche
Best Power Hitter Darin Ruf
Best Strike Zone Discipline Darin Ruf
Fastest Baserunner Roman Quinn
Best Athlete Roman Quinn
Best Fastball Kenny Giles
Best Curveball Jesse Biddle
Best Slider Adam Morgan
Best Changeup Jon Pettibone
Best Control Jon Pettibone
Best Defensive Catcher Sebastian Valle
Best Defensive Infielder Cesar Hernandez
Best Infield Arm Maikel Franco
Best Defensive OF Tyson Gillies
Best Outfield Arm Kyrell Hudson
PROJECTED 2016
LINEUP
Catcher Tommy Joseph
First Base Ryan Howard
Second Base Chase Utley
Third Base Cody Asche
Shortstop Roman Quinn
Left Field Darin Ruf
Center Field Ben Revere
Right Field Domonic Brown
No. 1 Starter Cole Hamels
No. 2 Starter Cliff Lee
No. 3 Starter Roy Halladay
No. 4 Starter Jesse Biddle
No. 5 Starter Jonathan Pettibone
Closer Jonathan Papelbon
TOP PROSPECTS
OF THE DECADE
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Gavin Floyd, rhp White Sox
2004 Cole Hamels, lhp Phillies
2005 Ryan Howard, 1b Phillies
2006 Cole Hamels, lhp Phillies
2007 Carlos Carrasco, rhp Indians
2008 Carlos Carrasco, rhp Indians
2009 Domonic Brown, of Phillies
2010 Domonic Brown, of Phillies
2011 Domonic Brown, of Phillies
2012 Trevor May, rhp Phillies
TOP DRAFT PICKS
OF THE DECADE
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Tim Moss, 2B (3rd round) Out of baseball
2004 Greg Golson, OF Yankees
2005 Mike Costanzo, 3B (2nd round) Reds
2006 Kyle Drabek, RHP/SS Blue Jays
2007 Joe Savery, LHP Phillies
2008 Anthony Hewitt, SS Phillies
2009 Kelly Dugan, OF Phillies
2010 Jesse Biddle, LHP Phillies
2011 Larry Greene, OF Phillies
2012 Shane Watson, RHP Phillies
LARGEST BONUSES
IN CLUB HISTORY
Gavin Floyd, 2001 $4,200,000
Pat Burrell, 1998 $3,150,000
Brett Myers, 1999 $2,050,000
Cole Hamels, 2002 $2,000,000
Chase Utley, 2000 $1,780,000
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Philadelphia Phillies

For different reasons, the Phillies’ last two seasons have ended in disappointment. In 2011, the playoff run that had become an annual expectation in Philadelphia ended too early. In 2012, there was no postseason baseball in Philadelphia at all, for the first time in six years.

The Phillies expected their season to start slowly because of lingering injuries to Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, but it never really got on its projected course, at least until it was too late. The Phillies finished 81-81, their worst record since 2002, and needed a late-season blitz just to break even after falling 14 games under .500 at one point. Philadelphia lost several more players for significant time to injuries, including Jose Contreras, Freddy Galvis, Roy Halladay, Placido Polanco, Mike Stutes and Vance Worley.

As a result, the Phillies were sellers on the trade market for the first time since 2006. One year after acquiring Hunter Pence, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. shipped him to the Giants for Nate Schierholtz and a pair of prospects (catcher Tommy Joseph and righthander Seth Rosin). Amaro also sent Joe Blanton and Shane Victorino to the Dodgers in separate deals for Josh Lindblom and righthanders Ethan Martin and Ryan O’Sullivan.

The big league struggles gave Philadelphia a chance to evaluate its system, as eight rookies debuted in the majors, the most since it had 15 in 1996. Along with the unexpected development of a few prospects, that ensured the last two months of the season weren’t completely irrelevant.

Once considered an organization player, first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf blasted 20 homers in Double-A in August to tie Sammy Sosa’s pro record for a single month, then hit three more during a September callup. Tyler Cloyd, a soft-tossing righty who’s short on stuff but strong on pitching sense, made his major league debut in August and won two of his six starts. Longtime minor league veteran Eric Kratz showed some pop, while Phillippe Aumont flashed his plus stuff out of the bullpen. In varying capacities, they all figure to contribute in 2013.

Meanwhile, the Phillies’ .500 finish secured them a higher first-round pick than any in recent memory, as long as they don’t sign a free agent who requires compensation. They’re slated to select 16th, their highest selection since they took Gavin Floyd fourth overall in 2001.

Philadelphia has stuck with its philosophy of drafting high-upside athletes, with scouting director Marti Wolever preferring lefthanded pitching and speed. That’s reflected on this list, which begins with a southpaw (Jesse Biddle) and a fleet-footed shortstop (Roman Quinn). Quinn is one of several members of a talented 2011 draft class who took a big step forward in their first full pro seasons, a group that also included lefthander Adam Morgan, third baseman Cody Asche and flamethrowing reliever Kenny Giles.

Most of the Phillies’ best prospects are at least a year or two away from being ready for Citizens Bank Park, so Amaro swung two trades for veteran offensive help in December. He acquired Ben Revere from the Twins for Vance Worley and enigmatic righthander Trevor May, then dispatched Lindblom and righty Lisalverto Bonilla to get Michael Young from the Rangers.

It’s not all doom and gloom for the Phillies, who will return several significant players from their 2007-11 National League East championship clubs in 2013. If they can stay healthy—certainly not a guarantee given the age of many of the players—their season could have a happier ending.

3B, SS, 2B, OF Young Can Fill A Lot Of Holes On Any Given Day

Michael Brian Young is a Major League Baseball infielder for the Philadelphia Phillies. He has been named to Major League Baseball All-Star Game seven times. In 2005, he was the American League batting champion.

Born: October 19, 1976 (age 36), Covina
Nationality: American
Salary: 16 million USD (2012)
TeamTexas Rangers (#10 / First baseman)

Phillies’ deal for Young finally official

Veteran infielder ticketed to fill ballclub’s hole at third base

By Paul Hagen / MLB.com

PHILADELPHIA — It wasn’t easy, and it certainly wasn’t quick, but the long-simmering deal that made Rangers icon Michael Young the Phillies’ new third baseman finally became official on Sunday.

