Sunday, December 21, 2014

What Will Ruben Amaro Do Next?

After JRoll trade, Amaro still has a lot of work ahead of him
There are two main things that we know for sure about the Phillies. First, they have publicly stated that they want to shed high-salaried and aging veterans, move on from the 2000’s core, and rebuild.
Secondly, the Philadelphia Phillies have to fill a roster and field a team in the 2015 season, even if we know in advance that the this team is not likely to be a contender for even a Wildcard playoff spot.
So with those two things in mind, let’s examine what is on the agenda for Ruben Amaro over the next 2-3 months, before and then into the opening of spring training in Clearwater in February.
SHEDDING SALARY, MOVING VETERANS
Amaro will be looking at any and all offers that come in for the group of players fitting the bill. This includes Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd, Jonathan Papelbon, and Carlos Ruiz. It also includes

Phillies Top 10 Prospects from TBOH

Shortstop J.P. Crawford is the Phils top prospect
The Philadelphia Phillies website "That Ball's Outta Here" (TBOH) released their Phils Top 10 Prospects list yesterday.

The release came just after the trade of Jimmy Rollins, in which the team received a pair of pitchers, lefty Tom Windle and righty Zach Eflin, each of whom made it onto the ranking.

TBOH named shortstop J.P. Crawford, the heir apparent to Jimmy Rollins as the shortstop of the future, as the Phillies top overall prospects. Crawford has received that same designation by nearly all national outlets. He is considered to be about two years away from the big leagues.

Here are those Top 10 Phillies prospects. You can read the full TBOH article, including an evaluation on each of the prospects, at this link:

TBOH Phillies Top 10 Prospects

1.   J.P. Crawford, SS
2.   Maikel Franco, 3B
3.   Zach Eflin, RHP
4.   Aaron Nola, RHP
5.   Tom Windle, LHP
6.   Carlos Tocci, CF
7.   Dylan Cozens, RF
8.   Matt Imhof, LHP
9.   Roman Quinn, CF
10. Jesse Biddle, LHP


Amaro: Phils Better Off Without Howard

Former superstar Ryan Howard appears to be on his way out
With the Jimmy Rollins trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers a fait accompli, waiting only on the exact particulars of a return price, Ruben Amaro took to a local radio station on Friday afternoon and related a conversation that he had with Ryan Howard.
“I told him that in our situation it would probably bode better for the organization not with him but without him.”
That would seem to be a bit disrespectful for a man who was such a huge piece, The Big Piece, of all the Phillies success in the last decade. 
Howard was the 2005 NL Rookie of the Year, the 2006 National League MVP and Silver Slugger winner, the runner-up in 2008 NL MVP voting, and

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Philography: Darren Daulton

1993 iconic Macho Row captain Darren 'Dutch' Daulton
The Philography series continues with the final weekly installment before moving to a bi-monthly (every two weeks) schedule during the off-season. This week we take a look at the career of 1993 ‘Macho Row’ team Captain, fan favorite Darren ‘Dutch’ Daulton.
Darren Daulton was born on January 3rd, 1962 and raised in the same town of Arkansas City, Kansas. He attended his hometown Arkansas City High School, was a star athlete, and became the Philadelphia Phillies 25th round selection in the 1980 Draft as an 18-year old.
Over the next few years, Daulton rose through the Phillies system a level at a time, first to Rookie league Helena, then Low-A Spartanburg, and then to High-A Peninsula. At each stop, his playing time and his productivity increased.
By 1983 at age 21, Daulton had reached the AA level Reading Phillies, where he raised his game another level. He had career highs in nearly every category, and showed

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cole Hamels Home to San Diego?

Could Cole Hamels be headed home to San Diego?
The Padres have been extremely active over the past week, completing one trade for Matt Kemp, and finalizing another for Wil Myers. Now could they try to bring Cole Hamels home to San Diego?
Hamels is a San Diego native, born and raised. He attended Rancho Bernadino High School there, and was drafted out of that school by the Phillies as the 17th overall pick in the 2002 MLB Draft. 
There has been some speculation that this is indeed an aim for the Padres. Putting Hamels at the top of a rotation that already includes Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy, and Tyson Ross would enable them to match up with LA and San Francisco.

Jimmy Rollins Deal to Dodgers in Jeopardy?

Deal sending iconic shortstop to LA has hit a snag
For a week now, Phillies fans have been waiting impatiently for the conclusion of the trade of a franchise icon, Jimmy Rollins. Now comes news that the deal is completely up in the air, and could conceivably fall through altogether.
News broke this morning via Twitter, of all places, that Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is suffering from arthritis in both hips. The news came in a post from respected USA Today baseball writer Bob Nightengale.
Rollins Trade Jeopardy
The importance of this to the Rollins trade is that LA had a deal in place with the San Diego Padres, swapping Kemp and Tim Federowicz along with $35 million for catcher Yasmani Grandal and a pair of pitching prospects, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin.
Once this deal was complete, the Dodgers were then forwarding Eflin along with their own pitching prospect, Tom Windle, to the Phillies in exchange for Rollins.
At least for now,

Phillies Christmas Gifts

Whether in stores or online, still time to Christmas shop
Christmas time is here, and with less than a week to shop for the big day, the Philadelphia Phillies and local merchants have a slew of items in all price ranges for any fan on your list.
At Phillies.com, the team offers membership to the “Fightin Phils Club“, which for just $24.99 gets your fan an official membership card, 2 tickets to a 2015 home game, 2015 MLB Gameday audio for their computer, and a variety of other club-exclusive opportunities and discounts.
Want to splurge a bit more (and maybe get yourself in on the fun?) At the team site you can also find information and begin the booking process for a “Phancation“, a trip to Cancun’s Riviera Maya in January with Phillies celebs including

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Giles Next-In-Line as Phillies Closer

Ken "100-Miles" Giles will eventually replace Papelbon
Barring some tragic injury, Ken Giles is going to be the next closer for the Philadelphia Phillies. Which doesn’t mean he will be the closer when next season opens.
The Phillies have dangled current closer Jonathan Papelbon…okay, they’ve flashed a massive “FOR SALE!” sign over his head…for months now, hoping that someone would take the veteran and his $13 million contract off their hands.
However, despite a tremendous on-field record for years now,

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MLB 2015 Draft Order Updated

Phils 1st Round pick is the 10th in the June 2015 MLB Draft
With recent free agent signings, the MLB Draft order has been officially updated. The Phillies own 1st Round selection remains in the 10th overall position.
The Phillies will be selecting 10th, 48th, and 82nd through the first 3 rounds. From the 4th through 40th rounds, the Phillies will be selecting in the 8th position each round.
Overall positioning of NL East rivals in the first 3 rounds:
Marlins: 12, 50, 84
Braves: 15, 30, 54, 88
Mets: 53, 87
Nationals: 27, 58, 68
The Mets lost their 1st Round pick, which would have been

Byrd Remains Phils Elder Statesman

Numerous rumors surround the Phillies oldest player
At various times in recent weeks, trade rumors involving the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles and other teams have swirled, but for now, Marlon Byrd remains the Philadelphia Phillies elder statesman on a roster still full of them.
Even with the trade of Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers (still not finalized as of this morning, by the way) the Phils remain one of only two N.L. East teams with any players born in the 1970’s, and they have 5 of them.
The Mets have two such players,