Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Phils acquire infielder Featherston from Angels

phils logoOn Wednesday, the Phillies acquired infielder Taylor Featherston from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash.

The six-foot-one 185-pounder did not perform well as a big league rookie last season, posting a .162/.212/.247 slash line in 101 games. Featherston, 26, had done considerably better since turning pro, notching a .274/.343/.453 in four minor league seasons.

He has primarily been a shortstop and second baseman during his professional league career, but has also played third base.

Featherston was recently designated for assignment by the Angels. He was a 5th round draft selection out of Texas Christian in 2011.

This off-season, Featherston played with Licey in the Dominican Winter League, where he tallied a .216 average five RBI in 10 games.

This addition will add depth for the Triple-A level. Expect Featherston to get some playing time in big league camp this spring.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Prospect Nation 2016: #2 RHP Jake Thompson

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Jake Thompson, image- Jay Floyd
Acquired as part of the group of prospects that came in return in the trade for Cole Hamels, right-handed pitcher Jake Thompson shot toward the head of the pack to become the Phillies' top pitching prospect last summer. Touting a strong arm and a some big strike out numbers, Thompson looks to be destined for a spot in the big league rotation sooner than later.

Originally a second round draft selection out of Rockwall-Heath High School (TX) by Detroit in 2012, the six-foot-four 235-pounder had a tremendous start to his pro career in the Gulf Coast League that year. In seven starts there as an 18-year-old, Thompson posted a 1-2 record with a 1.91 ERA and a .149 batting average against.

In 2013, Thompson sported a 3-3 record with a 3.13 ERA along with a 9.8 K/9 mark in 17 games for Class A West Michigan.

The following season, Thompson opened the year with Class A Advanced Lakeland, posting a 6-4 record with a 3.14 ERA in 16 starts before earning a promotion to Double-A Erie. There, the Texas native would tally a 1-0 record with a 2.45 ERA in two starts before being traded to Texas in a swap for Joakim Soria. Following the deal, he was assigned to Double-A Frisco, where he notched a 3-1 record with a 3.28 ERA. His strikeout numbers for the entire season stayed high, averaging more than a strike out per inning pitched.

He opened 2015 back with Frisco, where he continued to post good numbers, collecting a 6-6 record with a 4.72 ERA before the Phillies traded for him and a group of other young players. With his new organization, he was assigned to Double-A Reading, where he became the ace of the pitching staff, leading the team into the postseason with a 5-1 record, a 1.80 ERA and a .217 BAA in seven regular season starts. He would average 7.6 K/9 mark overall last season.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Prospect Nation 2016: #3 OF Nick Williams

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Nick Williams, image- Jay Floyd
Part of the collection of prospects the Phillies obtained last season in the trade that sent Cole Hamels to Texas, slugging outfielder Nick Williams is as promising as any of the very talented young players the team has in their developmental ranks.

A second round pick of the Rangers out of Ball High School (TX) in 2012, Williams quickly signed and debuted as a pro. In the rookie level Arizona League, he posted a .313 batting average with a pair of home runs and 27 RBI while swiping 15 bases in 48 games.

The following year Williams played with Class A Hickory in the Sally League. In 95 games, he tallied a .293 average with 17 homers, 60 RBI and eight steals.

In 2014 Williams would open the season with Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach, where he notched a .292 average with 13 home runs and 68 RBI in 94 games. That production earned him a promotion to the Double-A level to wrap up that season in August, where he posted a .226/.250/.290 slash line in 15 contests.

Last season, the lefty batting Williams returned to Double-A Frisco, batting .299 with 13 homers and 45 RBI through 97 games. He also represented the Rangers in the MLB All-Star Futures Game. By late July, the trade to the Phillies occurred and Williams transitioned to Double-A Reading, where he suffered a concussion as the result of a collision on defense in the field and missed some time. Despite the stint on the shelf, Williams posted a .320/.340/.536 slash line in 22 regular season games, helping the Fightins reach the Eastern League playoffs.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Phils deal former top prospect Biddle to Pirates

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Jesse Biddle, image- Jay Floyd
Multiple reports confirm that the Phillies have traded left-handed pitcher Jesse Biddle to Pittssburgh in a deal with an undisclosed return at the time of this writing.

