Monday, October 27, 2014

Rosenberg outrighted off Phillies' 40-man roster

Rosenberg, image- MiLB.com
The Phillies continued to trim their 40-man roster on Monday, announcing that B.J. Rosenberg cleared waivers and had been outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Rosenberg, who was a 13th round draft pick by the Phillies in 2008, appeared in 13 big league games this past season, sporting a 6.75 ERA with the Phils. Overall, in 57 big league contests during his career, the 29-year-old has a 4-2 record with one save and a 5.72 ERA.

In 20 minor league games this year, Rosenberg posted a 2-1 record with a save and a 5.73 ERA.

Rosenberg can elect to become a free agent as a result of the move.

Following the recent move involving Andres Blanco, the team's roster now stands at 38 players.

Ogando, Quinn to represent Phils in AFL Fall Stars Game

Nefi Ogando, image- Tug Haines
The Arizona Fall League announced rosters for it's annual "Fall Stars Game" to be held on Saturday, November 1st. In the showcase the Phillies will be represented on the East division squad by two players, righty reliever Nefi Ogando as well as outfielder Roman Quinn.

Ogando, 25, was acquired from Boston last year for veteran John McDonald. Thus far in seven appearances for Scottsdale in the AFL, the six-foot-two 185 pound Dominican sports a 1-0 record with two saves and a 2.08 ERA while striking out eight and walking three in 8 2/3 innings. With Double-A Reading this past season, Ogando, whose fastball regularly resides in the mid-90's, posted a 5-1 record with seven saves, a 6.27 ERA and a 9.16 K/9 mark.

The 21-year Quinn, who was the Phils' 2nd round pick in 2011, is batting .245 with a triple and 10 stolen bases in 13 games for Scottsdale. The Florida native bounced back nicely from Achilles tendon surgery this year, posting a .257/.343/.370 slash line with 32 steals in 88 games for Class A Advanced Clearwater. Quinn switched to the outfield from shortstop this season.

Other rising stars set to see action in the AFL's Fall Stars Game include top Twins prospect Byron Buxton, the Pirates' Josh Bell and Cubs hurler C.J. Edwards.

The game is slated to take place at 7pm EST and will be broadcast live on MLB Network.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Off-season league updates: Ruf, Perkins, Quinn, Altherr

Here's another weekly roundup of how various Phillies players are performing in off-season leagues around the globe.

In the Venezuelan Winter League-

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Cam Perkins, image- Jay Floyd
With La Guaira, OF Cam Perkins has gone 2-for-12 (.167 avg) with an RBI in four contests. The 24-year-old was drafted by the Phillies in the sixth round in 2012 out of Purdue. In 126 combined games at Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, Perkins posted a .271/.326/.384 slash line.

In nine games with Zulia, OF Aaron Altherr is 8-for-25 (.320 avg) with two doubles, two HR and six RBI. Altherr served as a big league roster filler at times this year, going 0-for-5 in two games. The 23-year-old was a ninth round pick in 2009.

Also with Zulia, OF Wilmer Oberto is batting .269 with an RBI in nine games. The 21-year-old Venezuelan split time this season between Class A full season Lakewood and short-season A level Williamsport, posting a .226/.301/.355 slash line in 75 total games.

Lefty hurler Lino Martinez allowed an earned run in two innings of work in a lone outing for Zulia thus far. The 22-year-old posted a 0-6 record with a 5.32 ERA in 37 appearances with Clearwater this season.

Alexis Rivero, a right-hander, has allowed two earned runs in 2 1/3 innings of work for Aragua while striking out three and walking three in a trio of appearances. The 19-year-old sported a 2-0 record with one save and a 2.62 ERA in 12 games for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies this year.

19-year-old infielder William Cuicas is 0-for-1 in two games played for Aragua. Cuicas posted a .310 average with an .864 OPS in 42 GCL games this year.

Herlis Rodriguez, a lefty hitting outfielder, is without a hit in two at bats for Aragua. The 20-year-old batted .260 with five RBI in 28 combined games at three lower levels this past season.

In the Mexican Winter League-

Backstop Sebastian Valle is 3-for-14 (.214 avg) in four games for Los Mochis. In 75 combined games between Reading and Lehigh Valley this year, the 24-year-old sported a .238/.262/.346 slash line.

In the Dominican Winter League-

OF/1B Darin Ruf has been playing first base exclusively for Licey. The 28-year-old is 3-for-11 (.273 avg) with a double and a home run in three games. The right-handed batting Ruf was a 20th round draft pick in 2009.

