Friday, June 28, 2019

Bettencourt joins the ranks of Tommy John surgery patients

Trevor Bettencourt, image- Jay Floyd
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Add right-hander Trevor Bettencourt to the list of Phillies prospects that have undergone UCL reconstruction (Tommy John surgery) this year.  The 24-year-old went under the knife earlier this month and is expected to miss roughly a year while her recovers.

The California native appeared in two games with Double-A Reading this year before he was sidelined with elbow pain.  In his three years in the pro ranks, Bettencourt sports a 7-3 record with a 2.40 ERA and a .208 batting average against in 69 regular season appearances.

In 2017 Bettencourt participated in the prominent Arizona Fall League and last off-season he pitched in Puerto Rico.

Bettencourt, the Phillies' 25th round draft selection in 2016 out of UC Santa Barbara, was in a cast until this past Monday.  He will soon travel to the organization's complex in Clearwater, FL, where he will rehab and work toward recovery.

The list of Phils minor leaguers that have also undergone Tommy John surgery this season includes lefty Kyle Young and righty Ben Brown.

Another injured pitcher is on the mend and close to a return.  Right-hander Spencer Howard saw action on Thursday with the Phillies' rookie level Gulf Coast League West team.  In three innings of work, the 2017 second round pick allowed just one hit, walked one, did not allow a run and struck out five.

The 22-year-old, who has been sidelined due to shoulder soreness since April 23rd, threw 24 pitches and 20 of those were strikes.  According to a source, his fastball was in the 93-95 MPH range.

In four starts with Class A Advanced Clearwater this season, Howard notched a 1-1 record with a 2.25 ERA with 30 strike outs and four walks in 20 innings.

Howard tossed a no-hitter in the playoffs last year with Class A Lakewood.  He was ranked as this outlet's top Phillies prospect entering this season.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Pair of IronPigs honored as AAA All-Stars, GCL No-no and more notes

Deivi Grullon, image- Jay Floyd
It was announced on Thursday that catcher Deivy Grullon and LHP Austin Davis will represent the Lehigh Valley IronPigs as International League All-Stars next month.

Grullon, one of four catchers on the IL team, has had a strong season for the 'Pigs.  The 23-year-old righty batter sports a .307 average with 14 doubles, 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 64 games.  Grullon was signed by the Phillies as an international free agent in 2012.

Davis, who has spent time with the big league Phillies this season and last season, sports a 2-0 record with two saves, a 2.64 ERA, an 11.2 K/9 mark in 20 relief appearances for the IronPigs. Davis was a 12th round draft selection in 2014.  In 38 career big league appearances to date, the 26-year-old has notched a 1-2 record with a 4.33 ERA.

The annual Triple-A All-Star Game is set to take place on July 10th in El Paso, TX, home of the Chihuahuas, the Padres' affiliate.

The winning team earns the right for its league's representative to play as the home team in September's Triple-A National Championship Game.

In somewhat of a silly situation, the Gulf Coast League Phillies had a tremendous day and were on the receiving end of that same stifling effort.  With two teams competing in the Rookie level GCL, there are times when those two clubs face one another.  Imagine what it might be like to completely shut down your fellow organization mates.  Well, that happened on Wednesday, as the GCL Phillies West team sent four pitchers to the mound to combine for a no-hitter against the GCL Phillies East team.

Right-hander Brandon Ramey, 18, tossed four innings.  He was relieved by Taiwanese righty Hsin-Chieh Lin, a 20-year-old that tossed 3 2/3 innings.  Philadelphia native Brian Marconi, 22, recorded one out to wrap up the 8th innings and 21-year-old righty Tyler Burch closed things out for the final frame.

Left fielder Keaton Greenwalt, the Phillies' 20th round pick in this year's draft, paced the offense in that one, recording two hits, including a homer, two RBI and a walk to help the West team lock down a 5-0 victory.

