March 2011

Spring Update – Game 6

The Double-A Phillies fell to the Double-A Blue Jays on Sunday by a score of 5-4. The club received a solid outing from Tyler Cloyd, but dropped to 3-3 on the spring season after six games.
Tyler Cloyd
An 18th round selection of the Phillies in the 2008 draft, Cloyd, 23, started and went three no-hit innings for the Double-A squad on Sunday afternoon. The Nebraska native allowed just one walk and fanned five batters. Last season Cloyd appeared in two games for the R-Phils and compiled a 1-1 mark with a 4.00 ERA. He began the 2010 campaign with Cleawater (A+) and appeared in 35 games — posting a 4-3 record with a 5.32 ERA.

Jeremy Slayden
Slayden, 28, retired after the 2009 season, but is now back and playing games for the Phillies this spring. In his first Double-A appearance on Sunday, the Kentucky native went 3-4 with two doubles and two RBIs as the number three hitter in the lineup. Slayden spent the entire 2008 season in Baseballtown and posted a solid .298 batting average with 17 home runs and 81 RBIs.

In 2009, Slayden split the year with Reading and Lehigh Valley — posting a combined .257 batting average with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs. It will be interesting to see where Slayden begins the 2011 season. Stay tuned!

Freddy Galvis
Galvis enjoyed a solid day at the plate on Sunday. Batting in the number two hole of the order, Galvis went 2-3 with two runs, a triple, and an RBI. The slick-fielding shortstop, who is known for his superior defense, has three hits over his last two Double-A games. Galvis is just 21-years-old.

Spring Phillers… Joe Savery went 0-2 with a walk… He’s 0-4 in his last two games… B.J. Rosenberg allowed one unearned run over two innings on Sunday for the Double-A team… Mike Stutes did not allow a hit or a run over two innings on Sunday for the Triple-A Phils… Matt Anderson took the loss by allowing a run on two hits and three walks in just one inning of work for the Triple-A squad… Tagg Bozied, who led the EL with a .315 batting average last season, went 2-3 with two doubles for the Triple-A team. 

Spring Update – Game 5

The Phillies Double-A squad improved to 3-2 on the spring season with a 2-0 victory on Saturday against the Toronto Double-A players. The pitching was fantastic, as they did not allow a run, and allowed just four hits in the game.
Let’s take a look at some of the highlights!

Josh Zeid
Zeid, a 10th round selection in the 2009 draft by Philadelphia, started and tossed three scoreless innings for the Double-A squad on Saturday. A native of Connecticut, Zeid, 23, posted an 8-4 mark with a 2.93 ERA for Lakewood last season. On Saturday he threw 51 total pitches and allowed just four hits and one walk, while fanning five batters.

Mike Cisco
Cisco, 23, posted a 4-11 mark with a 4.73 ERA for the R-Phils in 2010. On Saturday, the South Carolina native was sharp against Blue Jays Double-A players. Cisco tossed three no-hit innings, while fanning two batters. In parts of two seasons with the R-Phils, the right-handed starter has gone 6-15 with a 4.68 ERA over 23 games.

Derek Loop, Jacob Diekman, and Phillippe Aumont each tossed a scoreless inning. Aumont closed out the game for the Double-A squad. He walked one and struck-out two batters.

Torre Langley
Langley, a catcher who appeared in two games for the R-Phils in 2010, enjoyed a solid day at the plate on Saturday. The Georgia native went 2-3 with a run scored for the Double-A Phils. The 23-year-old backstop appeared in 21 games for Clearwater and 16 games for Lakewood last season.

Spring Phillers… Joe Savery failed to register a hit… He went 0-2… SS Freddy Galvis went 1-4 with a stolen base and RBI… Drew Naylor allowed one run on three hits over 4.2 IP for the Triple-A Phils… Chris Frey went 1-3 with a home run for the Triple-A team… Trevor May allowed one unearned run over three innings for the Single-A Phillies… May fanned three and allowed just one hit.. He threw 54 total pitches… 1B Jim Murphy was 2-2 with a double for the Single-A squad.

Spring Update – Game 4

The spring-training-logo1.jpgPhllies minor leaguers were back in action on Friday, as they faced the Tigers minor leaguers for a second-straight day. The Double-A Phillies team beat the Double-A Tigers team 4-0.

Let’s take a look at some of the leaders:

Austin Hyatt
Hyatt, who ended the 2010 campaign as a member of the R-Phils, started for the Double-A squad on Friday, and was sharp. He tossed three scoreless innings, and allowed just one hit, one run, while fanning four batters. He threw 44 total pitches.