Righty hurler Hector Neris has been a scoreless frame in a relief appearance for Licey. The 25-year-old Dominican native earned a win in his big league debut this past season.

In the Arizona Fall League (all Phillies players are on the Scottsdale roster)-

OF Roman Quinn is batting .267 with a triple, four RBI and a league leading eight stolen bases in 10 games. The 21-year-old bounced back from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon this year, posting a .257/.343/.370 line in 88 games for Class A Advanced Clearwater.

Catcher Logan Moore is 2-for-14 (.143 avg) with an RBI in four games thus far. The 24-year-old was a ninth round draft choice by the Phillies in 2011. In 91 games combined between Class A Advanced Clearwater and Double-A Reading, Moore posted a .227 average with four homers and 28 RBI this season.

Lefty hurler Adam Morgan returned to official action after missing the entire 2014 regular season following shoulder surgery. In two appearances, Morgan has allowed one earned run in 2 2/3 innings with three strike outs and no walks. The 24-year-old was the Phillies' third round draft choice in 2011.

Right-hander Colton Murray has taken two losses while allowing five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings with seven strike outs and one walk. Murray, a University of Kansas product, was selected by the Phils in the 13th round of the 2011 draft. The 24-year-old posted a 2.23 ERA and a 9.04 K/9 mark in 47 combined games between Clearwater and Reading this season.

Lefty Ethan Stewart has allowed one earned run in 3 1/3 innings while striking out six and walking five in two AFL appearances. The 23-year-old posted a 5-7 record with a 4.82 ERA in 28 games for Clearwater this year. Stewart was a 47th round pick in 2010.

Righty Ryan O'Sullivan has struggled, allowing 12 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings (19.06 ERA). The 24-year-old was acquired as the player to be named later from the Dodgers for Joe Blanton in 2013.

Right-hander Nefi Ogando has a win and a 2.70 ERA through five appearances while striking out six and walking two. The 25-year-old Dominican Republic native was acquired from Boston for John McDonald in 2013.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Infielder Blanco outrighted off Phillies' 40-man roster

The Phillies announced over the weekend that they've outrighted infielder Andres Blanco off their 40-man roster.

The 30-year-old switch-hitter posted a .277 average while slamming a home run and driving in three runs in 25 games at the big league level this season.

In the minors, Blanco sported a .241/.314/.285 slash line in 45 contests with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs.  He missed time in 2014 with an oblique issue.

Prior to this year, the Venezuela native had last appeared in the Major Leagues with Texas in 2011.  Blanco also has big league time with Kansas City and the Cubs.

Blanco was originally signed by the Phils as a minor league free agent prior to the 2012 season.

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PNTV: Jesse Biddle Profile Segment

Lefty pitching prospect Jesse Biddle missed considerable time this season after suffering a concussion, but the Philadelphia native returned to action late in the season and is now back to full health.

The Phillies' top draft pick from 2010 has long been a highly regarded prospect, but due to his lack of output in recent years and the portrayal of his time off this year as a mental break, rather than necessary due to his health, Biddle has slipped on some player rankings.

Biddle, who posted a 5-10 record along with a 4.58 ERA in 19 minor league games this season, took the mound for the Phillies in the closing game of the Fall Instructional League and is slated to pitch in the Roberto Clemente League in Puerto Rico this off-season to make up for missed time.

The ailment for the youngster was a result of being pelted in the head with hail during a storm in Reading this past May.

Prior to his injury this season, along with the guys at 20/20 Visual Media, I produced a profile segment on Biddle for Phillies Nation's weekly TV program. While the 22-year-old was sidelined, the segment was shelved and did not air, but we're now bringing it to you as an online exclusive outtake from the show. Check out the media player below to view the piece.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Phillies release nine prospects

According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Phillies released nine minor league talents this week.  Among them, righty hurlers Mark Meadors and Jeb Stefan as well as infielder Trey Williams.

Meadors, 22, was a 21st round draft selection by the Phillies in 2013 out of Cowley County Community College.  The six-foot-four 200 pounder posted a 2-3 record along with two saves, a 3.76 ERA and a 7.36 K/9 mark in 37 outings in his time with the Phils.

Stefan, a six-foot-four 220 pounder, was a 22nd round draft choice in 2012 out of Louisiana Tech University. Stefan, 24, sported a 6-12 record with a 6.44 ERA in 29 games with Class A Advanced Clearwater this past season.

Third baseman Williams, a right-handed hitter, was selected by the Phils in the 7th round of the 2013 draft.  The 20-year-old posted a .197 average with five home runs, 22 RBI and one steal in 76 games in the rookie level Gulf Coast League over two seasons. 