With that, after a cautious start to the offseason, the Phils addressed their two most pressing offseason needs within a matter of days. They had also been seeking a center fielder, and checked that off the list as the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., were wrapping up on Thursday, with the deal that brought Ben Revere from the Twins for right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May.

Young, 36, the Rangers’ all-time leader in games, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles and triples, had the right to veto any trade. However, staying in Texas would likely have meant a utility role and less playing time. With the Phillies, he’ll be penciled in as the everyday third baseman. Injuries to Placido Polanco meant the team had seven different players start at least one game at the hot corner in 2012: Polanco, Kevin Frandsen, Mike Fontenot, Ty Wigginton, Pete Orr, Michael Martinez and Hector Luna.

He’s a seven-time All-Star, who didn’t have his best offensive season in 2012. Young played in 156 games for the Rangers last season, batting .277 with eight homers, 67 RBIs and a .682 OPS.

“Clearly, this brings a wonderful package to what we’re trying to do here in Philadelphia,” said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. “One, he’s a very, very good ballplayer. He has a tremendous track record. He has all the elements we’re looking for.

“First of all, the make-up is extraordinary. He’s the ultimate team player. He knows how to play baseball. He’s a winning baseball player. He’s had the opportunity to be in big games in the playoffs, and he just fits real well. The fact that he hits right-handed helps balance our lineup out a little bit, as well. I just think all the elements he brings to the table for us are very, very positive.

“I think [having a down year is] just part of the process of being a Major League player. You don’t have a great year every year. But at the same time, even when his numbers aren’t extraordinary — and they were still pretty darn good last year, maybe better than anybody we had on our club — the fact of the matter is, he’s a professional hitter. Even when he’s not having productive hits, I know he’s the kind of guy who makes productive outs. So there’s a lot of pluses to this guy.”

“He made an adjustment in September and bounced back some [with a .361 batting average and .897 OPS in his last 20 games],” said Rangers general manager Jon Daniels. “We fully expect him to have a better offensive year than he did last year. He’ll be better in Philadelphia than he was last season. The opportunity for him to play third base in Philadelphia was more than we could promise here. As the Phillies pushed for Michael and we got comfortable with the return, we presented the option to Michael and his family for them to make the decision.”

The Phillies hope he can rebound, but are also trying to stabilize the third base — while giving Cody Asche, who played last season at Double-A Reading, more time to develop.

“This is a very tough situation,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “He has always been my go-to guy in my six years here. He has always done a lot for me. He has been a leader for the organization on the field, in the clubhouse and in the community. He certainly will be missed.”

The Rangers received right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom and a Minor League pitcher, Lisalverto Bonilla in return. The guidelines of the trade were agreed to in Nashville, but it took days for Young to agree to waive his no-trade clause and for the Commissioner’s office to approve the money involved.

The Phillies will pay $5.5 million of the $16 million Young will make in the final year of his contract next season. In addition, the teams will split the additional $1.2 million that Young negotiated to accept the trade, in part to cover the difference in state income tax between Texas and Pennsylvania.

Lindblom 25, was acquired from the Dodgers along with Ethan Martin and a player to be named, which turned out to be Stefan Jarrin, for Shane Victorino at the Trade Deadline. He spent the remainder of the season with the Phillies, going 1-3 with a 4.63 ERA in 26 appearances.

Bonilla, 22, is an intriguing player. After being converted from starter to reliever, he pitched himself onto the Phillies’ radar this season. After starting the season at Class A Clearwater, he was promoted to Reading and was named to the Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star team. He was a combined 3-2 with a 1.55 ERA when he was picked for the Futures All-Star Game in Kansas City, and was ranked as the team’s No. 15 prospect by MLB.com.

However, he injured his right thumb while involved in what was reported as “horseplay” the night before that game and didn’t pitch again in ’12. He’s currently 1-4 with a 6.92 ERA in 15 games for the Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League.

“Lindblom was one of the guys who was very important for us when we traded Shane Victorino,” Amaro said. “I think, just by virtue of the fact that we didn’t have an eighth-inning guy, we put him in a position to pitch in the eighth. He may very well do that very proficiently at some point, but he’s probably not ready to do that quite yet. He’s probably more comfortable in the sixth and seventh [innings]. That may be his bailiwick. That may change moving forward. But we had to put him in a position he probably, frankly, wasn’t ready for. He had a tough time of it at times. But he’s a very good pitcher.

Michael Young Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on August 27, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.

“As far as Bonilla goes, he has a tremendous arm. He’s still a little raw. Great [fastball-changeup] combination. He’s going to be a big league pitcher, and an effective one. There’s no question he’s going to be an effective big league pitcher. No question. Again, we feel like that’s one of the areas we’re dealing from a position of strength … so we felt like we were comfortable enough that to get this type of everyday player, this was the right thing for us.”

Now, Amaro will turn his attention to addressing other needs.

“Obviously, with the hole that was created by the move with Vance Worley to get Ben, we’re looking at the possibility of getting a little bit of depth there. [Tyler] Cloyd and [Jonathan] Pettibone will fight it out. Maybe Martin or somebody else will step up at some point. Or maybe even [Adam] Morgan.

“But we’ll probably look to add a low-risk, high-reward type of guy or somebody who’s come back from an injury or someone like that who can battle for that fifth spot. A lot of teams have had some success looking for that guy late in the season and finding that productive guy. So that’s one possibility. We’re still looking into the bullpen and trying add a veteran presence there, as well. And if we can do a little bit more for our outfield, we’ll consider that, as well.

“We’d love to add more home runs. But for me, again, it’s about production. If we can produce runs — and I know that Ben can and I know that Michael can — and we have to get production out of the middle of our lineup, the guys we’ve paid to produce those runs. If we can get complementary [contributions] from Ben and Michael and get the kind of production we expect out of Ryan [Howard] and Chase [Utley], I think we’re going to be fine.”

Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Young will feel at home with Phillies

Veteran is joining a team filled with players who are all about winning

Richard JusticeBy Richard Justice

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is going to love Michael Young — and so will Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, etc. Young will fit nicely on a team that prides itself on playing the game right, on playing hard and on competing like crazy.

