Saturday, January 31, 2015

Refining change-up, command key to Windle's development

Friday, January 30, 2015, 2:23 PM
Until he arrived at the University of Minnesota, Tom Windle threw a loopy curveball that even he now admits “wasn’t very good.” The school’s longtime pitching coach, Todd Oakes, suggested the left-hander start throwing it harder. The result was the slider that’s carried... Read more

#OnDeck: PECOTA projects Phillies as MLB's worst team

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 10:55 AM
Baseball Prospectus on Wednesday released its annual PECOTA projections, which always makes for an interesting read. The sabermetric system developed by Nate Silver not at all surprisingly this year projects the Phillies to, at 69-93, finish with baseball's worst record. It has the Twins winning 70... Read more

Gillick to continue as Phillies' president; Montgomery returns as chairman

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 2:57 PM
Returning from a five month-long medical leave of absence, longtime Phillies president and CEO David Montgomery will assume the position of chairman while Pat Gillick continues to serve as president, the team said Wednesday. The shake-up could pave the way for a new Phillies president in the near... Read more

Neris could push for spot in Phillies' bullpen

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 9:36 AM
Before he was thrust into action in the 15th inning of a meaningless August game, Hector Neris was relatively unknown compared to many of the Phillies’ other young relief pitchers. Nine pitches that night were all the righthander needed to earn his first major league win, and to catch the attention... Read more

As manager of Phils' Williamsport affiliate, '92 World Series MVP Pat Borders to impart experience

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 11:36 AM
Pat Borders broke into professional baseball in 1982. Before his playing career ended in 2006, it consisted of two position changes, appearances in 1,099 major league games over 17 seasons, two championship rings and a World Series MVP trophy. Following about nine years away from pro ball, Borders... Read more

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
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