PHILLIES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Minor Leaguers Tobias, Lively, Kingery earn monthly honors

The Phillies have some of the most highly regarded prospects at shortstop, catcher, outfield and on the mound.
Via Phillies.com
48 minutes ago

Rupp leads Majors in highest exit velocity

Cameron Rupp is the hardest hitter in the Major Leagues. That's according to Statcast™, which revealed that the Phillies' catcher has the highest average exit velocity (97.5 mph) on batted balls in play among all big leaguers this season.
Via Phillies.com
1 hour ago

Phillies stumble into path of streaking Marlins

Boy, the Marlins sure are winning a lot of games lately. Hate to be the team that has to pla... oh. The Phillies: Well, that was terrible. Nobody likes losing to the Cardinals, but having dropped three of four to St. Louis and having to sit through Mike Matheny's clockwork challenging strategies was naturally demoralizing. Hopefully it will take more than a terrible series loss to...
Via The Good Phight
2 hours ago

Philadelphia Phillies: Possible candidates for first pick in 2016 draft

Dead last. That’s where the Philadelphia Phillies finished last season–dead last in the NL East and dead last in the MLB. At 63-99, the Phillies were just one game away from losing 100 games, and had to win six of their final ten games last season to avoid joining the 21 other teams who saw triple-digits in the loss column since 2000. If there is a silver lining to 2015’s last...
Via isportsweb.com
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Early Pitching Dominance is No Fluke

The staff's hot start isn't powered by sheer luck. Last year, Baseball Prospectus unveiled a new ERA equivalent entitled DRA, or Deserved Runs Average. The goal behind this metric's invention was to create a new measure of results by controlling and accounting for as many variables as one can. You can read the whole explanation here, as well as updates here. Given the Phillies...
Via The Good Phight
4 hours ago

Philadelphia Phillies Weekend Preview: Miami Marlins

A preview of this weekend’s Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins series. Every weekend, I look ahead to the Philadelphia Phillies’ next opponent and preview their opponent. I try to be as optimistic as possible about the Phils’ chances. No matter how dreadfully they have played, I attempt to find a reason to hope that the Philadelphia Phillies will […] Philadelphia...
Via Section215
5 hours ago

Series Preview: Phillies at Marlins, May 6-8

Fresh off a series loss on the road in St. Louis that saw the cruising Phillies (16-13) drop three of four, the team heads south to take on the division rival Marlins (15-12) in the three-game set this weekend. The Phils had been winners of 15 of their last 21 games prior to visiting the Cardinals.  Now, they’ll look to get back on the winning track in Miami. This will be the...
Via Phillies Nation
5 hours ago

Series Recap: Cardinals take 3 from punchless Phillies

As the Phillies ascended up to Baseball Heaven for four days, the rest of the baseball world was chatting about the Phillies. For the first time in a long while. So, in the midst of this hype, the Phillies did as the recent Phillies have done: lose more than win. In fact the four-game series – in which the Cardinals took three of four from the Phillies – played out as a miniature...
Via Phillies Nation
7 hours ago

Everybody's talking about the Phillies. Felske Files Episode 47!

This week on The Felske Files, host John Stolnis talks to Sports Illustrated's Jay Jaffe about the Phillies' surprising start. We also check in with Greg Joyce, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs beat writer with an update on the Phils' AAA affiliate. The Phillies were dealt a dose of reality in St. Louis this week, losing three out of four to a superior team. The starters were mostly good...
Via The Good Phight
12 hours ago

MLB scout says he 'surprised' by Phillies, thinks they are 'building something'

The Philadelphia Phillies -- and one specific player -- get high praise from league scouts.
Via Philliedelphia
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies look to move past hitting struggles

The Phillies' offense suffered a double whammy on Thursday: It had few chances and did nothing with them.
Via Phillies.com
1 day ago

Phavorite Memory: Phillies Game 5 Horror Film Scenario

The ‘Phavorite Memory’ series will provide the favorite Philadelphia sports memories from the Section 215 staff. George Kondoleon tells us where he was when the Phillies won the 2008 World Series. The Philadelphia Phillies were the pride and joy of the city in 2008. Just making the World Series was an accomplishment, but when they […] Phavorite Memory: Phillies Game 5 Horror...
Via Section215
1 day ago

Phillies 'considered favorites' to sign two top international prospects

The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly the favorites to sign two top international prospects, according to MLB Pipeline.
Via Philliedelphia
1 day ago  |  Discuss