Hyatt, a Georgia native, posted a 1-0 mark with a 4.91 ERA over four games last season for the R-Phils. He began the season with Clearwater and was solid over 23 games (21 starts). Hyatt, 24, posted an 11-5 mark with a 3.04 ERA. Originally drafted in he 15th round of the 2009 draft, Hyatt should be in for a big 2011 season.

Joe Savery
The Texas native continued his assault on Double-A pitching on Friday — ripping two more hits. Savery, 25, is now hitting .500 (6-12) this spring, as he continues to try his hand at an everyday hitting role. Savery started at DH on Friday, and finished the contest 2-4 with a run scored.

Fidel Hernandez
Hernandez had a nice day at the dish on Friday. Hernandez, who spent the majority of the 2010 season with Clearwater, went 2-5 with a run and a stolen base for the Double-A squad on Friday.

The Venezuelan native spent four games last season with the R-Phils and hit .467 (7-15). hernandez, a middle-infielder, has spent most of his Minor League career with Clearwater. The 25-year-old has played for the Threshers for four-straight seasons (2007-2010). It will be interesting to see where Hernandez begins 2011.

Stephen Susdorf, Darin Ruf, & Travis Mattair each had an RBI for the Phils Double-A team on Friday. Justin Friend, Jonathan Velasquez, and Eric Pettis each tossed two scoreless innings.

Other News & Notes from Phillies Minor League camp:

Michael Schwimer
Schwimer tossed two scoreless innings for the Triple-A Phils on Friday. Schwimer, 25, posted a 5-3 mark with 11 saves and a 3.60 ERA in 32 games for the R-Phils last season. He threw 32 total pitches on Friday and fanned three batters.

Matt Rizzotti
“Rizz” went 1-3 with a run scored in the Triple-A team’s 5-3 loss to the Tigers Triple-A team on Friday.

John Suomi
Suomi ripped two hits on Friday for the Triple-A Phils. He finished 2-3 with an RBI. A native of Ontario, CA, Suomi, 30, is back for his fourth season in the Phillies organization (2007-2008, 2010).

Leandro Castro and Cameron Rupp each had two hits for the Single-A Phillies on Friday.

Game 3…

The Phillies minor leaguers were at it again on Thursday, spring_169x169.pngas they faced minor league players from the Tigers organization. The Double-A squad dropped their second-straight contest — falling by a score of 4-3. Let’s take a look at the highlights!

Ryan Edell
Edell, a native of Boston, MA, tossed three scoreless innings for the Double-A team in a 4-3 loss to the Tigers Double-A club on Thursday. The 27-year-old left-handed pitcher split the 2010 season with Akron and Midland — both Double-A teams.

Signed by the Phillies as a Minor League free agent on 12/20/10, Edell has already appeared in one Major League Spring Training game this season for the Philies. Edell allowed just one hit over 1.2 innings pitched for the Phillies, and also fanned three batters. Over two spring appearances (one Major League, one Minor League), Edell has tossed 4.2 IP without allowing a run.

Joe Savery
A former pitcher, Savery has been trying his luck at hitting full-time this season, and the former Rice University product has excelled at the dish so far. On Thursday, he went 1-2 with a double and two walks — upping his average to .500 (4-8) on the season.

Alan Schoenberger
The 22-year-old Australian native appeared in his first Double-A game on Thursday, and went 1-1 with a double, walk, and two RBIs. Schoenberger spent the entire 2010 campaign in Lakewood, and hit .253 with five home runs and 35 RBIs. 

Triple-A News & Notes
Chris Frey
went 2-4 in the Triple-A game on Thursday. The Triple-A Phillies lost to the Triple-A Tigers however, by a score of 9-2. Reliever Matt Anderson allowed four runs on two hits over just one inning of work.

Tagg Bozied (0-3), Harold Garcia (0-4), and Matt Rizzotti (1-3), combined to go 1-10 yesterday. Troy Hazawa had two hits, an RBI, and a run scored.

Single-A News & Notes
Jared Cosart
started and went three shutout innings for the Single-A team on Wednesday. The squad went on to beat the Tigers Single-A club 7-4. Cosart is ranked as the fourth-best prospect in the Phillies organization by Baseball America. Patrick Murray (1B) went 3-4 with a run and RBI.

Spring Game # 2

On Monday, the Phillies Double-A squad beat the Blue Jays Double-A Squad 12-3. On Tuesday, it was a camp day, with no games being played.

Today, (Wednesday), the Phillies minor leaguers returned to the field and faced the Pirates minor leaguers. The Phillies Double-A team dropped their first game of the spring — falling 6-2. J.C Ramirez allowed six runs over three innings.

