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Phillies Prospect Adam Morgan Has Rotator Cuff Tear

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If the Phillies were going to continue to look to the minor leagues for pitching depth, they will not be able to turn to one of their top pitching prospects.   Adam Morgan, named one of the Phillies top propects in several top baseball publications, has a small tear in his rotator cuff, reports Michael LoRe on Lehigh Valley Live.    Morgan hit the disabled list back on May 27, and an MRI today revealed the tear.

After impressing in a Spring outing, Morgan was 1-4 with a 4.97 ERA before shutting his game down due to pain in his shoulder.


Cole Hamels is Broken; Phillies Lose 8-5

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Coming off a series split with the first-place Boston Red Sox, the Phillies had a few positives they could hang their hats on going forward. The biggest positive rested on the shoulders of Domonic Brown, who continues to swing a hot bat. Going into four straight series against last-place teams, the team certainly had the motivation it needed to win a majority of those games.

Tonight’s pitching matchup of Cole Hamels and Yovani Gallardo pitted players with similar seasons, and careers, against one another. While Hamels has been a bit more reliable than Gallardo, both players have been vital to their team’s individual success in recent seasons. However, neither guy has been able to reach those same numbers in 2013, combining for a 4-13 record.

Cole Hamels began the game well, tossing a perfect first inning. The Phillies would begin their offense with two quick outs. Jimmy Rollins would knock a two out single, followed by a steal of second. Ryan Howard worked a walk, which set Domonic Brown up for success. His 14th homerun of the season put the Phillies up 3-0 on the Brewers.

The shutout would not last long. After he was hit by a pitch, Carlos Gomez was able to steal second and move to third on a Humberto Quientero errant throw. Jonathan Lucroy brought home the first Brewer run with a double to right. Sort-of former Phillie Yunieski Betancourt singled, and Jeff Bianchi grounded to short to score Lucroy and bring the score to within one.

Freddy Galvis doubled in the second, but nothing came of it. Things got carried away in the bottom of the inning when balls begin to find the smallest places on the field. Three straight cheap hits netted a third run for the Brew Crew. Carlos Gomez hit a sac fly, and Lucroy and Betancourt both singles to double their run total. 6-3 Brewers.

Jimmy Rollins lead off the fourth with a homerun to put the score at 6-4. Lucroy answered in the fifth with a solo homerun of his own. 7-4 Brewers.

Tying Miguel Cabrera for the second most homeruns in the majors, Dom Brown hit another bomb to right field. He is the first Phillies to hit 12 homeruns in a month since Mike Schmidt. Impressive, to say the least. 7-5 Brewers.

Jonathan Lucroy sealed the deal for Milwaukee with his fifth hit, and second homerun, of the night. Familiar foe Francisco Rodriguez closed out the night and the Brewers secured the first game of the series.

Offensively, the Phillies looked decent. Domonic Brown is absolutely mashing the ball, well on his way to an All-Star appearance. The problem came from Cole Hamels’ performance. Little bloop hits now and again severely hurt the lefty, and he was never able to recover. Concern must now loom in the minds of fans and coaches on Hamels’ mental health after such a disappointing start.

Wily Peralta and Tyler Cloyd take the mound in Saturday’s afternoon matchup. Both are coming off shaky outings and will be looking to recover.

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Flyers Sign International Free Agents Raffl, Lamarche

It was announced Friday that the Flyers have signed two international players, LW Michael Raffl and D Maxim Lamarche.  The Austrian Raffl, 24, played for the Leskands IF team in Leskand, Sweden the past two seasons, and was, according to the Flyers' website, sought after by multiple teams before the Flyers moved in and inked him to a three-year contract. Last season, Raffl led his team with 24 goals (46 pts),and drew lots of attention after an impressive performance against Russia while playing for Austria in the World Championships.

Lamarche, 20, comes from Baie-Comeau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Last season, he had a plus-31 rating in 55 games, scoring nine goals and 34 assists (43 pts total). He also recieved a three-year deal.

