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PhoulBallz Podcast Episode 42: Darin Ruf Talks About the Phillies' Season

On the 42nd edition of the PhoulBallz Podcast Tug and Jay are joined by Phillies OF/1B Darin Ruf who chats about the Phillies' disappointing 2013 season, his production this year and more.  The guys also discuss Roy Halladay 's health and future, what the Phils' pitching rotation might be like next year and the retirement of Yankees legend Mariano Rivera . Use the media player below to stream the full episode, or simply download it by clicking HERE. You can also check out previous episodes and subscribe on iTunes .

Phillies Fall Instructional League Roster Details

At long last, thanks to the Twitter feed of Baseball Prospectus writer Chris King , the info I've been asked for many times this month is finally available. Here is the complete Phillies' Fall Instructional League roster... Pitchers- Drew Anderson Tyler Buckley Edgar Campusano Ranfi Casimiro Daniel Child Zach Cooper Seranthony Dominguez Delvi Francisco Mitch Gueller Jordan Guth Nic Hanson Denton Keys Manaure Martinez Mark Meadors Angel Mejia Will Morris Nefi Ogando Ricardo Pinto Yacksel Rios Alexis Rivero Feliberto Sanchez Matt Southard Jesen Therrien Tyler Viza Kevin Walter Catchers- Corey Bass Deivy Grullon Andrew Knapp Jesus Posso Jake Sweaney Infielders- Malquin Canelo Art Charles J.P. Crawford Grenny Cumana Luis Encarnacion Zach Green Jan Hernandez Andrew Pullin Mitch Walding Trey Williams Outfielders- Venn Biter Dylan Cozens Carlos Duran Larry Greene Jr. Bryan Martelo

Series Preview: Phillies at Braves, September 26-29

The Phillies (72-86) will close out their 2013 season with a four-game series against the postseason bound Atlanta Braves (93-65). When the teams last met in Philadelphia earlier this month, the Braves were swept in a three-game set.  The Phils have dropped four of six meetings at Turner Field, where this series will take place, thus far this season. Read ahead for full details on the pitching match ups and loads more statistics from this series.    Thursday, 7:10 PM.  Tyler Cloyd (2-6, 5.40 ERA) vs. David Hale (0-0, 0.00 ERA).   In three starts this month, Cloyd has an 11.77 ERA.  In six road starts, Cloyd is 2-2 with a 4.60 ERA.  Hale, a 25-year-old Princeton product, threw five scoreless frames in his big league debut against the Padres earlier this month.  Hale had a 6-9 record with a 3.22 ERA in 22 Triple-A games this season. Friday, 7:30 PM.  Cliff Lee (14-7, 2.93 ERA) vs. Kris Medlen (14-12, 3.24 ERA).  In 14 career games against Atlanta, Lee has a 7-5 rec

Series Preview: Phillies at Marlins, September 23-25

Here's a quick review of the pitching match ups for this week's three-game series between the Phillies (71-84) and the Marlins (57-99), in Miami. Monday, 7:10 PM.  Roy Halladay (4-4, 6.71 ERA) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (3-6, 3.79 ERA).  In his last five starts, Halladay is 2-0 with a 4.28 ERA.  Halladay is 9-5 with a 3.53 ERA in 17 career outings against the Marlins.  Juan Pierre is 0-for-15 in his career against Halladay.  In his last five starts, Eovaldi is 1-3 with a 3.41 ERA.  The 23-year-old Eovaldi has a 0-4 record with a 5.40 ERA in five career starts against the Phils.  Carlos Ruiz is 4-for-8 (.500 avg) with three doubles and two RBI in his career against Eovaldi. Tuesday, 7:10 PM.  Zach Miner (0-1, 3.22 ERA) vs. Henderson Alvarez (4-5, 4.05 ERA).   Miner posted a 3.90 ERA in 27 appearances with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs this season.  Opponents are batting .262 against Miner in 14 big league outings this year.  In his last eight starts, the 23-yea

