(Third in an eight-part series featuring Future Phillies, a look at some of the young players in the team’s minor league system. Next: relievers).
Bastardo, Antonio ,. . . B-T: L-L . . . 5-11, 190 . . . 23 . . . Hato Mayor, DR . . . Signed as an amateur free agent, 1/8/07, by Wil Tejeda . . . Four-year pro . . . Began season at Clearwater (2-0, 5 starts) and was promoted to Reading (2-5, 14 starts); combined 4-5, 2.95, 19 starts, 109 SO in 97.2 IP; opponents batted .211 . . . On DL (6/15-8/8) at Reading with left shoulder inflammation . . . FSL in-season All-Star . . . Phillies minor league pitcher of the month (April) . . . Pitched in Dominican Winter League, 2-0, 2.63, 8 starts.
Scouting Report: “Lefty with lots of potential. Fastball has a lot of late life, projected as a plus pitch. Slider is making progress. Needs to build confidence in secondary pitches. Could be a starter or situational pitcher in the pen.”
Diekman, Jacob . . . B-T: L-L . . . 6-4, 189 . . . 22 . . . Wymore, NE . . . Selected in 30th round, 2007, out of Cloud County (KS) CC ; signed by Jerry Lafferty . . . Two-year pro . . . Split season between Lakewood (3-5, 5.42) and Williamsport (1-4, 4.40); combined 4-9, 5.09, 27 starts.
Scouting Report: “Average fast ball now. Can show a plus fastball when he stays hind the ball and finishes his delivery. Starting to mature as a pitcher. Very aggressive on the mound. Needs experience and innings.”
Flande, Yohan . . . B-T: L-L . . . 6-2, 180 . . . 23 . . . Cruce de Pavon, DR . . . Signed as an amateur free agent, 12/13/04, by Wil Tejeda . . . Four-year pro . . . Pitched in the states for the first time with Gulf Coast League Phillies, 4-1, 2.19, 10 games (9 starts); opponents batted .200.
Scouting Report: “Command of 3 pitches with feel for the strike zone. Durable arm with consistent action. Learned how to pitch inside with his fast ball, making his off speed pitches more effective.”
Happ, J.A. . . . B-T: L-L . . . 6-6, 200 . . . 26 . . . Peru, IL . . . Selected in the 3rd round, 2004, out of Northwestern U.; signed by Bob Szymkowski . . . Five-year pro . . . Pitched at Lehigh Valley, 8-7, 3.60, 24 games (23 starts) and was 1-0, 3.69, 8 games (4 starts) with Phillies. At LV, he fanned 151 in 135 IP . . . Phillies minor league pitcher of the month (June) . . . Paul Owens Award winner last year as best pitcher in Phillies minor league system . . . Ranked #9 in Phillies minor league system by Baseball America.
Scouting Report: “Has shown much improvement from ’07. Deceptive fastball. Hides the ball well. Will pitch inside. Cutter is an improved pitch and he uses it as his breaking pitch. Throws it to LH and RH hitters. Good mount presence.”
Savery, Joe . . . B-T: L-L . . . 6-3, 215 . . . 23 . . . Bellaire, TX . . . Selected in 1st round, 2007, out Rice U.; signed by Steve Cohen . . . Second-year pro . . . Spent first full season in minors at Clearwater, 9-10, 4.13 (27 games, 24 starts). Hit .231 in 13 a-bats.
Scouting Report: “Good pitcher’s body with strong lower half. Ran out of gas toward the end of the year but never missed a start or throwing on the side. Command, change and slider all improved over the course of the year. Does not shy away from hard work.”
Quotes, notes and anecdotes from last week’s World Series Trophy Tour.
With Week 3 about to kick in, the trophy continues its merry way around Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. So far, 1,250 miles, over 9,000 fans and four states, PA, NJ, DE and Nevada. Florida is in next month’s schedule as is Arizona.
One of the give-away items this season is a Charlie Manuel Bobble Head (April 28 is the date). Charlie got to see the model for the first time on Tuesday. “Pretty good. I definitely look slimmer which is good,” he laughed.