There were some highlights, however. Check these out: 

spring_169x169.pngDouble-A Highlights

Cody Overbeck
Overbeck launched two home runs and finished the contest 2-4 with those two homers. They were the only two runs of the game for the Double-A team. Overbeck, a native of Tennessee, finished the 2010 season strong — posting a .316 mark with eight home runs and 22 RBIs for the R-Phils in August (27 games). 2011 should be another good year for the third baseman.

Michael Dabbs
Dabbs went 2-2 with a double for the Double-A team on Wednesday. A native of Stillwater, OK, Dabbs posted a .297 batting average over 37 games with Lakewood (A) last season. The 23-year-old is now hitting .429 (3-7) on the season.

Justin De Fratus
De Fratus made his first appearance for the Double-A team on Wednesday. The 23-year-old posted a 1-0 mark with a 2.19 ERA last season for Reading. On Wednesday, he tossed two scoreless innings and fanned three batters.  

Other Highlights:

Tim Kennelly
Kennelly, who spent the 2009 season in Baseballtown, went 2-3 with one home run and two RBIs for the Triple-A team today in a 7-54 win over Triple-A Pittsburgh. A native of Australia, Kennelly, 24, hit .274 with five home runs and 59 RBIs last season for Clearwater (A+).

Matt Rizzotti
Rizzotti ripped two hits and added two RBIs for the Triple-A Phils team on Wednesday. The New York native hit 16 home runs for the R-Phils last season. “Rizz” is a member of the Phillies 40-man roster.

First Day of Spring Games…

Happy first day of spring games for Minor Leaguers!

Last week I found out that this blog has been ranked as one of the Top 50 MLB Pro blogs — can you tell I am still extremely happy about that? That’s my mug on the home page too. Check it out!

Today was an extremely busy day, and while we are exactly one month from Opening Night (April 14),
spring_169x169.pngit’s really starting to feel more like the season is here.

Alex, my Media/PR assistant has really been a big help. We are just about done creating our media guide — then we can move on to the Baseballtown Gazette.

Tuesday will serve as a good day to proof-read the media guide, since the press box will not have power all day! Combine that with the internet being down for the majority of today (Monday), and the pressure of being ready for Opening Day has hit.

Also today, WFMZ ran a story on the $10 Million Renovations during their 5:30 newscast. I think that went extremely well. Great coverage all offseason from WFMZ!

Okay, as for today’s games, check out my full recap here. Now let’s go beyond the recap, with some additional notes from today:

Triple-A squad:

Michael Spidale — Spidale, an Illinois native, who has spent parts of the past four seasons in Baseballtown, went 1-2 with a stolen base and RBI for the Triple-A squad today. Last season he was named the R-Phils MVP after hitting a solid .303 in 131 games.

Matt Rizzotti — Rizzotti, a memberrizzotti-and-bozied.jpg of the Phillies 40-man roster, went 1-3 with a stolen base. The New York native was reassigned to Minor League camp on Friday after hitting .265 with one home run and two RBIs in Major League camp this spring. A sixth round selection of the Phillies in the 2007 draft, Rizzotti, 25, hit a remarkable .361 with 16 home runs and 62 RBIs for the R-Phils in 2010.

Tagg Bozied — Bozied, who was also assigned to Minor League camp on Friday, shined for the Triple-A squad today. The South Dakota native launched a home run and finished Monday afternoon 2-4. Bozied hit 27 home runs and an Eastern League-best .315 last season as a member of the R-Phils.

Double-A squad:

Francisco Diaz — Diaz, who will celebrate his 21st birthday one week from today (March 21), went 2-3 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI for the Double-A Phils. Last season, the Venezualan native hit .307 in 29 games for the GCL Phillies.

Eric Pettis — Pettis tossed a scoreless inning in Monday’s opener. Last season, as a member of the Williamsport Crosscutters (A-), Pettis posted an impressive line. He went 8-0 with seven saves and a 1.37 ERA over 20 games.

Single-A squad:

Jeremy Barnes — Barnes homered and drove-in two runs today for the Single-A club, who beat the Toronto Blue Jays Single-A squad 6-2. An 11th round selection in the 2009 draft by Philadelphia, Barnes, 23, finished Monday’s contest a perfect 2-2 at the dish. Last season he posted a .292 batting average for Lakewood (A-) over 109 games.

Jim Murphy — Murphy, who spent the entire 2010 campaign in Clearwater (A+) with the Threshers, went 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored today. Murphy has appeared in two games for the Major League club this spring, but has yet to register a hit (0-5 with a run scored). In 397 at-bats for Clearwater last season, the Washington native hit .239 with 6 homers.

Roster Cuts and a Thank-You

As I began to sit downbaseball_thankyou_navy.jpg and write a new entry today, I found out some interesting news.