While hardly sexy, groundbreaking moves, these acquisitions seem to be rather solid considering the praise from scouts. Last season, the Flyers defense was already suspect before being decimated by injuries, which forced them to play many underwhelming players as a result. Hopefully Lamarche, who considers himself an "all around defenseman" can, with a little seasoning, contribute behind defensive stalwarts Luke Schenn and Kimmo Timonen.

Raffl, based on what the article says, looks like he could contribute significantly on the third or maybe even second line, which, in addition to the obvious benefits, might spur guys like Sean Couturier, who struggled all season, to improve their play just by being around. All in all, looks like to decent pick-ups.

Now if they can just decide what to do with Bryz...


Hamels tries to end losing ways against slumping Brewers

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Cole Hamels has not pitched with a lead since April 7. He tries to snap a personal five-game losing streak against the Brewers. (Kevin Durso/Philliedelphia)

The Phillies managed to split a four-game series with the upstart Boston Red Sox after falling miserably on Monday. They ended their bid for .500 on a sour note, however, falling on Thursday, 9-2. 

But after facing the Red Sox, Nationals and Reds in their last 10 games, the Phillies (26-28) get 13 straight games against teams with losing records. The first of those teams is the Brewers (19-33) who have the third-worst record in baseball and were swept by the Twins in a four-game series. The Twins had lost 12 of 13 games entering the series.

Cole Hamels (1-8, 4.43 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels is still trying to get back to winning ways, suffering the loss in his last start against the Nationals. He allowed five runs - three earned - on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He faced the Brewers once in 2012, allowing three runs in 7 2/3 innings in a win. In his career against the Brewers, Hamels is 6-2 with a 3.42 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 48-36 with a 3.30 ERA.

The Phillies will face right-hander Yovani Gallardo (3-5, 4.79 ERA). Gallardo lost his last start against the Pirates, allowing four runs in four innings. Gallardo allowed one run on four hits in seven innings in his only start against the Phillies in 2012, getting the win. He is 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA against the Phillies in his career. This is his first career start at Citizens Bank Park.

Game Notes:

  • The Phillies can close out May with a winning record with a win tonight. They are 14-13 in the month so far.
  • Meanwhile, you can count the number of wins the Brewers have this month on one hand. Seriously. They are 5-22 in May.
  • The Phillies were 5-2 against the Brewers last season and are 22-10 against the Brewers in the history of Citizens Bank Park.
  • Humberto Quintero is in the lineup because he is very familiar with Gallardo. He is a career 5-for-16 off him with a walk and three strikeouts. Ben Revere and Ryan Howard also have batting averages above .300 in their career against Gallardo. Revere is a career 4-for-13 and Howard is 3-for-8 with a home run.

Phillies lineup

  1. Ben Revere CF
  2. Cesar Hernandez 2B
  3. Jimmy Rollins SS
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Domonic Brown LF
  6. Delmon Young RF
  7. Freddy Galvis 3B
  8. Humberto Quintero C
  9. Cole Hamels P

Cole Hamels will start tonight's game.

Brewers lineup

  1. Norichika Aoki RF
  2. Jean Segura SS
  3. Ryan Braun LF
  4. Aramis Ramirez 3B
  5. Carlos Gomez CF
  6. Jonathan Lucroy C
  7. Yuniesky Betancourt 1B
  8. Jeff Bianchi 2B
  9. Yovani Gallardo P

Yovani Gallardo will start tonight's game.

TV: CSN

Radio: 94 WIP/1210 WPHT

Kevin Durso is a contributor for Philliedelphia. You can follow him on twitter @KDursoPhilsNet.

Ranking the Phillies Prospects, End of May 2013 Edition

I was going through old posts of mine the other day, and found a ranking of prospects that I did in the middle of 2011. There were some names on there that are really interesting now- Pettibone, Hernandez,  De Fratus, and even Galvis and Biddle in my honorable mention area. There were also some real clunkers that I fell in love with at the time- Overbeck, Valle, Aumont, Schwimer, and even Julio Rodriguez. It's amazing how you get some right, and some wrong.