PN Interview: Phillies RHP Prospect Mitch Gueller

Mitch Gueller, image- Jay Floyd A supplemental opening round pick in the 2012 draft (54th overall), righty pitcher Mitch Gueller has taken a considerable amount of time to reach a full-season level of pro ball. This year he made that jump and opened the season with Class A Lakewood. The six-foot-three 220-pounder has struggled somewhat in the early going, posting a 0-1 record with...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago

Hellickson’s Extreme Times Through The Order Penalty

Jeremy Hellickson wasn’t particularly sharp during his outing against the Cardinals on Tuesday, but he very nearly made it twice through the order without yielding a run. In the fourth inning, however, he faced his 18th batter of the night and opposing pitcher Adam Wainwright stepped to the plate only to did this: Hellickson managed to retire the Cardinals in order the following...
Via Crashburn Alley
1 day ago

Donald Trump Was Scouted by the Phillies?

After Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential race Tuesday night, Donald Trump was, believe it or not…complimentary. “I have to tell you that I’ve competed all my life, all my life I’ve been in competitions,” The Donald told the crowd following the Indiana primary. “Whether it’s sports or business or, for ten months, politics…I have met some of the most incredible...
Via Hall of Very Good
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Nola Has Baseball’s Best Curveball

How do you identify the very best pitches? It’s actually not easy, since every pitch in someone’s repertoire has an effect on every other pitch. So let’s say this: I don’t know if Aaron Nola‘s “true-talent” curveball is the best in the game. What I know is, to this point, it’s been the most effective curveball in the game. By lots! Here’s the top of the run-value...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies prospect Ben Lively named to April All-Prospect Team

Just nine days after earning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week honors, Phillies prospect Ben Lively has been named to Baseball America's All-Prospect Team for April. Lively is 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA through five starts this season with Double-A Reading. The Phillies acquired Lively from the Reds for veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd.
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies to wear retro pillbox caps for two games in June (pics)

The Philadelphia Phillies will pay tribute to the funky style the team rocked in the 1970s by donning retro pillbox caps during two games later this season against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park. For the games scheduled for June 3 and June 5, the Phillies will take the field in not only the pillbox caps but also the replicas of the uniforms the team wore in 1976. ...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Phillies Have Had an Almost Perfect Start

If the season ended today, it would be chaos. There would be significant protestation from players, owners, and fans alike, all parties confused by the suddenly truncated schedule. But if matters were allowed to proceed from there, the National League would have the Mets grab one wild-card slot. The other entry would be determined through a different one-game playoff — that one...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Streaking Phillies head to Busch to face struggling Cardinals

The Philadelphia Phillies are in position to match their longest win streak since 2012, and facing a pitcher with one of baseball's worst ERAs could help their cause.The struggling Adam Wainwright, however, has fared well against the Phillies in the past and will start Monday night for the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a four-game set at Busch Stadium.Philadelphia (15-10)...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies are asking alot out of their young rotation

Aaron Nola – Photo Credit – Arturo Pardavila III   The season did not start off pretty for the rebuilding Philadelphia Phillies. Three consecutive losses to the Cincinnati Reds to open the new year and a loss to the rival (and defending NL champs) New York Mets had them sitting at 0-4 and people wondering if this team was destined for 100 losses, which they avoided by one game...
Via Hot Stove MLB
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t Look Now, The Phillies Are Playing Some Great Baseball.

The almighty Bryce Harper was at the plate in the bottom of the 9th at a brisk night in DC. Jeanmar Gomez got him to fly out. Ryan Zimmerman came up next, a traditional Phillies killer, here we go. Wait, did he just strike out looking? With that, Gomez picked up his 6th save of the season, the Phillies head to 11-10 (above .500 for the first time in 381 days) and have won two in...
Via The Sports Journal
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Park netting stops busted bat from flying into seats

The extended netting installed at Nationals Park once again saved the day when it prevented Cesar Hernandez’s broken bat from flying into the stands. During the top of the 7th inning of Wednesday's game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies, a pitch from Gio Hernandez got in a bit on the Phillies second baseman’s hands, breaking the bat and sending a huge...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s Going On With Odubel Herrera

This year, Odubel Herrera is an everyday player, and only two players in baseball have drawn more walks. On its own, maybe that doesn’t convey its real significance, so consider that, last year, Odubel Herrera was an everyday player, and 193 players in baseball drew more walks. Herrera today has more than twice as many walks drawn as Joey Votto. Votto last year out-walked Herrera...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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