The Phillies traveled to Lakeland’s Joker Marchant Stadium Monday to take on Detroit Tigers. Aaron Nola gave up one run in 6.0, 2-hit innings and the Phillies won 4-3. They only managed 3 hits, but 8 walks and a Cedric Hunter 2-run home run paved the way to a 4-1 lead in the top of the seventh inning. The bullpen managed to hold on for the win.
With the Phillies on the road, there was a larger than normal crowd at the Carpenter Complex. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 21st
Ben Lively was selected the Readers’ Poll #21 prospect. He received 100 of 371 votes (27%). He finished comfortably ahead of Nick Pivetta (71 votes, 19%), and Jhailyn Ortiz (58 votes, 16%). Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #22
The long-awaited trade of Marlon Byrd has finally occured. The Phillies sent Byrd and cash to the Cincinnati Reds for RHP Ben Lively. The trade caps weeks of anticipation by Phillies’ fans who have been waiting for the team to turn their few marketable assets into young prospects.
Scouting grades: Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 50
Lively was the Reds 4th round pick (#135) in 2013. He pitched for Pensacola, the Reds AA affiliate in the Southern League. He was ranked as the Reds #8 prospect by MLB.
Lively began the year as the Reds’ preseason #13 and received the 2014 Minor League Player of the Year Award for the Reds as voted by the Cincinnati chapter of the BBWAA.