If that sounds like basic stuff, it is. At least it is for the good teams. And some teams do it better than others. When the Phillies were winning five straight National League East division championships between 2007 and 2011, they played with toughness and an edge.

Young plays that way, too. There are legitimate questions about how good he still is, about his power and defense and all the rest. But he did hit .277 and have 27 doubles in 2012 in his worst season in a decade. In terms of presence and being a good teammate, the Phillies simply couldn’t have found anyone better.

Young’s legacy with the Rangers should not be underestimated. First, he’s one of the most decent people you’ll never meet. It’s almost impossible to imagine anyone disliking Young.

He led the Rangers out of the Alex Rodriguez years — back to a clubhouse environment that was about 25 guys instead of one. He helped lead them back to winning, too, as Rangers general manager Jon Daniels began accumulating talent and doing his job better than almost anyone.

Along the way, Young became the face of the franchise and its most popular player. He was one of baseball’s best players for about seven years. Between 2004 and 2010, he averaged 18 home runs and 50 walks a season, while compiling an .819 OPS. He leaves the Rangers as a seven-time All-Star who twice finished in the Top 10 of American League Most Valuable Player balloting.

His numbers can’t be measured just in his play on the field. He was the leader of the Rangers, their spokesman and the guy who set a tone. When Yu Darvish joined the Rangers last offseason, some of us wondered how comfortable he’d be, given the cultural leap from Japan to Texas.

“He’ll be fine,” Young said. “Believe me, if you can’t get along with the guys in here, you’re the one with the problem.”

Young was a large reason for that environment. Third baseman Adrian Beltre probably took on more of a leadership mantle last season as Young’s play declined. But the Rangers probably don’t win back-to-back AL championships in 2010 and ’11 without Young’s contributions, both measured and otherwise.

Daniels had toyed with trading him twice before. Young had a tough time swallowing those discussions, and also the moves from second base to third to first. He always did what the Rangers believed was best for the team, but he didn’t always agree. He twice asked to be traded, but rescinded both demands and apologized to teammates for being a distraction.

When fans would criticize his defense, Young would say, “Well, I would have liked to have spent my entire career at one position, but those aren’t my decisions.”

Because Young was the face of the franchise, because his power declined dramatically the last two seasons — from 21 home runs in 2010 to 11 and eight the last two years — Young became the No. 1 target of criticism from fans on talk radio and blogs in Dallas-Fort Worth.

It’s always odd to see fans turn on some of the guys who’ve performed the best and attempted to do everything correctly. But Young never lashed out. If he was angry — and he surely was — he never showed it.

He has agreed to be traded to the Phillies, as Daniels is attempting a dramatic reshaping of the Rangers. Part of that reshaping is moving second baseman Ian Kinsler to first and inserting highly-regarded rookie Jurickson Profar at second.

Meanwhile, the Phillies have an opening at third base. It’s a no-risk move, since the Rangers are paying most of Young’s salary. Knowing how prideful Young is, there won’t be many more motivated players next season.

He’ll love Philadelphia because the ballpark will be filled and the clubhouse has a bunch of guys — Howard, Rollins, Cole Hamels, Chase Utley — who are accustomed to winning and know how to win.

That’s what Young has always been about, too. He had a terrific 13-year run with the Rangers. Regardless of what he does in this next chapter of his career, he’ll always be a Texas Ranger, one of its most popular and productive players ever. Here’s to another great season or two or three from one of the really good guys.

Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MICHAEL YOUNG STATS SUMMARY

G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG  
SEASON 156 611 79 169 226 27 3 8 67 33 70 2 2 .277 .312 .370
MLB Totals 1823 7399 1085 2230 3286 415 55 177 984 532 1152 89 30 .301 .347 .444
Minors Totals 524 2015 330 597 906 132 21 45 325 222 367 83 30 .296 .367 .450

Awards and Honors

MLB PLAYERS CHOICE MAN OF THE YEAR
2008: Texas (AL)
2011: Texas (AL)
ALL-STAR
2004: Texas (AL)
2005: Texas (AL)
2006: Texas (AL)
2007: Texas (AL)
2008: Texas (AL)
2009: Texas (AL)
2011: Texas (AL)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
6/16/2002: Texas (AL)
8/24/2009: Texas (AL)
6/27/2011: Texas (AL)
RANGERS HEART AND HUSTLE AWARD
2006: Texas (AL)
2007: Texas (AL)
2009: Texas (AL)
2010: Texas (AL)
RANGERS MVP
2004: Texas (AL)
2005: Texas (AL)
2007: Texas (AL)
2009: Texas (AL)
RAWLINGS GOLD GLOVE
2008: Texas (AL)
RANGERS HAROLD MCKINNEY GOOD GUY AWARD
2003: Texas (AL)
RANGERS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
2001: Texas (AL)

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Phils Land CF Revere At Winter Meetings

Phils new centerfielder,,,

  • Full Name: Ben Daniel Revere
  • Born: 5/3/1988 in Atlanta, GA  Bats/Throws: L/R HT: 5’9′ WT: 170 Debut: 9/7/2010 College: N/A

Phils get Revere from Twins for Worley, May
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Phillies will not leave the Winter Meetings empty handed.

They have acquired center fielder Ben Revere in a trade with the Minnesota Twins. Right-hander Vance Worley and right-handed pitching prospect Trevor May are headed to Minnesota in the deal.

“Ben is an outstanding, young, controllable center fielder who fits nicely with our club,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement.

Revere hit .294 with 13 doubles, six triples, 32 RBIs, 40 stolen bases and 70 runs scored in 511 at-bats last season. He also carried a .333 on-base percentage and a .342 slugging percentage.

“Based on what’s available, [the Phillies] did all right,” one high-ranking American League executive said Thursday. “[Revere is] a solid average player. That’s how I look at him. He’s above average defensively. He can run. My biggest question, considering his size [5-foot-9, 170 pounds], is if he can play 145, 150 games. But he puts the ball in play better than I thought he would.”

CBSSports.com reported early Thursday that the Phillies had targeted Revere as an option in center field. Things clearly picked up, with Amaro and Pat Gillick holding separate conversations this morning with Twins general manager Terry Ryan.