I just noticed that this blog was named as one of the Top 50 MLB Pro blogs. And, my photo is one of the ones featured on the home page. I am ecstatic! It’s really nice to know that there are people out there who enjoy the things I write here. Thanks to all the readers, I appreciate everything!

Before I start to take a look at the first round of Phillies cuts, I wanted to share with you one more interesting tidbit.

Yesterday, before leaving the office for the weekend, I had a chance to take a look at the $10 million renovations to FirstEnergy Stadium with my fellow employees. Each day, I am more impressed. And, when fans get into the ballpark on Thursday, April 14, they are going to be impressed as well. Things are really moving along nicely. I can’t wait for Opening Night!

Among the 16 cuts on Friday were non roster invitees Brian Bass, Eddie Bonine, Andrew Carpenter, Matt Feierabend, Michael Schwimer, Joel Naughton, Matt Miller, Tagg Bozied, and Robb Quinlan. Quinlan asked for his release and it was granted.

Seven 40-man roster players were also sent to Minor League camp on Friday. Those players were Justin De Fratus, Drew Naylor, J.C. Ramirez, Matt Rizzotti, Carlos Rivero, Harold Garcia, and Cesar Hernandez.

J.C. Ramirez – Ramirez, a native of Managua, ramirez_j.c._7-10-10_full_2.jpgNicaragua, posted a 3-4 mark with a 5.45 ERA for the R-Phils in 2010. Acquired in the Cliff Lee trade, along with Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies, Ramirez will look to get back on track in 2011. He won his Reading debut and posted a 1-1 mark with a 3.81 ERA at home for the R-Phils. There’s a good possibility we will see J.C. in Reading this season.

Drew Naylor – Naylor posted a 12-10 mark naylor_drew_8-8-10_full.jpgwith a 4.63 ERA for the R-Phils in 2010. The Aussie native finished second in the Eastern League with three complete games, and was solid at home — posting 8 of his 12 wins at America’s Classic Ballpark. Naylor appeared in one game this spring for the Phils, and allowed just one hit and one walk over 1.1 innings pitched. He also fanned three batters.

Two more days until Phillies Minor Leaguers begin play. Check back here each day, as well as for all the latest spring news. There will be news and notes, as well as podcasts and more!  

Fat Tuesday, Spring Training, & More

fat_tuesday.gifHappy Fat Tuesday from Reading, PA!

Spring Training for Major League players is now in full-swing, and in less than one week (March 14), Philadelphia Phillies Minor Leaguers will get their turn, as games begin for the Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A players.

Full Spring Training Schedule

Make sure to come back here all next week for the latest news out of Clearwater. Also, check out for all the latest news and notes as well. There will be recaps, photos, and more each day!

Today is not your ordinary Tuesday. Nope, it’s Fat Tuesday. And, while that doesn’t mean much to me anymore, it’s still a day to celebrate. And, there’s so much to celebrate!

1.) March 14 – Games for the Minor Leaguers begin

2.) More Announcements regarding the 2011 R-Phils season.

3.) Major Press Conference coming up in the near future — more on that later.

4.) Media Day and R-Phils face Lehigh Valley in 222 Showcase on April 5

5.) R-Phils open the season in Portland on April 7

6.) R-Phils Home Opener on Thursday, April 14 at America’s Classic Ballpark.

As you can see, there are many reasons to celebrate! Enjoy Fat Tuesday!  

March 1st — Feels Like Spring

spring-training-logo1.jpgWelcome back to the “Philling You In” blog — it’s March 1st, and we are getting closer to the 2011 season by the minute.

Spring is in the air, and I am back working in the R-Phils press box. After a long offseason in the temporary trailers, it’s back to the press box. And, while I really enjoyed my stay in the trailers, it’s nice to get back to my office.

I’m glad that I was able to work closely with everyone on this staff. It was great getting to know everyone better while working in the trailers. I’ll never forget the last few months! Special thanks to my roommate Todd Hunsicker — the piano tuning guy!

Also new this week, my intern, Alex, started yesterday, and so far, things are going along nicely. I’m looking forward to a great 2011 season. Things are really starting to fall into place.

There’s nothing like baseball season. It’s what I live for. And, in just a few days, Phillies minor leaguers will begin to play baseball, and, I’ll write something about each game.

Make sure to check back here for daily updates on players who you may see in Baseballtown this season. I’ll get daily reports from Clearwater, and I’ll share it with everyone right here, as well as on

Stay tuned for stats, game recaps, photos, and more each day. Ah yes, baseball will be back before you know it.

Who needs football anyway? A lockout is fine with me!