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Sep 022013
 
The Bad & The Ugly: A look at the Phillies catching depth

A prospect’s stock can be volatile.  Over the course of a season, injuries or poor performance can have a prospect quickly go from potential star to longshot to used car salesman.  Growth, mechanical or mental adjustments can also help a prospect emerge.  Teams can have long-term plans all they want, but the reality is that [More…]

Aug 282013
 
Phillies send seven prospects to the Arizona Fall League

Tuesday, Arizona Fall League rosters were announced.  This off-season, seven Phillies minor leaguers will compete on the Peoria Javelinas alongside players from the Astros, Mariners, Padres and Royals.  Teams usually send players to the AFL for one or more of the following reasons: they missed time during the season with an injury or suspension, players [More…]

Aug 132013
 
Phillies showing increased activity in international free agent market

In a span of about two weeks, the Phillies (may have) signed Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a contract that could be worth up to $59 million, a record for an international free agent, as well as 16 year old Dominican third baseman Luis Encarnacion for $1 million, nearly a team record for an [More…]

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…]