The Phillies lose Worley, who projected to be their fourth or fifth starter. They also lost May, who was listed as their No. 2 overall prospect.

Because Revere is not yet eligible for salary arbitration, he comes relatively cheap, which would seem to allow the Phillies to continue to pursue a desperately needed corner outfielder with power. They are deep in negotiations with the Rangers for infielder Michael Young, who would play third base if he accepted a trade.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

BEN REVERE STATS SUMMARY

G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
SEASON 124 511 70 150 175 13 6 0 32 29 0 54 40 9 .294 .333 .342
MLB Totals 254 989 127 275 319 22 11 0 64 57 1 100 74 19 .278 .319 .323
Minors Totals 403 1584 240 517 640 50 29 5 158 122 3 143 160 56 .326 .383 .404
BATTING Regular Season Career Stats

YEAR▲ TEAM LG LEVEL G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG  
2010 MIN AL MLB 13 28 1 5 5 0 0 0 2 2 0 5 0 1 .179 .233 .179
2011 MIN AL MLB 117 450 56 120 139 9 5 0 30 26 1 41 34 9 .267 .310 .309
2012 MIN AL MLB 124 511 70 150 175 13 6 0 32 29 0 54 40 9 .294 .333 .342
MLB Totals MLB 254 989 127 275 319 22 11 0 64 57 1 100 74 19 .278 .319 .323
Awards and Honors
ROOKIE OF THE MONTH
  • 6/2011: Minnesota (AL)
MILB.COM ORGANIZATION ALL-STAR
  • 2010: Minnesota (AL)
AFL RISING STARS
  • 2010: Peo Saguaros (AFL)
EAS POST-SEASON ALL-STAR
  • 2010: New Britain (EAS)
EAS MID-SEASON ALL-STAR
  • 2010: New Britain (EAS)
FUTURES GAME SELECTION
  • 2010: New Britain (EAS)
EAS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
  • 5/24/2010: New Britain (EAS)
FSL POST-SEASON ALL-STAR
  • 2009: Fort Myers (FSL)
FSL MID-SEASON ALL-STAR
  • 2009: Fort Myers (FSL)
FSL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
  • 5/18/2009: Fort Myers (FSL)
BASEBALL AMERICA HIGH CLASS A ALL-STAR
  • 2008: Beloit (MID)
MID MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
  • 2008: Beloit (MID)
MID PROSPECT OF THE YEAR
  • 2008: Beloit (MID)
MID POST-SEASON ALL-STAR
  • 2008: Beloit (MID)
MID MID-SEASON ALL-STAR
  • 2008: Beloit (MID)

 

Phillies Insider

Larry Shenk, Vice President of Alumni Relations, shares his notes, quotes and anecdotes from the world of baseball.

One Streak Ends

Everything has an ending, except promises by politicians.

The longest sellout streak in NL history ended last night, 257 regular-season games since 7/7/09.  During the incredible streak, the Phillies averaged an amazing 45,082.  That’s a real tribute to passionate Phillies fans.  So, thanks, thanks, thanks.

Only streaks longer are 772 by the current Red Sox (Fenway capacity 37,493) and 455 by Cleveland, 1995-2001.

One streak that hasn’t ended is the Braves’ spell over the Phillies.  Atlanta made it seven in a row last night. Phillies haven’t beaten the Braves at Citizens Bank Park since 9/11/11. During the seven games, Atlanta has outscored the Phillies, 35-11.  Braves also have fewer errors, 7-0.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley ended six straight games against Pawtucket with a 7-1 loss.  Two home game and then four in the road.  One of the strange schedule quirks.  2B Cesar Hernandez had half of LV’s 4 hits.  Since his promotion to AAA, he’s hitting .333.  Remember the name.

Reading and Clearwater were not scheduled.

Lakewood ended a 3-game losing streak by beating West Virginia, 8-5. 1B Brock Stassi, 3 hits, 4 RBI.  Win went to 19-year-old Lino Martinez (6-5), who matched his career high set a year ago at Williamsport.

Williamsport lost its fourth in a row to Connecticut, 7-1.  19-year-old SS Roman Quinn, single, 5th double, league-leading ninth triple and an RBI.

Gulf Coast League Phillies dropped their third straight, 4-2, to the Braves.  LV CF Derrick Mitchell, rehabbing in Clearwater, hit a home run. So, Atlanta defeated Philadelphia on the major league level and rookie league ball in the same day.

Alumni Weekend.

A Phillies tradition in which stars from the past return is right around the corner.  It starts with a Thursday noon luncheon for Seniors and ends on Sunday afternoon, when Alumni will surprise fans several times.  Check everything at http://www.phillies.com.alumni.

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm Permalink No

Out of the cellar

Weekend in review…………..

**By winning the series, the Phillies now have done that back-to-back which is good enough to get them out of the cellar.

**Shutout on Saturday night was the Phillies first at Citizens Bank Park since September 5, 2011.

**Doc’s win was his first since May 17.

**Cliff is winless in his last 10 starts at home.  But, back-to-back strong outings by Doc and Cliff bodes well for the future.

**Ryan’s walk-off single was the eighth of his career, most of anybody on the team.

**Five of the Phillies last six wins at home have come in their final at-bat.

**In this season of disbelief, yet another injury, Chooch, their most consistent player. The All-Star catcher could miss the rest of the season.

**Given an opportunity, Kratz has stepped up big time behind the plate.

**J-Roll moved into third place ahead of Larry Bowa for games played in Phillies history.  He trails only Richie Ashburn (1,794) and Mike Schmidt (2,404).  Sometime next week, Jimmy will pass Bowa for the most games played at shortstop in team history.

**Chase’s homer on Sunday was his 195th, tying former teammate Bobby Abreu for ninth place on the all-time list.  Dick Allen is eighth, 204.

Phlashback

Del Ennis became the second Phillie to reach 1,000 RBI 57 years ago. Check out http://www.phillies.com/alumni for a vintage photo of Del and three teammates acknowledging that accomplishment.

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Pennant Races In Full Tilt Boogie | MLB.com: News

The Week Ahead: Pennant drives kick into high gear

By Doug Miller / MLB.com | 08/06/12 10:00 AM ET

via The Week Ahead: MLB pennant drives kick into high gear | MLB.com: News.

