Found February 23, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
Right-handed pitcher Julio Rodriguez has quietly become one of the Phillies’ most promising prospects in recent years. Without the hype and buzz that has surrounded other well-regarded youngsters within the Philadelphia organization, the Puerto Rican born hurler has proven himself worthy of being held in considerable regard by the Phils, their fans and talent evaluators alike.Drafted in the 8th round of the 2008 amateur draft as a 17-year-old, Rodriguez made his professional debut that same year, throwing in 7 games with the Gulf Coast League Phillies. However, the 6-foot-4-inch 200-pounder struggled, as he sported a 12.19 ERA and a .383 batting average against.The following season, back in the GCL, Rodriguez added some strength and made some serious improvements in the GCL, posting a 1-2 record with a 3.08 ERA and a .197 batting average against in 11 games (8 starts).In 2010, as a 19-year-old, Rodriguez began the season in extended spring training, but joined the Class A Lakewoo...

Clearwater Notes: Halladay & Snakes, Qualls in Camp

DOC IN THE AMAZONThe tall tale was just that. While in the Amazon over the winter, Roy Halladay and friends (including Chris Carpenter and B.J. Ryan) came across a local man whose boat had been overturned by a large snake – the mighty anaconda, to be specific.But the legend of Halladay wrestling the snake in the muddy waters of the rainforest was false. In fact, Halladay said he...

Phillies 2B Utley hopes to stay healthy, rebound

Chase Utley's batting average and slugging percentage have dropped each season since 2007. He's played in fewer games the last two years and spent more time on the disabled list. Is the five-time All-Star on the decline? ''I'm always looking for ways to improve. I haven't come to the conclusion that I need to change things,'' Utley said after the...

Charlie Manuel Has Private Meeting With Jimmy Rollins

The Phils' skipper had a private meeting with J-Roll about what he expects from the shorstop. "He's got more in him," the manager said. "You hear talk about his hitting and stuff like that, the only thing he has to do is, I was telling you yesterday about being selective. If you notice, Jimmy can get in the count 2-1, 3-1 quite a bit. Then he'll chase...

Ryan Howard Injury Update: He Feels Good

Clearwater, Fla. — Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard spoke to the media for the first time this Spring earlier Wednesday, talking about his torn Achilles’ tendon. In a press conference at the Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater, Fla., Howard addressed a lot of questions, from his recovery to taking batting practice with teammates earlier in the day to the return...

Phillies Injury Updates: Cliff Lee, Justin De Fratus

Cliff Lee did not throw his scheduled bullpen session because of abdominal soreness. Ruben Amaro called it "normal soreness." Lee has dealt with abdomen issues before, so that could explain why this may be normal for him. Justin De Fratus will be shut down for at least a week with elbow soreness. Via Matt Gelb,

Utley: Knee Feels Significantly Better

(PHOTO AP)Chase Utley began Spring Training in the same fashion as Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay, and Ryan Howard; with a press conference set up to appease the media and shed some light on offseason questions. Utley, coy as ever, did his best to deflect attention and answer questions as straightforward as possible.In the few words he spoke, Utley gave reason for optimism. “It...

Phillies 1B Howard takes live batting practice

Ryan Howard took live batting practice for the first time since he tore his left Achilles tendon while making the final out of the Philadelphia Phillies' season-ending 1-0 loss to St. Louis last postseason. The big slugger says he's pleased with his recovery, but that he hasn't set a ''time limit'' on his return. Howard only started swinging a bat less...

Phillies star pitcher Halladay is a hero even in the offseason

For all his accomplishments on the mound, Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay finds himself talking more about snakes these days.

Ryan Howard swinging bat, but no 'time limit' on return

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Ryan Howard took live batting practice for the first time since he tore his left Achilles tendon while making the final out of the Philadelphia Phillies' season-ending 1-0 loss to St. Louis last postseason. Howard crumpled to the ground and needed help getting up after he grounded out ...

Expectations again high for Lee, Phillies

Cliff Lee's last memory of 2011 is a bitter one. Friday signaled a fresh start. The Phillies held their first full-squad workout at Carpenter Complex, meaning Grapefruit League games are just around the corner. And in a little more than a month, they will open their 2012 season in Pittsburgh.
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