for all things below the 'pro' team
J.P. Crawford (SS)
Nick Williams (OF)
Jake Thompson (RHP)
Franklyn Kilome (RHP)
Roman Quinn (OF)
Cornelius Randolph (OF)
Mark Appel (RHP)
Jorge Alfaro (C)
Andrew Knapp (C)
Ben Lively (RHP)
Then there are five “just interesting” players:
Carlos Tocci (OF)
Deivi Grullon (C)
Adonis Medina (RHP)
Zach Eflin (RHP)
Scott Kingery (2B)
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#Phillies have announced the following nine players have been invited to major league spring training as non-roster invitees:
RHP: Mark Appel, Zach Eflin, Jake Thompson
C: Andrew Knapp, Gabriel Lino, Logan Moore
1B: Brock Stassi
SS: J.P. Crawford
OF: Nick Williams
And nowhere to be found is Jesse Biddle, 1st round pick from 2010.
LOCAL GUY AMIRITE?
post concussion syndrome, per Dr. BS. who was that local HS reporter that really liked that pick? Mickey King? Martin Duke? Mason Earl? Something M and royalty, I think.
The great Mike Radano?
"**** robo's family.
There. I said it." -SwingOnThis
"someday we'll meet, and it will be more awkward than either of us can possibly imagine" -pp999
Prospect Nation 2016: #25 LHP Matt Imhof
Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, January 06, 2016 09:30 AM | Comments: 0
2016 Prospect Countdown, Injuries, Minor Leagues, Posts, Threshers
Matt Imhof, image- Jay Floyd
Lefty hurler Matt Imhof quickly shot toward the rankings of Phillies top prospects after being selected as their 2nd round pick in 2014. Following a season in which he suffered an injury to his throwing arm, Imhof’s position on such lists has taken a hit.
Regarded as a polished college hurler, the Cal Poly product looked tremendous in his junior season, posting a 10-4 record with a 2.45 ERA and an 11.24 K/9 mark in 15 starts while earning second team All-American honors and leading to him being drafted 47th overall. He wrapped up his college career with an 18-7 record and a 2.68 ERA in 48 games.
After the draft, Imhof quickly signed his first pro deal and proceeded to pitch at three levels of the developmental ranks in 2014. Following his initial outing in which he tossed three scoreless frames for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies, Imhof was promoted to short-season A level Williamsport. As a member of the Crosscutters, he posted a 1-0 record while allowing just one earned run in 12 innings (0.75 ERA).
In mid-July that year, the six-foot-five 220-pounder earned another promotion to Class A Lakewood, where he tallied a 0-2 record with a 4.28 ERA in seven starts.
Overall in 11 minor league appearances in his initial turn as a pro, the California native posted a .260 batting average against along with an 8.5 K/9 mark as well as a 2.3 BB/9 mark.
After moving up a level to begin his 2015 campaign with Class A Advanced Clearwater, Imhof missed two months in his first full pro season, dealing with a bicep strain.
In 18 starts for the Threshers, Imhof sported an 8-5 record with a 3.94 ERA and a .248 BAA. He struck out 59 and walked 39 in 77 2/3 innings for the Threshers.
The 22-year-old’s pitch repertoire includes a fastball along with slider-curve hybrid that has sharp break and helps him fool batters along with a developing change up. The change up was something Imhof began using increasingly after the draft and will become a true weapon as he refines it. His fastball velocity seemed to take a dip following the injury last year, sitting in the upper-80′s quite often. Historically, he had regularly clocked at 92 MPH and reached 94 from time to time.
Additionally, the California native has a good feel on the mound and his control is a noteworthy aspect of his skill set. His wind up features some nice concealment of the ball resulting in difficulty for batters in picking up his offerings.
The big-framed Imhof was projected to have plus potential on his velocity, prior to last season’s throwing arm issue. It was expected that his body would fill out more, adding strength, and could then reach the mid-90′s with more regularly.
Imhof, who grew up idolizing Randy Johnson, should figure in the rotation battle at the Double-A level for Reading this year.