It's also amazing how my feelings on prospects have changed a lot. Numbers are important to me, but they aren't everything. Projections matter too, perhaps more so than what I see.

With that in mind, i'm going to try my hand at this again. I'm using several factors here- projections of eventual talent, proximity to majors, and season results to date. Anyone who hasn't spent the whole season in the majors is eligible for me. Here we go:

  1. Jesse Biddle-LHP- AA Reading- The 21 year old lefty is #89 in BA's top 100 and #61 on MLB's, and he hasn't hurt his case much this year. His line: 3-4, 3.15 ERA, 54.1 IP, 66 K, 27 BB, 3 HR, 1.067 WHIP. That doesn't hurt his cause at all. I place him on a timeline of sometime in 2014. I think his chances of being promoted to AAA this year as better than 50/50.
  2. Cesar Hernandez-2B- AAA Lehigh Valley/Phillies- Before his call-up, Hernandez was sporting a .305 average and .810 OPS on the season, both of which are impressive. He combines 13 extra-base hits with a solid speed and defensive game. He also happens to play a position that will be open next season if Chase Utley walks away.
  3. Maikel Franco-3B- A Clearwater- He's only 20, and maybe I'm getting carried away with this A ball third baseman. Maybe not too. He's got 10 homers, 18 doubles, and a triple. His .850 OPS is driven much by his slugging, but that's not a bad thing at such a young age. He's very impressive.
  4. Roman Quinn-SS- A Lakewood- Roman Quinn is a seriously talented, but far from ready player. He hit his 5th homer tonight, and has raised his average all the way up to the .250 area after spending April around .200. Quinn already has stolen 24 bases too. He's switch-hitting now, and may or may not be a shortstop in the long-term, but he does project to be something special.
  5. Adam Morgan-LHP- AAA Lehigh Valley- Morgan looked great in the first month of the season, and horrible in the second. Now he's having some shoulder discomfort, and we're awaiting word on his condition. With that said, healthy Morgan was making a push to come up. Hopefully he can get healthy and continue to progress. His ceiling is fairly high.
  6. Jon Pettibone-RHP- Phillies/AAA Lehigh Valley- Pettibone struggled through a couple of early starts in AAA and has been up since, suffering his first loss last night. He's approaching the non-prospect/big leaguer point, but I think he'll end up down again this season. He won't do so before having proven he belongs, and will belong again. Pettibone is not a future ace, but he is a solid, major league capable starter who is at his best when guys hit the ball on the ground against him. I think he can do that in the future.
  7. Darin Ruf-1B/LF- AAA Lehigh Valley- He's not the hot hitter he was a year ago, but he still projects to serve some sort of purpose. I reject the over-zealous fans who think he can come up and change the fate of the 2013 team now, but can he be helpful? Can he play some first, play some outfield, and get enough at-bats to have his power help? Sure. He isn't on 40 homer pace this year, but he's still showing nice power to the gaps and hitting plenty of doubles. I think he has some form of future.
  8. Cody Asche-3B- AAA Lehigh Valley- Asche broke out last season, but after just half a season in Reading, was jumped to AAA this season. His .263 average and .744 OPS is holding his own. His defense is improving, but there's a real question in my mind if he's going to be here, or if he'll truly be ready in time for Opening Day 2014. With that said, he's in AAA, and he's playing competitively, so he may have a chance.
  9. Tommy Joseph-C- AAA Lehigh Valley- He was really struggling with the bat before he got his concussion that has him sat down. He's also struggled with defense. Joseph is still someone I really think can grow into being a plus-side catcher, I just wonder if he's ready for 2014, when (I hope) Chooch is gone.
  10. Justin De Fratus-RP- AAA Lehigh Valley/Phillies- I think it suffices to say that he's had a good year, he's back in the big leagues and a lot of fans want him to stay. I like his future. He has a good mental make-up it seems for late innings.