Biddle, 24, underwent off-season Tommy John surgery and will miss the entirety of the 2016 season.

The move seemed to be something that has been in the works from the Phillies side since they designated him for assignment, removing him from their 40-man roster last week. With his extended injury time, placing him on the 60-day disabled list would have allowed the Phils to keep Biddle on their roster without having him take up valuable space there, as there are exceptions for ailing players.

The Philadelphia native has missed considerable time with injuries in recent years, including a concussion, elbow soreness as well as a knee issue and dealing with whooping cough for an extended stretch.

Pittsburgh could be an ideal place for Biddle to rebound, once healthy. It's become a popular destination for pitchers looking for a career resurgence under pitching coach Ray Searage.

In 2010, the Phillies made Biddle, a Germantown Friends School product, their top draft pick, taking him 27th overall on the 1st round.

Splitting his 2015 campaign between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Biddle tallied a 9-6 record with a 4.95 ERA and a .295 batting average against in 24 starts last season. In 133 career games over eight seasons, the six-foot-five 235-pounder posted a 40-45 record with a 3.81 ERA and a .240 BAA.

Recently, the Phils have begun to acquire a collection of other left-handed talent, including Bobby LaFromboise who was selected off waivers from the Angels, signing minor league free agents Edgar Ibarra and Jeremy Bleich along with undrafted free agent Evan Crower, who played quarterback at Stanford.

*UPDATE*- The Phillies announced the deal this afternoon, confirming that they've received righty pitcher Yoervis Medina in the swap for Biddle. Medina, a 27-year-old Venezuela native, sports a 10-9 record with a 3.08 ERA and a .222 batting average against in 146 big league relief appearances. He pitched in 17 combined games with the Cubs and Mariners last season.

Prospect Nation 2016: #4 RHP Mark Appel

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Mark Appel, image- MiLB.com
The 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.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Prospect Nation 2016: #5 Catcher Andrew Knapp

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Andrew Knapp, image- Jay Floyd
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.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Prospect Nation 2016: #6 OF Roman Quinn

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Dating back to when he was selected by the Phillies as their second round draft choice out of Port St. Joe High School (FL) in 2011, Roman Quinn has been a promising prospect that the team has high expectations for. Now, as he reaches the upper levels of the pro ranks, the switch-hitting center fielder has become a buzz name to potentially take over a role in the big league outfield in the near future.

Quinn would make his pro debut as a 19-year-old with short-season Class A Williamsport in 2012, posting a .281 average with nine doubles, a league-leading 11 triples, one home run and 23 RBI while swiping 30 bases in 36 opportunities.

Those excellent offensive efforts came while learning to switch hit and adapting to a defensive switch to shortstop, after playing mostly outfield prior to signing his first pro deal.

Comfort was a big factor for Quinn in 2013, according to his Class A Lakewood coaches, who saw things get easier for the talented youngster at the plate as the season went on. He got off to a rough start, batting .202 with a .556 OPS in 22 April games. In May, things began to look up, offensively, for Quinn, as he tallied a .304 average with an .874 OPS in 26 contests that month. His season would not last much longer, as the Florida resident was hit by a pitch that resulted in a broken left wrist in June, ending his campaign with .238 average with seven doubles, three triples, five home runs and 32 stolen bases in 41 chances through 67 games.

Unable to compete in that autumn's Florida Instructional League, due to the slow healing wrist, Quinn continued to work out and suffered a ruptured right Achilles tendon while running sprints. Surgery came soon afterward and Quinn missed considerable time while recovering.

Originally expected to miss the majority of the 2014 season, Quinn, who is listed at five-foot-10, 170-pounds, was back on the field by mid-May and impressed many with the strides that he took.