Charlie appeared at the York (PA) Sports Night and experienced a first. Jim Seip of the York Daily Record covered the event which included the following ancedote:
Sam Steckline of Red Lion, PA, approached Manuel for his autograph. You’ll never guess what Sam wanted Charlie to sign. The 56-year-old Steckline had purchased his own red, white and blue Phillies-themed urn. “That’s my team. I don’t feel like wasting land. So, I’m all set when I die,” said Steckline. When Charlie tipped the urn on its side to sign, George Trout, the Sport Night’s emcee joked: “I thought something was going to spill out all over the table.”
Banquets hosted by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Reading Phillies were sold out. Stops the previous week at two of our other minor league clubs, Lakewood and Williamsport, were also attended by fans in record numbers. A year ago, Reading’s event attracted 550 fans; this year, 870 tickets were sold. Fans got their picture taken with the Trophy at each event.
In Reading, Charlie asked the fans to boo, something he’s done every year at the banquet. When they booed, he came right back laughing, “See you will even boo a World Champion.”
Steve Esack in the Allentown Morning Call wrote a story about the trophy’s afternoon visit to Bethlehem before the evening banquet. “This is like the most beautiful trophy in sports,” Vince Fazio, 51, of Whitehall Township, was quotes.
In the same article, 92-year-old Elda Brune of Plainfield Township, sitting in wheelchair, said: “You want to touch it, you want to hold it, you want to get close to it. I love the Phillies.”
From the Reading Eagle, Michelle Park’s story included comments from fans. Donna Jones of Kutztown, “It looked like something for a champion. I just think it’s great that Reading could have this in this area, that Berks County can see it.”
Michelle also quoted Ryan Anthony, 17, from Wyomissing: “It was cool seeing them with the World Series and I figured it would be cool just to see the trophy in person. This is what we’ve accomplished. This is the treasure.”
On Friday morning, Ruben Amaro Jr., Charlie, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley were in the Diamond Club for a breakfast Q&A with nearly 200 season ticket holders, many of whom got a chance to get their photos taken beside the trophy.
During their answers, Ruben, Charlie, Shane and Chase admitted the Phillies have a chance to repeat. They also acknowledged it will be difficult because every team will be gunning for the World Champions. “Yea, teams will come after us,” said Charlie. “But, champions can play anywhere against anybody. If we lose today, come back tomorrow and win. This team has a lot of talent and determination and that goes a long way.”
Sports Illustrated had a photographer, Al Tielemans, follow Charlie during the week for a future feature story in the magazine. Charlie’s on a roll, signing urns, having a bobble head and appearing in SI.
(Future Phillies is a look at some of the young prospects in our minor league system. Part II completes the list of right-handed starting pitchers. Part III will focus on LH starters).
De Fratus, Justin . . . B-T: S-R . . . 6-4, 215 . . . 21 . . . Oxnard, CA . . . Selected in 11th round, 2007, out of Ventura (CA) College; signed by Tim Kissner . . . Second-year pro . . . Pitched at Williamsport, 6-5, 3.67 for 14 starts, 74 SO, 83.1 IP.
Scouting Report: “Throws across body for deception. Will touch plus with his fast ball that has sinking action when down in the zone. Repeating delivery and consistent command, two areas he needs to work on.”
Drabek, Kyle . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-0, 185 . . . 21 . . . The Woodlands, TX . . . Selected in 1st round, 2006, out of The Woodlands HS; signed by Steve Cohen . . . Third-year pro . . . Underwent Tommy John surgery, 7/25/07; returned to the mound for first time last July 30 with Gulf Coast League Phillies . . . Promoted to Williamsport after 4 starts; combined 1-3, 2.23 for 4 starts . . . Also pitched in Hawaiian Winter League, 1-2, 3.05 for 5 games (2 starts) . . . Ranked as #5 prospect in Phillies system by Baseball America.
Scouting Report: “Has the feel for a 4-pitch mix. Gets outs with all 4 pitches. Fast ball and downer curve project as plus pitches. Ability and competitiveness are outstanding. Needs to get full health back and pitch, pitch, pitch.”