Last year's Phillies first round pick Alec Bohm is set to make his Double-A home debut on Thursday, as he was promoted during Reading's recent road trip last week.  The 22-year-old righty hitter is 3-for-20 (.150 avg) in five games since joining the Fightins.

Bohm, a third baseman, opened the 2019 campaign with Class A Lakewood, was promoted to Class A Advanced Clearwater and has torched the competition, posting a noteworthy .342 batting average through those first two levels.

Outfielder Adam Haseley will see his rehab stint with Reading continue on Thursday.  The Phils' first round pick from 2017 went 2-for-8 with a triple and a home run in two games with the Fightins this week.  Haseley, 23, had been promoted to the big leagues for the first time this month and played in two games before he succumbed to a groin injury.

PhoulBallz Interview: Reading RHP Connor Brogdon

Connor Brogdon, image- Jay Floyd
Righty reliever Connor Brogdon is having another stellar season following a campaign last year that saw him post exceptional numbers. 

In 2018, his first full professional season, the six-foot-six 192-pounder tallied a 5-3 record with five saves, a 2.47 ERA, a .228 batting average against and a 10.3 K/9 mark in 31 games (seven starts) with Class A Lakewood.

This year, Brogdon opened the season with Class A Advanced Clearwater, where he posted a 2-0 record, a 1.80 ERA, a .164 batting average against and a 10.4 K/9 mark in 10 contests. 

Since earning a promotion to Double-A Reading, the 24-year-old has been a key contributor out of the team's bullpen.  In 15 appearances, Brogdon sports a 1-1 record with two saves, a 2.66 ERA, a .150 batting average against and a 14.8 K/9 mark. 

A product of Lewis-Clark State, Brogdon was the Phillies' 10th round draft pick in 2017. 

I talked with Connor about his approach with his role, this week's series against division rival Trenton and plenty more.  Head on over to Patreon.com/PhoulBallz and support my work to hear this exclusive interview!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Four Fightins honored as Eastern League All-Stars

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Mickey Moniak, image- Jay Floyd
The Double-A Eastern League All-Star rosters were announced on Monday and four Reading Fightin Phils have been honored and will represent the Eastern division.

Righty pitchers Adonis Medina and Addison Russ will be joined by slugging first baseman Darick Hall and outfielder Mickey Moniak when the game takes place on Wednesday, July 10th in Richmond, VA.

Medina, 22, has been on a roll of late and closed out the first half of the season with five straight wins, notching a 1.24 ERA over that stretch.  In 12 starts for Reading, the Domincan Republic native sports a 5-3 record with a 4.05 ERA and a .235 batting average against.

Russ, 24, has been consistent as the team's closer this year, tallying a 1-3 record with 10 saves, a 1.57 ERA and a 12.9 K/9 mark in 28 appearances.  He was the Phils' 19th round draft choice in 2017.  Russ was an All-Star last season for Class A Lakewood.

Hall, a lefty batting 23-year-old, leads the league in RBI with 51 through 69 games.  The Phils' 14th round pick in 2016 is batting .234 and is one homer shy of a tie for the league lead in that category as well with 14.  Hall was also named as an All-Star last year with Clearwater in the Class A Advanced Florida State League. 

Moniak, 21, is batting .264 with 18 doubles, a league leading eight triples, four homers and 36 RBI in 69 games.  Moniak was the first overall pick in the 2016 draft.

I spoke with Reading manager Shawn Williams on Monday about each of his All-Stars.  Read ahead for those exclusive quotes.


Williams on Moniak...

Yeah, he just keeps getting better.  Every year he keeps getting better.  His ceiling is extremely high.  And you're seeing a lot of it with how he finished last year in Clearwater and he's progressed into this year, doing the same thing.  Just having really good at bats.  He's extremely dangerous in there hitting and he's having a good year.

Williams sharing thoughts on Medina...

