Emotional return home
The City of Brotherly love was joined by a City of Standing Ovations last August 16 when Chase Utley returned to Citizens Bank Park for the first time since he was traded the previous August. There he was leading off, #26, but in a Dodgers uniform.
The most popular player on the 2008 World Champion Phillies put on a show with a solo home run in the 5th inning and a grand slam in the 7th.
Another special moment in Citizens Bank Park history.
RHP Jeremy Hellickson . . . turns 30 on April 9 . . . B-R, T-R . . . 6–1, 190 . . . Birthplace: Des Moines, IA . . . 2005 graduate of Hoover High School in Des Moines . . . Originally selected in the 4th round by the Rays in 2005. Chose baseball over LSU commitment . . . 2011 AL Rookie of the Year . . . Traded to Arizona on 11/14/14 . . . Acquired by Phillies from Arizona for RHP Sam McWilliams on the exact date a year later.
2016 In Review
Led staff in wins (12–10) with 2nd-lowest ERA (3.71) . . . NL Rankings: 5th in GIDP (21) … T-8th in starts (32) … 9th in BB/9.0 IP (2.14) . . . Posted a career-best 3.2 fWAR, the highest by a Phillies right-hander since Roy Halladay (8.3) in 2011 . . . Set a career-high with 154 strikeouts, 32 starts and tied his career-high with 189.0 IP . . . Notched a 1.15 WHIP and held opposing hitters to a .243 average . . . Limited batters to a .168/.215/.288 slash line in 205 plate appearances that ended with a change-up.
Did You Know
He walked only 13 of the 406 right handed hitters he faced last season.
Under The Radar
(Another in a series of Phillies minor league players who are under the radar. These young prospects are not included on MLBpipeline.com’s top 30 prospects but are still considered potential big leaguers).
3B Mitch Walding . . . 24 years old . . . B-L, T-R . . . 6–3, 190 . . . Birthplace: Lodi, CA . . . 2011 graduate of St. Mary’s High School. Selected in the 5th round 2011; signed by Joey Davis . . . 2016: Played first 100 games at Clearwater. Hit .302 vs. RHP. Ranked 5th in Florida State League OPS (.812), 6th in OBP (.372) and 9th in slugging (.440) when promoted to Reading for rest of season, 8/4. Combined 13 home runs matched his total from the previous 4 seasons. Set personal highs in runs (60), hits (113), triples (4), RBI (62), walks (63), average (.269) and slugging (.429). Midseason and postseason FSL All-Star. Won Home Run Derby during FSL All-Star Game. Played for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League; hit .286 in 19 games, 7 extra base hits out of 18. Selected to MiLB.com’s Organization All-Stars . . . Began pro career in Williamsport (2012), spent two seasons in Lakewood (2013–14) and Clearwater (2015) before reaching AA. Played some games at 1B in AFL.
Pitchers and catchers hold their first workout at Carpenter Field complex three weeks from today.
First Grapefruit League game, Friday, February 24, Yankees in Tampa.
First game in Clearwater’s newly-named ballpark, Spectrum Field, Saturday, February 25, Yankees. First strawberry shortcake, same day (main concourse, behind Section 115).