Garcia, Edgar . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-2, 190 . . . 21 . . . Las Matas de Farfan, DR . . . Signed as an amateur free agent at age 17; signed by Wil Tejeda . . . Four-year pro . . . Split season between Clearwater (8-2) and Reading (1-7); combined 9-9, 5.77 for 25 games (24 starts), career-high 137.1 IP . . . In-season FSL All-Star.
Scouting Report: “Young right-hander with a live fast ball and a developing slider. Fast ball has life and slider broke hard and late at times. Needs innings to learn and develop.”
Knapp, Jason . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-5, 215 . . . 18 . . . Annandale, NJ . . . Selected in 2nd round, 2008, out of Annandale HS; signed by Gene Schall . . . First-year pro . . . Made debut with Gulf Coast League Phillies, 3-1, 2.61 for 7 games (6 starts), 38 SO, 31 IP . . . Missed last 2 weeks of the season with a tender elbow . . . Ranked as #10 prospect in Phillies system by Baseball America.
Scouting Report: “Arm and size to become a power pitcher. Great arm strength. Fast ball projects as a plus-plus pitch. Curve has good spin and tilt. Shows feel for a change. Aggressive on the mound. Hard worker.”
Monasterios, Carlos . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-2, 175 . . . 22 . . . Miranda, VZ . . . Acquired in trade with Yankees, 7/30/06 . . . Four-year pro . . . Spent season at Clearwater, 5-8, 5.63 for 17 games (15 starts).
Scouting Report: “At times, fast ball has good velocity with late life. Change is a plus pitch and can use it in any count. Change has movement like a split. Needs better command of fastball and improved breaking pitches.”
Naylor, Drew . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-4, 210 . . . 22 . . . Brisbane, Australia . . . Signed as an amateur free agent, 2004; signed by Kevin Hooker . . . Three-year pro . . . Split season between Lakewood (5-3) and Clearwater (3-7); combined 8-10, 3.86 for 27 starts, 165 IP, 156 SO . . . In-season SAL All-Star . . . Led Phillies minor league system in strikeouts.
Scouting Report: “Good athlete, good resiliency, good competitor. Has ability to have 3 solid major league pitches. Curve will be above average. Needs to master command of strike zone better.”
Roth, Robert . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-0, 205 . . . 20 . . . Lewiston, ID . . . Selected in 19th round, 2006, out of Lewiston HS; signed by Stu Smothers . . . Third-year pro . . . Missed entire 2007 season with right shoulder inflammation . . . Returned to the mount last June 19 at Williamsport, won first 7 decisions and finished 7-2, 3.39 for 10 starts . . . NYP All-Star.
Scouting Report: “Missed last 5 days of the season with tender right shoulder. Young and inexperienced pitcher. Fast ball has life in the strike zone. Good rotation on curve. Good athlete. Loves the game and has a great attitude.”
Sampson, Julian . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-5, 190 . . . 20 . . . Sammamish, WA . . . Selected in 12th round, 2007, out of Skyline (WA) HS; signed by Dave Ryles . . . Second-year pro . . . Spent season in Lakewood rotation, 11-4, 4.33 for 25 starts; ended season with 5-game winning streak . . . Led Phillies minor league system in wins.
Scouting Report: “Durable, loves to compete. Shows 3 major league pitches that will improve with experience. Fast ball projects as a plus pitch. Young now and is learning very quickly. Has a good chance to develop into a quality major league starter.”
Stutes, Michael . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-1, 185 . . . 22 . . . Oswego, OR . . . Selected in the 11th round, 2008, out of Oregon State University; signed by Dave Ryles; previously drafted by Dodgers (2004) and Cardinals (2007) . . . First-year pro . . . Started at Williamsport (2-1, 1.33) before advancing to Lakewood (5-1, 1.48); combined 7-2, 1.42 for 13 starts, 69.2 IP, 84 SO; opponents batted .152 . . . Phillies minor league pitcher of the month (August).
Scouting Report: “Shows 3 solid major league pitches with potential to have a 4th. Projects as a plus fast ball and curve. Good competitor, very aggressive. Stuff will improve with experience.”
Worley, Vance . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-2, 205 . . . 21 . . . Sacramento, CA . . . Selected in 3rd round, 2008, out of Long Beach State U.; signed by Tim Kissner . . . First-year pro . . . Started at Williamsport (0-0, 1.13, 2 starts) before advancing to Lakewood (3-2, 2.66); combined 3-2, 2.48 for 13 starts, 69 IP, 8 BB, 61 SO.