He's been really aggressive the past month and the numbers are showing it.  He's pitching deep into games.  He's picking up big wins.  All three pitches, he's throwing them for strikes and when that is happening, you're not going to hit him.  And he's been doing really well.

The skipper with remarks about Russ...

With Russ, he's been very consistent in the back end of our bullpen, closing games out, pitching big innings, 'cause we've played a lot of tight games.  He's been a main reason why we're at where we're at.

I asked Williams if having Russ as his closer makes the jobs of the coaching staff a little easier...

It just helps your team period.  And we have a bunch of guys in the bullpen that are like that, but he's definitely one of them to go with the others ones, but yeah that's always great when you have a bullpen that's been pitching like our's has.

 I asked if Williams was excited for Hall to be named an All-Star...

Absolutely.  He's very well deserved, had a great year.  He's really put up some big numbers here recently and is driving in a bunch of runs. I think he's leading the league in RBI's.  Hitting some big homers and more importantly, he's becoming a hitter and hitting really well.

Monday, June 24, 2019

PhoulBallz Interview: Tyler Carr talks Clearwater's combined no-hitter

Tyler Carr, image- Jay Floyd

Righty reliever Tyler Carr was already enjoying a very successful season in the Phillies' organization when he contributed three frames to the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers' no-hitter on Saturday night.  Now, even the organization's big league manager is recognizing his efforts.

After opening the season with Class A Lakewood and looking strong out of that club's bullpen, the 23-year-old was promoted to Clearwater, where he has continued to shine..

Carr, who was the Phillies' 31st round draft selection last year out of South Alabama, helped starter Kyle Glogoski and bullpen mate Keylan Killgore in tossing the team's first nine inning no-hitter since July 2016.

In 20 total appearances this season, Carr, who is listed at five-feet-10, 175 pounds, sports a 3-1 record with two saves, a 1.25 ERA, a .197 batting average against and a 9.0 K/9 mark.

I talked with Carr about the Theshers' no-no, where it ranks among highlights of his playing career, hearing from Phillies manager Gabe Kapler about the huge game and more.  Read ahead for that interview.

-What are your thoughts on being part of this no-hitter for the Threshers.

I thought it was a great game.  Kyle Glogoski came down, it was his first start for the Threshers, and obviously it was a great one.  Five innings, no hits.  I didn't notice we had it going on until I threw my (first) inning.  Bottom of the 6th is kind of when I just looked up there (at the scoreboard), of course, couldn't get it out of my head (after that).  But I executed my pitches and the defense did a great job behind me.  I got through it and Killgore has been great all year.  He just came in and did his thing like he's done all year, like he always does.  Just a quick inning.  We did our thing and it was a great game all around. 


-So, yeah, absolutely a big team effort with three of you guys combining on the pitching side, Matt Vierling makes what is said to be an amazing catch on the final out, the bats do their thing with Jhailyn Ortiz hitting a homer and Simon Muzziotti collecting four hits.  Does that make it more special when so many guys can take some credit for the win?

Yeah, I would say so when, like you said, the offense scores runs, and does their job, which they're happy about, and the defense, like you said, Matt he ran half a mile to catch that last ball and made a great play and there were some other great plays around the infield as well and all around from everybody.  And of course the pitchers.  You want to help out the guy who pitched in front of you and we can all say we contributed and have a great time and the whole team's happy, so it was a good one.

-What is it like after the game?  Do you guys go all out and party for hours or is it like a half hour of celebrating and calm it down because it's just one game and you've got to get back at it for a day game the next day?

Yeah, I would say it's more of-- it's not a crazy long excitement.  I'd say it's more like you probably have a good time for a couple hours and then after that you switch it back to, "It's another day, another game.  We've got to get back on track."  

-Do you feel bonded with those other two guys now, because this is a landmark thing that will be mentioned in Threshers history for a long time?  