Playing in 88 contests, the most he's played in any of his three pro seasons to that point, for the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, Quinn returned to post a .257 batting average along with 10 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 36 RBI.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Prospect Nation 2016: #7 OF Cornelius Randolph

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Randolph, image- Baseball Betsy
Selected with the 10th overall pick in last year's draft as a shortstop out of Griffin High School in Georgia, Cornelius Randolph quickly placed among the Phillies' top prospect rankings across many outlets.

In his senior season, Randolph drew loads of attention from pro clubs, posting great offensive numbers with a .533 average, seven home runs, 33 RBI and a 1.631 OPS in 26 games, leading his team into the state tournament.

Listed at five-foot-11, 205-pounds, the 18-year-old had a tremendous professional debut in 2015, posting a .302/.425/.442 slash line in 53 games for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies.

Touted by scouting director Johnny Almaraz as the top high school bat in the country last year, the Phillies were very happy with their selection. Armed with a quick bat, the lefty batting Randolph has the ability to hit for average as well as power. A Clemson recruit out of high school, he is described as a patient hitter that has a good approach at the plate.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Biddle DFA'd to make room for new addition

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The Phillies made a move on Friday removing 2010 top draft choice Jesse Biddle from the team's 40-man roster in favor of lefty pitcher Bobby LaFromboise, who was claimed off waivers from the Angels.

It's not a stunning move that the Phils designated the 24-year-old for assignment, as he underwent Tommy John surgery this off-season and is expected to miss the entirety of the 2016 campaign. With that down time in mind, it isn't very likely that another team will claim him.

Biddle, a lefty, had a fair season last year, splitting time with Double-A Reading the Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In 24 starts, he posted a 9-8 record with a 4.95 ERA and a .295 batting average against. Control had been an issue for Biddle in recent seasons, issuing 4.6 free passes per nine innings for his 2014 and 2015 campaigns.

Injuries have become a concern for the Philadelphia native as well. Aside from the elbow issue he is currently dealing with, Biddle has also been sidelined with a concussion as well as a separate elbow strain and he faced a serious battle with whooping cough all within the past couple years.

It is worth noting that players on the 60-day disabled list don't "clog up" a spot on a team's 40-man roster, as there are exceptions to make additions in place of such players, as the Phillies did with Cliff Lee and Jonathan Pettibone last season. So, the Phillies could have certainly found a way for Biddle to remain untouched. This could be a bit of evidence of the new front office's vision going forward and that it may not include Biddle.

LaFromboise was originally an 8th round draft selection in 2008 by Seattle. In 27 big league appearances, the 29-year-old sported a 0-1 record with a 3.63 ERA along with a 9.3 K/9 mark.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Prospect Nation 2016: #8 RHP Zach Eflin

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Zach Eflin, image- Jay Floyd
Right-hander Zach Eflin was the key target when the Phillies traded away former National League MVP Jimmy Rollins last off-season. With a solid repertoire and a proven track record of being a strike thrower, the 21-year-old is one of the most promising hurlers in the system.

Selected with the 33rd overall pick in the 2012 draft by San Diego out of Hagerty High School in FL, Eflin made his professional debut that same year as a member of the rookie level Arizona League Padres. He would post a 0-1 record with a 7.71 ERA in four games (three starts) as an 18-year-old.

After making minimal impact upon his minor league debut, Eflin came back strong in 2013, tallying a 7-6 record along with a 2.73 ERA, a .239 batting average against and a 6.5 K/9 mark in 22 starts with Class A Fort Worth.

In 2014, as a 20-year-old, Eflin sported a 10-7 record with a 3.80 ERA and a 6.5 K/9 in 24 starts for Lake Elsinore in the Class A California League.

Last year, Eflin would open his first season in the Phillies organization as a member of the Double-A Reading Fightins, where he would spend the entire regular season campaign, leading the team toward the Eastern League playoffs. In 23 starts, the Florida native sported an 8-6 record with a 3.69 ERA, a 4.6 K/9 mark and a .268 batting average against. He was also honored as a mid-season All-Star, sporting a 2.88 ERA at the break.

