Prior to the end of the minor league season on Monday, I spent some time with Double-A Reading hitting coach Rob Ducey about several of his players’ progress this season.
Ducey, who played in the big leagues with the Phillies, Blue Jays, Rangers, Mariners, Expos and Angels, joined the Phillies organization as a coach this year.
The former outfielder spoke about the Phillies’...
Zach Collier, image- Jay Floyd
They’re calling him “Mr. August”.
You’d have a difficult time finding a hotter batter in professional baseball right now than Double-A Reading outfielder Zach Collier and the increase in production couldn’t have come at a better time.
In his last six contests, the six-foot-two 200-pounder has been scorching the ball to the tune of a .417 average...
The road to contention just got even trickier.
2008 first-round pick Zach Collier was designated for assignment today to make room on the 40-man roster for catcher Koyie Hill. The 23-year old outfielder has struggled in the minors, posting a .240/.312/.349 over his minor league career while Collier has hit just .228/.307/.316 with just one homer in his second stint with Reading....
-Good news this week for Larry Greene Jr., who was previously said to have required surgery to repair his ailing left wrist. The 21-year-old outfielder has resumed game action after spending time in a brace and is playing intrasquad games with the group that is slated to become the Gulf Coast League Phillies.
The Phillies’ top draft pick from 2011 anticipates that he could be...
Thursday, MLB will have its annual draft, and if you haven’t heard yet, the Phillies have the seventh overall pick. This is the highest the Phillies have drafted since 2001 when, with the fourth pick, they took a young right-handed pitcher from Annapolis, Maryland named Gavin Floyd. Normally the Phillies have the same philiosphy; they take young kids out of high school who are...
Per Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Phillies have moved seven Phillies’ players to minor league camp, optioning catcher Tommy Joseph, LHP Jeremy Horst, and outfielders Zach Collier and Tyson Gillies while re-assigning LHP Cesar Jimenez, RHP Ken Giles, and shortstop Andres Blanco. Additionally, the Phillies have released catcher Lou Marson and Sebastian Valle has been re-added...
This morning, the Phillies made their second round of cuts. Catcher Lou Marson was released while Jeremy Horst, Tommy Joseph, Tyson Gillies, Zach Collier, Cesar Jimenez, Ken Giles and Andres Blanco were all reassigned to minor league camps. A former Phillies prospect, Lou Marson was the only player to be...
There are many passions in my life. I obviously love baseball. But there is also history, genealogy, gardening, golfing, the origin of words, etc. Since there did not seem like anything better to do on the freezing cold March Saturday, I thought I would combine a couple of my passions for this post. This one is about names and where they came from.The origin of names has always been...
With the new year upon us, it’s time to kick off our annual countdown of the top 25 prospects in the Phillies organization. In the coming weeks, as a fresh season approaches, I will be unveiling player reviews for each of the top developmental talents that you, as Phillies fans, should be familiar with.
Taken into consideration when reviewing these developing talents will be...
Kiley shares video of one of the top 20 prospects in the Phillies system, RF Zach Collier.
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There is always a bit of a lull between the end of the minor league playoffs in September and the start of the annual top prospects lists in early November. Because of that gap, I’m breathing new life into an old feature that I wrote for the site in FanGraphs’ infancy back in 2008 and 2009.
The series ‘A Minor Review of 2013′ will look back on some of the major happenings...
When Tim Beckham took the field last night for the Tampa Bay Rays, he became the 34th first round or supplemental first round pick from the 2008 MLB Draft to reach the Major Leagues. It took the former number-one overall pick six seasons, including two-and-a-half seasons in Triple-A, to have enough seasoning to join the Tampa Bay Rays. Somewhat surprisingly, Beckham is the first...
Binghamton 9, Reading 3
The Binghamton Mets scored five runs in the seventh inning and ran away with the series finale, defeating the Reading Fightin Phils, 9-3, on Thursday at FirstEnergy Stadium. All eight position players collected at least one hit in Bighamton’s 14-hit attack.
Reading jumped on Greg Peavey and the B-Mets in the first inning. Zach Collier kicked off the offense...
Binghamton 4, Reading 3
The Binghamton Mets broke a tie game in the eighth inning and hung on to defeat the Reading Fightin Phils, 4-3, on Wednesday at FirstEnergy Stadium. One night removed from blowing a one-read lead in the ninth, B-Mets closer Jeff Walters stranded two in the final frame to secure Binghamton’s 23rd one-run win of the season.
For the second straight night, Reading...
Joe Jordan, photo- Jay Floyd
On Sunday, prior to Reading’s game in Trenton, I spent some time chatting with Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan regarding as many subjects as I could, before I felt like I might be keeping him from something important on his chiming cell phone. The topics included the Maikel Franco and Cody Asche 3rd base prospect jam, lefty hurler...
Following Friday’s night’s 8-0 loss by the Reading Fightins at the division rival Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate), I spoke with several players. Righty starter Brody Colvin, who took the loss in the contest after being charged with eight earned runs over two innings, offered his thoughts on a discouraging season, catcher Tommy Joseph spoke about dealing with and recovering...
It’s another round of our weekly minor league notes, featuring key performers from each full season level.
Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-
Cesar Hernandez with Reading in 2012
In 23 contests this month, second base prospect Cesar Hernandez is sporting a .241 batting average, after he posted a .375 mark in 24 April games. The switch-hitting Venezuelan turned 23 years old last...
It’s time, once again, for our weekly glance around the Phillies’ developmental ranks, taking a look a some exceptional performers and those that have raised some eyebrows for different reasons.
Class A Lakewood hot list-
Art Charles, photo- Jay Floyd
First baseman Art Charles, who was acquired from Toronto this spring in the Michael Schwimer trade, has hit in six straight games...
Lefty hurler Mario Hollands, who is on the disabled list for the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, is not currently ailing and is spending time with the Phils’ extended spring training team until further notice. Pitching at four levels of the organization’s developmental system last season, the 24-year-old posted a 7-9 record with a 4.55 ERA and a .282 batting...
Earlier this month we rolled out the FanGraphs Top 100 Prospects list. Today, we’re looking at 15 sleeper prospects — one for each National League club — who could break out in 2013 and find their way into the 2014 Top 100 Prospects list. The players — who possess a wide range of potential ceilings — were chosen after speaking with scouts and talent evaluators from within...
Morgan was reassigned to Minor League camp but it may not be long before the southpaw is in a Phillies uniform.
Last night, the Phillies reassigned lefties Adam Morgan and Joe Savery, righties Ethan Martin, Jonathan Pettibone, J.C. Ramirez, and Kyle Simon, catcher Tommy Joseph, third baseman Cody Asche, infielder Michael Martinez, and outfielder Zach Collier to minor league camp...
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Roy Halladay takes the hill for the first time this Spring against the defending AL Champion Tigers. Halladay, Rodrigo Lopez, Antonio Bastardo, J.C. Ramirez, Jake Diekman, and Joe Savery...
Each day MTRphilly.com will be breaking down the players on the Philadelphia Phillies 40 man roster and their non roster invitees. Today we will discuss outfield prospect Zach Collier.
The Phillies have high hopes for prospect Zach Collier. He missed 50 games after a PED suspension but then hit .269 with 6 homeruns and 11 stolen bases at Single A Clearwater. In 4 professional...
Zach Collier knows all about overcoming obstacles and he has himself on the brink of a true breakout season. He should start the year at Double-A Reading and is one of the key Phillies prospects to watch in 2013.