Well, I was good friends with them before that.  It's definitely cool to be friends and good buddies with the guys that we all threw it together.  It's awesome already being friends and it makes our friendship a little bit better. 

-I feel like your season is a little underrated.  There's other guys you'll hear about, but you've been doing so well all year.  A month or so with Lakewood, then earn a promotion to Clearwater and now helping to lock down a no-hitter.  You're not quite a buzz name yet, but the numbers are buzz worthy.  Do you feel like a best kept secret in the Phils' system this year?

I honestly don't pay attention to a whole lot of the publicity stuff.  I don't look at the prospects lists or anything like that.  I like to go out and do my job and let it ride.  I pay attention to what I have to do and that's about it.

-What was it like to get that promotion early on in the season?  

It was awesome.  I had some good friends in Lakewood.  Jack Perkins and Ethan Lindow and (James) McArthur and them.  And we were having a fun time but I had more friends down in Clearwater and I'm from Florida, so I was pretty excited to get back to Florida, out of the cold weather and to be around even more friends.

-Yeah, New Jersey sucks in April, weather wise, for baseball.

It was cold!

-Being from Florida, do you get a lot of friends and family coming to see you play with Clearwater?

Yeah, quite a few family members and family friends and people that know my mom.  Like a lady last night swung by, she got to see the game, and she said, "I'm friends with your mom!"  I had no idea who she was, but people get to come and watch.

-That's cool.  What was the response from loved ones after the no-hitter?  In the age of Facebook, everyone probably knew about it in an instant.  Did you get a lot of calls and messages? 

Not too much.  Just a couple messages here and there and then some mentions in the comments, but it's a good feeling.  Like I said, I'm glad that-- as a team, it was a huge team effort and I'm glad we can all celebrate.  It's not just a spotlight on one person, you know?

-Did you hear from some high-ups in the Phillies' organization after a game like that?  Does the general manager or anyone else reach out to talk about it?

Yeah, they called and said "congrats" and "great job" and "all the hard work pays off" and everything like that. So, they definitely recognize you for a game like that.  

-Who did you hear from?  Josh Bonifay?  Matt Klentak?  Anyone else?

It was Bonifay and Gabe Kapler. 

-What did Kapler have to say to you guys?

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Trio of Threshers combine for no-hitter

Kyle Glogoski, image- Jay Floyd
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For Kyle Glogoski, his Class A Advanced debut on Saturday will be one that he and many others remember for a long time, as he combined, along with relievers Tyler Carr and Keylan Killgore, to toss a no-hitter against division rival Daytona.

In five innings, the 20-year-old right-hander struck out five Tortugas batters and walked a pair.  He threw 64 pitches, 45 for strikes.

The New Zealand native, Glogoski, made way for 23-year-old righty Tyler Carr, who worked the next three frames.  Carr, the Phillies' 31st round draft pick last year out of South Alabama, struck out four, while walking one.

Left-hander Keylan Killgore tossed the last inning to close it out with a one-two-three effort thanks to a remarkable catch on the final out by right fielder Matt Vierling.

"Watching Matt run that ball down to end it was an adrenaline rush to say the least but there was never a doubt in my mind he wasn't going to make the play," said Killgore.

"Being a part of something like that is unbelievably special," Killgore added.  "Kyle Glogoski made his first start tonight and he was electric from the beginning.  He pounded the zone and mixed his pitches really well. Tyler Carr came in and just did what he always does. He filled up the zone and induced ground balls with a plus change up. He's just been as consistent as you can be all year."

The 22-year-old was inspired by the two hurlers that preceded him in the contest. Killgore simply wanted to do right by them and the rest of the team to make sure everyone could enjoy and savor an incredible team effort.

Killgore, the Phils' 17th round draft selection out of Wichita State last year, sports a 1-0 record with seven saves, a 1.73 ERA along with an 11.5 K/9 mark in 17 outings this season for the Threshers.

