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Oh Noez. Thursday November 20th, 2008

Posted by Sean in Chase Utley, David Eckstein, Jason Donald, Marcus Giles, Nick Punto, Orlando Hudson, Pedro Feliz, Ray Durham, Tadahito Iguchi.
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Second baseman Chase Utley is going to have hip surgery next week, which could put him out until May or June. Uh-oh. Third baseman Pedro Feliz is also going to be out (but only for 8-12 weeks from now), but won’t be as big of a hit as Utley.

Who’s going to replace Utley? Good question. My favorite option is farmhand Jason Donald. He’s currently focusing on third base in the Arizona Fall League, but a transition to second should be easier for him, compared to a move to third (from shortstop, of course). Another in-house option would be Tadahito Iguchi, providing he doesn’t bolt for free agency.

A current list of free agent second basemen can be found here. Some interesting names include: David Eckstein (played with the Jays and Diamondbacks last year), Ray Durham (who played with the Brewers), Type A Orlando Hudson (Diamondbacks), Marcus Giles (who last played for the Padres in 2007) and former Phillie pharmhand Nick Punto (Twins, primarily as a third baseman, though).

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Inaugural Phillies.tk Podcast Released Monday April 21st, 2008

Posted by Sean in Brad Harman, Chicago Cubs, Chris Snelling, Chris Woodward, Cincinnati Reds, Jason Donald, Jimmy Rollins, Joey Hammond, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, Pat Burrell, Phillies, Reading Phillies, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, TJ Bohn, Washington Nationals.
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It’s around Seven minutes long. Topics covered include the transactions for the week (JRoll and Snelling to the DL, and the replacements), and what the Phils can do to replace the MVP and Victorino.

Update: Stupid WordPress won’t let me post it here. You’re going to have to go to philliestk.podbean.com to see/hear it (not too difficult), or search for it in the iTunes library. I submitted it today, so it should be available for download in a few days.

Pedro Feliz Signed Monday January 28th, 2008

Posted by Sean in Adrian Cardenas, Brad Harman, Jason Donald, Pedro Feliz, Phillies, Wes Helms.
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Sh*t. As announced over on Beerleaguer.com, he was signed for 2 years. I can’t find the cash amount, but I will get that to you guys (the readers) soon. WHY?!?!?!?!?!? This guy seriously sucks. Picture Abraham Nunez up at the plate. Then subtract walks. And extra base hits. and normal hits. And add way more outs. But, on the positive, he averages around 20 homers a year and has a good okay decent glove. Some folks may take the guy in because of this, but I hate it. We need someone who can get on base and be able to protect Howard in the 5th hole. Now, we have a 5th/6th hitter, who strikes out an average of 125 times a year. Now, with him, Burrell, and Howard hitting in some order of 4-5-6, we now have 389 strikeouts in the middle of the lineup. Which gives an average of a little less than 130 strikeouts in the three spots.

Now, let’s focus on his OBP. Or lack there of. The Dominican had an OBP of .290 in 2007, and a career percentage of .288. the highest he ever hit was .305, which was way back in 2004. Although not as important, his average is even worse. He is a career .252 hitter, and he hit .253 last season– on par with his career average, and has a lifetime best of .276, also in the 2004 season. As you can see, his ’04 season was by far his best. He hit .276/.305/.485, and knocked out 22 dingers, also a career best, with 84 RBIs, all while whiffing 84 times.

There are some good points about him, though. He is incredibly versatile (he has played every position on the diamond except pitcher and second base) since his debut, and he “is the guy you want on the field with the game on the line in the 9th inning”, as quoted by Beerleaguer.com. So, he is mostly a defensive solution. This deal also makes Wes Helms more expendable. Unfortunately, he won’t be worth much to any team, so we could only get a half decent prospect, who might not even make it to the bigs.

Towards the future, in two years, Jason Donald, Brad Harman, and Adrian Cardenas will all be ready to take over. Maybe even Greg Dobbs will start by then?

Prospect Handbook Released! Saturday January 26th, 2008

Posted by Sean in Adrian Cardenas, Antonio Bastardo, Brad Harman, Carlos Carrasco, Carlos Monasterios, d'Arby Myers, Domonic Brown, Drew Carpenter, Drew Naylor, Edgar Garcia, Freddy Galvis, Greg Golson, Heitor Correa, JA Happ, Jason Donald, Jason Jaramillo, Joe Bisenius, Joe Savery, Josh Outman, Julian Sampson, Kyle Drabek, Lincoln Holdzkom, Lou Marson, Matt Spencer, Mike Zagurski, Quintin Berry, Scot Matheison, Travis d'Arnaud, Travis Mattair, Tyler Mach.
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The good folks over at BA made it, shipped it, and today it arrived–the greatest book of all time–The Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2008. It has Jay Bruce of the Louisville Bats (AAA Cincinnati Reds affiliate) on the front in full, with little pictures of Franklin Morales of the Colorado Rockies, Clayton Kershaw of the Jacksonville Suns (AA affiliate of the LA Dodgers), and Cameron Maybin of the Lakeland Flying Tigers (High A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, though he has since been traded to the Florida Marlins for the D-Train and Cabrera) on the right-hand side. the cover features a red and blue color scheme that sort of “melt into each other”, because that is the scheme of the Bats.

Anyways, on to the good parts. It has a neat new feature that shows who the staff thinks is the team’s top 08 rookie (Josh Outman, P was predicted to crack the rotation by midseason), breakout prospect (Freddy Galvis, SS), and the sleeper prospect (Freddy Ballestas, SP). Among other things, it also has the projected lineup for 2011.

Lou Marson, C

Ryan Howard, 1B

Chase Utley, 2B

Travis Mattair, 3B

MVP, SS

Pat Burrell, LF

Dominic Brown, CF

Adrian Cardenas, RF

Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Carlos Carrasco, Joe Savery, Josh Outman are all in the rotation and Brad Lidge closes.

Included with the top 30 is the position and level played at in 2007:

  1. Carrasco, SP, Hi A/AA
  2. Cardenas, 2B, Lo A
  3. Savery, SP, R
  4. Outman, SP, Hi A/AA
  5. Kyle Drabek, SP, Lo A
  6. Brown, OF, Hi A/Rook
  7. Greg Golson, OF, Hi A/AA
  8. Marson, C, Hi A
  9. Drew Carpenter, SP, Hi A
  10. Rounding out the top 10 is Jason Jaramillo, C, AAA. (more…)