Series 2 Stats

Rollins- 3 G, 4-12, 4 R, 8 TB, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SO, .333/.467/.667
Polanco- 3 G, 6-13, 3 R, 7 TB, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .462/.500/.538
Utley- 3 G, 3-11, 3 R, 7 TB, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 SO, 2 SB, .273/.429/.636
Howard- 3 G, 4-13, 4 R, 11 TB, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SO, .308/.357/.846
Werth- 3 G, 5-12, 2 R, 6 TB, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, .417/.462/.500
Ibanez- 3 G, 5-14, 1 R, 8 TB, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, .357/.400/.571
Victorino- 3 G, 3-14, 1 R, 6 TB, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SO, 1 SB, .214/.214/.429
Ruiz- 2 G, 1-8, 1 R, 1 TB, 1 RBI, 2 SO, .125/.125/.125
Schneider- 1 G, 0-3, 2 BB, 3 SO, .000/.400/.000
Dobbs- 1 G, 0-1, 1 SO
Francisco- 1 G, 0-1
Halladay- 1 G, 1-3, 1 TB, 2 SO, .333/.333/.333
Moyer- 1 G, 1-2, 1 TB, 1 SO, .500/.500/.500
Happ- 1 G, 0-2, 1 BB, 1 SO, .000/.333/.000
Herndon- 1 G, 0-1, 1 SO

Halladay- 1 GS, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 8 SO, .212 BA, 0.78 WHIP
Happ- 1 GS, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, .273 BA, 1.60 WHIP
Moyer- 1 GS, 1-0, 7.50 ERA, 6 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, .333 BA, 1.67 WHIP
Madson- 1 G, 0-0, 9.00 ERA, 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, .400 BA, 2.00 WHIP
Baez- 2 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, .000 BA, 0.00 WHIP
Contreras- 1 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, .000 BA, 0.00 WHIP
Durbin- 1 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, .000 BA, 0.00 WHIP
Herndon- 1 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, .000 BA, 0.00 WHIP

Pat Gillick Interview

I had a chance to do an interview with Phillies Special Assistant and former General Manager Pat Gillick after the Clearwater-Dunedin game Saturday night. He started his GM career in 1977 with the Blue Jays and stepped down in 08 as the Phillies GM. He was also the GM for the Mariners and Orioles, guiding all four teams to the postseason, and the Mariners, Jays, and Orioles have not been in the playoffs since he left. You could consider him a part of Philadelphia history for helping put together that magical 2008 season. He has won three championships(92, 93, 08), and has been in the playoffs eleven times as a GM(85, 89, 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 00, 01, 07, 08).

Q: What are your roles as a Senior Adviser?
A: As an Senior Adviser I do scouting at the amateur and professional levels, as well as recommending trades.

Q: Many people consider you to be one of the best General Manager’s of all-time, your thoughts on this statement?
A: I have been very fortunate to have a lot of good people to work with throughout the years. Just like a manager, you are only as good as the people around you.

Q: And updates on Joe(Blanton), J.C.(Romero), or Brad(Lidge)?
A: Brad and J.C. are making progress and are probably a few weeks away. Joe is about t wo weeks away as well.

Q: Do you see this 2010 team being better than 09? 08?
A: Yes, while we only got to have Cliff(Lee) for a portion of the season, we will have Roy(Halladay) for a whole season this year. (Placido)Polanco is one of the better two hole hitters in all of baseball, and I think Cole will have a better year than last. I believe it is slightly better than 08.

Q: Has Roy had an affect on any of the other players?
A: He has just by the way he handles and conducts himself and his business on the field and in the clubhouse. He is quiet and leads by example.

Q: What would you say is your most successful trade as a General Manager?
A: I would say it was the trade I made with the San Diego Padres(December 5, 1990), where I sent Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez to San Diego for Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar.

Q: What do you like most about the Philadelphia organization?
A: The Phillies have a very good scouting and player development system, and they are very consistent with what they do through Minor League Baseball. They care a lot about their employees, and make sure they are all happy.

I would like to thank Mr. Gillick for taking his time to do this interview with me.

Weekly Organizational Round Up

Philadelphia(MLB) Record: 4-1
Bullpen: 1.58 ERA, 17.0 IP, 3 ER, 15 SO, 5 BB
Rotation: 4.33 ERA, 27.0 IP, 13 ER, 21 SO, 9 BB
Halladay/Hamels/Happ: 1.58 ERA, 17.0 IP, 3 ER, 19 SO, 8 BB
Starting Lineup: 59-168, .351 BA, 40 R, 16 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 30 BB, 17 K, 2 SB
Bench: 1-6, .167 BA, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP. 1 K

Lehigh’s stats are not fully ready yet.