Series Preview: Metropolitans at Phillies, September 20-22

The Phillies (71-81) will close out their home schedule this weekend as the division rival Mets (68-84) visit for a three-game series.  Far removed from the playoff picture, the two teams will battle for third place in the National League East division. In nine of the 16 meetings between the these clubs this year, the Phils have been victorious. Read ahead for details on the pitching match ups and loads more information from this series. Friday, 7:05 PM.  Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 6.12 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (8-13, 3.48 ERA).   Matsuzaka allowed four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last start against the Phils on August 28th.  Matsuzaka is 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA in two road starts this year.  In his last nine starts, Hamels is 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA.  Hamels is 7-12 with a 4.29 ERA in 25 career starts against the Mets.  In 16 home starts this year, Hamels has a 3-6 record with a 3.55 ERA. Saturday, 7:05 PM.  Dillon Gee (11-10, 3.47 ERA) vs Tyler Cloyd (2-5, 5.06 ERA).   G

PhoulBallz Podcast Episode 41: Jesse Biddle Talks About His Progress & Health

On the 41st edition of the PhoulBallz Podcast Tug and Jay are joined by top Phillies Double-A pitching prospect Jesse Biddle who shares some thoughts on his 2013 season, his health concerns, growing up as a fan of the Phillies and loads more.  The guys also talk about Cesar Hernandez 's solid production, David Buchanan and Tyler Knigge 's service in the community and they try to predict the MLB most valuable player awards. Use the media player below to stream the full episode, or simply download it by clicking HERE . You can also check out previous episodes and subscribe on iTunes .

Watson, Cooper to Make Up For Missed Time in Florida Instructional League

Shane Watson, Image- Jay Floyd The Florida Instructional League will provide an opportunity for a pair of Lakewood hurlers that were sidelined with injuries this summer to make up for some missed time. Shane Watson and Zach Cooper will be among the Phillies prospects spending time in Clearwater at "instructs" over the next several weeks.  The pair will be able to put themselves on display for organizational coaches and brass while they take strides to excel and bounce back from injuries that forced them to miss time this year. Watson, who has been sidelined since early July with shoulder inflammation, saw a specialist on Monday and was cleared to begin a throwing program.  The 20-year-old was the Phillies' top selection (40th overall) in last year's amateur draft out of Lakewood High School in California. In 15 starts this season for the Class A BlueClaws, the six-foot-four 200-pounder posted a 4-6 record with a 4.75 ERA and a .230 batting average against.

Series Preview: Marlins at Phillies, September 16-18

With the worst offense in the major leagues, the Marlins (55-94) seem to be an ideal opponent for a Phillies (69-80) team looking to avoid their first losing season since 2002.  Miami, which ranks last in the big leagues in batting average (.231), runs scored (479), home runs (90), OPS (.627), will face Phils ace Cliff Lee in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils have been victorious in five straight games against Miami. Read ahead for full details in the pitching match ups and plenty more details from this series. Monday, 7:05 PM.  Sam Dyson (0-0, 4.50 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (13-6, 2.97 ERA).   The 25-year-old Dyson will be making his first big league start.  In five big league relief appearances, Dyson sports a 7.27 ERA and a .371 batting average against.  In his last five starts, Lee has a 3-0 record with a 2.00 ERA.  After throwing six complete game shutouts in 2011, Lee has completed one game, a shutout against Miami in May

Series Preview: Phillies at Nationals, September 13-15

Without much success away from home recently, having dropped 17 of their last 21 road contests, the Phillies (68-78) will hope to turn things around when they travel and kick off a three-game series against the division rival Washington Nationals (77-69) on Friday. The Nats, who are 5 1/2 games back in the National League Wild Card standings, are still clinging to some postseason hopes and will look to lock down their fifth straight victory against the Phillies at Nationals Park. For full details on the pitching match ups and other key notes from this series read ahead. Friday, 7:05 PM. Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.51 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96 ERA). In his last six starts, Kendrick has a 0-4 record and a 5.13 ERA. Kendrick sports a 2-3 record and a 5.31 ERA in nine career games at Nationals Park. Bryce Harper is 8-for-20 (.400 avg) with a home run and two RBI in his career against Kendrick. Strasburg has a 5-4 record with a 1.55 ERA in 14 home games this se