Carr, who opened the 2019 campaign with Lakewood, has a combined 3-1 record with two saves, a 1.25 ERA and a 9.0 K/9 mark in 20 appearances. 

Glogoski started his week by notching the victory in the Class A South Atlantic League All-Star Game with a scoreless frame of work on Tuesday.  He returned from the mid-season break to learn on Thursday that he would be promoted to Clearwater.

To pace the offense and help the team earn a 5-0 win, center fielder Simon Muzziotti collected four hits in five trips to the plate and designated hitter Jhailyn Ortiz launched his 12th home run of the year while driving in two runs and walking once.

The win put Clearwater's second half record at 5-1.  Last week they finished the first half of the season in second place in the Florida State League North division, 5 1/2 games behind division champion Dunedin.

Friday, June 21, 2019

PhoulBallz Interview: BlueClaws manager Mike Micucci talks win over WV

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 Following the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws' exciting walk-off victory in the 10th inning against West Virginia (Mariners affiliate) on Thursday night, I spoke with the team's manager Mike Micucci about several of his team's standouts including starting pitcher Dom Pipkin, who had a less than ideal performance, middle infielder Luis Garcia, who notched the game's big hit and others.  Micucci also talked about the recent promotion of top prospect Alec Bohm, who opened this season with Lakewood and is headed to Double-A Reading.  Read ahead for those interview excerpts.

Dom Pipkin, image- Jay Floyd
-Not a very good start from Dominic Pipkin, who only lasts an inning and a third, gave up three earned runs and threw more balls than strikes...

He looked a little rusty (coming off of the All-Star break), I thought.  Had a hard time getting in rhythm out there on the mound.  His delivery looked a little slow.  He was was having a tough time with it and was kind of fighting against himself.

-How will a guy move forward, following a start like that?

I think it's just one of those starts you just chalk up and he gets to work tomorrow on his next four days, preparing for his next start.

-The frown gets turned upside down, when Luis Garcia comes through with a huge hit- a grand slam to put the team up in the third inning.

Yeah, I mean we're down three runs and we're able to get some guys on base and Garcia gets to a good count and puts a good swing on a good pitch and was able to drive it out of the yard and really put some life into the club, which I thought really helped.  And I thought the bullpen did an outstanding job. 

-How about Gilmael Troya's efforts on the mound tonight?  Really good outing from him, getting the win in relief.

He did really, really well and (Luis) Carrasco did a good job too.  And then we get to (Jhordany) Mezquita.  I thought (he) threw the ball well, you know, he left the change up (up in the zone) and that really- uh, (Julio) Rodriguez hit it out of the ballpark.  He's a really good player, sometimes you make mistakes to him.  That's what happens.  At least he made him hit it out to the deepest part of the yard and he really earned it that way.  But, we were fortunate to play some good defense and come back and make some big pitches when we needed to.

-Hunter Stovall has helped the club here and there.  The numbers aren't astounding, but I think he's really been helpful to the team, playing infield and outfield.

He does a really good job.  He plays multiple positions like a lot of our guys do, you know.  I know he wants to be in there more than he gets in there.  Sometimes that makes it a little tough with the consistency of the at bats, but when he gets in there he usually puts together a couple good at bats.

-Who has been standing out on this team as leaders, to you?

Yeah, we're starting to see some guys.  I think both of our catchers (Abrahan Gutierrez and Rafael Marchan) are stepping up to be leaders. I think it helps they're both bilingual.  From the starting staff, you're looking at guys like Ethan Lindow and James McArthur are stepping up to be leaders on the club.  And there's little pockets all around, from the relievers to a couple starters, to some of the position guys, but really you can see the catchers really growing into that leadership role.

-News broke during the game that Alec Bohm gets promoted to Double-A.  Are you happy to hear that?

Yeah, absolutely.  He started here, but that was kind of the internal goal.  We hoped he'd finish the year in Double-A.

-You sounded sure of that in April, when we first talked.