We’re moving into the second week of August. The dog days are upon us. September isn’t that far away. That means October isn’t, either.

Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen

In baseball terms, this means things are getting serious, and this week, we’ll start seeing how serious. This is the first full week of play after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline and the second week of the open period in which we might see a few juicy waiver deals.

This means new faces in old places, and a whole lot of eyes on just how effective these marriages will be.

The Angels might be wondering more than anyone, having brought in the pitching prize of the trade season, starter Zack Greinke. Mike Scioscia‘s club gets a stern test of its mettle early this week in tough road games against the division-rival A’s, and Greinke’s contributions every five days won’t matter much if Scioscia’s bullpen can’t get it together better than it has in recent days.

“We’ve had a rough three weeks as far as our starters, and what our starters do obviously has an impact on your bullpen roles,” Scioscia said after watching his relievers struggle again Sunday in a 4-2 loss to the White Sox in Chicago.

“These guys are good. It’s not going to take long to reset, but we need to get our starters getting deeper into games and we have arms down there [in the bullpen] that will get the outs. It didn’t happen this afternoon, but it will.”

Meanwhile, the Dodgers, who are right there with the Giants and the surging D-backs in a wide-open National League West, did more than anyone at the Deadline, landing Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino and Brandon League. Then they got starter Joe Blanton in a waiver deal with Philadelphia.

So of course Blanton did his job Sunday, turning in six innings of two-run, five-strikeout ball in a no-decision, and Ramirez did his, winning the game against the Cubs with a walk-off hit.

Now they head into the new week with a revamped roster, three home games against struggling Colorado, and only a half-game division deficit. Things are looking up.

“I think this time of year we’re not so much worried about one game to the next,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We’re worried about getting a win and you try to get a win that day.”

Mattingly’s sentiments are shared among a number of clubs, including the team right there with the Dodgers, Bruce Bochy’s San Francisco Giants, plus the red-hot Reds, the first-place Rangers, the first-place Nationals, the AL East-leading Yankees and other contenders in an increasingly intriguing drive toward pennants.

For Cincinnati, which lost for the first time in six games on Sunday but remains in charge in the NL Central, the week will bring a road test: three games at Milwaukee and four at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. But the Reds are hungry.

“You get greedy, and you start winning every ballgame, and two out of three all of a sudden doesn’t appear to be good enough,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said Sunday. “We’ll take a 5-2 homestand. We want more; you always want more.”

Indeed.

The Chicago White Sox want more, now that they’re back in control of the AL Central. Their early big trade acquisition, Kevin Youkilis, homered again Sunday and is looking more and more like the Kevin Youkilis of 2007 and 2008. Their new reliever, Brett Myers, is fitting in.

This week, Robin Ventura‘s gang, which just took a series from the Angels, stays home for three against the Royals and three against the A’s. Lefty Chris Sale will be back on the mound after 10 days of rest. They hope to keep things rolling on the South Side.

“We’ve had a lot of games in the past couple months where we’ve swung the bats well, scored a lot of runs,” club leader Paul Konerko said. “But you like to see yourself win those close ones, especially against real good ballclubs.”

Contenders such as the Braves, Cardinals, Pirates and D-backs will be thinking the same things as they enter this pivotal week. So will the Orioles and Rays, a game apart for second place behind the Yankees.

What will the new week bring? More drama. More clues to what we might see in the Division Series, Championship Series and Fall Classic.

Just take it from Pirates MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen, who homered Sunday in his team’s road win against the Reds, an exciting type of situation that only figures to intensify in coming weeks.

“Definitely,” McCutchen said when asked if it felt like October.

“I’ve never been in a playoff, but I’m sure it kinda feels like that.”

American League
Division Leaders W L PCT WCGB WCE # L10 STRK LAST GAME NEXT GAME
NY Yankees 63 44 .589 5-5 W1 8/5 vs SEA, W 6-2 8/6 @ DET, 7:05 PM
Texas 63 44 .589 5-5 L1 8/5 @ KC, L 6-7 8/6 @ BOS, 7:10 PM
Chi White Sox 59 48 .551 7-3 W1 8/5 vs LAA, W 4-2 8/6 vs KC, 8:10 PM
The top two Wild Card teams from each league make the postseason and play each other in a one-game playoff.
Wild Card Teams W L PCT WCGB WCE # L10 STRK LAST GAME NEXT GAME
Detroit 58 50 .537 5-5 W4 8/5 vs CLE, W 10-8 8/6 vs NYY, 7:05 PM
Oakland 58 50 .537 5-5 L2 8/5 vs TOR, L 5-6 8/6 vs LAA, 10:05 PM
LA Angels 58 51 .532 0.5 54 4-6 L1 8/5 @ CWS, L 2-4 8/6 @ OAK, 10:05 PM
Baltimore 57 51 .528 1.0 54 6-4 W2 8/5 @ TB, W 1-0 8/6 vs SEA, 7:05 PM
Tampa Bay 56 52 .519 2.0 53 5-5 L2 8/5 vs BAL, L 0-1 8/7 vs TOR, 7:10 PM
Boston 54 55 .495 4.5 50 5-5 W1 8/5 vs MIN, W 6-4 8/6 vs TEX, 7:10 PM
Toronto 53 55 .491 5.0 50 4-6 W2 8/5 @ OAK, W 6-5 8/7 @ TB, 7:10 PM
Seattle 51 59 .464 8.0 46 8-2 L1 8/5 @ NYY, L 2-6 8/6 @ BAL, 7:05 PM
Cleveland 50 58 .463 8.0 47 1-9 L9 8/5 @ DET, L 8-10 8/6 vs MIN, 7:05 PM
Minnesota 47 61 .435 11.0 44 7-3 L1 8/5 @ BOS, L 4-6 8/6 @ CLE, 7:05 PM
Kansas City 45 62 .421 12.5 43 4-6 W1 8/5 vs TEX, W 7-6 8/6 @ CWS, 8:10 PM
National League
Division Leaders W L PCT WCGB WCE # L10 STRK LAST GAME NEXT GAME
Cincinnati 66 42 .611 8-2 L1 8/5 vs PIT, L 2-6 8/6 @ MIL, 8:10 PM
Washington 65 43 .602 6-4 W2 8/5 vs MIA, W 4-1 8/6 @ HOU, 8:05 PM
San Francisco 59 49 .546 4-6 W3 8/5 @ COL, W 8-3 8/6 @ STL, 8:15 PM
The top two Wild Card teams from each league make the postseason and play each other in a one-game playoff.
Wild Card Teams W L PCT WCGB WCE # L10 STRK LAST GAME NEXT GAME
Atlanta 62 46 .574 8-2 W1 8/5 vs HOU, W 6-1 8/6 @ PHI, 7:05 PM
Pittsburgh 61 46 .570 6-4 W1 8/5 @ CIN, W 6-2 8/6 vs ARI, 7:05 PM
St. Louis 59 49 .546 2.5 53 7-3 W3 8/5 vs MIL, W 3-0 8/6 vs SF, 8:15 PM
LA Dodgers 59 50 .541 3.0 52 6-4 W3 8/5 vs CHC, W 7-6 8/6 vs COL, 10:10 PM
Arizona 55 53 .509 6.5 49 6-4 L2 8/5 @ PHI, L 4-5 8/6 @ PIT, 7:05 PM
NY Mets 53 56 .486 9.0 46 5-5 L1 8/5 @ SD, L 3-7 8/7 vs MIA, 7:10 PM
Philadelphia 49 59 .454 12.5 43 5-5 W2 8/5 vs ARI, W 5-4 8/6 vs ATL, 7:05 PM
Miami 49 60 .450 13.0 42 4-6 L2 8/5 @ WSH, L 1-4 8/7 @ NYM, 7:10 PM
Milwaukee 48 59 .449 13.0 43 4-6 L3 8/5 @ STL, L 0-3 8/6 vs CIN, 8:10 PM
San Diego 46 64 .418 16.5 38 4-6 W1 8/5 vs NYM, W 7-3 8/6 vs CHC, 10:05 PM
Chi Cubs 43 63 .406 17.5 39 3-7 L5 8/5 @ LAD, L 6-7 8/6 @ SD, 10:05 PM
Colorado 38 68 .358 22.5 34 2-8 L3 8/5 vs SF, L 3-8 8/6 @ LAD, 10:10 PM
Houston 36 73 .330 26.0 29 2-8 L1 8/5 @ ATL, L 1-6 8/6 vs WSH, 8:05 PM

