Storyline: The Next Utley on the Philadelphia Phillies

Of the four possible second baseman, could one be a three-slot bat, or does Odubel Herrera have that spot in the future for the Philadelphia Phillies? Well, the franchise has Cesar Hernandez for 2016, a wizard with the glove, a .300 hitter with defensive laurels from Double-A managers and their second selection from the 2015 MLB draft. In fact, you probably know more about Utley’s successo...
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7 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
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Lowdown on David Lough

One position the Phillies are not in need of is the outfield, but nonetheless David Lough has been brought into the mix on a minor league pact.  With the starting 3 mapped out as Peter Bourjos, Odubel Herrera, and Aaron Altherr, reserves in the form of Cody Asche and Tyler Goeddel, minor league wunderkinds Nick Williams and Roman Quinn knocking on the door, and Darnell Sweeney on...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Storyline: Flight from Last Place, Philadelphia Phillies?

With only five weeks before the top prospects arrive in Clearwater, many roles will be up for grabs on the Philadelphia Phillies except for a few like Maikel Franco. In fact, many regulars from last July will be in the Opening Day lineup: C Cameron Rupp, 1B Ryan Howard, 2B Cesar Hernandez, 3B Franco, SS Freddy Galvis and CF Odubel Herrera. But don’t get the impression the offseason...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera leaves Venezuelan Winter League to prepare for spring training

Embed from Getty Images Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera has left the Tiburones de La Guaira of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League in order to prepare himself 'physically, mentally and spiritually' for spring training. Herrera was reportedly asked by the Phillies to stop playing ahead of his scheduled Feb. 1...
Via Philliedelphia
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Nation 2016: #19 OF Carlos Tocci

Since he was signed by the Phillies for a reported signing bonus of $759,000 in the summer of 2011 on his 16th birthday, Carlos Tocci has been followed by a tremendous reputation that he seemed to finally be living up to during his 2015 season. Right from the start of his career, the Venezuelan was tasked with very challenging assignments.  Tocci says that one of the things that...
Via Phillies Nation
24 days ago  |  Discuss

FAN Projection Targets: The Top Five Rookie Batters of 2015

Earlier this afternoon, FanGraphs CEO and founder David Appelman announced that the ballots for the 2016 FAN Projections are now available for the tender ministrations of this site’s readership. With a view to ensuring that all notable players are addressed sufficiently — and also towards producing the number of posts he’s required to publish each week — the present author...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Preview: Aaron Altherr

As we move toward the 2016 season, let us take a look at each player on the roster and what a reasonably successful season would look like. We started with Aaron Nola. Our most recent entry was Odubel Herrera. Player Name: Aaron AltherrPosition: OfAge: 25 on Jan. 14Bat/Throw: Right/RightNumber: 40Experience: 41 games What we saw in 2015 In just 39 games, Aaron Altherr made quite...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 Preview: Odubel Herrera

 As we move toward the 2016 season, let us take a look at each player on the roster and what a reasonably successful season would look like. We started with Aaron Nola. Our most recent entry was Maikel Franco. Player Name: Odubel HerreraPosition: CFAge: Will be 24 in AprilBat/Throw: Left/RightNumber: 37Experience: 147 games What we saw in 2015 Odubel Herrera was a revelation...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Phillies say Odubel Herrera will see some time at second base this Spring Training

View image | gettyimages.com When the Phillies took Odubel Herrera, he was a shortstop who could not quite nail down the position in the Rangers organization. Spring Training 2015, the Phillies did not use Herrera at shortstop, but he did make two starts at second base. Heading into 2016, the...
Via Philliedelphia
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies Rule 5 Draft Possibilities

The MLB Rule 5 draft is coming up this Thursday and wielding the first overall pick is your Philadelphia Phillies. The Rule 5 draft isn’t the most exciting thing in baseball, but it’s probably the loudest noise the Phillies are going to make this off-season since being in rebuilding mode doesn’t warrant them going after any high-priced free agents at this stage. It is still...
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December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Offseason 2015 Deep Dive: Outfield

Until the beginning of the Winter Meetings (Dec. 7-10 in Nashville, Tenn.), I’ll be doing a deep dive on the Phillies with particular focus on their offseason plans. What may happen? What’s the future hold? Seriously, how excited should you be? We’ll try to answer all the questions here. Today: The Outfield Center Field Past – We figured the Phillies would enter 2015 with...
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December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Rule 5 draft just around the corner, Phils choose first

