Oct 242013
 
Phillies Prospects: Baseball America's League Top 10 Wrap-up

Over the past month, Baseball America has been rolling out their top 20 prospect by minor league lists.  Their top 10 and 30 lists by organization always get more attention, but in a way, the top 20 lists are more informative.  When you’re comparing Jesse Biddle to Maikel Franco, you can decide one is better [More…]

Oct 012013
 
Phillies: Potential Prospect Help In 2014

After another unsuccessful season, the Phillies will start looking toward 2014.  There isn’t enough money to address their many needs in free agency, so they’ll have to see if they can produce some of their own talent.  That’s been an issue for them lately because of some of the trades they made when they were [More…]

Sep 202013
 
Phillies Minor Leagues 2013 - Post-season injury updates

It was a rough year for some prospects in the organization.  Nine players in my top 30 list entering the season were affected by injuries, many of them closer to the top of the list.  Every organization has to deal with this because player health isn’t a certainty, but it seems like the Phillies were [More…]

Sep 092013
 
Phillies 2013 Draft Review - 3 Months Later

It’s now three months since the 2013 draft, and the picks who signed have completed their first professional season.  The stats these players compiled are often not indicative of how their careers will pan out, but it’s still something to look at.  For example, after being drafted in the fourth round in the 2011 draft, [More…]

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 192013
 
Phillies Minor Leagues: 2013 Postseason Chases

Minor league seasons are winding down very soon.  For Phillies affiliates, the Gulf Coast League ends on the 29th, Lehigh Valley, Reading and Lakewood end on Labor Day, Clearwater the day before, and Williamsport two days after.  That means there are about 10-15 games for prospects to improve their statistics and for teams to improve [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…]