x – clinched playoff berth

Amaro Busy Making Moves – Domonic Brown Recalled

Pence, Victorino Gone – Blanton Next?

Hunter Pence

Hunter Pence

“We are not rebuilding- we are retooling. It is my job to bring a contender every year.”

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Bucs bolster bench, acquire Sanchez from Miami

Gaby Sanchez

Clint Hurdle has the veteran presence he’s sought for his bench. More»

Marlins send Mujica, Sanchez in separate deals

Gaby Sanchez

The Marlins made two deals as Tuesday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline approached, acquiring Minor League third baseman Zack Cox from the Cardinals for reliever Edward Mujica and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez from the Pirates for first baseman Gaby Sanchez. More»

 

Mujica comes to Cards in deal with Marlins

Edward Mujica

The Cardinals’ attempts to fortify their bullpen for the season’s final two months has led them to right-hander Edward Mujica, who the club acquired from the Marlins about an hour before Tuesday’s 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline. More»

Orioles, Phillies talking again about Blanton

With Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching, talks between the Orioles and Phillies regarding pitcher Joe Blanton picked back up. More»

Atlanta addressed weaknesses at Deadline

Paul Maholm.

As Braves general manager Frank Wren spoke to media members just after midnight on Tuesday, he appeared relaxed and deservedly satisfied. One week after gaining the surprising revelation that Ryan Dempster was balking at the chance to come to Atlanta, Wren completed what he and many others view as a better deal. More»

Phils land Schierholtz, prospects

hunter pence

After sending Shane Victorino to the Dodgers, Philadelphia announced they have traded fellow outfielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants. The Phillies received catching prospect Tommy Joseph, outfielder Nate Schierholtz and Class A right-hander Seth Rosin in the deal. More»

Pence to the Giants for Schierholtz, prospects

Giants add Pence, send three to Phillies

hunter pence

The Phillies traded right fielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for outfielder Nate Schierholtz, catcher Tommy Joseph and right-hander Seth Rosin on Tuesday. The Phillies also sent cash considerations to the Giants. More»

Moves multiply as teams try to beat Deadline

Shane Victorino

We’re down to the final few hours before baseball’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, and trade talk dominates the game. Talk has given way to action, and the annual flurry of moves is well under way.More»

Cubs complete deal that sends Soto to Rangers

geovany soto

Geovany Soto moved up in the standings on Tuesday, traded by the Cubs to the Rangers for Minor League right-handed pitcher Jake Brigham and a player to be named or cash consideration. More»

Dodgers deal again, get Victorino from Phillies

Shane Victorino

The Dodgers added veteran outfielder and leadoff hitter Shane Victorino to their collection of stars in a trade with the Phillies for reliever Josh Lindblom and Minor League pitcher Ethan Martin on Tuesday.More»

Mariners trade League, Delabar in pair of deals

Brandon League

Right-hander Brandon League was dealt to the Dodgers for a pair of Minor Leaguers, while fellow reliever Steve Delabar was traded to the Blue Jays for outfielder Eric Thames. More»

 

Pirates acquire Snider from Blue Jays for Lincoln

The Pirates got into the non-waiver Trade Deadline eve action late Monday night, acquiring outfielder Travis Snider from the Blue Jays in exchange for versatile right-hander Brad Lincoln. More»

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MLB’s #1 Ranked Prospects Of 2012

Number 1 Ranked Prospects by Position

Carolina League

CATCHER- Toronto Blue Jays
Travis d’Arnaud Rank: 1 Status: Disabled 7-Day ETA: 2013 Position: C Age: 23, DOB: 02/10/1989 Bats: R, Throws: R Height: 6′ 2″, Weight: 195 Drafted: 2007, 1st (37)

When Toronto traded Roy Halladay to Philadelphia, d’Arnaud may not have been the top prospect in the deal, but he might end up being the best. He has terrific all-around skills that surpass those of current young big league catcher J.P. Arencibia. He started truly fulfilling his offensive potential in 2011, showing the ability to hit for both average and power. Behind the plate, d’Arnaud is agile and athletic, and he has plenty of arm to help control the running game. A torn thumb ligament suffered while playing for Team USA isn’t an issue, and he started the Triple-A season on schedule, but he’ll miss a large chunk of the season after a torn ligament in his left knee landed him on the disabled list in late June.