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Prospect Nation 2016: #24 Catcher Deivi Grullon
Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, January 08, 2016 09:05 AM | Comments: 2
2016 Prospect Countdown, Blueclaws, Minor Leagues, Posts, Prospecting
Deivi Grullon, image- Jay Floyd
At the time of his signing with the Phillies at the age of 16, backstop Deivi Grullon was one of the top baseball prospects in the Caribbean. Following three years in the minors, the 19-year-old is still looked at as a very promising player.
Grullon, who signed for a reported $575,000 in July 2012, looked very good upon making his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2013, posting a .273 batting average with eight doubles, a home run and 14 RBI in 41 games at the rookie level.
He followed up that campaign with a season in which he split time at three levels in 2014. Grullon started his season in mid-April with a promotion to Class A Advanced Clearwater out of extended spring training. He notched two hits in ten at bats in two games there. A demotion to Class A Lakewood, where he would get more playing time, followed. In 24 games as a BlueClaw, Grullon posted a .237 average with five doubles, a home run and seven RBI. Grullon would be demoted once more to short-season Class A Williamsport when their season began in June. With the Crosscutters, he batted .225 with nine doubles, a triple and 18 RBI in 53 games.
Last year back with Lakewood, the Dominican native tallied a .221 batting average with eight home runs and 50 RBI in 107 games. He closed out his 2015 on a positive note, posting a .301/.370/.470 slash line in 25 August games after struggling at the plate for much of the summer. His coaches feel the late-season statistics were more exemplary of the type of output Grullon can deliver on a regular basis.
A right-handed hitter, Grullon typically has fairly even splits against righty (.610 OPS in 2015) and lefty (.600 OPS in 2015) pitchers.
A refined approach when faced with pitchers’ counts, in general, is something scouts have cited as a standout quality for Grullon. Critics would like to see improved bat speed from the youngster. He displays an ability to stay on the ball, having good at bats even when success isn’t there.
Coaches view Grullon as an all-around strong leader, one of the key qualities for a catcher in the professional ranks. A player that teammates go to for assistance, Grullon is highly valuable to his club. Additionally, the youngster himself is hungry to learn.
His communication improved very much last season. Mastering the English language, which will come as he continues to play in the United States, will be something that helps Grullon and his pitchers.
With a frame that is well suited for the position, the six-foot-one 180-pounder has excellent tools on defense and features a plus arm that keeps opposing runners reserved. His defensive projections are what make Grullon stand out the most.
Look for Grullon to see time with Clearwater in 2016 as the Phillies look for progress from the talented young catcher.
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Prospect Nation 2016: #23 RHP Ben Lively
Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, January 09, 2016 09:05 AM | Comments: 2
2016 Prospect Countdown, Fightins, Minor Leagues, Posts, Prospecting
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Ben Lively, image- Jay Floyd
Acquired last off-season from Cincinnati, righty hurler Ben Lively quickly joined the ranks of the top Phillies prospects.
Originally selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, Lively would begin his pro career as a member of the rookie level Billings Mustangs. In 12 starts, he posted a 0-3 record with a 0.73 ERA and an 11.9 K/9 mark. He was promoted to Class A Dayton to close out the season with a single start, allowing one earned run in four innings of work while striking out seven and walking one.
This was fresh off his junior season at the University of Central Florida where, in 15 games, he went 7-5 with a 2.04 ERA and an 8.6 K/9 mark as the team’s ace.
Lively would follow up his exceptional year by becoming the Reds’ minor league player of the year in 2014. Opening his first full professional season with Class A Advanced Bakersfield, Lively tallied a 10-1 record with a 2.28 ERA, a .201 batting average against along with a 10.8 K/9 mark in 13 starts. A stretch of 31 consecutive scoreless innings as a member of the Blaze got Lively some considerable attention and he was selected as a California League All-Star.
In mid-June, he was promoted to his hometown Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos. There, he would sport a 3-6 record with a 3.88 ERA, a .232 batting average against and a 9.5 K/9 mark.
