BlueClaws Quotables: Coaches talk Grullon, Kingery, Watson, more

This past week I spoke with Class A Lakewood manager Shawn Williams and the team’s pitching coach Aaron Fultz.  Below are interview excerpts from both men as we check in on a few familiar names like catching prospect Deivi Grullon, this year’s second round draft choice Scott Kingery as well as 2012 first round pick Shane Watson, plus more. Williams… Deivi Grullon, image-...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

PN Interview: Phillies Director of Player Development Joe Jordan

On Sunday, Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan took time to answer questions about many topics throughout the minors, including injured players Jonathan Pettibone, Roman Quinn, Zach Green and Aaron Brown. He also provided feedback on the rise of pitching prospects Aaron Nola and Franklyn Kilome, the return of 2012 top draft pick Shane Watson and the release of lefty...
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July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Watson takes loss, impresses in return to Lakewood

Watson, image- Jay Floyd In a return two years in the making, right-hander Shane Watson returned to the mound for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws on Sunday night.  Going 3 2/3 innings, the 21-year-old gave up seven runs (one earned) while striking out seven, walking none and surrendering seven hits.  He was also charged with an error in the field. Watson has been sidelined since...
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July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

2012 top pick Watson nearing return following rehab and suspension

Shane Watson, image- Jay Floyd The six-man rotation that has been so reliable for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws this season is facing a possible shake up in the coming week. Barring any weather disruptions, the BlueClaws will play their 50th game of the season on Tuesday.  That’s also the day the Phillies’ 2012 first round draft pick, Shane Watson, who is serving a 50-game...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Watson progressing in rehab with Extended Spring team

Shane Watson, image- Jay Floyd Phillies righty pitching prospect Shane Watson was back on the mound on Monday, throwing four innings worth of action for the team’s extended spring training club in Clearwater, FL. Against the Yankees XST team, the 21-year-old tossed 12 outs, pitching three innings, but staying on the mound for an additional three outs, to reach his predetermined...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

RHP prospect Watson returns to action after 22 months

For the first time since Independence Day 2013 righty pitcher Shane Watson took the mound in a game on Tuesday. The Phillies’ top draft selection (40th overall) in 2012, Watson was sidelined with a shoulder ailment in the middle of what was a pretty good campaign (4-7, 4.44 ERA, .230 BAA) for a player in his first full professional season with Class A Lakewood.  The injury would...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Prospect Injury Notes: Crawford activation imminent, Watson progressing

JP Crawford, image- Jay Floyd Top Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford, who has been out of action since late March with an oblique strain, is nearing a return. After required rest, the 20-year-old is back in action, playing daily with the extended spring training team in Florida. According to Crawford, he is feeling “ready to go”, but the decision to activate him to a full-season...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

RHP prospect Anderson out with Tommy John surgery, more injury notes

Anderson, image- Phillies director of player development confirmed to PhilliesNation’s Jay Floyd on Tuesday that right-handed pitching prospect Drew Anderson will miss the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery recently. Selected in the 21st round of the 2012 draft by the Phillies, the six-foot-three 185-pounder sported a 12-9 record with a 2.97 ERA and a 7...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

What to Watch in the Australia vs India World Cup semifinal

SYDNEY (AP) Australia and India have won six of the last eight Cricket World Cup titles and have developed a heated rivalry over the last decade. When the teams meet in the World Cup semifinal on Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, there's bound to be some friction. Both captains have attacking mindsets in the 50-over format, and the top order of both batting lineups are stacked...
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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

New Zealand puts up large total vs West Indies at World Cup

The International Cricket Council will be hoping the semifinals of its showcase World Cup tournament are a bit closer than the quarterfinal results. The fourth elimination match Saturday was a lot like the first three. Martin Guptill made 237 not out - the highest score by a New Zealander and the second-highest for all nations in one-day internationals - in leading his team to 393...
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March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Australia beats Pakistan by 6 wickets in World Cup quarters

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Shane Watson made the most of a lucky break to guide Australia to a six-wicket win over Pakistan in the World Cup quarterfinals on Friday, setting up a semifinal showdown with defending champion India. Pakistan won the toss and batted at the Adelaide Oval but was all out for 213 in the 50th over, with paceman Josh Hazlewood taking 4-35 to justify his selection...
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March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Afghanistan plays historic first match at Cricket World Cup

As Afghanistan's national anthem rang out around Manuka Oval in Australia's national capital of Canberra, players on the country's proud cricket team stood with their hands of their heart, making history. Afghanistan started its first Cricket World Cup in the 50-over format on Wednesday - taking on Bangladesh - a huge achievement considering the team comprises many players who picked...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Watson begins throwing program after second surgery

