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    lol remember when there were Phillies fans?

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    lol remember when there were Phillies fans?

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    The Phillies are the only good thing about Philadelphia. Baseball is the best of the 2 major sports with football in a decline because of Will Smith.
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    Prospect Nation 2016: #5 Catcher Andrew Knapp
    Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, February 02, 2016 12:00 PM | Comments: 0
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    Catcher Andrew Knapp really put himself on the map last year with a breakout season. Notching an All-Star bid while posting terrific offensive numbers and obtaining organizational honors, the 24-year-old now looks primed to make an impact at the highest levels of the sport.

    Knapp was the Phillies’ 2nd round draft choice out of the University of California and made his professional debut that year, tallying a .253 batting average with four home runs, 23 RBI and seven steals in 62 games for the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters.

    That off-season, the righty throwing Knapp required Tommy John surgery to repair a damaged elbow. He was back on the field by the following May, getting at bats, but sitting out on defense for some time to allow additional recovery for his elbow. He joined the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers during the fifth week of the season. It was mid-June by the time he would play on the defensive side of the game.

    Upon joining the Threshers, Knapp struggled with the bat, posting a .157 average with a home run and seven RBI in 23 games. After a 5-for-48 (.104 avg) stretch that wrapped up on June 1st, Knapp was demoted to Class A Lakewood, where he would rebound offensively. In 75 games as a member of the BlueClaws, he posted a .290 batting average along with five homers and 25 RBI.

    To open the 2015 season, Knapp returned to Clearwater and represented the team as a mid-season All-Star. In 63 games with the Threshers, the six-foot-one 190-pounder notched a .262 average with a pair of home runs and 28 RBI. By late June, Knapp was promoted to Double-A Reading, where his offensive output was on fire. In 55 games with the Fightins, he batted .360, slugging 11 homers and driving in 56 runs.

    For his tremendous campaign, the man known as “The California Kid” was honored with the Paul Owens Award, which is an annual nod bestowed up the top performing offensive player and pitcher in the Phillies’ developmental ranks.

    During the off-season, Knapp played in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, where he put together a .235/.294/.375 slash line in 15 games and represented the Phils in the league’s Fall Stars Game exhibition.

    Coaches praise Knapp’s leadership abilities. His battery mates tend to credit Knapp with their success and praise his ability to call a game. He is described as polished and has proven to be a great captain for his pitching staffs.

    A switch-hitter, Knapp drills line drives and possesses power from both sides of the plate (.655 SLG% as RHB with Reading, .622 SLG% as LHB with Reading).

    Knapp makes up a pair of backstops among the Phillies’ top 10 prospects along with Jorge Alfaro. If both progress at a rapid pace, it may be necessary for one of them to switch positions. Knapp considers himself athletic enough to adapt to that type of change, citing his efforts on defense in the outfield and at first base during his college career. He also played some first base in the AFL this off-season. Behind the dish, though, he has a strong arm and displays good footwork. Some critics state that receiving pitches is the area of his game that requires the most improvement, but I consider him a quality defender already at the position.

    Expect Knapp to catch at the Triple-A level this year, likely opening the upcoming season there. Provided he’s able to continue with the type of success he enjoyed last year, he should be virtually on deck to make his way to the big league roster if and when a spot opens up there for any reason. He projects to be an everyday big leaguer.
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    im not as sold on him as others are, we'll see.
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    They call him "The California Kid"? That's a pretty creative nickname.
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    lol. Don't bring your UFC **** to the Phillies board.
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    Prospect Nation 2016: #4 RHP Mark Appel
    Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, February 03, 2016 09:05 AM | Comments: 0
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    appel milbThe Astros’ decision to give up on the number one overall draft pick from 2013 could be a terrific blessing for the Phillies as righty hurler Mark Appel lands firmly among his new club’s top prospect rankings following this off-season’s trade that sent reliever Kenny Giles to Houston.

    There is no question that there would be extremely high expectations of a guy selected number one in the MLB draft. As such, some critics have already grown impatient with Appel’s progress. Sporting a career 5.12 ERA in 2 1/2 professional seasons, the Stanford product will hope a change of scenery will assist with his efforts to show and prove that he is worthy of the high regard that made him the first player taken.

    A tremendous college career in which he was honored as a multi-time All-American was topped off with a 4-0 record, three saves, a 0.90 ERA, a .203 batting average against and a 13.06 K/9 mark in nine games pitched in his senior season.

    Following the 2013 draft, Appel made his minor league debut with Class A short-season Tri-City in the New York-Penn League. In two starts there, he struck out six and walked none, allowing two earned runs in five innings pitched. He was soon promoted to Class A Quad Cities and performed very well. In eight starts, Appel notched a 3-1 record with a 3.82 ERA along with a .236 batting average against.

    The following season, his first full year as a pro, Appel opened the season the Class A Advanced Lancaster, where he posted weak numbers. In 12 starts, he would sport a 2-5 record with a 9.74 ERA and a .372 batting average against. Despite the rough stat line, the Astros promoted Appel to Double-A Corpus Christi by the end of July. He would collect a 1-2 record with a 3.69 and a .236 BAA in seven games there.

    Appel returned to Corpus Christi to open his 2015 campaign. In 13 games, the six-foot-five 220-pounder would post a 5-1 record with a 4.26 ERA while striking out 49 and walking 23 in 63 1/3 innings in 13 starts. By mid-season, he was promoted to Triple-A Fresno. With the Grizzlies, he had a 5-2 record with a 4.48 ERA while striking out 61 and walking 28 in 68 1/3 innings through 12 starts.

    Additionally, last year he represented the Astros at the MLB All-Star Futures Game. He impressed with a blazing fastball clocking at 98 MPH for the first pitch he threw.

    It has been stated that perhaps Appel lacks the edge it takes for a pitcher to succeed at the top levels of the sport. A self-proclaimed nice guy, the 24-year-old may need to alter his approach a bit and develop a bit of a more aggressive side.

    Noting that his stuff is the same as it’s always been, the Phils are looking forward to having their own personnel work with Appel to guide his career to the level that has been expected of him. Working with the Phils’ veteran coaches along with guest spring training instructor and two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay and former All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz when the team reports to Florida later this month will be a nice way to introduce the youngster to his new organization.

    The pitch arsenal for Appel features a fastball that gets toward the upper 90′s with some regularity as well as two above average secondary offerings, a change up and a slider, both of which sit in the mid-80′s. His fastball velocity can tend to fade as he works deeper into games. Appel displays composure on the mound and the command is said to be good, but averaging about three walks per nine innings leaves room for improvement.

    Appel was drafted out of high school by the Tigers in the 15th round in 2009, but attended college instead. He was also drafted 8th overall by the Pirates following his junior season, but chose not to sign. With Stanford, he was a two-sport athlete, also lettering in basketball.

    Expect Appel to be a part of the Triple-A Lehigh Valley starting rotation when the 2016 gets rolling. If the Phillies can straighten him out, there’s no reason that he wouldn’t still have the potential to become a front line starter at the big league level
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    too high on the list for a guy who hasn't done anything. hopefully roy can fix him.
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    well, I hope they build a pitching mound in a refrigerated warehouse because Halladay overheats in anything over 50 degrees.

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