Scouting Report: “Shows potential to have 3 solid major league pitches, including plus fast ball. Has good feel for the change. A work horse that is very strong. Needs consistency in the zone.”
Let’s see…..the names are familiar….the uniforms are red pinstripes….Carpenter Field is familiar. Has Phillies baseball started?
Well, sort of.
Phantasy Camp is underway today. The names that appear above the lockers and on the jerseys aren’t familiar–a bunch of adults who are about to experience one of the great times of their lives.
But, then there’s Larry Andersen, Ricky Bottalico, Warren Brusstar, Marty Bystrom, Bob Dernier, Jim Eisenreich, Tommy Greene, Tyler Green, Terry Harmon, Ricky Jordan, Dave Hollins, Greg Luzinski, Mickey Morandini, Dickie Noles, Juan Samuel, Kevin Saucier, Kevin Stocker, Milt Thompson and Mitch Williams.
Say hello to the camp instructors. Activities conclude with games at Bright House Field.
Scott Franzke is there as the MC for commissioner Andersen. Scott Palmer is there as a participant. He’ll post his experiences on this site next week.
(Future Phillies is a look at some of the young prospects in our minor league system. The eight-part series begins with right-handed starting pitchers. Part II will be posted later this week with more RHP).
Brummett, Tyson . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-2, 180 . . . 24 years old . . . Resides: Salem, UT . . . Selected in 7th round, 2007, out of UCLA; signed by Tim Kissner . . . Second year pro . . . Pitched at Lakewood (3-0), Clearwater (2-3) and Reading(2-9); combined for 7-12 record, 4.98 ERA for 28 starts . . . Led Phillies minor league system with 170 IP . . . Also pitched in AFL, 0-2, 6.23, 12 games (1 start).
Scouting Report: “Tall and lean. Shows 4 quality pitches he can throw in any count. Curve has a 12-6 rotation. Works fast, sometimes too fast. Good job of controlling the running game. Competitor with feisty attitude.”
Byrd, Darren . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-5, 175 . . . 22 . . . Cantomont, FL . . . Selected in 18th round, 2005, out of Pine Forest (FL) HS; signed by Chip Lawrence . . . Four-year pro . . . Started at Lakewood (1-1), advanced to Clearwater (4-8); combined 5-9, 4.33 for 24 games (23 starts).
Scouting Report: “Fast ball has some late life at times with decent command. Slider improved this year becoming a good pitch. Change improved in second half. Overall, showed improvement in the second half. Willing worker.”
Carpenter, Andrew . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-3, 225 . . . 23 . . . Vacaville, CA . . . Selected in 2nd round, 2006, out of Long Beach State; signed by Tim Kissner . . . Three-year pro . . . Pitched in A, AA, AAA and majors (1 inning for Phillies); combined minor league numbers: 9-12, 4.59 for 25 starts . . . Also pitched in AFL, 1-2, 5.88 in 7 starts.
Scouting Report: “Can throw any one of 4 pitches for strikes. Splitter is his out pitch. Can control the running game; good fielder. Made a remarkable turn around after slow start.”
Carrasco, Carlos . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-3, 215 . . . 21 . . . Barquisimeto, VZ . . . Signed as an amateur free agent at age 16 by Sal Agostinelli . . . Five-year pro . . . Split last season between Reading (7-7) and Lehigh Valley (2-2); combined 9-9, 3.69 for 26 games, 156 SO in 151.1 IP . . . Mid-season EL All-Star . . . Pitched for World Team in Futures Game . . . Also pitched in Venezuela Winter League, 3-0, 2.11 ERA, 11 starts . . . Ranked as #2 prospect in Phillies system by Baseball America.
Scouting Report: “Pure stuff with a fastball that sits at 91-94 with late life. Change has depth and fades. Curve is developing. More consistent in the strike zone in AAA. Needs to continue to work on command.”