Hey, he's a good player and that's what good players do.  You know, they kind of just do their thing and they go where they need to go. 

Bohm and other Phils minor leaguers on the move

Alec Bohm, image- Jay Floyd
News landed on Thursday evening that third baseman Alec Bohm would be moving up from Class A Advanced Clearwater to Double-A Reading.

Bohm, the Phillies' first round draft choice last year, opened the season with Class A Lakewood and was promoted to Clearwater after a scorching April in which he batted .367 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 22 games.  In 40 games with the Threshers, the 22-year-old batted .329 with four homers and 27 RBI. 

At the rate he is progressing, it won't be long before Bohm is making an impact with the best sportsbooks.

A move to make room with Reading saw Austin Listi moving up to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Overall this season, Listi's offensive efforts (.220/.339/.364) aren't great, but he has been hot in June, slashing at a .328/.406/.552 clip in 19 games this month with the Fightins.

The 25-year-old righty hitter was a 17th round pick by the Phillies in 2017.  Listi was honored as the Phils' top positional minor league player last year with the Paul Owens Award, when he posted a .312 average with 18 homers and 84 RBI in 123 games across Class A Advanced and Double-A. 

Moving up from Class A Lakewood to Clearwater are right-handed pitcher Kyle Glogoski and corner infielder Luke Miller.

Glogoski was the BlueClaws' lone All-Star representative this year and earned the win in the South Atlantic League's annual exhibition this week. In eight regular season appearances, the 20-year-old New Zealand native has tallied a 3-1 record with a 1.80 ERA and a .144 batting average against.

Miller, a 22-year-old righty batter, opened the season in extended spring training and has performed well since joining the BlueClaws.  In 21 games he has posted a .260 average with three home runs and 12 RBI.  He's also notched a .372 on base percentage.  Miller was the Phillies' 22nd round draft pick last year.

The Phillies released Damek Tomscha and Gift Ngoepe.  Both players had been on the Lehigh Valley roster this season. Right-handed pitcher Ismael Cabrera, in his fourth season with Lakewood, was also released from his contract, per a source.

Bohm is expected to make his Eastern League debut on Friday with Reading on the road in Portland for three days.  The team then opens a three-game set on Monday at Trenton, before heading home to open a homestand next Thursday, June 27th.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

PhoulBallz Interview: Cole Stobbe answers Nine Silly-ass Questions

Recently I was lucky enough to have Class A Lakewood infielder Cole Stobbe spend a few minutes with me to answer nine silly-ass questions.

The 21-year-old, who was the Phillies 3rd round draft selection in 2016, has been performing very well of late for the 'Claws, posting a .300 average with a pair of homers and three RBI in his last 10 games.

In this interview that is designed to get to know and have fun with the player, Stobbe, a Nebraska native, spoke about hip hop music, junk food, a missed employment opportunity and plenty more.

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Direct link to Cole's interview right here.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Draft 2019: Day two Phillies review

Here is a quick rundown of the Phillies' activity on day two of this year's MLB draft...

With the 91st overall pick in the draft, the Phillies selected shortstop Jamari Baylor.  The righty hitting high school senior out of Benedictine School in Virginia he is scouted as a five-tool player.

In his scholastic season this year, Baylor sported a .412 batting average with seven home runs and 21 RBI, per Richmond.com.

Reportedly, Baylor worked out for the Phillies and the Nationals last week.  The 18-year-old looks to have a strong build and is listed at five-feet-11, 190 pounds.  He is a Louisburg College commit, but has expressed interest in playing professionally.

In the 4th round, the Phillies chose Erik Miller, a lefty pitcher, with the 120th pick in the draft.  Miller, a junior at Stanford, tallied an 8-2 record with a 3.15 ERA and 10.9 K/9 mark in 15 starts. 
Miller is listed at six-foot-five, 240 pounds.  The 21-year-old was previously ranked as a 2nd or 3rd round pick by at least three national outlets.  His efforts in the Cape Cod League last summer (7.71 ERA, 1.99 WHIP) could certainly be a reason that he fell to a later spot. 

