What do Odubel Herrera, Cesar Hernandez, Freddy Galvis, Peter Bourjos, Cody Asche, Andres Blanco, Emanuel Burris and David Lough have in common? I know, I know they all played for the Phillies last season.
OK, by the numbers: Herrera (76), Hernandez (68), Galvis (8), Bourjos (6), Asche (1), Blanco (1), Burris (1), Lough (1). Give up?
OK, they all batted lead-off.
Based on performance, Hernandez moves to the head of the class for 2017. He’s earned the #1 spot, leaving Pete Mackanin to decide the rest of the batting order.
2B Cesar Hernandez . . . 26 years old . . . B-B, T-R . . . 5–10, 165 . . . Birthplace: Valencia, Carabobo, VZ . . . Signed as an international free agent by Sal Agostinelli and Jesus Mendez, 7/2/06; $49,000 bonus . . . Primarily a 2B, has also played SS, CF and 3B . . . twitter: @Cesarh232.
2016 in Review
NL Rankings: 1st in infield hits (34) & bunt hits (15); T-1st in triples (11) . . . From 6/13 to the end of the season, batted .324 (111–343), 52 BB, 14 SB, .415 OBP in 95 games . . . Had the 6th-best on-base percentage among all Major League players in the second half of the season (.413) . . . Reached base safely in a career-high and team-best 29 straight games (.430 OBP), 8/24–9/25 . . . Led the team in average (.294), OBP (.371), BB (66), singles and 3B.
At-bat: flied to CF as a pinch-hitter, 7th inning, 5/29/13, against Red Sox’ Andrew Miller at Citizens Bank Park.
Hit: starting at 2B, 1st inning 1B to left field, 5/30/13, off Red Sox’ Franklin Morales, CBP
Run: scored on Delmon Young’s homer in same inning.
Stolen base: 2nd base in 1st inning, 6/18/14, off the Braves’ Aaron Harang, Turner Field.
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).
OF Andrew Pullin . . . 23 years old . . . B-L, T-R . . . 6–0, 190 . . . Birthplace: Centralia, WA . . . Selected by the Phillies in the 5th round of the 2012 draft after graduation from Centralia High School; signed by Rick Jacques. Had baseball scholarship to the University of Oregon but chose the Phillies . . . 2012: Began pro career with Gulf Coast League Phillies, .321 in 41 games . . . 2013: Williamsport, .261 in 51 games . . . 2014: Lakewood, .270 in 129 games . . . 2015: Clearwater, .258, 123 games. Tied for Florida State League with 14 HR, 4th with 73 RBI; hit 2 grand slams in June; FSL postseason All-Star . . . 2016: Returned home in spring training to attend to some personal matters, rejoined extended spring training and began season May 11 at Clearwater (.293, 36 G). Promoted on 6/23 to Reading where he hit .346 in 36 G. Hit safely in last 16 Clearwater games and first 5 at Reading. Phillies minor league player of the month for July (.337). From 6/3 to end of season, hit in 54 of 62 games and reached base in 57 of 62. DL with a right elbow strain, 8/27-remainder of season. Injury kept him from playing in the Arizona Fall League. Combined .322 average, highest of any Phillies minor leaguer. Selected to the MiLB.com postseason Organization All-Stars . . . 2017: Invited to major league spring training camp as a non-roster player. Will wear #85.
The Phillies Media Guide is filled with sections of hitting and pitching records in franchise history. What follows is one of the modern single-game records that may never be broken.
Hits, Game — 6, 4/16/1953
Leading off and playing second base, Ryan’s historic game came during a 14–12 loss to the Pirates in Pittsburgh, the Phillies third game of the season. He collected four singles and two doubles in six at-bats off three different Pittsburgh pitchers and scored three times. He was hitless in the next game.
The Chicago White Sox claimed the 33-year-old on waivers from the Phillies on August 25 of that season. He was hitting .296 in 90 games at the time, far above his .241 in 1952, his first season with the Phillies who had acquired him in a seven-player trade with Cincinnati at the 1951 winter meetings. He spent most of his career with the Braves.
Congratulations to Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Pudge Rodriguez on being elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. So, how did this trio fare against the Phillies in their outstanding careers?
Raines batted .310 in 147 games. Had more at-bats (612), hits (190), runs (112) and stolen bases (90) against the Phillies than any other team . . . Bagwell, .297 in 118 games, 24 homers, 91 RBI . . . Rodriguez, .315 in 37 games, 4 HR, 31 RBI.
Where is Jason Michaels? What is he doing? Paul Hagen answers the questions at www.phillies.com/alumni.
Pace of game is an on-going topic in baseball. The final 1 minute, 9 seconds of the 76ers game last night took 9 minutes. Guess the pace is not a concern in the NBA.