Skip to main content

1/26/10 Notebook

Plenty of things going on around Baseball Land that are worth mentioning. Take a look, and catch yourself up.


The Rookie Career Development Program is an annual MLB event, held every January, where top prospect are brought together to learn about life in the big leagues. It is designed to allow the young players to prepare for what lies ahead of them off the field...dealing with the media and finances, as well as any pressures that may arise at home or in the clubhouse. The symposium was held last week, and Phillies prospect right handed pitcher Phillippe Aumont, who was acquired in the Cliff Lee trade, was there.

In an interview posted on Phillies.com (here), the Canadian born Aumont was asked about his language barrier coming from a background where French was his first language, and learning English on his own. He stated that, "It took me a while. It took me a few years to get over my stage where I was shy to speak and make mistakes and everything. And now I feel more comfortable and every day I learn something new."



The Yankees traded for former Phillies OF prospect & top draft pick Greg Golson today. The deal sends minor league infielder Mitch Hilligoss to Texas for the speedy Golson, who projects to play for New York's triple A affiliate in Scranton this coming season. Golson, was once a highly touted prospect who was invited to play in the MLB All Star weekend Futures Games but is now a marginal prospect who can't safely break onto a Major League roster for longer than a couple weeks.



The Carlos Ruiz signing is finally official, as he passed his physical. The Phillies held a press conference today, at Citizens Bank Park where Ruiz finessed the Q&A session with his thick Panamanian accent. Ruiz spoke of this contract being a dream come true. He grew up as a second baseman, and during that time, all he could dream about was making it to the Major Leagues. Then, since he's been a Major Leaguer, a contract like this has been his dream. The contract is 3-years/$8.85 million, with an option for a fourth season.



The Phillies claimed minor league infielder Brian Bocock off waivers from the Blue Jays today. Bocock spent minimal time in double A with the Connecticut Defenders last season, where he batted .171 with a double, while going just 2-for-5 at stolen base attempts in 25 total games. In 97 games with High A level San Jose in 2009, Bocock batted .241 with 3 homers and 48 RBI. Bocock will turn 25 before the start of the coming season and could be looked at to fill the hole left by Brad Harman, who was released after last season. Bocock had been claimed off waivers by Toronto from the Giants earlier this month.



Last week, plenty of news sources and blogs were all over Phils' manager Charlie Manuel's weight loss. The dramatic drop in pounds, Manuel claims, was 58...thanks to Nutrisystem and a regular offseason exercise routine. Speaking to the press this afternoon, Manuel said, "I looked at a picture of me. My stomach was over my belt. I went, 'That's a pretty big gut.'"

Glancing through my very own photo albums today, I realized that Halloween efforts to dress up as Charlie will now be far more difficult if the guy in charge of the Phillies continues to get more svelte.

-------------------------------

Be sure to follow PhoulBallz.com on Twitter HERE to get down with unique stat info, other updates and our new "Name that Phillies autograph" game!

BallHype: hype it up!

Comments

mvr joe said…
Awesome halloween pic mr ballz

Popular posts from this blog

2022 Top Phillies Prospects Countdown: #13 OF Ethan Wilson

Taken with the Phillies' second round draft pick (49th overall) last year, outfielder Ethan Wilson has landed among the top prospects in the organization. A co-freshman of the year in 2019, with South Alabama, Wilson has been on the radar of some big league teams for quite a while.  In his junior season last year, Wilson batted .313 with seven home runs and 30 RBI.  When his collegiate season was through, the lefty hitter quickly debuted in the minors.   In 30 games with Class A Clearwater last year, Wilson tallied a .215 average with three homers, 17 RBI and two steals. Listed at six-foot-one, 210-pounds, Wilson opened the 2022 campaign with Class A Advanced Jersey Shore.  The 22-year-old has been slow to start offensively, but confidence and poise are not a problem for this strong, promising individual. On the base paths, Wilson is quick and can contribute with his feet.  Defensively, the Alabama native will likely play left or right field moving forward.  Possessing an ability t

Who is Your Favorite Willie 'Mays' Hayes?

PhoulBallz.com is wondering which individual who has portrayed Willie "Mays" Hayes is the favorite of the public. Hayes, of course, is the character made famous in the Major League motion picture series. In Major League , Willie "Mays" Hayes was portrayed by budding Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes, who would go on to action movie superstardom. Snipes has starred in major motion pictures like the Blade trilogy, Passenger 57 , Undisputed and many more. Snipes remains an impact Hollywood actor, despite legal troubles related to income tax evasion. Snipes was replaced for the sequel, Major League II when his busy career, and possibly the film's budget, would not allow him to return, by Omar Epps. Another budding actor, Epps had previously worked with director David S. Ward, on the film The Program , and landed the role of Hayes, who had become a Hollywood action star over the off-season that occured between the two films. Epps' career portraying athletes rolle

Prospect Nation 2012: #1 RHP Trevor May

With a massively impressive campaign in 2011 for the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, right-handed starting pitcher Trevor May locked down his spot as Philadelphia's top prospect and is on the fast track toward the big leagues. He is the reigning Paul Owens Award winner, given to the top pitcher and player in the Phillies' developmental system each year. In 27 starts with the Threshers in 2011, May posted a 10-8 record with a 3.63 ERA, while striking out a Florida State League leading 208 batters in 151 1/3 innings. He also held opposing hitters to a .221 average. The Phillies' 4th round draft pick from 2008, May earned the win in the 50th annual Florida State League All-Star Game at Bright House Field last year. He also was twice named FSL Pitcher of the Week and earned Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors for June. After signing with Philadelphia, May helped lead the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies to a championship in 2008. In 5 regular