Eflin's arsenal includes a low-to-mid-90's four-seam fastball, a solid slider as well as a change up that has great potential as a possible plus offering. He worked last year on refining his secondary pitches, with pitching coach Dave Lundquist, adding a curve ball, which became a very good weapon, during the season. Consistency with his mechanics is said to be a big plus for the youngster and he pitches to contact, getting a lot of ground balls thanks to the sinking movement on his fastball.

The six-foot-four 200-pounder has the right mentality for a starter that can take on the challenges of the upper levels. When faced with bad results, he won't allow them to impact his approach negatively and is able to display considerable poise on the mound.

Not only was Eflin part of the Rollins trade with the Dodgers, Los Angeles flipped him immediately after they acquired him from the Padres in a swap for two-time All-Star Matt Kemp as well.

Expect Eflin to hold down a rotation spot with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this year. With a ceiling as a middle of the rotation starter, possibly higher in the order, Eflin could see some big league time by season's end. With an invitation to major league camp, he should get plenty of exposure with the big league team in spring training.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Prospect Nation 2016: #9 Catcher Jorge Alfaro

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Acquired as part of the the return for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman from Texas last summer, catcher Jorge Alfaro quickly became one of the Phillies' most promising young talents. With a powerful bat and outstanding skills behind the dish, Alfaro could become a fast moving performer for his new organization.

Originally signed by the Rangers for a reported $1.3 million in 2010 at the age of 16, the Colombia native would make his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League that same year. In 48 games, the righty hitting Alfaro posted a .221 average and a home run along with 23 RBI.

The following year, with Class A short-season Spokane, the talented youngster tallied a .300 average with six homers and 23 RBI.

In 2012 with full season Class A level Hickory, he batted .261 with five home runs, 34 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 74 contests.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Chesson Hadley: A Rising Star


Chesson Hadley is an American golfer who can holds several achievements to his name, including winning the Puerto Rico Open and the award of PGA Rookie of the Year which he received in 2014. Chesson Hadley is available to be booked for appearances as an after dinner speaker at private and corporate events or for brand opportunities through London based talent agency MN2S.

Hadley was born in North Carolina in 1987 was a natural sportsman from an early age. Especially taken with golf at 6 years of age, by the age of 12, he had already broken par, and was later a three-time All-State performer while at high school and a five-year letterwinner at North Raleigh Christian Academy, as well as winning every conference match in his senior year.

Winning a scholarship to Georgia Tech, he went on to perform impressively over the course of his college years, and in 2008 represented the USA on the Palmer Cup team. Off the back of this success, he turned professional in 2010, having also achieved a degree in Business Management during his golf filled college years.



After playing on the eGolf Tour for two years, he qualified for the Web.com Tour at the 2012 PGA Tour Qualifying School. He won the tour twice in 2013, including the honour of winning his hometown event, the Rex Hospital Open, and emerging victorious at the Tour Championship. Finishing with the highest earnings, he went on to become a rookie on the PGA Tour in 2013.
His successful first season on the tour saw him take first place at the Puerto Rico Open and achieve four top ten finishes, warranting the award of 2014 PGA Tour Rookie of the year.

Hadley has already proved himself a character on the tour, becoming known for his trademark finger click routine which he brings out at moments of particular success when playing. He has become a popular figure on the circuit, identifiable by his tall lanky frame and big grin which shows beyond a doubt his genuine love of the sport.



Ever a humorous character, Hadley once pranked his tour mate, Bubba Watson as the latter was signing autographs. Given a tendency of famous sports players of any discipline to go into an vacant autopilot when presented with countless autographs to sign, Hadley slipped into the crowd pushing a magazine under Watson’s nose to sign while flashing the camera an infectious grin as Watson noticed nothing.