Chapman, Chance . . . B-T: S-R . . . 6-4, 210 . . . 24 . . . Paso Robles, CA . . . Selected in 8th round, 2007, out of Oral Roberts University; signed by Paul Scott . . . Second-year pro . . . Spent season at Lakewood, 7-7, 2.98 for 26 games (23 starts); 118 SO, 37 BB in 139 IP.
Scouting Report: “Good, heavy sinking fast ball. Slider has good late tilt; change, average at times. Pitches to his strengths. Can be a solid reliever or spot starter.”
Cisco, Mike . . . B-T: R-R . . . 5-11, 195 . . . 21 . . . Mt. Pleasant, SC . . . Selected in 36th round, 2008, out of the University of South Carolina; signed by Roy Tanner . . . First-year pro . . . Began pro career at Williamsport (1-0) and promoted to Lakewood (2-1); combined 3-1, 0.99 for 17 games (7 starts), 5 BB, 52 SO, 54.1 IP; held opponents to .198 average . . . Grandson of Galen Cisco, former Phillies pitching coach.
Scouting Report: “Very good command with a very good idea of what he is doing. Intelligent young pitcher that should grow into a sold reliever in the majors.”
Jimmy Rollins was somewhere in the crowd in DC today for this historic day.
Meanwhile, back on the farm, we held a media luncheon today, something we traditionally do at this time of the year. Generally, it kicks off our Winter Tour. But, this year, the focus is on a World Series Trophy Tour, which includes some phases of past Januarys.
Ruben Amaro Jr, Charlie Manuel, Scott Eyre and Ryan Madson were in attendance. Madson has just signed a new, three-year contract. He was the focus of numerous interviews. Great news to have him in the fold. He’s so important in the bullpen.
The bullpen’s 3.22 ERA was the best in the NL last year. Over the final 56 days of the regular season and postseason, the bullpen was undefeated.
Charlie’s in York, PA, tomorrow night as part of the York Sports Night events. The next night he’s at the Reading Phillies banquet. Sunday and Monday nights, banquets in NY and Philly are on his schedule. He then returns to his Florida pad and will start spring training with meetings on February 12 and 13.
Scouting director Marti Wolever is holding three-day meetings in Omaha, NE, today, tomorrow and Thursday. He’s joined by Rob Holiday, Billy Moore, Mike Ledna, Darrell Conner, Brian Kohlscheen, Gene Schall and Sal Agostinelli.
Plans for scouting amateur baseball players is the focus of the meeting. High school and college baseball begins next month in the south, southwest and southern California. With the signing of Raul Ibanez, the Phillies gave up their number 1 selection to the Mariners, the 26th spot in the first round.
Not having that pick means Wolever and his staff will shift directions a bit. There’s no sense in following the top dozen or so players. Instead, they will concentrate on the next level of talent.
The series will begin tomorrow, as opposed to today as I had mentioned last week.
Its official, Cole Hamels has a new three-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Good move for both sides.
The announcement came this morning with a press conference scheduled for this afternoon. Cole and Assistant GM Scott Proefrock will meet the media. That news will be covered on this site later.
Cole is working out in Clearwater five days a week. He’ll be back in town next weekend for the Comcast SportsNet taping of “Meet the Phillies” on Saturday and receiving an award on Sunday night at the New York Baseball Writers Association black-tie banquet. Brad Lidge is also being honored that night.
Both sides exchange figures tomorrow on the remaining six Phillies eligible for arbitration. That doesn’t mean negotiations cease until the early February hearings. Negotiations can continue until you sit down in the room for a hearing. Traditionally, we try to avoid going to arbitration. Ryan Howard’s case last year was our first since Travis Lee in 2001.
Of the six, Ryan Madson and Jayson Werth are the only ones who can become free agents after this season. The urgency to sign them to multi-year deals is greater than the other four.
The World Series Trophy Tour begins week 2 tomorrow with two appearances on Martin Luther King Day festivities in Philadelphia. The trophy traveled 900 miles last week, riding in the comfort of a Jeep Cherokee. The week started in York, PA, and ended up last night in Kennett Square, PA. February schedule is coming down the home stretch. It will be posted on this site. Thanks to Teva Pharmaceuticals and Comcast SportsNet for sponsoring the tour.