The off-season is moving along and it’s almost time for “Hot Stove” excitement.  With the Phillies not expected to be a major factor in the MLB free agent market, their time to shine at next week’s Winter Meetings will likely come in the annual Rule 5 draft. Last December the Phils selected Odubel Herrera, in the 9th slot, from Texas and the youngster proved to be a talented...
Via Phillies Nation
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Starting tomorrow: A full deep dive into the Phillies’ offseason

It’s November in Philadelphia. That means it’s a low time for baseball talk, and hey, every other team is battling hard for a postseason berth. So no need to talk Phillies! (Looks at Sixers.) Well, we kind of knew that would be terrible. (Looks at Flyers.) Oh, more of this crap, huh? (Looks at Eagles) Oh come on! Alright, time to talk Phillies! They’re still here, the lovable...
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November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Odubel Herrera is key to Phillies franchise turnaround

View image | gettyimages.com By Chris DiFrancesco He was a Rule 5 pickup by the Texas Rangers in 2008. He was being developed as a second baseman and ended up playing nearly his entire stay in the minor leagues between second base and shortstop. Fast forward to 2015 and Odubel...
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November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Generation Next — Centerfielders

Center field is the premier position in the outfield, but changes in baseball have brought changes in the position. One of the things that has always been most fascinating to me is how changes in the balance between pitching and hitting changes the way teams approach building their teams. In the 1990s and 2000s, center field was dominated by the likes of Ken Griffey Jr. Sure, he...
Via The Fantasy Fix
November 10, 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...
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October 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Brown’s disappointing Phillies career likely over

The Phillies outrighted four players from their 40-man roster Monday, including former top prospect Domonic Brown. With this move, Brown’s career in Philadelphia will likely come to an end. The 28-year-old outfielder leaves behind one of the more disappointing tenures in recent Phillies history. Just two seasons ago,  Brown showed flashes of  his potential by hitting 27 home...
Via Phillies Nation
October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Minors: Syndergaard Part Of BA’s All-Rookie Team

Baseball America picked nine position players and six pitchers to be part of their All-Rookie team with Noah Syndergaard being the only Mets player chosen. Michael Conforto was passed over in the outfield for Joc Pederson, Randal Grichuk and Odubel Herrera mainly because of his limited opportunity this year (only 174 AB’s). Syndergaard led rookie pitchers with his 166...
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October 10, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Player Review: Odubel Herrera

Herrera was the Phillies’ best offensive player in 2015 by a wide margin. Photo: MLB.com There have been good Rule 5 picks made by the Phillies: Dave Hollins was an All-Star, Clay Dalrymple was the best defensive catcher of the 1960s per FanGraphs, and Shane Victorino won Gold Gloves, had huge playoff hits, and helped the Phils bring home a World Series. There have been bad Rule...
Via Phillies Nation
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Best hitters and pitchers: Week 25

Welcome to Week 25 in our ongoing series highlighting the best hitters and pitchers of the previous week. The final week of the season was last week. We’re featuring two playoff bound players and two that have gone home by now. By chance all of them come from the East though not all from the same league. We also feature what might have been one of the all time great pitching performances...
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Best hitters and pitchers: Week 25

Welcome to Week 25 in our ongoing series highlighting the best hitters and pitchers of the previous week. The final week of the season was last week. We’re featuring two playoff bound players and two that have gone home by now. By chance all of them come from the East though not all from the same league. We also feature what might have been one of the all time great pitching performances...
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Ichiro makes MLB pitching debut against Phillies (VIDEO)

After pleading with his managers in Seattle and New York over the past 15 years, Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki got to do something that he's always dreamed of — the 41-year-old outfielder finally got to pitch. With the Marlins trailing the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday, Miami manager Dan Jennings brought Ichiro in from...
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies end on high note

The 2015 Phillies season wrapped up today at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies would beat the Marlins 7-2, which means one thing. Avoid 100 Losses!!!  Thats right, this may have been one of the worst Phillies teams ever, but realistically, it was a successful season. Here’s why 1. We got the first pick in the draft 2. We traded Cole Hamels for a quality package 3. We got rid of...
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October 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Phils Avoid 100 Losses, Beat Marlins 7-2

Fourteen Philadelphia Phillies teams lost 100 games or more in their 133 year history. Today, the 2015 Phillies assured they would not be among that infamous group. In a game that saw David Buchanan strike out seven, an Erik Kratz start at first base, and Ichiro Suzuki take an MLB mound for the first time in his career, the Phillies closed the book on 2015 with a 7-2 win over Miami...
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October 04, 2015  |  Discuss
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