In the 5th round, the Phillies selected Gunner Mayer, a righty pitcher out of a junior college in California.

At six-foot-six, 190 pounds, the freshman posted a 4.78 ERA and an 11.5 K/9 mark in 25 relief appearances during the college season.

The Phils took two more right-handed pitchers in rounds six and seven.  Tennessee junior Andrew Schultz, who sports an upper 90's fastball that has touched 101 MPH throughout this season, and Minnesota junior Brett Schulze, who has mid-90's velocity, were those selections.

In round eight, the Phillies took George Washington University shortstop Nate Fassnacht.  The righty hitting 21-year-old posted a .372 average with a 1.108 OPS in 54 games during the college season.

Rudy Rott, a left-handed hitting first baseman from Ohio University was the Phillies' selection in the 9th round.  The 22-year-old senior tallied a .382 average with 10 homers and 47 RBI in 54 games during the college season this year.  His grandfather of the same name pitched professionally.

In the 10th round, the Phillies picked McCarthy Tatum, a righty hitting third baseman out of Fresno State.  Tatum sported a .356 average with 13 home runs and 77 RBI in 57 games this year for the Bulldogs.  

Rounds 11 through 40 will take place on Wednesday beginning at noon Eastern.  

Current Phillies drafted after the 10th round include Yacksel Rios, who was the Phils' 12th round pick in 2011, Jerad Eickhoff, a 15th rounder of the Rangers from 2011, Austin Davis, the Phillies' 12th round pick in 2014 and J.D. Hammer, who was a 26th round pick of the Rockies in 2016.  

Monday, June 3, 2019

Phillies select SS Bryson Stott with first round pick

Bryson Stott, image- UNLVRebels.com
With the 14th overall selection in the 2019 MLB amateur draft, the Phillies selected lefty batting shortstop Bryson Stott.

Stott, a UNLV junior, is listed at six-foot-three and 200 pounds.  In 58 games this year in the college season, he posted a .356 average with 10 home runs, 36 RBI and 16 steals. Additionally, he boasted a .486 on base percentage.

Plate discipline is said to be a feature quality for the talented youngster, who can work the count and hit to all fields.  

Defensively, Stott is said to possess outstanding range and has a strong arm.  He has the skills to stay on the left side of the infield.

The selection of Stott marks the fifth straight year the Phils have selected an offensive player with their top pick.

A native of Las Vegas, Stott's father Derek played football at UNLV in the late '80's and early '90's.

The Phillies were represented in New Jersey at the MLB draft by former pitcher Tommy Greene.

The team does not possess a second round pick this year, as it was forfeited when they signed Bryce Harper.   

The Phillies' next pick in the draft will come in the third round at 91st overall.

Rounds three through 10 of the draft will take place on Tuesday beginning at 1 PM Eastern.

Videos of Stott can be seen in the embedded media players below. 



Sunday, June 2, 2019

Threshers' Scheiner traded to M's for OF Bruce

Jake Scheiner, image- Jay Floyd
Following hours of speculation about what the Phillies would be sending to Seattle in a reported impending trade, news broke on Sunday that the team would send righty batting prospect Jake Scheiner in exchange for Jay Bruce.

Scheiner, a versatile fielder, had played left field, center field, third base and first base this year for the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers.  In 45 games in the Florida State League, the 23-year-old sported a .256 average with a pair of home runs and 20 RBI.

Bruce, 32, is a three-time All-Star.  In 37 games with the Mariners this season, the lefty slugger possesses a .212/.282/.533 offensive slash line.

The Phillies will use Bruce to fill the void left by Odubel Herrera, who was placed on administrative leave last week following an arrest for a domestic violence related accusation.