  11. Aaron Altherr-CF- A Clearwater- The 22 year old seems to be breaking out, hitting .318/.371/.514/.886 on the season for the Threshers. With the struggles of the AA center fielders, I think he's on his way to passing them by soon.
  12. Ethan Martin-RHP- AAA Lehigh Valley- Sure, his ERA is over five, but his season has improved a bit this month. The former first-rounder, obtained in the Victorino trade, has to improve his 45 K/29 BB in 49.2 IP. If he does, he has a great arm with which to grow into a starter. If he doesn't, he probably projects as a good back-end of the bullpen arm.
  13. Phillippe Aumont-RP- Phillies/AAA Lehigh Valley- Yes, he pitched bad enough to be sent down, and yes he walked four guys tonight. He's a mess. He's still young, with a great arm. I wouldn't totally write him off yet.
  14. Kelly Dugan-OF- A Clearwater- He hit .300 a year ago with 12 homers. He now is hitting .301 with 5 homers this year. He had an .857 OPS last year, and an .887 OPS this year. He had 33 doubles last year too. The former first pick of the Phillies is making a push through the system now.
  15. Brody Colvin-RHP- AA Reading- I've always liked his arm, and I thought he looked really good  in the exhibition game against AAA Lehigh Valley this year, the first time I saw him live. Then he went on the DL and I thought he might be done. He's doing some bullpen work now, and he's putting up decent numbers in AA mixing the two roles. He may end up having a very good bounce back year.
  16. Shane Watson-RHP- A Lakewood- The 19 year old was the first Phillies pick in 2012. He's struggled a little so far, but that's to be expected in his first trip into minor league ball at the full season level.
  17. Mike Stutes-RP- AAA Lehigh Valley/Phillies- He may not be back down again now. Hopefully he'll grown into being a reliable middle-reliever.
  18. Jake Diekman-RP- AAA Lehigh Valley- Diekman has a good arm, but is in an important year to show that he can be reliable enough to be on the big league club.
  19. Cameron Rupp-C- AA Reading- I think we're seeing a solid back-up catcher in the making in the big leagues. Rupp's .256 average isn't lighting the world on fire, but his .841 OPS and 8 homers are pretty impressive. He may be able to help push Joseph.
  20. Mitch Walding-3B- A Lakewood- Walding hasn't blossomed yet, but his 10 doubles are pretty solid for a 20 year old, second year kid. 
  21. Tyler Cloyd-RHP- AAA Lehigh Valley/Phillies- I don't think Cloyd's going to quite cut it as a starter, but he will be alright at making spot starts and being a long man in the bullpen. I always root for guys who are command pitchers.
  22. Cameron Perkins-OF- A Clearwater- He's hitting .344 with a .913 OPS and 25 extra-base hits. He hit .304 last year. He's 22 though, so it's time to bust out, and he is.
  23. Joe Savery-RP- AAA Lehigh Valley/Phillies- Savery's having a good year, there's just a question of his ability to really make it in the bigs. 
  24. Carlos Tocci-OF- A Lakewood- Yes, I know, he's better than this. He's also like super, super, super young, and far, far away from the big leagues. Don't worry, I know he'll move up the list. I'm not even watching his stats much yet, and won't really this year. His ceiling is as high as any on here.
  25. Sebastian Valle-C- AA Reading- His stock is way down, but not as far as his average in AA. He just seems broken by losing out to Joseph. With that said, I still think he has value, and could break out at any time.

So Long, Old Friend: Phillies Release Chad Durbin

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Something had to give.  A historically "slow-starter", as Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called him, Chad Durbin continued to consistently allow baserunners and runs.  After last night's 9-2 loss to Boston in which Durbin gave up four hits and three runs in just an inning's work, his ERA was 9.00 after 16 appearances.  Today the Phillies released Chad Durbin.

