Prospect Nation 2016: #2 RHP Jake Thompson

Jake Thompson, image- Jay Floyd Acquired as part of the group of prospects that came in return in the trade for Cole Hamels, right-handed pitcher Jake Thompson shot toward the head of the pack to become the Phillies’ top pitching prospect last summer.  Touting a strong arm and a some big strike out numbers, Thompson looks to be destined for a spot in the big league rotation sooner...
Via Phillies Nation
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

A Quick Thought on the 2016 #1 Pick

Earlier this week, I read an article on about Jason Groome, a left-handed high school pitching prospect thought to be in the mix for the first overall pick in this upcoming draft. In addition to being the local-ish prospect, Groome got a stamp of approval from Cole Hamels, who saw him do a workout for the Phillies last year before Hamels was traded to Texas. “He did...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Nation 2016: #3 OF Nick Williams

Nick Williams, image- Jay Floyd Part of the collection of prospects the Phillies obtained last season in the trade that sent Cole Hamels to Texas, slugging outfielder Nick Williams is as promising as any of the very talented young players the team has in their developmental ranks. A second round pick of the Rangers out of Ball High School (TX) in 2012, Williams quickly signed and...
Via Phillies Nation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Passing of the Torch at Catcher

Ruiz celebrates the 2008 World Series title, AP photo The Phillies are in an organizational transition. They’ve moved on from leaders that helped the organization see its best days in Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Cole Hamels.  The Phils will look toward new players to lead them to another stretch of glory days at shortstop, second base as well as in the starting rotation and...
Via Phillies Nation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels discusses potential No. 1 pick, direction of Phillies

Former Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher Cole Hamels praises one candidate for the team's number one draft selection and discusses the team's plan moving forward.
Via Philliedelphia
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers agree with Diekman on one-year deal, add Steve Johnson

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Left-hander Jake Diekman and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,255,000 and avoided salary arbitration.Diekman was acquired last season from Philadelphia along with ace Cole Hamels and went 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 26 appearances with Texas. He earned $535,500 in his final season before becoming eligible for arbitration.Diekman's...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Bust? Phillies give up on Jesse Biddle, DFA 2012 No. 1 draft pick

Left-hander had Tommy John surgery last October. The Phillies were hoping for another Cole Hamels when drafting a hometown kid 27th overall in 2010. Jesse Biddle hasn't panned out due to mound struggles and injuries, and on Friday the Phillies took big step toward giving up on the 6-foot-5 Philadelphia native developing into something special...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Minor League Preview: Texas Rangers

The Rangers have one of the deepest systems in the majors and it's packed with upside for fantasy. Even after trading away three good prospects in the Cole Hamels deal, it's still a beast. The appeal for our game is the type of player - toolsy, power bats, power arms...all good stuff. One of the pleasant surprises on the MLB roster was Delino Deshields, who the Rangers selected as...
Via Razzball
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Want to learn Cole Hamels' nasty changeup? Phillies great back in area for kids' clinic

Texas Rangers ace will be working with youngsters this weekend in suburban Philadelphia. Know a kid or teen who dreams of becoming a big leaguer? Maybe being taught how to throw Cole Hamels' nasty changeup from Hamels himself could be the springboard. Six months after the Phillies continued their rebuilding by trading their long-time ace to...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels discusses end of Phillies' tenure, pitching at Citizens Bank Park

Former Philadelphia Phillies' ace Cole Hamels discusses various topics in a radio interview.
Via Philliedelphia
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers starting rotation breakdown

The Texas Rangers put their distant future on the line when they boldly decided to trade for Cole Hamels last fall. Hamels cost the Rangers six players, including five of their most sought after prospects. Rangers’ GM Jon Daniels weighed the risk/opportunity, and decided Cole Hamels could be the final piece which leads Texas to the promised land. He played a big role in their late...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies' prospect Jorge Alfaro named as third best catcher in minors

Philadelphia Phillies catching prospect Jorge Alfaro, landed in the Cole Hamels trade, is ranked as one of the league's best catching prospects by MLB Pipeline.
Via Philliedelphia
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Ace lefty Hamels settling in with Texas after early addition

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) Cole Hamels is the kind of pitcher the Texas Rangers would have been trying to get this winter, had they not gotten the ace left-hander midway through last season. Already part of an AL West title, Hamels is under contract with the Rangers for at least three more seasons. And he is starting to get settled more in North Texas, where Friday he completed the...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Major Questions for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016

