Jul 302013
Phillies 2013 Trade Deadline Preview - Los Angeles Dodgers Prospects

With new ownership, the Dodgers have been spending money left and right the last one and a half years.  From picking up the big contracts Boston unloaded last year to outbidding the league by dozens of millions of dollars for Yasiel Puig, they’ve used their new financial resources to become a contender.  They still have [More…]

Jul 282013
Phillies 2013 Trade Deadline Preview - Boston Red Sox Prospects

It seemed like the Red Sox were set for a long rebuild when they traded Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to the Dodgers last July on their way to their worst season since 1965.  Instead, they spent big on a couple free agents, and they’ve found themselves back in first place for most [More…]

Jul 282013
Phillies 2013 Trade Deadline Preview - Baltimore Orioles Prospects, plus Phils sign Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

Last week, the Phillies surprised probably everyone when they signed Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a six year contract guaranteed to be worth $48 million.  This is 40 times more than their previous record for signing an international free agent, so it’s obvious they feel that adding him really improves the organization.  I question [More…]

Jul 222013
Phillies Minor Leagues 2013: Where Is The Pitching?

Since Ruben Amaro still seems determined to at the very least stand pat at the deadline, I’m going to hold off on doing any trade deadline preview things.  The wisdom in this plan is certainly questionable; they’re back under .500 again, and when you need a laundry list of things to break just right to [More…]

Jul 152013
2013 Phillies Top 15 Prospects At Mid-Season

This could easily become obsolete in two weeks thanks to the trading deadline (or even two days if I change my mind), but after the signing deadline last week, I thought I’d post an updated list of the top 15 prospects in the organization.  I ranked 30 prospects out of 42 considered for the list, [More…]

Jul 082013
Defending Eagles Fans: Comparison Of The Silver Linings Playbook Movie vs. Book

By Richard Bon I watched the movie before reading the Matthew Quick novel, and found both very entertaining. While watching the movie, one scene and one late plot wrinkle bothered me, so I was very pleased when I read the book and found the scene portrayed differently and the plot wrinkle nonexistent. The first problem [More…]

Jul 082013
Phillies 2013 Prospect Report: Whose Stock Is Up, Whose Is Down?

Over the course of a season, players go hot and cold, but over three months in, it’s generally safe to say that a player performing well is performing well, and one that isn’t, isn’t  Prospect stocks have changed since the beginning of the year, and unfortunately for the Phillies, it seems like more have gone [More…]

Jul 012013
Who is the Phillies #1 Prospect: Biddle vs. Franco

Coming into the season, Jesse Biddle was the near-consensus number one prospect in the Phillies organization.  Keith Law had Adam Morgan ranked just a little higher, but with Morgan’s shoulder injury, he’s out of the picture for now.  Now emerging is third baseman Maikel Franco.  I had him ranked fifth in the organization entering the [More…]