New Years Eve 2014 saw Lively traded to Philadelphia for OF Marlon Byrd.
After joining the Phils organization, he was assigned to the Double-A Reading Fightins’ rotation last year. The six-foot-four 190-pounder posted an 8-7 record with a 4.13 ERA and a 6.9 K/9 mark in 25 starts there. He missed a couple turns in the rotation in August with a shoulder strain. Taking away two troubling starts just prior to his disabled list stint from his season numbers, his ERA drops to 3.61.
The Florida native’s repertoire features a low-90′s fastball, a quality slider, a change up and a curve ball. The fastball plays better than the velocity can indicate, as batters don’t see the ball well when Lively is on his game. All of his offerings come with a deceptive delivery which helps the young hurler.
During the season last year, following some poor efforts in games, the 23-year-old worked closely with pitching coach Dave Lundquist on his mechanics, stiffening up his front side to increase power and refine his accuracy. Coaches want to see Lively show an ability to make adjustments on the fly, to address situations with more urgency.
Lively projects to remain a starter. He’s an unfinished product and will continue to work hard to reach higher levels of the sport. Look for Lively to return to Reading to begin the 2016 season.
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Prospect Nation 2016: #22 LHP Tom Windle
Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, January 10, 2016 09:05 AM | Comments: 0
2016 Prospect Countdown, Features, Fightins, Minor Leagues, Posts, Prospecting
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Tom Windle, image- Jay Floyd
Left-handed pitcher Tom Windle joined a new organization and was among a group of well-touted pitching prospects on the Double-A Reading Fightins pitching staff last year.
Part of the return from the Dodgers in the swap for Phillies all-time hits leader Jimmy Rollins, along with right-handed pitcher Zach Eflin, Windle is a promising hurler with tools that scouts have long been high on.
A 2nd round pick in 2013 (56th overall), the Minnesota native debuted in the minors the same year with Class A Great Lakes. In 13 games (12 starts), Windle posted a 5-1 record with a 2.68 ERA while striking out 51 and walking 20 in 53 2/3 innings. His excellent initial pro effort followed a strong junior campaign at the University of Minnesota that year which saw the youngster sport a 6-4 record, a 2.14 ERA with a .208 batting average against and 86 strike outs in 92 2/3 innings in 14 games.
With Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamongo in 2014, the six-foot-four 215-pounder tallied a 12-8 record with a 4.26 ERA while striking out 111 and walking 44 in 139 1/3 innings over 26 games (25 starts).
In 2015 with Reading, midway through the season, Windle was moved to the bullpen after posting a 2-5 record with a 5.35 ERA while experiencing control issues (43 strike outs, 40 walks in 70 2/3 innings) in 14 starts. The switch proved advantageous, as the 23-year-old would go 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA while striking out 21 and walking 11 in 26 2/3 relief innings for the Fightins.
Late in the season last year, Windle remained hopeful that he could get back to starting at some point. If his results out of the bullpen are any indication, it would be wise for the Phillies to utilize the youngster where he is most effective and the teams seems locked into that plan for the foreseeable future.
Fastball command will be the major determining factor in how far Windle can go, as the jump in walk rate (4.7 per nine innings in the 2015 regular season, up from 2.8 in 2014) was alarming.
With Glendale in the prominent Arizona Fall League this off-season, Windle allowed just two earned runs while striking out seven and walking four in 10 1/3 innings.
The six-foot-four 215-pounder relies mainly on his fastball-slider combination, but mixes in an occasional third offering, a change up that could likely be fazed out completely in time. With good arm speed, he throws both four-seam and two-seam fastballs. Windle’s velocity readings often peak at 94 or 95 MPH, but can touch higher.
Windle looked up to reliever Glen Perkins, a fellow Minnesota native and three-time All-Star closer, prior to turning pro. Following the veteran’s path to the big show would be something Windle can strive for.
I would expect Windle to see some more time at the Double-A level in 2016, but if his role stays the same and he displays great levels of comfort with the job, as he did last season, it won’t be too long before he’s given a shot at late innings in Triple-A.
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