Monthly Archives: July 2011

First Person Scouting Report: Reading (7/27) and LHV (7/28)

I wanted to thank loyal reader Dave for providing two more first person reports. I held these back because I didn’t want them to get lost in the trade shuffle. But here they are, take a look. The first report is from the Reading game on July 27th and the second report is the Lehigh Valley game on July 28th. Enjoy

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A retrospective look at the Phillies Trades

It is certainly time appropriate to review the Phillies trades over the last several years, looking at how players progressed (or didn’t) since they were traded.


Mike Costanzo, Michael Bourn, Geoff Geary for Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett. As a Phillies fan, they is simply no way that you can complain about this trade even with Lidge’s injury woes. Lidge’s 2008 was right up there with the top closer performances in history and the Phillies, very possibly, may not have won the Series without him.  Bourn has grown up to be an All Star caliber CF and a game changer on the bases. Mike Costanzo, now 27, and a former 2nd round pick of the Phillies in 2005 is playing AAA ball in the Reds organization, and is suffering through many of the same problems he did with the Phillies organization.  He does not project as a major league player and actually spent time in the Independent Atlantic League last season. Continue reading A retrospective look at the Phillies Trades

Crosspost: The Phillies “window” is not closing any time soon

I’m not going to make a habit of linking the content on my other site here on this site. But I wanted to write a piece that addresses the ridiculous arguments I’ve seen intimated here and elsewhere that this trade, or any of our past trades, is somehow going to cause the Phillies to become less competitive over the next 5 to 10 years. You can find the piece right here. I stated just about everything I had to say in that post, but if you have specific comments or feedback, I’ll answer it in the comments either here or there. Enjoy.

The Phillies acquire Hunter Pence

Well, it appears that it has finally happened. The Phillies have been linked to Hunter Pence for the better part of the last 2 months, with Charlie Manuel openly campaigning for a righthanded batter. In the last few days, talks intensified, rumors began to fly wildly, and the deal has finally concluded. According to reports, the Phillies are parting ways with 1B prospect Jon Singleton, RHP Jarred Cosart, and 2 PTBNL, neither thought to be major prospects. As I start writing this, hopefully we get names and I can update it. I’m going to try and tackle this trade from both sides, just as I did the Roy Oswalt and Cliff Lee deals the last two years. There are 2 sides to every trade, and its normally never as simple as “Team A won and Team B lost”. There are tons of variables here, so lets address them one by one. If you want to simply react and say “this sucks” or “this is great”, feel free to use the instant reaction post here. I’d hope that if you come here, you’re interested in what I have to say, so I’ll give it a go.

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Phillies agree a deal for Hunter Pence

Here is your place for instant reaction.

The deal is apparently Jon Singleton, Jarred Cosart and 2 players to be named later, per Ken Rosenthal. I’m going to write up a long analysis of this deal, from all sides. I’m sure you want to react quickly and say how much you love it or hate it. So do that here. And then check back later if you are curious for my take on the trade.

Hot or Not

A look at the time period from 7/23–7/29. Sebastian Valle and Darin Ruf continue red-hot, while Freddy Galvis notches another week on the hot list.  Austin Hyatt is showing he is worthy or AAA callup while Jared Cosart gets back on track after a rough week.  Also, Trevor May continuing to put up huge strikeout numbers.

Hot Hitters:(Min 10 AB’s):Steve Susdorf (.545); Maikel Franco (.474, 5 RBI); Sebastian Valle (.463, 6R 2HR 8 RBI); Kyrell Hudson (.444); Tim Kennelly (.429); Delwyn Young (.423, 4R 2HR 6 RBI); Darin Ruf (.417, 6R 3HR 7 RBI); Mike Spidale (.400); Carlos Valenzuela (.400); Freddy Galvis (.391, HR 3 RBI, 2SB) Honorable Mention: Cesar Hernandez, Travis Mattair, Troy Hanzawa Continue reading Hot or Not

Around the System–Starting Pitchers, Lower Half


David Buchanan, 22, 20 starts, 11-5 with a 3.38 ERA; 125IP 115H 32BB 86K; 1.17 WHIP; 1.13 GO/AO; .246 opp. avg., .240 vs. LH, .250 vs. RH, .262 with RISP; 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA in 5 July starts.  Buchanan has had a very good season and may end the season in Clearwater depending on the movement around the system.

Garrett Claypool, 22, 22 games (18 starts); 3-7 with a 3.70 ERA; 109.1IP 89H 41BB 123K; 0.55 GO/AO; .224 opp. avg; 1.19 WHIP; .214 vs. LH, .231 vs. RH, .232 with RISP; 0-4 with a 5.16 ERA in 5 July starts. Claypool has been very good this year, averaging 10.1K/9 but is slowing down as the innings add up. Continue reading Around the System–Starting Pitchers, Lower Half