Monday, January 26, 2015

Buchanan working to improve curveball

Monday, January 26, 2015, 12:19 PM
David Buchanan relied heavily on his cutter, sinker and change-up last season through the first 20 major league starts of his career. He had changed his grip on his curveball in spring training, when his cutter and slider began to blend together, and he utilized the pitch much less than his others... Read more

Franco homers twice, drives in 7 runs in winter ball title clincher

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 8:34 PM
If Maikel Franco hits in spring training like he did Sunday and throughout the playoffs of the Dominican Winter League, the Phillies will have a difficult time sending him back to triple A to start the season. Franco, the Phils' 22-year-old third base/first base prospect, homered twice and drove in... Read more

Phillies sign Tyler Greene to minor league deal

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:13 PM
The Phillies signed infielder Tyler Greene to a minor league contract, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Thursday. The deal does not include an invitation to big-league camp. Greene, 31, adds depth at shortstop in the Phillies' farm system. A career .224 hitter, he's played in parts of five major... Read more

#OnDeck: Projecting which levels the Phillies’ prospects begin the season

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 11:21 AM
The first question to emerge from a group of reporters and cameramen huddled around Ruben Amaro Jr. Tuesday night at the Reading Crowne Plaza came from a local news outlet. Which players, the reporter asked, might Reading baseball fans see at FirstEnergy Stadium come April? Given the Phillies’... Read more

Amaro on Hamels: 'I don't really foresee him being moved'

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 8:45 PM
READING, Pa. -- Ruben Amaro Jr. certainly isn’t ruling it out, but on Tuesday the Phillies general manager said he thinks Cole Hamels will open the season pitching against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. “I think Cole Hamels is going to be in our uniform, frankly," Amaro said... Read more

Amaro: 'In a perfect world,' Franco would begin season in Lehigh Valley

Saturday, January 17, 2015, 10:19 AM
Maikel Franco will get his opportunities in spring training, but the third base/first base prospect is far from a certainty to open the season on the Phillies' major league roster. Franco, 22, is in the midst of a great offseason in the Dominican Winter League. But with Cody Asche penciled in as the... Read more

Phillies avoid arbitration, settle with outfielders Brown and Revere

Friday, January 16, 2015, 3:40 PM
The Phillies as expected avoided arbitration and settled Friday with outfielders Domonic Brown and Ben Revere. Both players agreed to one-year contracts. Brown, 27, wil make $2.5 million this season. Revere, 26, signed for $4.1 million. For either players, the contract signifies a raise. Revere... Read more

Phillies add outfielder Jordan Danks

Friday, January 16, 2015, 3:18 PM
The Phillies on Friday claimed outfielder Jordan Danks off waivers from the Chicago White Sox. Danks, 28, will compete for a roster spot in spring training. Danks' athleticism and defense attracted the Phillies, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement released by the club. Although primarily... Read more

#OnDeck: Phillies' prospect Quinn 'felt great' in outfield during fall league

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 7:44 AM
Roman Quinn played centerfield at Port St. Joe High School, but it wasn’t until last summer - upon top prospect J.P. Crawford’s promotion to high A Clearwater - when Quinn shifted from shortstop back to the outfield. This season, Quinn’s first full year as a professional centerfielder... Read more

#OnDeck: Hot-hitting Franco impressing in winter league playoffs

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 7:33 AM
Maikel Franco will arrive in Clearwater next month on the heels of a great offensive performance in the Dominican Winter League playoffs. In 12 games of the league's ongoing postseason, the touted Phillies’ third base prospect is hitting .348 with a .941 OPS. Two home runs, three doubles and... Read more
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