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Diekman looked unhittable at times, and wild at others (Phoulballz)
With a wicked lefty windup and a fastball that reaches 97 on the gun, Jake Diekman burst onto the scene as a possible eighth inning savior for a Phillies team that absolutely needed one. That good times didn’t last for Diekman, but the young reliever showed enough promise that Phillies fans are, and should be, excited.
The 25-year-old Diekman began the year as a relative unknown with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs after an 83-strikeout season with Reading in 2011. In 26 2/3 innings with the Pigs through the first month and change, Diekman fanned 37 batters, but did struggle a bit with control, walking 13. It was that lack of control that haunted him throughout his up and down tenure with the Phillies.
Diekman made his major league debut on May 15 against the Astros and struck out three in 1 1/3 innings. In his next appearance on May 17 against the Cubs, he allowed four runs and walked two batters. That kinda year.
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If the Philadelphia region survives the onslaught from Hurricane Sandy, Carlos Ruiz will be the Phillies starting catcher in 2013. The team declined options on Ty Wigginton and Jose Contreras, opting to buy out their contracts. A similar fate is expected for Placido Polanco. Juan Pierre and Brian Schneider were granted Free Agency.
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According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Bob Brookover, the Phillies have declined Placido Polanco's $5.5 million contract option for 2013. They will instead pay a $1 million buyout to Polanco. The oft-injured Polanco is no longer a sure bet. It remains to be seen how healthy Polanco is or if he will seek playing again.
Polanco was perhaps most productive for the...
Beyond the centerfield gate, there will be youth, inexperience and Jonathan Papelbon for the Philadelphia Phillies. What role has he played in their growth?
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It has been just over 7 weeks since Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vance Worley had elbow surgery to remove a loose body and bone spur. Worley has been working hard to rehab and is on track to be ready for Spring Training.
Two days after his surgery on September 7th, Worley began running to get himself ready for 2013. Worley now is working out at Citizens Bank Park five...
The Phillies are making moves in the middle of Hurricane Sandy. This is because the day after the World Series represents the first day of free agency. Though not much of a surprise, the Phillies have declined their contract options for infielder Ty Wigginton and relief pitcher Jose Contreras, reports Phillies.com's Todd Zolecki. Each player will get $500,000 to go away...
The Philadelphia Phillies exercised their $5 million team option on catcher Carlos Ruiz for next year, according to NBC Sports' Hardball Talk. Ruiz, 33, had career highs in batting average (.325), home runs (16) and OPS (.935) in 114 games. He will be eligible for free agency after next season.
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The calendar will soon turn to 2013, putting 2012 behind for good. The 2012 season was not one that Phillies fans will enjoy looking back on; the Phillies were plagued with injuries and finished with their worst record since 2002. The Phillies had high expectations, but became sellers at the trade deadline and failed to make the postseason.
2012 did have some...
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The Phillies made another offseason move this morning. The club decided to pick up catcher Carlos Ruiz's club option worth $5 million. As MLB's Todd Zolecki worded it, there is "no surprise here".
The 33 year-old catcher, who will turn 34 before the 2013 campaign starts, is coming off of a career-year in 2012. Despite missing...
According to Ryan Lawrence, the Phillies have exercised the 2013 option on Carlos Ruiz. The option is worth $5 million.
Next year the Phillies look to turn things around, their catcher will be a key reason why they do.
It’s another edition of our off-season league updates. Each week, we’ll take a tour around the globe for a look at Phillies talents participating in various autumn and winter action.
Shortstop Freddy Galvis (pictured, left) is batting .321 with two doubles, a triple and three home runs through 14 games with Zulia. The switch-hitter is just 2-for-16 (.125...
Cabrera's team may wrap-up a championship tonight but he is not on the roster. Would he fit with the 2013 Phillies? Photo: AP
As his Giants look to wrap up a World Series sweep tonight without him, many within baseball are already speculating where Melky Cabrera will end up. Joel Sherman of the New York Post is reporting that the Giants, Mets, Yankees, and Phillies are among...