Reading(AA) Record: 2-1
Bullpen: 5.63 ERA, 11.2 IP, 7 ER, 10 SO, 11 BB
Rotation: 5.36 ERA, 15.1 IP, 9 ER, 8 SO, 6 BB
Starting Lineup: 30-100, .300 BA, 16 R, 8 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 5 BB, 19 K, 3 SB

Clearwater(High-A) Record: 2-1
Bullpen: 0.00 ERA, 5.1 IP, 0 ER, 4 SO, 4 BB
Rotation: 2.00 ERA, 18.0 IP, 4 ER, 23 SO, 3 BB
ML Rehab(Romero/Lidge): 16.36 ERA, 2.2 IP, 4 ER, 3 SO, 1 BB
Starting Lineup: 33-110, .300 BA, 18 R, 11 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 14 BB, 24 K, 2 SB

Lakewood(A) Record: 2-1
Bullpen: 2.43 ERA, 11.1 IP, 3 ER, 14 SO, 2 BB
Rotation: 6.97 ERA, 14.2 IP, 11 ER, 14 SO, 3 BB
Starting Lineup: 35-104, .337 BA, 20 R, 9 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 12 BB,  26 SO, 5 SB

Series 1 Stats

Rollins- 3 G, 5-11, 4 R, 9 TB, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB, .455/.563/.818
Polanco- 3 G, 7-14, HBP, 5 R, 12 TB, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, .500/.500/.857
Utley- 3 G, 5-12, 3 R, 6 TB, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, .417/.563/.500
Howard- 3 G, 6-15, 13 TB, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, .400/.438/.867
Werth- 3 G, 4-13, 2 R, 7 TB, 3 2B, 2 BB, 1 SO, .308/.400/.538
Ibanez- 3 G, 1-11, 1 TB, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 3 SO, .091/.267/.091
Victorino- 3 G, 2-13, 2 R, 2 TB, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO, .154/.267/.154
Ruiz- 2 G, 3-6, 2 R, 3 TB, 4 BB, 1 SO, .500/.700/500
Schneider- 1 G, 0-3
Dobbs- 3 G, 0-2, 1 BB, .000/.333/.000
Francisco- 1 G, 0-0, HBP, …/1.000/…
Gload- 2 G, 1-2, 1 R, 1 TB, .500/.500/.500
Halladay- 1 G, 1-4, 1 TB, 1 RBI, 1 SO, .250/.250/.250
Hamels- 1 G, 1-2, 1 TB, 1 RBI, .500/.500/.500
Kendrick- 1 G, 0-1
Madson- 1 G, 0-1, 1 SO

Halladay- 1 GS, 1-0, 1.29 ERA, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO, .240 AVG, 1.14 WHIP
Hamels- 1 GS, 1-0, 3.60 ERA, 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO, .238 AVG, 1.80 WHIP
Kendrick- 1 GS, 0-0, 11.25 ERA, 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, .353 AVG, 1.50 WHIP
Madson-1 G, 0-0,0.00 ERA, 1.1 IP, 1 SV, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, .400 AVG, 1.50 WHIP
Baez- 2 G, 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, .667 AVG, 3.00 WHIP 
Durbin- 1 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, .143 AVG, 1.00 WHIP
Contreras- 1 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, .250 AVG, 1.00 WHIP
Bastardo- 3 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, .167 AVG, 1.20 WHIP 
Figueroa- 1 G, 4.50 ERA, 0-1, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, .167 AVG, 2.00 WHIP
Herndon- 2 G, 0.00 ERA, 0-0, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, .429 AVG, 2.25 ERA  

Organizational Roundup 3/8

The Phillies organization was not very successful on the Opening Day of Minor League baseball this year. The Threshers and Blue Claws were the only teams to win, when they demolished Dunedin.

Organizational Record Tonight: 2-3
Organizational Record Season: 4-3

Philadelphia(MLB) 2-1
Kyle Kendrick was very shaky in his first start, and the offense wasn’t able to pull out the win after tying it up in the 6th. They stranded both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the late innings. Jayson Werth set a career high with three doubles. Polanco, Utley, and Rollins all added doubles as well. The top four of the Phillies lineup Rollins, Polanco, Utley, and Howard all continues their hot start, with averages of .455, .500, .417, and .400 respectively. Werth got going and has his average up to .308. Ibanez and Shane have averages of .091 and 1.54 respectively. Nelson Figueroa recently acquired off of waivers from the Mets gave up the go ahead run and got the loss.

