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Alfaro has tools to be No. 1 catcher in Majors

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:43:35 EDT

Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro is not one of those hitters that sees a lot of pitches or draws a lot of walks. The Phils value those things. They love hitters that "control the strike zone." But that does not mean they do not have high expectations for Alfaro. MLB Pipeline ranks Alfaro as the sixth-best catching prospect in baseball. He is going to make the Opening Day roster, assuming he stays healthy, partly because he is out of options and partly because he showed promise in 29 games last season.



Hammer time? Righty eyes 'Major League' role

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:13:57 EDT

J.D. Hammer's story is a familiar one. He could not see the catcher or home plate from the mound because of poor vision, posing problems early in his professional baseball career. But he got his vision checked following the 2016 season and picked out a pair of thick black plastic frames to wear on the field. He could see. Sounds a little like Ricky Vaughn in the movie "Major League," right?



Young arms ready to give Kapler options

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:47:26 EDT

Young arms like Jerad Eickhoff, Nick Pivetta and Aaron Nola may be short on service time, but they're long on upside. The Phillies have a bevy of options to fill first-year manager Gabe Kapler's rotation.



Williams works out with free agent Arrieta

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:11:49 EDT

Phillies outfielder Nick Williams posted a photo on Instagram last week of himself and Jake Arrieta following a workout at a Dallas gym. The Phillies are looking for starting pitching, and Arrieta remains one of the most coveted pitchers on the free-agent market. But despite the fact that the Phillies and Arrieta's agent, Scott Boras, met during the Winter Meetings in December, sources said they are not interested in a megadeal for a starting pitcher at this time.



Sixto climbing up prospect rankings

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 01:29:39 EDT

The best young arm in the Phillies' system is not ready for that opportunity, but he could move himself into position with a strong 2018. MLB Pipeline on Tuesday ranked Sixto Sanchez as the 10th best right-handed prospect in baseball. He is the No. 47 prospect overall.



Hoskins enjoying ride as new face of Phillies

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:39:24 EDT

Rhys Hoskins has handled new celebrity about as well as anybody could be expected to handle it. He is trying to enjoy the moment, while remaining true to himself.



Crawford lands on Pipeline's All-Defense Team

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:19:04 EDT

Jim Callis asked numerous front-office executives to identify baseball's best defensive prospect to help determine MLB Pipeline's 2018 All-Defense Team.



Phillies' Top 30 Prospects list

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:01:24 EDT

Who do the Phillies have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Philly's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.



Sources: Hernandez among 4 Phils to avoid arb

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:46:04 EDT

The Phillies are not going to salary arbitration with any of their eligible players.



Crawford ready to fill Galvis' shoes at short

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:55:08 EDT

If the Phillies surprise people in 2018, it will be because multiple things broke their way. One of those things is solid play at shortstop. Rookie J.P. Crawford will replace Freddy Galvis, whom the Phils traded to the Padres last month.



Phils still monitoring starting-pitcher market

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:19:44 EDT

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak reiterated the organization's desire to find a starting pitcher before Spring Training opens next month.



Glanville: 'It's all about elevating humanity'

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:38:40 EDT

More than 40 students nearly filled Room 109 at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication late Wednesday afternoon. Comm307 registered full, and several young people who attended were on a waiting list, hoping to be added.



Phils prospects making name for themselves

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:15:42 EDT

The Phillies not only have a farm system loaded with promising pitchers, they have a farm system loaded with promising pitchers with names who have caught the imagination of the fan base.



Phillies avoid arbitration with Rupp

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:10:20 EDT

Cameron Rupp is signed through 2018. A source confirmed a report Tuesday that the Phillies and Rupp have agreed to a $2.05 million contract, avoiding salary arbitration.



Phillies to lean on versatile bullpen in 2018

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EDT

The Phillies could turn bullpen usage on its head in 2018. Manager Gabe Kapler said last month that the mindset of his players "can and will be one of flexibility … I am not married to any specific role because that isn't mental toughness. If I can only do one thing, that's not a very mentally tough way to start."



Hawaiian pride: Victorino, others laud Tua's play

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 21:23:29 EDT

Former Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino, Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki and Ron Darling of the MLB Network, who all grew up in Hawaii, lauded the player of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's performance in Monday's National Championship game.



Phils look to boost young rotation before spring

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 10:00:00 EDT

Before the Phillies finalized a three-year, $60 million contract for Carlos Santana late last month, they said they planned to make starting pitching their top priority the remainder of the offseason.



Phils' projected '18 lineup full of potential

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 10:00:00 EDT

If Carlos Santana and Rhys Hoskins anchor the Phillies lineup as expected in 2018, the Phillies could have their best offense since they piled up five consecutive National League East championships from 2007-11.



Frandsen, Jordan and Stocker join radio team

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:40:48 EDT

It will take three Kevins to replace Larry Andersen on the road in 2018.



Franco suspended 1 game by winter ball team

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 12:22:14 EDT

Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was suspended from his winter ball team in the Dominican Republic for partying until the early morning Sunday.



Yelich deal may not be ideal fit for young Phils

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 13:51:29 EDT

The Phillies have admired Christian Yelich for a long time, and it's no secret they would love to have him in their outfield.



Santana pushed car up a hill for his workout

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 13:21:26 EDT

Santana pushed car up a hill for his workout



Inbox: Will Phils pursue big-name starter?

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 17:11:25 EDT

Phillies beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers questions about the rotation, the outfield and more.



Florimon, Middlebrooks among Phils' NRIs

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 16:47:18 EDT

Pedro Florimon, Will Middlebrooks and a Lehigh University alum are among 10 players the Phillies signed to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training as non-roster invitees.



Former Phillie Oldis still having fun at age 90

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 13:25:14 EDT

Bob Oldis, who joined the Phillies' nonagenarian club when he turned 90 on Jan. 5 and still does some scouting in the Upper Midwest for the Marlins, was never an All-Star or even an everyday player. But he may have led the league in having fun.



Phils' 2018 expectations rise during offseason

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 18:23:00 EDT

Just a few weeks ago, the Phillies seemed to have set 2018 expectations at "just be better than last year." But the Phillies signed Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract, and they remain in the market for a starting pitcher, so they will be expected to compete.



HR-happy Hoskins leads Phils' 2017 highlights

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 11:37:45 EDT

Here is a look back at the Phillies' top five moments from 2017.



Inbox: What does Santana move mean for Phils?

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 12:04:38 EDT

Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers fans' questions in a new edition of the Phillies Inbox.



Phillies' Medina primed for breakout in '18

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 02:36:43 EDT

Jonathan Mayo breaks down a list of an even dozen prospects -- six hitters and six pitchers -- who seem primed to have big 2018 seasons and who could, as a result, land on our Top 100 at some point in the current year.



Livan, Millwood made their marks on mound

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 13:15:44 EDT

Livan Hernandez was much more famous than Kevin Millwood. We don't often talk about the Hall of Fame in literal terms -- as, in fact, a Hall of Famous Players -- and instead try to compare players based on their play. Well, Millwood was probably a better pitcher than Hernandez if you want to compare their entire careers.



Phils among top 5 most improved farm systems

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 18:00:36 EDT

Jim Callis looks at the five clubs who improved their prospect stocks the most in the past year, led by the Oakland Athletics.