Also trimmed by the Phils were 21-year-old right-handed pitcher Gregorio Santos, 21-year-old lefty pitcher Francibel Alejo, 24-year-old outfielder Nick Ferdinand, 24-year-old middle infielder Anthony Phillips, 20-year-old second baseman/outfielder Olvy Marte and 22-year-old right-hander Robinson Torres.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

PhoulBallz Podcast Episode 72: Jake Fox Interview

On the 72nd edition of the PhoulBallz Minor League Podcast, Tug and Jay are joined by cerebral slugger Jake Fox, who talks about his time in the Phillies' organization this year, his transition to playing with the Somerset Patriots this year, his possible future destination, having a plan at the plate and plenty more. The guys also discuss the postseason success of the Kansas City Royals as well as Phillies playing in off-season leagues.

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.




Sunday, October 12, 2014

Off-season Leagues Underway in Arizona and Venezuela

The big league postseason is still in full swing, but many Phillies prospects have begun to get extra playing time in off-season leagues. As the weeks roll on, more players will debut as more leagues get going.

Throughout the fall and winter months we'll be providing updates and reviews of how those players and others are performing around the globe. Read ahead for all the latest from the Arizona Fall League, the Venezuelan Winter League and beyond.

Playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the AFL...

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Roman Quinn, image- Jay Floyd
OF Roman Quinn is 2-for-15 (.133 avg) with three runs, three walks and three stolen bases in four games. The switch-hitting Quinn was the Phils' second round draft selection in 2011. The 21-year-old bounced back from surgery to repair a ruptures Achilles tendon this year, posting a .257/.343/.370 line in 88 games for Class A Advanced Clearwater.

Catcher Logan Moore is 1-for-6 (.167 avg) in two games thus far. The 24-year-old was a ninth round draft choice by the Phillies in 2011.

Lefty hurler Adam Morgan returned to official action after missing the entire 2014 regular season following shoulder surgery. In one appearance, Morgan threw a scoreless frame, striking out one while allowing no hits or walks. The 24-year-old was the Phillies' third round draft pick in 2011.

Right-hander Colton Murray has pitched four innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out four and walking one. Murray, a University of Kansas product, was selected by the Phils in the 13th round of the 2011 draft. The 24-year-old posted a 2.23 ERA and a 9.04 K/9 mark in 47 combined games between Clearwater and Double A Reading this season.

Lefty Ethan Stewart has allowed one earned run in 3 1/3 innings while striking out six and walking five in two AFL appearances. The 23-year-old posted a 5-7 record with a 4.82 ERA in 28 games for Clearwater this year. Stewart was a 47th round pick in 2010.

Righty Ryan O'Sullivan allowed six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings in one start thus far. The 24-year-old was acquired as the player to be named later from the Dodgers for Joe Blanton in 2013.

Right-hander Nefi Ogando earned a win in his third appearance on Saturday. In his three outings, the 25-year-old, who sports a high-90's fastball, has fanned three and walked one in four innings. The Dominican Republic native was acquired from Boston for John McDonald in 2013.

In the VWL...

With La Guaira OF Cam Perkins has gone 2-for-8 in two games. The 24-year-old was drafted by the Phillies in the sixth round in 2012 out of Purdue. In 126 combined games at Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, Perkins posted a .271/.326/.384 line.

In three games with Zulia, OF Aaron Altherr is 4-for-9 (.444 avg) with two doubles, a home run, five RBI and two walks. Altherr served as a big league roster filler at times this year, going 0-for-5 in two games. The 23-year-old was a ninth round pick in 2009.

Also with Zulia, OF Wilmer Oberto is 2-for-7 with a walk. The 21-year-old Venezuelan split time this season between Class A full season Lakewood and short-season A level Williamsport, posting a .226/.301/.355 slash line in 75 total games.

Lefty hurler Lino Martinez allowed an earned run in two innings of work in a lone outing for Zulia thus far. The 22-year-old posted a 0-6 record with a 5.32 ERA in 37 appearances with Clearwater this season.

Alexis Rivero, a right-hander, has thrown 2 1/3 innings while allowing no runs in one appearance for Aragua. The 19-year-old sported a 2-0 record with one save and a 2.62 ERA in 12 games for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies this year.

19-year-old infielder William Cuicas appeared in one game on defense, but did not record a plate appearance for Aragua. Cuicas posted a .310 average with an .864 OPS in 42 GCL games this year.