Lehigh Valley(AAA) 0-1
The IronPigs blew a ninth inning lead to lose 8-7. Chris Duffy had a double, and Dewayne Wise and Paul Hoover each had triples. Hoover also had three runs batted in, with Bocock, Ransom, and Thompson all adding one. Brian Mazone was hit hard in his first start, going five innings and allowing four earned runs. Mike Zagurski gave up two earned runs in a third of an inning, and got a hold. Jason Anderson threw two thirds of an inning, letting one of Zagurski’s runs score, and got a blown save. Ehren Wasserman recorded the loss as well as a blown save. Alexander Concepcion threw two perfect innings, striking out two.

Reading(AA) 0-1
What many to believe to be the most talented of all of the Phillies MiLB teams, lost 10-5 last night. The super outfield of Berry, Gillies, and went a combined 1-11 with Brown collecting a double, and Brown and Gillies knocking a run in apiece. While light-hitting players Freddy Galvis and Tuffy Gosewisch went a combined 4-8 with two doubles, and two runs scored. Vance Worley got the loss, getting knocked around for four earned runs in 4.1 innings. Matt German, Michael Schwimer, and B.J. Rosenberg didn’t fare much better giving up six earned runs in 3.2 innings. Schwimer struck out four in two innings though, a good sign. Chance Chapman added a scoreless ninth.

Clearwater(High-A)  1-0
The biggest in the organization yesterday, demolishing the Dunedin Blue Jays, doing so behind an amazing pitching effort by Austin Hyatt and some power from Matt Rizzotti and Fidel Hernandez. J.C. Romero started the game throwing a perfect first, and that is when Blue Jays hitters learned why they should fear Austin Hyatt as he went on to throw 5.1 perfect innings before allowing a runner to reach on a wild pitch on a strikeout. In all he threw six innings, striking out seven, and allowing two runs on two hits. Tyson Brummett closed out the game with two scoreless innings. The Threshers started the hitting parade in the fourth inning by scoring four, three of which came on a bases clearing double by 9-hole hitter Fidel Hernandez. In all, Hernandez had four runs batted in, more than the whole Dunedin team. Matt Rizzotti crushed a solo homer, and Brian Gump added two runs batted in, and a double. The 4-9 hitters went a combined 13-26 with three walks, eight runs batted in, thee doubles, and nine runs scored. While the top three in the lineup went a combined 3-16 with a double, two runs batted in, a walk, and a run. Troy Hanzawa and Rizzotti went a combined 6-8 with six runs scored, six runs knocked in, a walk, a double, and a homer.

Lakewood(A) 1-0
Jonathan Villar, Jiwan James, and Jeremy Barnes went a combined 7-15 with three doubles and three runs batted in and Sebastian Valle added a double and a run batted in. Nicholas Hernandez gave up six runs, only two earned in six innings, while striking out four and walking none, and picking up the win. Siulman Lebron got the hold with two scoreless innings, striking out three.           

Romero Update Part 2

J.C. Romero, the Phillies lefty on the DL to start the season, threw one perfect inning against the Dunedin Blue Jays. His fastball sat around 87, a little bit below his normal self.

He made the first batter look awkward when he hit a dribble to third. Then he struck out the second batter, and made the third batter, Travis d’Arnaud, who the Phillies traded for Roy Halladay, fly out to center.

He made two guys swing and miss, and look bad doing it, which makes you think he is close to coming back. He probably still needs at least 2-3 outing before he returns to Philly.

He threw eight pitches, and then told Pitching Coach in Charge of Pitching Rehab Carlos Arroyo that he wanted to throw more, and he threw about 15 pitches in the bullpen.