Shane Watson, image- Jay Floyd Righty hurler Shane Watson is on the road to recovery once again. Following his second shoulder surgery in a year, the Phillies’ first round draft choice from 2012 began a throwing program on Friday under the watchful eyes of Phillies trainers and coaches in Clearwater, FL on Friday. Watson threw 25 pitches from 60 feet and stated via text message...
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February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Injury woes overshadow host Australia's WCup preparations

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Darren Lehmann's Australia squad should be full of confidence and ideally placed in its preparations for the World Cup, given the location of the tournament, its form and its ranking. Despite holding No. 1 spot and following resounding series wins over India and England this summer, though, the World Cup co-hosts are dealing with uncertainty over the composition...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Prospect Nation 2015: The Prelude

The dawn of a near year brings along with it the annual Phillies Nation “Prospect Nation” countdown, running down the organization’s top 25 up and coming players.  In the coming weeks, as a brand new season approaches, I’ll be bringing you player reviews for each of the top developmental talents that appear to have the brightest futures for the Phillies. Always taken into...
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January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Frosty Phillies Favorites: 2014 Player Christmas Survey

Matt Imhof as Santa, photo editing- Eric Floyd Everybody loves the holidays and baseball players are certainly no different.  Each year at Christmas time, I survey a group of Phillies prospects about what they get excited for during the holiday season. Players that took part in this year’s questionnaire include 2014 second round draft selection lefty hurler Matt Imhof, this year’s...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Ailing Watson suspended 50 games for drug violation

Shane Watson, image- Jay Floyd On Friday, it was announced that injured Phillies pitching prospect Shane Watson would miss the opening 50 games of the 2015 season, after being served with a suspension as a result of testing positive for a banned substance. Reports stated that the illegal substance was not a performance enhancer, but instead was a drug of abuse. The 21-year-old right...
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September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Phils minor leaguer Watson suspended 50 games

NEW YORK (AP) Philadelphia Phillies minor league right-hander Shane Watson has been suspended for 50 games without pay after a second positive test for a drug of abuse under baseball's minor league drug program. The suspension of Watson, who is on the roster of the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws of the South Atlantic League, will be effective at the start of the 2015 South Atlantic League season.
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Nation 2014: #14 RHP Shane Watson

Shane Watson, Image- Jay Floyd Despite having a difficult stretch of health concerns since he signed his first pro contract Shane Watson, has proven himself to have the potential that made him the Phillies’ top draft choice in 2012. Although he was committed to pitch for the University of Southern California, Watson signed his first pro contract, reportedly worth $1.3 Million,...
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February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Top 10 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies system starts off nicely but drops off rapidly after the third slot. Serious injuries have taken a huge bite out of the rankings for players such as shortstop Roman Quinn, catcher Tommy Joseph, as well as pitchers Shane Watson and Adam Morgan.   #1 Maikel Franco | 65/AA (3B) Age PA H 2B HR […]
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Morgan, Watson Get Shoulder Surgery, Arroyo, Numbers

It has been announced that Phillies pitching prospects Adam Morgan and Shane Watson have undergone shoulder surgery and will miss most of the 2014 season. Shoulder surgery is never something one should enjoy hearing about with a young pitcher. Tommy John surgery may carry longer a longer road to recovery...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Watson to Ungergo Shoulder Surgery

Shane Watson, image- Jay Floyd To follow up on a previous story, Phillies right-handed pitching prospect Shane Watson learned this week that rehab would not be enough to allow his ailing shoulder to return to form and he’ll require surgery. Watson, the Phils’ top draft choice in 2012, missed time during the regular season with a shoulder issue, but had rehabbed through the fall...
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December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Watson: Shoulder Injury Occurred While Playing Racquetball

Watson with Lakewood in 2013, image- Jay Floyd In an interview I conducted on the PhoulBallz Minor League Podcast this Thursday, Phillies righty pitching prospect Shane Watson admitted that his recurring shoulder injury was a result of reckless play in a sport away from the baseball diamond. Speaking in an exclusive interview with me and the show’s co-host and producer Tug Haines...
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December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watson Has Shoulder Setback

Watson with Lakewood in 2013, image- Jay Floyd Righty pitching prospect Shane Watson is dealing with another setback related to his throwing shoulder. The Phillies’ first round draft choice from 2012 visited team physician Michael Ciccotti in Philadelphia this week and was diagnosed with an enlarged capsule. Watson is back in Florida and is slated to rehab the injury through early...
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss
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