1ST BASE- Chicago Cubs (Currently with club)
Anthony Rizzo Rank: 1 ETA: 2012 Position: 1B Age: 22, DOB: 08/08/1989 Bats: L, Throws: L Height: 6′ 3″, Weight: 220 Drafted: 2007, 6th (204)
Rizzo’s big league debut in 2011 may not have gone very well, but that didn’t mean his left-handed bat wasn’t still in high demand. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer, who helped draft Rizzo in Boston and then traded for him while the GM in San Diego, acquired him in Chicago during the offseason. A solid defender at first, it’s Rizzo’s power bat (51 homers and 200-plus RBIs over the past two seasons in the Minors) that is his calling card. Look for him to make some adjustments and hit the big leagues in 2012. He started the year in Triple-A and was called up on June 26.
2ND BASE- San Diego Padres
Cory Spangenberg Rank: 1 Status: Disabled 7-Day ETA: 2013 Position: 2B Age: 21, DOB: 03/16/1991 Bats: L, Throws: R Height: 6′ 0″, Weight: 185 Drafted: 2011, 1st (10)
Spangenberg became a great example of the benefits of signing early, getting out and racking up 330 plate appearances while many of his fellow first-rounders were sitting around and waiting to sign. He also showed reports of his ability to hit were spot on, as he put up impressive numbers in average and on-base percentage. He also has plus speed that will allow him to continue to steal bases. He’s already made the move to second base full time and should be just fine there. He’s on the fast track already and to see him in Double-A at some point in 2012 seems very reasonable. Spangenberg was placed on the disabled list on June 22 with concussion-like symptoms, after being hit on the side of the head.
3RD BASE- Colorado Rockies
Nolan Arenado Rank: 1 Tulsa Drillers (AA) ETA: 2013Position: 3B Age: 21, DOB: 04/16/1991 Bats: R, Throws: R Height: 6′ 1″, Weight: 205 Drafted: 2009, 2nd (59)
Some players get knocked unfairly because of their surroundings. It’s not Arenado’s fault he played in the hitting-friendly California League and then the equally cozy Arizona Fall League in 2011. He deserves credit for raking in both places. He led the Minors in RBIs with 122 and struck out just 53 times all season. Arenado won the AFL MVP award, finishing among the leaders in a host of offensive categories. He should hit for average and will be a run-producer even if he doesn’t hit a ton of homers. There was concern about his defense at third, but he’s worked to improve and those worries are gone. It might not be too long before Arenado is spotted in Coors Field.
SHORTSTOP- Baltimore Orioles
Manny Machado Rank: 1 Bowie Baysox (AA) ETA: 2013 Position: SS Age: 20, DOB: 07/06/1992 Bats: R, Throws: R Height: 6′ 3″, Weight: 185 Drafted: 2010, 1st (3)
Machado was the first high school player taken in the 2010 Draft, and for good reason. Although his first full season had its ups and downs, including dealing with a knee injury that forced him out of action for a month, he did get promoted and went to the Futures Game. Machado is right where he should be defensively, playing solid shortstop despite his size. The time away from the field did show in his hitting a bit once he was up in the Carolina League, as he needs to improve his approach at the plate. That will come in time and Machado should hit for average and some power.
OUTFIELD- Kansas City Royals
Bubba Starling Rank: 1 Burlington Royals (R) ETA: 2015 Position: OF Age: 19, DOB: 08/03/1992 Bats: R, Throws: R Height: 6′ 4″, Weight: 180 Drafted: 2011, 1st (5)
As top athletes go, there are few in baseball better than Starling. Kansas City signed him away from a scholarship to quarterback at the University of Nebraska and Starling has all five tools in his toolbox. He has plus speed that should allow him to both steal bases and play an outstanding center field. His strong throwing arm is a plus defensively as well. He has excellent raw power and has shown enough pure hitting skills where there’s confidence he’ll tap into that power consistently and hit for average as well. It might take him a little time to put it all together, but the payoff could be huge.
LH Pitcher- New York Yankees
Manny Banuelos Rank: 1 Status: Disabled 7-Day ETA: 2012Position: LHP Age: 21, DOB: 03/13/1991 Bats: L, Throws: L Height: 5′ 11″, Weight: 200 Signed: March 30, 2008
The stuff is definitely there for Banuelos to be successful at the Major League level. All he has to do is learn how to harness it more consistently. He has three pitches that can be above-average or better with his fastball, curve and changeup. He’s struck out 9.2 batters per nine innings throughout his Minor League career and his pure stuff has gotten better in recent years, so that should continue. His command is what’s holding him back. He walked nearly five batters every nine innings in 2011 and often didn’t command his fastball well within the strike zone. He’s shown the ability to do it and once he finds consistency, he could be ready to help out full time.
RH Pitcher- Atlanta Braves
Julio Teheran Rank: 1 Gwinnett Braves (AAA) ETA: 2012 Position: RHP Age: 21, DOB: 01/27/1991 Bats: R, Throws: R Height: 6′ 2″, Weight: 175 Signed: July 2, 2007
Teheran was at the lowest full-season rung, the South Atlantic League, at the beginning of 2010. He made his Major League debut a year later in May, and spent more time in Atlanta in September 2011. In between callups, Teheran was dominant in Triple-A, using outstanding stuff and mound presence to excel. He has three above-average-or-better offerings with his fastball, curve and changeup, and commands them all well. He’ll be just 21 for all of the 2012 season and should continue to add strength to his frame. The Braves have a ton of good young pitching, and Teheran has a chance to lead them all. He made a spot start for the Braves in early June.

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Phils Playoff Chances Heading Into Halfway Point

How Many Wins Will the Phillies Need to Make the Playoffs?