Lakewood Blue Claws Preview

Lakewood Blue Claws(A)

Manager: Mark Parent
Hitting Coach: Greg Legg
Pitching Coach: Steve Schrenk
Player Coach: Keoni De Renne

RHP Brody Colvin, RHP Jarred Cosart, RHP Jordan Ellis, RHP Siulman Lebron, RHP Eric Massingham, RHP Jonathan Pettibone, RHP Chad Poe, RHP Luke Wertz, RHP Joshua Zeid, LHP Jacob Diekman, LHP Nicholas Hernandez, LHP Matthew May
Sebastian Valle, Kyle Lafrenz, David Doss
Jeremy Barnes, Stephen Batts, Adam Buschini, Darin Ruf, Alan Schoenberger, Jonathan Villar
Anthony Hewitt, Domingo Santana,Jiwan James, Leandro Castro
Disabled List(DL):
Keoni De Renne, Zach Collier

The Blue Claws enter the 2010 season as champs. They lost a good amount of the players from the 09 club, as well as their manager. He should challenge for the title again this year with a punch of solid position players and some lively arms.

The Blue Claws will be led by prospects Colvin, Valle, Hewitt, and Santana. Colvin was arrested over the offseason, Valle is considered to be the Phils top catching prospect, and really prospect at that position. Hewiit is coming into what many believe to be a make or break year, or he might get passed up on the depth chart. And Santana is extremely young but extremely talented.

Clearwater Threshers Preview

Clearwater Threshers(High-A)

Manager: Dusty Wathan
Hitting Coach: Kevin Jordan
Pitching Coach: Dave Lundquist

RHP Jesus Sanchez, RHP J.C. Ramirez, RHP Austin Hyatt, RHP Christopher Kissock, RHP Austin May, RHP Tyson Brummett, RHP Tyler Cloyd, RHP Hector Correa, RHP Justin De Fratus, RHP Edgar Garcia, RHP Jon Velasquez, LHP Korey Noles
Tim Kennelly, Joel Naughton
1B Matthew Rizzotti, 2B Fidel Hernandez, SS Troy Hanzawa, 3B Cody Overbeck, 1B Korby Mintken, 1B Jim Murphy
Anthony Gose, Brian Gump, D’Arby Meyers, Steve Susdorf, Derrick Mitchell
Disabled List(DL)-
RHP Zack Sterner, C John Suomi, 1B Michael Durant, 2B Harold Garcia

The Threshers will field a 2010 team that will look very familiar to the 2009 team. The five main differences are no Domonic Brown, Kyle Drabek, Yohan Flande, Freddy Galvis, or Drew Naylor.

Key returnees include Matt Rizzotti, Chris Kissock, Fidal Hernandez, and Steve Susdorf.
The Threshers will also have three players currently on the Phillies 40-man roster in RHP Jesus Sanchez(Only player remaining from Abreu deal), J.C. Ramirez(One of three players Lee was traded for), and Joel Naughton.

Some of the guys on my top prospects list will be residing in Clearwater for at least a month or two in Sanchez, Ramirez, Tim Kennelly, and Anthony Gose.

The Threshers have a good mix of players that finished .500 in the FSL, and won the championship in Lakewood. 2009 Lakewood Manager Dusty Wathan will manage the Threshers this year.

Figueroa Claimed off Waivers

The Phillies claimed RHP Nelson Figueroa off waivers from the Mets. This will be Nelson’s second tour of duty with the Phillies. He came into the organization in 2000 with Travis Lee, Omar Daal, and Vincente Padilla for Curt Schilling. He pitched one year for the big league club in 2001 compiling a 4-5 record in 19 games(13 started), a 3.94 ERA, and 61 strikeouts in 89 innings.

He didn’t make the Mets pitching staff, and now will most likely replace Andrew Carpenter on the Phillies active roster. If he does good enough, when Romero and Lidge come back, it might be a tough decision as to who should stay on the roster. Although it would probably be Figueroa and Bastardo leaving.

In his seven year career he has a 4.54 ERA in 377 innings.


Coming tonight: Clearwater Threshers and Lakewood Blue Claws previews. As well as a game recap and other notes from around the organization.


Lidge Update

Brad Lidge threw a bullpen today of all fastballs and was in great spirits after. He seemed to have that lively zip on his fastball and was locating it well. Got to talk to him a little bit after and here are some Q & A’s from him.

Q: How long do you expect to be here in Clearwater?
A: Probably about another two weeks.

Q: Where do you expect yourself to be this year? 08 or 09 form?
A: I expect to be a lot closer to 08 than 09. If I feel healthy I believe I can be close to 08. And I feel very healthy after this.

Q: What do you think of the game yesterday?
A: The guys were crushing the ball, it was a great game.

After his bullpen session he went out and did some long toss with J.C. Romero. If the Phillies hit like they did last night though for the next couple of weeks, Lidge will be able to take his time.