We’re a little more than halfway through the offseason, and the Philadelphia Phillies have been pretty active to say the least. There weren’t a whole lot of familiar faces when we began the offseason, as Cole Hamels and Chase Utley were traded away over the summer and Jimmy Rollins was dealt last winter. Additionally, the […]
Via Baseball Essential
23 days ago  |  Discuss

PN Off-season Check In: OF Nick Williams

Outfielder Nick Williams was one of the highly touted players that the Phillies acquired in the deal that sent Cole Hamels to Texas last summer. Upon arriving in the Phillies organization, Williams was assigned to Double-A Reading, where he helped the club reach the postseason.  In 22 regular season games as a member of the Fightins, the 22-year-old posted a .320/.340/.536 slash...
Via Phillies Nation
January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

The Phillies end 2015 in a much better place than when it started

Embed from Getty Images This time last year, the Phillies still felt they were going to be contenders. If Cliff Lee was healthy and paired with Cole Hamels, the Phillies could content for a playoff spot, they thought. Even without Jimmy Rollins on board, the team felt that they were...
Via Philliedelphia
December 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels will host a pitching clinic in Philadelphia area this weekend

Embed from Getty Images When the Phillies traded their ace pitcher Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers, that did not spell the end of Hamels helping the Philadelphia area. The Hamels Foundation remains based out of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and continues to raise money for urban education. One of the...
Via Philliedelphia
December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Can the Texas Rangers stay atop the AL West in 2016?

The Texas Rangers had a bounce-back season in 2015, finishing atop the AL West with 88 wins. Behind a resurgent season from Prince Fielder, and the mid-season acquisition of Cole Hamels, the Rangers hung on to win the West by two games over the upstart Houston Astros. The Rangers were led by the steady hand […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Comparing the Cost of Zack Greinke to Cole Hamels

Zack Greinke is one of the best pitchers in major league baseball, and as a result, he had no shortage of suitors before ultimately signing a contract in excess of $200 million. In addition to money, the Diamondbacks also surrendered their first-round pick next year, the 13th overall selection. While it would not be quite true to say that Greinke cost “only money,” the Diamondbacks...
Via Fangraphs
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Storyline: Rebuilding Costs for the Phillies

If you examine the acquisitions projected to impact July’s roster for the Philadelphia Phillies, you’ll realize the gem sacrificed for this tomorrow was Cole Hamels, who saved his best performance in a Phils uniform as his farewell. For most fans, however, his days with the Texas Rangers are missing a few details. Yet, although many have seen him in a Texas cap, he’s like...
December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 Los Angeles Angels Wish List

The Los Angeles Angels season came down to the last game of the season, and the team sadly failed to win. Cole Hamels and the Texas Rangers beat the Angels by a score of 9-2. The loss resulted in the team finishing one game behind the Houston Astros for second place in the American League […]
Via Baseball Essential
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels acquisition has Rangers primed for success

This weekend saw a new World Series champion crowned, as The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets in five games - finishing what they couldn’t last year. With the close of the season, though, teams can officially turn their minds to 2016, fresh with possibilities and the promise of a clean slate for a new year.  Some teams, of course, have more reason to be hopeful...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Syndergaard-Ventura one of best young matchups ever

One year ago, at just 23 years old, Yordano Ventura became one of the youngest pitchers to start a World Series game in the last 30 years. The presence of a young starter in the World Series is not a completely rare phenomenon, naturally. Ventura, for his part, was the 64th pitcher in Series history to make a start before turning 24 years old, per Baseball Reference Play Index. Noah...
Via Fangraphs
October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers to hire Rich Dubee as pitching coach

Jason Beck of is reporting that the Detroit Tigers will hire former Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee to replace Jeff Jones, who retired at seasons end.  The Detroit Tigers have not confirmed, but if Jason Beck is reporting it, you can pretty much count it as fact. Tigers expected to name Rich Dubee as their next pitching coach. Story:
Via The Majors Detroit
October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 Minor League Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

The rebuild is in full swing and the Phils are sporting a new general manager. They sold off their best trade chip in 2015, Cole Hamels, and regardless of your opinion on the return, the Phils landed three of the prospects in this year's preview in addition to some pitching depth. 2015 also featured solid performances from rookies Maikel Franco, Aaron Nola, and Odubel Herrera, which...
Via Razzball
October 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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