Monthly Archives: March 2011

Brody Colvin scouting report, courtesy of

Alex Eisenberg, the brains behind has provided me with tons of good Phillies related bits in the past, and he reached out to me to provide this detailed scouting report, along with mechanical analysis, of Phillies prospect Brody Colvin. Eisenberg ranked Colvin 4th in the Phillies system and assigned him a B grade. His full thoughts will be outlined in the post below. In addition, he’s offering a special deals for access to his members only exclusive content by clicking on this link. He provides tons of excellent scouting reports, video analysis, and other goodies during the season, including coverage leading up to the draft. So check that out if you’re interested. Now, the full report from Alex on Brody Colvin, below the fold.

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News and Notes 29 March 2011

The Phils opened up a spot on their 40 man roster today by outrighting 1B Matt Rizzotti to the minors.  He first had to clear waivers, which he successfully did.

A number of cuts were made yesterday throughout the minor league system as the Phillies try to finalize minor league rosters as the season approaches next week.  Among those cut were pitchers: Brad Blanks, Justin Beal, Mike Bolsenbroeck, Heitor Correa, Matt Hutchison and Eric Massingham, catcher Marco Davillo, infielders Matt McConnell and Adam Buschini, along with outfielder Drew Rundle.

The most notable of the cuts were Buschini, a high 2009 draft pick, Correa (who had a good deal of success in 2009 in Lakewood), and Massingham (who had a fairly prominent role as a relief pitcher on the 2010 Lakewood championship team).

Phils Sign Kevin Frandsen

The Phillies have signed 28 year old Infielder Kevin Frandsen to a Minor League contract and have said that he will start the season in AAA Lehigh Valley. Frandsen has major league experience at third, shortstop, first base and both corner outfield positions. Frandsen was originally a 12th round draft pick of the Giants in the 2004 draft, and most recently played for the Angels where he hit .250/.294/.319 in 173 plate appearances last season.

In Frandsen’s last full minor league season in 2009, he played every infield position and hit .295/.352/.438 with 13 HR and 55 RBI in 427 AB’s with AAA Fresno.

On Mathieson and Stutes

I was going to make a comment, but didn’t want to bury it deep in the last post about all of the roster cuts. Mathieson and Stutes were drawing lots of interesting discussion, and I figured I’d share my thoughts as well. I’m actually also planning on a new piece that will be up either later tonight or tomorrow about my predictions for 2011, so be sure to check back for that. In the meantime, more on Mathieson and Stutes below the fold

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Three More Reassigned to Minor League Camp

The Phils have reassigned catchers Dane Sardinha and Tuffy Gosewisch, along with Josh Barfield to their Minor League Camp on Sunday.  This leaves Luis Castillo, Michael Martinez, Delwyn Young, and Pete Orr competing for two open roster spots as the Spring Training schedule enters it final days.  Barfield, 28, impressed with his bat in Spring Training, but it appears the Phils were looking for a more dependable glove at 2B.  Barfield should open as the Lehigh Valley 2B, however, he does have an out clause in his contract that would allow him to leave the organization if he is not on a major league roster by June 1. Continue reading Three More Reassigned to Minor League Camp

How you can help this season

I receive emails asking this exact question from time to time. It thrills me that so many people continue to visit this site, and the contributions from readers, both in the form of discussion and submissions makes this site what it is. With that said, I wanted to outline the things you can do to help, including what you can provide while at games that can be a big benefit. The first area you can help is with tracking down news articles and links related to our current prospects. With all of the profile pages added, my goal is to update and make these pages better as the season progresses. When someone you know says “Hey, who is this Jon Singleton guy”, I’d appreciate you telling them, and giving them the link to the Jon Singleton profile here, which contains his scouting report, an assessment of his tools, and his player history. The second area where you can help is by going to games and then reporting back things you see. Some people aren’t sure what to look for, so I’ll go into that in detail below the fold.

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Mathieson, Zagurski Optioned

The Phillies bullpen picture became a bit clearer this morning as RHP Scott Mathieson and LHP Mike Zagurski were both optioned to Minor League Camp.  Both should start the season in AAA Lehigh Valley.  Mathieson, 27, came into camp with a legitimate shot to make the team but performed inconsistently during his Spring outings. The inconsistency and some recent command problems most likely led to the trip back to the minors.  Mathieson pitched well in Lehigh Valley last season as the teams primary closer going 3-6 with a 2.80 ERA in 54 outings, accruing 26 saves and striking out 83 in his 64.1 innings.  Continue reading Mathieson, Zagurski Optioned

Around the Horn

Time for a fresh post to throw around what has been going on in Clearwater this week.  The latest injury to Brad Lidge will clearly have an impact on how the roster is constructed next Friday.  While Madson and Contereras will be sliding into the closer role, who does this open the door for?  The givens in the bullpen are now Madson, Contreras, Kendrick, Romero and Baez with presumably two positions now open for the Bastardo, Herndon, Mathieson, Zagurski group? Feel free to discuss if the names come from that group or if the Phils dip into the Carpenter Complex to the group who have been very impressive this Spring including Mike Stutes, Michael Schwimer or Jason Grilli. Continue reading Around the Horn

Dave’s Clearwater Recap 22 March 2011

First off, apologies for not posting regularly.  While I had my iPad with the blogging app on it with me at the Complex several times, the combination of St. Patty’s Day, running into some old friends, cheap beer, and the lure of going swimming in the Gulf at 1:30 in the morning prevented me from spending nearly as much time as I typically do watching the goings-on at the Complex.  Here are a few things that I noted after my Day 1 post: Continue reading Dave’s Clearwater Recap 22 March 2011

Workout Groups

While I wasn’t able to get a hard copy of this most recent workout groups, I was able to get an up to date list as of today.  It goes as follows:

Group 1 AAA

Catchers: Joel Naughton, John Suomi, Sebastian Valle

Infielders: Tagg Bozied, Harold Garcia, Troy Hanzawa, Tim Kennelly, Jeff Larish, Carlos Rivero, Matt Rizzotti.

Outfielders: Chris Frey, Matt Miller, Brandon Moss, Jeremy Slayden, Mike SPidale, Cory Sullivan, Rich Thompson

Pitchers: Matt Anderson, Phillipe Aumont, Brian Bass, Eddie Bonine, Nate Bump, Andrew Carpenter, Justin DeFratus, Ryan Edell, Ryan Feirabend, Brian Gordon, Jason Grilli, Dan Meyer, Drew Naylor, Juan Perez, Michael Schwimer, Mike Stutes, Vance Worley Continue reading Workout Groups