Hadley is a promising golfer, with strong successes and an excellent reputation among his peers already. An undeniable talent, Hadley is available to talk about his career and entertain an audience with his distinctive personality. Such a well-respected figure in the golfing world is an excellent choice as after dinner speaker or for a brand endorsement alike, and can be booked through MN2S talent agency in the UK.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Prospect Nation 2016: #10 RHP Franklyn Kilome

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Franklyn Kilome, image- Jay Floyd
One of the most promising young pitching prospects in the Phillies organization is right-hander Franklyn Kilome. Armed with great velocity and a remarkable repertoire, the talented youngster will soon be among the collection of the team's pitching prospects pushing his way toward the big leagues.

Signed by the Phillies as an international free agent in January, 2013, Kilome would make his professional debut the following year.

With the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies, as an 18-year-0ld, Kilome would post a 3-1 record with a 3.12 ERA and a .235 batting average against. He struck out 25 and walked 11 in 40 1/3 innings.

The Dominican native opened 2015 in extended spring training, then joined the short-season Class A Williamsport club. He helped the Crosscutters charge into the postseason with a 3-2 record with a 3.28 ERA and a .230 BAA. He struck out 36 and walked 21 in 49 1/3 innings.

Consistency was something that stood out about Kilome's progress last season, showing an ability to work on his mechanics and repeat his motions. He throws from a 3/4 slot and, despite the walks, he features plenty of command with his pitches steadily peppering the lower portion of the strike zone, when he wants them to.

His arsenal features a dominant upper-90's fastball that can get up to 100 MPH on occasion. The 20-year-old also touts a dependable above average curve ball with bite and a solid change up that coaches altered the grip on last year.

This off-season, the Phillies brought Kilome north to work out at the team's spring training facility in Clearwater, FL with a goal of adding muscle to his projectable and slim six-foot-six 175-pound frame. According to reports, the program was successful and the difference is noticeable.

Kilome told me last August that he is inspired by the path of top draft pick Aaron Nola to the majors. The younger hurler wants to take the mound for the Phillies with quickness.

According to Phillies director of player development, the organization may not have a pitcher with bigger upside if all things go right for Kilome.

An argument could be made for Kilome opening the 2016 season as part of different rosters. With his skill set where it is, he might certainly be able to compete at Class A Advanced Clearwater, while opening the campaign with Class A full-season Lakewood might be most suitable for his age and experience level.

For the immediate future, it sounds like the Phils will proceed with Kilome in a starting role, but the team's needs down the line as well as the youngster's blazing fastball may result in a move to the bullpen at a later stage.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Prospect Nation 2016: #11 RHP Jimmy Cordero

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Acquired last season from Toronto as part of the Ben Revere trade, righty hurler Jimmy Cordero looks to be a promising arm that could become a top contributor to the Phillies' big league bullpen very soon.  Sporting an overpowering fastball as part of his electric arsenal, Cordero is as promising a reliever as the Phils have in their minor league system.
Originally signed as an international free agent by the Blue Jays in 2012, the six-foot-three 215-pounder made his professional debut that year in the Dominican Summer League.  In seven games (three starts) there, he tallied a 1-3 record with a 5.60 ERA and .203 batting average against.

The following year, Cordero combined to post a 4-2 record with a 5.47 ERA and a .275 batting average against in 16 total games (two starts) for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays and Bluefield of the Appalachian League.

In 2014, with Class A Lansing, the Dominican native notched a 3-2 record with a 3.06 ERA and a 9.5 K/9 mark in 25 appearances.

He opened the 2015 season with Dunedin in the Class A Advanced Dunedin, where he was 0-1 with a save and a 2.49 ERA in 16 outings.  Cordero was promoted to Double-A New Hampshire in late May, posting a 0-1 record with a save and a 2.92 ERA in 17 games.  Following the deadline trade, Cordero joined Double-A Reading, where he helped the team reach the post-season, sporting a 2.12 ERA with no decisions in 13 games.  With those three teams, Cordero struck out 64 and walked 24 in 67 innings pitched.