According to Phillies.com's Todd Zolecki, the Phillies are to be responsible for just $2.75 million of Bruce's remaining salary.   

Best wishes to Jake, who was a key member of the Class A Lakewood playoff team in 2018, in his professional career.

Below is one of my favorite images that I snapped last year.  It's a photograph of Scheiner sharing eye black with a young fan prior to a late season game.  Or maybe it's of him signing the coolest autograph you will ever see.

Phillies minor league stats and notes, 6/2/19

Here's a quick rundown of some top performers from around the Phillies' full season minor league clubs.

Glogoski, image- Jay Floyd
Of late Class A Lakewood has been led by pitcher Kyle Glogoski.  The native New Zealander has a 3-1 record with a 0.96 ERA, a .123 batting average against and a 15.9 K/9 mark in six appearances.  Last weekend I interview the promising 20-year-old.  Click here to listen to that interview.

Corner infielder Luke Miller has performed very well in seven games since joining the BlueClaws.  The 22-year-old has tallied a .308 batting average with a double, a home run, four RBI and four walks.  Miller, 22, was the Phillies' 22nd round draft choice last year out of Indiana. 

Left-hander Ethan Lindow had a remarkable May, posting a 2.96 ERA and a .221 batting average against in six appearances.  The Georgia native was a 5th round draft pick in 2017 by the Phillies.  Overall with the BlueClaws, the 20-year-old sports a 1-2 record with a 3.27 ERA and a 9.8 K/9 mark in 11 games.

Switch-hitting catcher Rafael Marchan has been a reliable offensive contributor this year for Lakewood.  The 20-year-old Venezuela native has notched a .306 average with eight doubles and seven RBI in 23 games. 


For Class A Advanced Clearwater, last year's first round draft pick Alec Bohm has been impressive since joining the team.  The 22-year-old righty batter is fresh off a 10-game hitting streak and is batting .325 with eight doubles, two triples, three home runs in 29 games.  Bohm has played both first base and third base for the Threshers.

Center fielder Simon Muzziotti has been solid on offense with the Threshers as well.  Through 39 games, the 20-year-old lefty batter sports s .306 average with a pair of round trippers, 15 RBI and seven steals.  Heading into Sunday, the Venezuela native had notched six multi-hit games in his last 10 contests.

Lefty starter Damon Jones has remained dominant for the Threshers, collecting a 3-3 record with a 1.37 ERA, a .173 batting average against along with a league-best 80 K's in 10 starts.  Jones was an 18th round pick in 2017 out of Washington State.  I recently interviewed the 24-year-old.  Click here to read that post.


Moniak, image- Jay Floyd
With Double-A Reading, outfielder Mickey Moniak has turned things on, posting a .301 batting average in 29 games since the end of April.  Moniak, a 21-year-old lefty batter, was the top overall draft pick in 2016.

Righty reliever Addison Russ has been very solid for Reading.  The 24-year-old boasts a 1.66 ERA with seven saves in nine chances and a 12.9 K/9 mark in 22 outings in the Eastern League.  Russ was the Phils' 19th round pick in 2017 out of Houston Baptist.

Right-handed pitching prospect Adonis Medina  has strung together three good outings, going 3-0 with a 1.15 ERA in those starts with Reading.  Overall, the Dominican Republic native has a 3-2 record with a 3.92 ERA, a .243 opponents' average and a 6.4 K/9 mark in nine starts this season for the Fightin Phils.


At the Triple-A level catcher Deivi Grullon has continued his exciting season, as he ranks fourth in the league in hitting with a .344 average.  Additionally, the 23-year-old righty batter has nine homers with 38 RBI in 43 games with the IronPigs.

Outfielder Lane Adams leads the IronPigs in homers with 11.  The 29-year-old right-handed hitter has a .285/.344/.553 slash line in 47 games this season.  Adams signed as a free agent with the Phillies over the off-season.