PhoulBallz Podcast Episode 40: Shane Watson calls in; Also talking Rupp, Galvis and No Playoffs

We're back with episode 40 of the PhoulBallz Minor League Podcast.  On this week's edition, Jay and Tug are joined by Phillies righty pitching prospect Shane Watson who discusses his recovery from a shoulder issue and playing with diabetes.  Topics also include Cameron Rupp , Freddy Galvis , Jonathan Papelbon and the entire Phils organization failing to place a single team in the postseason. Use the media player below to stream the full episode, or simply download it by clicking HERE . You can also check out previous episodes and subscribe on iTunes .

Larry Greene Jr. Batting Practice Footage

Outfield prospect Larry Greene Jr. had plenty of ups and downs all throughout the 2013 season.  The six-foot 235-pounder began the year in extended spring training, with the Phillies citing his fitness level as the reason.  A short time later, Greene joined the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws' roster and proceeded to post a .178 average over his first 34 games.  Following that, in the month of June, the Georgia native tallied a .274 batting average in 23 games.  Then, in the final 54 games of the season, Greene sported a .205 average. Additionally, the power that Greene was so highly touted for upon signing his first pro contract with the Phillies, after he was drafted 39th overall on 2011, has yet to be put on display in a convincing fashion.  In 181 minor league contests, the 20-year-old has slugged just six homers and has served up a .666 OPS. Greene put forth a solid performance on defense, as his speed and range is great for a player his size. Just prior to the season's

Series Preview: Padres at Phillies, September 10-12

Tyler Cloyd, Image- Jay Floyd Fresh off a series sweep of the National League East division leading Braves over the weekend, the Phillies (66-77) will continue their homestand as they host the San Diego Padres (65-77). During their successful sweep, Phils starting pitchers posted a 2.45 ERA while striking out 27 batters in the three games. In the opening contest of the three-game set, the Phillies will send right-hander Tyler Cloyd , who tallied a 1.36 ERA in his final eight minor league games this season, to the mound.  San Diego will counter with righty Andrew Cashner , who has a 2.18 ERA in his last five starts.  The Phils were victorious in two of three meetings with the Padres at Citizens Bank Park last season.  Read ahead for details on the pitching match ups and loads more details on this series. Tuesday, 7:05 PM.  Andrew Cashner (8-8, 3.45 ERA) vs. Tyler Cloyd (2-3, 3.57 ERA).   In 16 road games this season, the righty Cashner has a 3-5 record with a 4.61 ER

J.P. Crawford Batting Practice Footage

Shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford was one of the brightest spots from a minor league season that saw a grand total of zero Phillies minor league teams reach the postseason.  Drafted 16th overall this past June, the 18-year-old made a great impression in the Gulf Coast League, as he sported a .345 average with eight doubles, three triples, one home run, 19 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 39 games. After displaying his excellent offensive skills in the rookie level GCL, the Phillies promoted Crawford to the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws.  While the slick fielding California native started out going 10-for-33 (.303 avg.), he wrapped up the season on a 1-for-20 stretch in his final five games, bringing his average at Lakewood down to .208.  Following his debut with the BlueClaws on August 19th, the team won nine of 14 games, so his impact on the team was clear, despite his final numbers there. Recently, I grabbed some batting practice footage of J.P. at Lakewood's FirstEnergy Park, prior

PhoulBallz Podcast 39: Adam Morgan Interview, Paul Owens Awards, Gillies Notes, Season Highlights

On the 39th edition of the PhoulBallz Podcast, Jay chats with lefty pitching prospect Adam Morgan , who dealt with a shoulder injury in 2013 but made a lot of progress.  Additionally, Tug and Jay chat about the Phillies' Paul Owens Award winners Severino Gonzalez and Maikel Franco , Trevor May thoughts on being traded by the Phils last off-season, Tyson Gillies ' feelings toward his season, September call-ups as well as much more. Use the media player below to stream the full episode, or simply download it by clicking HERE . You can also check out previous episodes and subscribe on iTunes .

