Monthly Archives: May 2011

Clearwater Threshers Report (5/16-5/29)

Recap:  The Threshers went 8-6 over the latest two-week stretch, which was highlighted by a 23-inning marathon loss to Jupiter on May 23.  Despite the winning record over the stretch, the Threshers have fallen to seven games back in the FSL behind the Daytona Cubs, who are in the midst of a 12-game winning streak.  Daytona’s roster is not populated with many names that hit the Baseball America top prospect radar, but they are sitting in first place with a 39-12 record.

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2011 MLB Draft Notebook, v2.0

Hey everyone, with the draft approaching, I wanted to focus my attention on a few more guys I see as possibilities for the Phillies pick at #39. In Part 1 I covered RHP Tyler Beede (HS, A), RHP Kyle Crick (HS, TX) INF Nick Delmonico (HS, TX) and RHP Hudson Boyd (HS, FL). Before I get in to that, I want to talk a bit about draft spending, since its something that dominates every single post/feature about the draft, and it is of course the most wildly debated aspect of the MLB draft, not just from the Phillies perspective, but all around baseball. I’m planning to write a long piece on this, but consider this the appetizer. Check below

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2011 Phillies DSL Season Starts Today

May 28th is the beginning of the new Dominican Summer League season, bringing to six the number of Phillies minor league affiliates currently playing.  The Phillies play in the Boca Chica South division.  In 2010 the Phillies finished in 3rd place with a 43-29 record.  The team was a little older than the league average so it is hard to tell how many prospects will emerge from that squad.  One note – a couple of players from that team (pitchers Marcos Coca and Daniel De La Cruz) did test positive for banned stimulants and will sit out 50 games this season, the lion’s part of the 72-game Dominican schedule. Continue reading 2011 Phillies DSL Season Starts Today

Hot or Not

A look around the organization for the time period of May 21-27. Young outfielders and the Clearwater rotation stand out.

Hot Hitters: Zach Collier (.526, 5R 1HR 4 RBI 2SB) Domingo Santana (.438, 4RBI) Delwyn Young (.412)Miguel Alvarez (.375, 7R 4SB) Josh Barfield (.375, 4 RBI) Mike Spidale (.353); Troy Hanzawa (.333) Cody Overbeck (.317, 4R 2HR 4RBI), Jiwan James (.303, 4R, 1HR, 2SB). Honorable Mention: Cameron Rupp. Continue reading Hot or Not

Carlos Rivero: A case study in signing international talent

I’ve been meaning to write up an article on Carlos Rivero, but more specifically, an article about the risk of signing 16 year old free agents out of Latin America, and how their developmental time frame is different from US born prospects subject to the draft. And with Rivero’s solid May, I thought now would be a good time to finally write this piece, because I think it will cover a number of interesting concepts. Well, you can be the judge of that. Anyway, let’s get after it.

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Around the System–Relievers

A look at the relief corps around the system, with plenty to be excited about.  Stats are through Tuesday May 24, 2011.

Lehigh Valley

Mike Zagurski, 28, 12 games, 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA; 7 saves, 12.1 IP 9H 7BB 20K; 1.29 WHIP; .220 opp. avg., .273 vs. RH, .200 vs. LH; .091 with RISP.  Zagurski has thrown very well, although it hasn’t transferred in his limited time called up to Philly.  Needs to hone the control a bit.

Jason Grilli, 34 Has been on the DL with back issues for the past week plus. 15 games, 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA; 18IP 16H 7BB 22K; 1.46 GO/AO; .232 opp. avg., .259 vs. LH, .214 vs. RH, .045 with RISP.  Grilli may have been on the verge of a callup with the Phils when their injuries were mounting when he suffered one of his own.  He has thrown extremely well all year.

Michael Schwimer, 25, 16 games, 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA; 1 save; 25.2 IP 20H 13BB 35K; 0.62 GO/AO; .208 opp. avg., 1.28 WHIP; .333 vs. LH, .143 vs. RH, .156 with RISP. Schwimer started off a bit slow, but has been near unhittable as of late.  His command has been excellent.  Continue reading Around the System–Relievers