J-Roll is heading to Washington, DC, on Tuesday for the historic inauguration . . . WSBGM blog points out Mike Lieberthal turns 37 today . . . Charlie Manuel and Scott Eyre will be in town this week for some appearances . . . Chase Utley continues his four-hour, five-days-a-week rehab program under head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan at Citizens Bank Park. So far, so good with no setbacks. They’ll take their act to Clearwater early next month . . . Four weeks from today we’ll be in day 2 of spring training workouts for pitchers and catchers. No more single-digit temperatures! I’m a lousy Eskimo!
It seems that when we win the World Series, MLB changes some of the rules or policies.
In 1980, Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser and Chris Wheeler were not permitted to broadcast the World Series games on radio. That belonged to the networks. Fortunately, there was feedback from fans and us and the policy was changed.
Last October, Game 5 became the first World Series game to be suspended. Remember, it rained and the game was called after 5.5 innings, 2-2 was the score. Commissioner Bud Selig made a decision that the game would be suspended because he felt no postseason game should less than a full game.
This week, owners formally amended two notable Major League rules. MLB Rules now provide that all postseason games become suspended games if they are called, regardless of how many innings have been played or the score at the time the game is called. A suspended game is resumed and played to completion at the same site.
Also, coin flips no longer will determine home-field advantage in tie-breaker games that determine a Division Championship or the Wild Card. Instead, sites for such games will be determined by a set of performance-based criteria that will begin with the head-to-head record between the tied clubs.
Pat Gillick asked me to sit in on the coin-flip conference call last September. We won all flips, assuring us of four home games. So, my calls go down in history as the last ones. Don’t know if that is good or sad.
Good to hear that Mickey Morandini will be in spring training as a guest instructor, joining Alumni Mike Schmidt (February 16-27) and Garry Maddox (February 16-22).
Mickey will start in the major league camp on February 24 and switch to the minor league camp on March 5. He’ll head back home on March 12, home being Indiana.
Rico Brogna, a scout for the Diamondbacks, has accepted a position as assistant football coach at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, near his home.
At this time of the year Baseball America publishes the top 10 prospects of every major league club. In their most recent edition, they did the NL East teams.
In case you missed it, here are our top 10 prospects in the eyes of the publication:
1. OF Dominic Brown
2. RHP Carlos Carrasco
3. C Lou Marson
4. SS Jason Donald
5. RHP Kyle Drabek
6. OF Michael Taylor
7. C Travis D’Arnaud
8. OF Zach Collier
9. LHP J.A. Happ
10. RHP Jason Knapp
As part of the Phillies two-page spread were several charts, including the following:
Best hitter for average: Brown
Best power hitter: Taylor
Best strike-zone discipline: Marson
Fastest baserunner: OF Quintin Berry
Best athlete: 3B Anthony Hewitt
Best fastball: Carrasco
Best curveball: Drabek
Best slider: RHP Mike Stutes
Best changeup: Carrasco
Best control: RHP Mike Cisco
Best defensive catcher: Marson
Best defensive infielder: SS Freddy Galvis
Best infield arm: Galvis
Best defensive outfielder: CF Anthony Gose
Best outfield arm: Brown
Starting next week, a seven-part series will begin in Phillies Insider entitled Future Phillies. Bio info, stats and scouting reports will be posted on more than 50 young players in our minor league system. The series will start on Tuesday and end on February 10.
Week two of this month is upon us and a bevy, herd, gaggle, flock, army of free agents are still sitting out there. Read somewhere this weekend, there’s something like 120 free agents remaining.
A bunch of former Phillies is included in the number: Bobby Abreu, So Taguchi, Tom Gordon, Rudy Seanez, Paul Byrd, Jon Lieber, Todd Jones, Freddy Garcia, Aquilino Lopez, Curt Schilling, Russ Springer, Randy Wolf, Ramon Martinez, Gary Bennett and Sal Fasano.
A couple of those names were on Ruben’s radar earlier this offseason. Another reliever and a right-handed bat for the bench are still on his wish list. When that will come to a head isn’t known right now.
What is known is the economics of adding another couple of players. As everyone knows, the Phillies have a large arbitration list that may require large dollars in the end.
Economics throughout the game is the main reason 120 players remain unsigned.