June 21, 2012, 2:10 pm
By Andrew Kulp  (email)
The700Level.com
The Daily News ran a column this morning that set out to answer that very question. David Murphy did the leg work, and based on results from previous years, he concluded the Phillies need to reach the 88-win markto qualify for the postseason.The reasoning is simple. In each full season since the Wild Card was adopted in 1995, the club that would have earned the newly invented second WC spot finished with at least 88 wins on all but two out of 16 occasions.

In practice, the path to get there is not nearly so simple. With a record of 33-37, in order for the Phils to reach 88 wins, they need to go 55-37 the rest of the way — and even that might not be enough. Nine times, or more than half, the runner-up’s win total actually eclipsed 88.

Murphy seems to be operating under the assumption the Phillies won’t win the NL East, a conclusion we’ve more or less drawn on our own. Regardless, sneaking in through the back door doesn’t diagram much easier.

The plan he sets out would require Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and Vance Worley to revert to their 2011 performances, when the club combined to go 39-17 over their last 56 combined starts. So far this season, the Phils are 11-3 when Hamels starts, but 7-14 when Lee or Worley are pitching. Lee and Worley have also missed games due to injury.

That’s an optimistic projection, though clearly achievable. Plus Roy Halladaywill eventually return, which should help prop up the rest of the rotation, and actually lessen the load on the other three.Yet you can see how staggering a hole the Phillies are in when you break it down like that. A team that has been hovering around or below .500 for the majority of the year likely needs to win at close to a .600 clip for the next three months — and they’re still missing players.

Think they have it in them?

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Philadelphia Phillies: How Chase Utley‘s Return Impacts Team’s Playoff Chances

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 (Featured Columnist) on June 22, 2012

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The result of Thursday night’s Philadelphia Phillies game, a 4-1 loss to theColorado Rockies, pretty much sums up how the entire season has been going.

Citizen’s Bank Park, a place that boasts loud and passionate fans, used to be a place that other teams dreaded to play in. The home-field advantage was never more obvious than when the Phils took the field at their stadium in the heart of their beloved city. In 2012, however, it has just been a place where the Phillies play their home games. Nothing much is special about it, no added advantage is obvious. The team isn’t winning any more games at home. They aren’t winning games period.

Nothing has been easy for the Phils this season. Whether it has been the injuries to key members of the team, uncharacteristic errors in the field, a lack of success against other teams’ bullpens or just an inability to score with runners on base with less than two outs, the championship formula this team has had in the past few years is not there.

Morale is down and frustration is obvious. It is on the faces of the players, the dumbfounded looks of the manager and the disappointment from the fans.

This team needs something, well a lot of things. It needs to get help in the bullpen. It needs to get its ace and sluggers off of the DL. It needs its other ace to find a way to win a game. It needs to score more runs. It needs to make less errors, both mental and on the score sheet. It needs to take action, to play inspired baseball. Most importantly, this team needs to get its swagger, its confidence, its personality back.

Most of what the Phils need, most of what I described, is embodied in the heart and soul of one player. He is someone who doesn’t shy away from a challenge, someone who plays with grit and passion, someone who is a leader. He may have arthritic knees but that doesn’t change the fact that when healthy, he can really smack the cover off of a baseball.

Will Chase Utley’s return make the Phils a better team?

No, one player is not enough to solve their problems.Yes, Utley will help this team make up ground in the East.It depends on how his knees are for the rest of the season.Submit Vote vote to see results

If you haven’t figured it out, the person I am referring to is All-Star second baseman Chase Utley.

Having yet to face major league pitching and the wear and tear of major league fielding, Utley is close to making his 2012 debut. In fact, according to a recent report via AOL Sporting News, Utley could be back before the calendar turns to July.

While Utley’s return has been long anticipated, at this point in the season, one has to wonder if it will be enough or if the Phils have already dug themselves a hole too deep to climb out of.

Even then, a bigger question arises. When Utley comes back, how will he be? Will he go back to how he was pre-2011? Will he be able to play back-to-back games? Will his knees hold up for the rest of the season?

With all of these questions and so far, not enough information to create the answers, it is hard to predict how Utley’s return will impact the team’s chances at a sixth consecutive playoff berth. If Utley is healthy, however, and returns to the form he has had in the best years of his career, it would not be surprising to see the Phillies once again atop the NL East.

On the field, Utley brings solid defensive skills. He has never been perfect in the field but it is something he has invested time and energy in improving. With the bat, Utley has offensive prowess. His quick swing enables him to get the barrel on the ball and helps him get around on pitches. He grinds out each at-bat and is rarely ever an easy out.

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Something else that the Phillies desperately need is situational hitting and when at his best, Utley does this as well as anyone else in the game. With a runner on second, nobody out, such as in Thursday’s game when Ty Wigginton led off the inning with a double, Utley knows what he has to do and more often than not executes.

In addition to what Utley offers with his bat and his glove, depending on his knees, he can also be a threat on the bases. Although not the fastest, Utley has also had good career numbers in base stealing percentage. Just like every other aspect of his game, he works so hard at it and as a result, when he does run, he picks his moments, and more often than not, he chooses them wisely.

In the dugout, in the clubhouse, in the locker room and on the field, Chase Utley is a leader. For someone who keeps his life relatively under wraps in terms of the media, Utley has proven himself to be a vital part of who the team is. Much of the confidence, swagger and personality this team alludes comes from the way Utley plays the game. The younger players on the team imitate him and the older players respect him.

If Jimmy Rollins is the fire and Ryan Howard is the heart of the line up, Chase Utley is obviously the soul. Without its heart and soul, Rollins’ fire is just an extinguishing flame. It goes without saying that with Utley back, this team will start to get some of its morale back. Rollins’ flame, which has been starting to light up, will catch fire. Led by Rollins and Utley, the rest of this offense will catch fire too, just in time for a late playoff push in the heat of the summer months.

So even though the Chase Utley Phillies fans will see is still in question, what isn’t in question is what he means to this team. So much of Utley’s value is not measured in a box score. It is in the intangibles he exudes just when he takes the field. For the Phils, getting Utley back will impact their playoff chances and could very well make them a playoff team again.

No matter what, though, the Phillies will be an interesting story to watch as the final, pivotal months of the season are underway.

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