Durbin was an integral part of the 2008 Phillies World Championship team, with most of his success coming from alleviating jams created by the team's starters.   This season, he could not strand inherited runners on base and could not get his own batters out.  Unfortunately 2008 sentimentality does not make for 2013 wins.

Joe Savery has been recalled from AAA Lehigh Valley to take Durbin's roster spot.


The Emergence of the Dom Beast

I remember when Dom Brown arrived in Allentown in 2010, and we all were just watching him amaze us. Brown's name had really reached prominence already with it's inclusion in rumors for Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, but now we were watching him live. He could hit, and hit for power. He could run, and run fast. He had a pretty decent eye. He had a rifle for an arm.

We all know what's happened since then, but it was those few games in Lehigh Valley that year that I hung onto as he struggled. Last year, even in 2011, I was an advocate for bringing him up and letting him play, regardless. The talent is there, and frankly the Phillies need some talented players under the age of 30 so that they don't become the 1988-1989 version of the Phillies. Brown was the absolute one player I wanted to see get a shot. Finally in 2013, he is.

Dom's defense isn't great, but it's not the nightmare we once all feared. His offense? It's improved a bit. His .820 OPS is leading all regulars on the team. His 13 homers also leads the team. So do his 32 RBI's. He leads the team in slugging, and is fourth in OBP amongst regulars. He leads the team with 21 extra-base hits. He's even second on the team in hits. He's done all of this from down in the six hole.

What can I say, in a year of frustration, I'm glad to watch a 25 year-old succeed here.

2013 NBA Draft Player Profile: C.J. McCollum

 

Okay Sixers fans; let's begin the first of many player profiles as we are about a month away from the 2013 NBA Draft. The first player profile that I want to examine is a player that could definitely be sitting there at the taking when the Sixers make their selection with the 11th pick overall. The player that I am talking about is senior combo guard out of Lehigh University C.J. McCollum. 

McCollum is an interesting player that has skied up many peoples draft boards even though he missed majority of his senior year due to an injury. But we all remember his junior year, where in the NCAA Tournament his Lehigh University Mountain Hawks defeated the Duke Blue Devils. One of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history and he was apart of it. 

McCollum is a pretty big guard coming in at 6-3 and 197 pounds and is being compared to great guards such as Damian Lillard and Steph Curry. If McCollum falls to the Sixers and if he pans out to be like Lillard or Curry, then they have a good two guard to go with all star point guard Jrue Holiday.

With that being said, McCollum can score with the best of them! It has shown through his stats. As a freshman he averaged 19.1 points, then as a sophomore he averaged 21.8 points, then as a junior he averaged 21.9 points, and even though he only played 12 games his senior year, he still scored 23.9 points per game.

This is good to have in his arsenal since he is a seasoned guard staying all four years in school which is not normal but he did. The only weaknesses of his game is his defense and he is injury prone but other than that, McCollum is a great guard and the Sixers would be more than happy to have him wearing Sixers red. 

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Pettibone Finally Roughed Up, Offense Impotent As Red Sox Down Phillies

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It was bound to happen at some point right?   Jonathan Pettibone took his perfect record to the mound tonight against former Phillies playoff foe Franklin Morales, making his first appearance of the season tonight.   From the start, the Phillies gave the upper hand to the Red Sox.

Pettibone got beat up in the first inning, allowing four Red Sox runs.  Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single, followed by a Daniel Nava single.   Dustin Pedroia grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing Ellsbury to score to make it 1-0.  David Ortiz followed with a walk.  Then, Mike Carp singled to right to score Daniel Nava to make it 2-0.   After Stephen Drew struck out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled to drive in two more: 4-0 Red Sox.

In the bottom of the first, it appeared the Phillies might be able to make it a ballgame again.  After Ben Revere grounded out, Cesar Hernandez got his first major league hit, a single to left field.  Jimmy Rollins flew out, but Delmon Young hit his fourth home run of the season to bring the Phillies within two.