Additionally, Jesse Biddle got his off-season underway in the Fall Instructional League's final contest, throwing two innings in a tune up outing on Friday. The lefty prospect, who turns 23-years-old later this month, is expected to pitch for Mayaguez in Puerto Rico when the Roberto Clemente League gets underway on October 30th.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Quinn excited for Arizona Fall League assignment

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Roman Quinn, image- Tug Haines
Less than a year removed from suffering a significant injury, Roman Quinn is fresh off a solid half season in the minors and is set to see action as the Phillies' premiere name in the Arizona Fall League.

Originally forecast to miss the majority of the 2014 season, Quinn was back on the field by mid-May and impressed many with the strides that he took to improve his offensive game.

Playing in 88 contests, the most he's played in any of his three pro seasons, for the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, Quinn returned from surgery to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon that he suffered last off-season to post a .257 batting average along with seven home runs, 36 RBI and 32 stolen bases.

Selected in the second round of the 2011 amateur draft, Quinn, who was mainly an outfielder in high school, was switched to shortstop by the Phillies after signing his first professional contract. The quick rise of top 2013 draft choice J.P. Crawford, a natural shortstop, did away with the need for Quinn to continue manning an infield spot. He was repositioned back to center field, a change that boosted his comfort level on the field.

"It was good news to me, because outfield had been my primary position. It's like being at home and it felt real good to go back out there. It just took a lot of pressure off me and I can go out there and relax rather than worrying about so much," Quinn explained during a phone interview this week.

According to the five-foot-10 170-pound Quinn, he knew for much of this year that the Phillies wanted him to see some extra game action over the off-season to make up for time missed due to his injury.

"We definitely had plans for off-season ball after I missed the first couple months of the season," Quinn stated. "We were definitely going to do something in the off-season, that's what my outfield coordinator Andy Abad was telling me."

The 21-year-old Florida native will take the field with some specific goals in mind, recognizing areas of his game that need improvement.

"I just want to improve my at bats from the left side and work on my routes out there (in the outfield). I think I can get better jumps. It's just the little things like that. I would love to cut down on my strike outs and improve my walk-to-strike out ratio. I think I need to play in more games since I missed quite a bit of time," Quinn asserted.

A natural right-handed hitter, Quinn, who began switch-hitting at the behest of the Phils after turning pro, struggled somewhat from the left side this past season, posting a .227/.323/.349 line as a lefty batter compared to 327/.391/.418 as a righty. He struck out 80 times while walking 36 times this season.

The news that he'd be seeing his playing time in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, which features many top prospects each year, was something that excited Quinn. Recent graduates of the AFL include Jedd Gyorko, Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, who were all there in 2011. Quinn sees the pace at which the league's top performers can reach the big leagues and looks forward to his opportunity to shine.

"It's definitely an honor, man. Just to be playing with guys at such a high level and (who are) considered the top prospects in their organization, you know, I've been looking forward to it, so I was very happy when I was told I was coming out here," Quinn said.

Joining Quinn on the Scottsdale Scorpions roster from the Phillies will be catcher Logan Moore along with pitchers Adam Morgan, Colton Murray, Ryan O'Sullivan, Ethan Stewart and Nefi Ogando. Lehigh Valley pitching coach Ray Burris is also working with the team.

The league's schedule gets underway Tuesday afternoon with Scottsdale's opening contest taking place in the evening against Salt River.

Friday, October 3, 2014

One of the greatest poker hands ever?

High-stakes poker master Benny Spindler plays with the utmost confidence and boasts a great collection of achievements at professional tables across the world.

His style of play has garnered criticism from opponents, but it hasn't changed the manner in which Spindler operates at the table.

Fans of aggressive and exciting poker play will thoroughly enjoy the video posted below in which the German born high roller, Spindler, takes out some formidable foes and appears to defy any and all written or unwritten roles in the great game of poker.

In the clip, the shaggy haired Spindler faces off with top table talent Paul Foltyn, who bows out with the better hand with no way of knowing that the brazen wunderkind was bluffing his way to a dominant showing.  When the typical guidelines dictate that Spindler should be playing more conservatively and likely should have not proceeded beyond the early stages of the hand, he would go on to stun viewers and his opponents by prevailing.

Commentators James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton can be heard expressing their shock regarding the path that the hand takes, but neither broadcaster seems surprised that Spindler, who has built a reputation for going against the grain, continues onward beyond the initial bet.  In fact, early in the video, Hartigan refers to Spindler as a "raising machine".  That moniker proves accurate.

Spindler proves victorious by going all-in with a weak hand, forcing his last remaining opponent to fold.

In the end, a victorious Spindler is the only one that does not express some type of boggled response.  He's a force at the tables and this video proves why he is considered a remarkable player.



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