After the week that was the Great Blue Jay Massacre of 2014, we were bound to see some roster shuffling with the big club. It began with the outrighting of Shawn Camp and the promotion of Luis Garcia, which certainly did not pay any dividends for the team Thursday night.
It continued with the demotion of Freddy Galvis following the Phils’ 12-6 loss, a shock to none considering his hard-to-believe 2-for-42 start to the season. The Phillies will make a corresponding roster move prior to Friday’s game against the Mets, and the team now has a question that needs answering: Is it time for Cesar Hernandez to return? Continue reading
As per Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle
The goal is to each weekend profile the most interesting matchup and give you a preview of the Phillies prospects involved and a glimpse at the opposing players.
In a weekend devoid of premium matchups, Saturday’s matchup in Reading is probably the most interesting. The Fighins are off to a hot start with an 8-4 record to begin the season. On Friday night Jesse Biddle will take the mound for Reading.
Taking the mound for Reading will be RHP Severino Gonzalez. Gonzalez is coming off what might be his worst start over the with 5IP 6H 3ER 3BB 4Ks against Richmond on the 18th. There is a lot of mixed opinion on Severino, and still a very limited data set, so every view is worth a lot. On the mound Severino will bring a 4-5 pitch mix of average pitches and a fastball that will sit 88-91 and touch 92. He normally will display plus command a good feel for pitching on the mound that helps the arsenal play up. Continue reading
The Threshers roster straggled(the paperwork, not the players) in today and it goes as follows:
Catchers: Logan Moore and Chad Carman
Infield: Willie Carmona, Art Charles, Harold Martinez, KC Serna, Anthony Phillips, Angelo Mora
Outfield: Nick Ferdinand, Pete Lavin, Justin Parr, Brian Pointer
Pitchers: Jon Prosinski, Colin Kleven, Ethan Stewart, Kevin Walter, Dan Child, Lee Ridenhour, Lino Martinez, Chris Burgess, Jordan Guth, Jeb Stefan, Colton Murray, Miguel Nunez
DL: P Steven Inch, P Nic Hanson, OF Brandon Short
Clearwater opens their season on Thursday against Dunedin (Toronto).
The Fightins’ announced their 2014 opening day roster. It is as follows:
Catchers: Tommy Joseph, Sebastian Valle
Infield:Albert Cartwright, Edgar Duran, Matt Tolbert, Chris Serritella, Carlos Alonso
Outfield:Kelly Dugan, Zach Collier, Anthony Hewitt, Brock Stassi, Cameron Perkins
Starters: Jesse Biddle, Severino Gonzalez, Hoby Milner, Luis Paulino, Percy Garner
Relievers: Justin Friend, Tyler Knigge, Brody Colvin, Jay Johnson, Austin Wright, Kenny Giles, Neifi Ogando, Ryan O’Sullivan
DL: OF Aaron Altherr; OF Jiwan James; P Ryan Demmin
Reading opens the season at home on Thursday against Portland.
It’s great to be here writing for Phuture Phillies! I’m joecull, and as could be assumed, I’ll be writing for Phuture Phillies. My work will mainly pertain to the Reading Fightin’ Phils (And no, I’m not a fan of the name). Without further ado, lets analyze Reading’s catching situation.
Sebastian Valle- By now, we all know about Valle’s plate discipline, or lack thereof. Last year, he hit .253/.271/.428 with 17 homers and 58 RBI in 388 at-bats between Reading and Lehigh Valley. If he was in Lehigh Valley last year, why is he back in Reading? The answers are quite simple. He was simply dominated in AAA last year, in no small part thanks to his lack of plate discipline. Valle walked 2 times in 80 plate appearances and struck out 31 times. That’s a 15.5 K/BB ratio, which is pretty ugly. It’s safe to say that he wasn’t ready for AAA. Also, Tommy Joseph’s emergence plays a role in Valle’s return to Reading. Acquired in last year’s Hunter Pence trade, Joseph is a better hitter than Valle with more plate discipline. Continue reading
Loyal reader Warren was able to attend Tuesday’s Reading Phillies game and provided a well-structured, detailed report. I will provide that report to you here. Thank you Warren for the time and your opinions.
AA Game Review: Reading Phillies vs Richmond Flying Squirrels (SF Giants) – 4-24-12
Reading improved to an impressive 12-5 on a chilly Tuesday evening at First Energy Stadium, beating San Francisco’s AA affiliate 6-0. The big story here was Tyler Cloyd, who easily handled Richmond’s prospect laden lineup which includes top farmhands Gary Brown , OF, and Tommy Joseph, C / 1b. Reading’s own talented offense provided plenty of support, breaking things open with a four run seventh inning.
Reading at best treaded water over the last two weeks going 7-8. New Britain, New Hampshire, and Reading appear to be the class of the Eastern League this year, and all are in the same division, meaning it will be a tough fight for Reading all the way through August. The R-Phils averaged 5.4 runs/game over the period while yielding exactly 5.4 as well, leading to the .500 stretch. Details below the fold.
Coming off of the 6-3 start I reported on two weeks ago, many wondered if the R-Phils were just hot, or if they are really a good team. That question seems to have been answered, at least in part, by the 9-4 record they posted over the two succeeding weeks. The team has been led by their offense, efficient if not dominant pitching, and by getting the big hit or the big out when its needed. At 15-7, they’re in first place by 3 games in the Eastern Division of the EL.
The R-Phils are off to a solid 6-3 start after a week and a half of playing. They stand second in the Eastern Division, a game behind New Britain, and a game in front of New Hampshire. They are 5-2 on the road, including a sweep of previously front-running New Hampshire, and 1-1 at home. The offense has been strong, averaging 5.8 runs/game, while the pitching has held up its end as well, allowing only 3.3 runs. The offense has been a bit feast-or-famine, or they’d be a game or two better. They’ve been shut out twice, and scored 13 runs twice.