This off-season in 10 relief appearances for the Leones in the Dominican Winter League, Cordero posted a 1.93 ERA, striking out 10 and walking seven in 9 1/3 innings.

In his aresenal, the fastball is key.  He has big time velocity that regularly can clock in triple digits.   His slider is a nasty pitch with plus potential.  He also throws a pretty good curve ball that his coaches like.  With a great feel for his off-speed offerings, Cordero's fastball is even more devastating.

The 24-year-old is able to throw first-pitch strikes on a consistent basis in order to get ahead of the opposition as well. 

It would not be far-fetched to anticipate Cordero making his big league debut in 2016.  However, it is most likely that he could open the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, manning a key role in their bullpen.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Prospect Nation 2016: #12 OF Tyler Goeddel

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Selected by the Phillies in December's MLB Rule 5 draft, outfielder Tyler Goeddel will get every chance to catch on with the big league club as they open a new season in 2016.

Goeddel was taken 41st overall out of high school in the 2011 draft by Tampa Bay. Touted as a five-tool player at the time, he has worked hard to prove those reviews as accurate.

Upon making his professional debut in 2012 as a 19-year-old for Class A Bowling Green, Goeddel posted a .246 batting average with six homers, 46 RBI and 30 stolen bases. Repeating that level the following season, he tallied a .249 average with seven home runs, 65 RBI and 30 steals in 112 games.

The following year, Goeddel posted a .269 average with six homers, 61 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 113 games for Class A Advanced Charlotte in the Florida State League.

In 2015 Goeddel posted a strong offensive campaign, sporting a .279 average with 12 home runs, 72 RBI and 28 steals in 123 games with Double-A Montgomery in the Southern League.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Prospect Nation 2016: #13 RHP Ricardo Pinto

Pinto n KnappRight-handed starting pitcher Ricardo Pinto (pictured, center) had a breakout season in the Phillies organization last year. Honored as the top pitcher in their minor league ranks, the 21-year-old is very promising and will look to continue his success this year, as he moves up.

Boasting a mid-90's fastball and a plus change up, Pinto has looked great at the lower levels of the minors. Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan states that Pinto's is the best change up among the organization's righty prospects. Development of a third offering, his slider, will be the determining factor of the type of progress he'll see.

Signed as an international free agent in December, 2011, the Venezuela native debuted in pro ball in the Venezuela Summer League the following year. In 15 games (10 starts) he sported a 7-3 record with one save, a 2.74 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

He repeated the VSL in 2013, posting a 3-5 record with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in 14 games, strictly as a starter.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hollands visits team doctor in Philly, progressing well

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Phillies left-hander Mario Hollands was in Philadelphia this week to have a follow up exam on his surgically repaired elbow and feedback was positive.

Hollands, who was the Phils' 10th round draft selection in 2010 out of UC Santa Barbara, was sidelined last year during spring training, and soon underwent UCL reconstructive (Tommy John) surgery.

Nine months out from surgery, the throwing arm is healing as well as can be expected, according to team doctor Michael Ciccotti .

The team anticipates that Hollands will begin throwing off a mound by late January or early February. His time table for facing batters remains to be determined, but with a month of spring training action still six weeks away, Hollands will have plenty of time to get in game shape. Keep the 27-year-old in discussions for holding down a big league bullpen spot in the first half of the coming season.

In 50 games as a big league rookie in 2014, Hollands posted a 2-2 record along with a 4.40 ERA.

On Tuesday, Hollands returned to Florida to continue his rehab work with team training staff at their spring training home in Clearwater.

Additionally, minor league third baseman Zach Green, who missed much of last season with a broken left wrist, is fully healed and will report early to spring training by mid-week next week.

Green entered the 2015 season ranked as Phillies Nation's number 13 prospect. In just 26 games for Class A Advanced Cleatwater last season, the 21-year-old righty batter sported a .173 average with a home run and seven RBI.

A six-foot-three 210-pounder, Green was the Phils' 3rd round draft selection in 2012.