Cameron Rupp Ready for Next Level

Cameron Rupp, Image- Jay Floyd Over the weekend, Cameron Rupp sat in the players' lounge area of the Coca Cola Park clubhouse watching the Phillies on television. On Tuesday, he'll be in the clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park for his first major league game. Rupp, the Phillies' third round draft choice in 2010 out of the University of Texas, was among a collection of youngsters that was added to the big league roster as September call-ups this week. The strong defending 24-year-old is up for the challenge. This season, Rupp posted a career high in home runs, with 14, splitting time with the Double-A Reading Fightins and the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Additionally, Rupp sported a .258 average and drove in 45 runs in 94 total games this year. The righty batting Texan, pleased with his own progress this year, had his eyes set on higher levels for much of the season. "I knew the situation I was in, sharing time with (Sebastian) Valle in Reading and with T

Galvis Returns, Other Call-ups Announced

Thanks to a tweet from IronPigs beat reporter Jeff Schuler, we got our first glance at the Phillies' September call-ups. Not sure if list is complete but call-ups include Rupp, Robles, Savery, Cloyd, Galvis, Garcia. Aumont no, Valdes no #Phillies #IronPIgs — jeff schuler (@jschulermc) September 2, 2013 Some familiar faces in pitchers Tyler Cloyd , Joe Savery and Luis Garcia will return after previous stints with the big club this season. Relief pitcher Mauricio Robles and catcher Cameron Rupp will be making their first trips to Citizens Bank Park as official members of the big league roster. Additionally, the Phillies will recall shortstop Freddy Galvis .  The five-foot-ten 170-pounder posted a .207 average with four homers and 14 RBI in 54 games with the Phillies earlier this season. Of his inclusion on the big league opening day roster, Galvis felt it was encouraging and took a lot of confidence from his time in the majors earlier this year. "It feels goo

BlueClaws Quotables: Morandini, Charles & Tromp Reflect on 2013

As the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws wrapped up their regular season with a rain out on Monday, I spoke with manager Mickey Morandini about several of his players' progress this year.  Additionally, first baseman Art Charles and outfielder Jiandido Tromp shared some thoughts on their 2013 season and what the off-season might hold.  Read ahead for quotes from all three men. Mickey Morandini: Off the top, Morandini shared a list of BlueClaws that will be participating in the Florida Instructional League- RHP Zach Cooper , RHP Delvi Francisco , RHP Kevin Walter , RHP Shane Watson , SS J.P. Crawford , 1B Art Charles, OF Larry Greene Jr. and OF Carlos Tocci . Morandini spoke about which of those players would benefit most from more time on the field with the Phillies' coaches and minor league staff... Larry needs to go down there and continue to work on his swing.  Tocci really needs to go down there and get stronger.  I don't think he needs a lot mo

PhoulBallz Interview: IronPigs Manager Dave Brundage

Dave Brundage, Image- Jay Floyd Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Dave Brundage returned the Phillies' organization this season after a 26-year absence.  Previously, Brundage managed the Braves' Triple-A affiliate for the last six seasons.  Prior to his time in the Atlanta system, the 48-year-old spent 19 season in the Mariners organization as a player, coach and manager.  The Georgia resident was originally drafted as a fourth round pick in 1986 and played at three levels with the Phillies, reaching as high as Double-A Reading before he was traded to Seattle. The IronPigs hung close in the International League wild card standings through the latter portion of the season, but a loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday officially eliminated them from the postseason hunt. This weekend, I spoke with Brundage about several of his players, including Adam Morgan , Tyson Gillies as well as Cameron Rupp and he also chatted about September call-ups among other things