However, those two runs would be all the Phillies would get while the Red Sox scored seven more.  Two of those runs came on solo home runs from Jonny Gomes and David Ortiz.   The last three may be particularly of interest to Phillies fans became they came off of struggling reliever Chad Durbin.  Durbin's one inning of work in the ninth inning indluded four hits and three earned runs.  After 16 appearances, Durbin's ERA is 9.00.

Also of note: Red Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury stole FIVE bases on Phillies pitchers and Erik Kratz.  The feat is a new Red Sox team record, and certainly contributed to the Red Sox' thumping of the Phillies.

Some positives:

I was particularly impressed by second baseman Cesar Hernandez.  It was not just his two hits, but Hernandez made many fine defensive plays at second base and appeared to be fully in control at the major league level.   Granted, I have not watched him much in the minor leagues; our Rich Wilkins is VERY high on Hernandez from frequent trips to the minor leagues.   I have a feeling that when Michael Young comes off of the bereavement list Hernandez could stick around until Chase Utley is ready to man second base again.

Domonic Brown continued to hit today.  With two hits, Brown brought his average up to .267 and continued his May tear.  

 

The Phillies begin a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at home starting tomorrow night.   


Phillies Call Upon Jonathan Pettibone In Effort To Take Series Against Boston

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After dropping the first game of this four-game series, the Phillies have won two straight including last night's 4-2 win. Kyle Kendrick got his fifth win of the year after tossing six innings of two-run ball. Kendrick wouldn't have had a win if it weren't for Domonic Brown and his two home runs. Brown clocked his 12th and 13th homers of the year last night, breaking his total home run count in the past three years combined. With a red-hot Domonic Brown the Phillies will go for the series win over the Boston Red Sox. The Phils will call upon Jonathan Pettibone (3-0, 3.21 ERA) to take on Franklin Morales (0-0, -.-- ERA) in the series finale.

Jonathan Pettibone picked up his fourth quality start of the year last time around. On Saturday against Washington, Pettibone went six deep, allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out six and walking one. Pettibone continues to be a great piece of the Phillies rotation, which is currently missing Roy Halladay and John Lannan. In his last three, Pettibone has an ERA of 2.75 (6 ER in 19 2/3 IP). This will be Pettibone's first career start against the Red Sox.

The Red Sox will be using Franklin Morales as a spot starter for tonight's game in an effort to split this series with Philadelphia. Morales will be making his first start and appearance for the Red Sox tonight. In five starts between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, Morales is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA (6 ER in 17 IP). Morales made nine starts with the Sox last season, going 3-4 with a 3.77 ERA. In 9 1/3 career innings pitched against Philadelphia, Morales has a win and an 0.96 ERA (1 ER in 9 1/3 IP).

Game Notes: 

  • Domonic Brown is hot with five home runs and seven RBI in his last four games. Brown is the first Phillie to hit 10 home runs in a single month since Ryan Howard did so in August of 2009.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury is hitting .421 (8-for-19) with four RBI in his last four games.
  • With a win tonight the Phillies can be at .500 for the first time in over a month.

Phillies lineup:

  1. Ben Revere CF
  2. Cesar Hernandez 2B
  3. Jimmy Rollins SS
  4. Delmon Young RF
  5. Domonic Brown LF
  6. Kevin Frandsen 1B
  7. Erik Kratz C
  8. Freddy Galvis 3B
  9. Jonathan Pettibone P

Red Sox lineup:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
  2. Daniel Nava RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
  4. David Ortiz 1B
  5. Mike Carp LF
  6. Stephen Drew SS
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
  8. Jose Iglesias 3B
  9. Franklin Morales P

First Pitch Forecast: Partly Cloudy - 86°- 10% PoP

TV: CSN, MLB Network
Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT

Let's Go Phillies!

Erik Seybold is a writer for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter.