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5 prospects who can make NL East impact

May 6, 2021

Every National League East is having trouble getting rolling for one reason or another. Each club could use some help. Maybe they will find some in their farm systems. Here is a look at one prospect from each organization who could make an impact with his respective team this season:

New Minors parks, team names for '21

At long last, Trash Pandas, Cannon Ballers & more set to make on-field debuts
@BensBiz
May 4, 2021

The Minor League Baseball season begins Tuesday, marking the first time Minor League games have been played since September of 2019. There will be a lot to look forward to come Opening Night, including a robust slate of ballpark, team name and logo debuts. Six Minor League teams are set

Where Phillies top prospects are starting '21

@JonathanMayo
May 4, 2021

With the 2021 Minor League season opening, here's where the Phillies’ Top 30 Prospects are projected to start:

Fun facts for every Low-A Southeast team

Florida-based league home to old ballparks, long affiliations, boy bands and wrestlers
@BensBiz
April 28, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the 10th in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Red-hot Harper sets up Knapp's walk-off

April 21, 2021

PHILADELPHIA -- Somebody had to save the Phillies from a Gabe Kapler sweep Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park. Bryce Harper answered the call first. Andrew Knapp followed. Harper hit a game-tying home run in the seventh inning after the Phils blew a three-run lead, and Knapp hit a walk-off single

Tough change: Giants hit Brogdon's offspeed

April 20, 2021

PHILADELPHIA -- Connor Brogdon grew up outside Fresno, Calif., a three-hour drive from Oracle Park in San Francisco. He watched a lot of Giants games growing up. It might be the only way to explain why Brogdon’s changeup vanished in the eighth inning Tuesday night in a 10-7 loss at

Girardi 'not happy' with Phils' CF struggles

April 19, 2021

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies are running out of patience in center field. If their center fielders' play doesn’t improve soon, they will have to look elsewhere for help. Their struggles continued in Monday night’s 2-0 loss to Gabe Kapler’s Giants at Citizens Bank Park, where Mickey Moniak went 0-for-4 with

Fun facts for all 12 High-A East teams

Bruce Springsteen, Mr. Celery and Couch Potatoes populate eclectic circuit
@BensBiz
April 19, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the seventh in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Moniak set for regular reps in center field

April 16, 2021

PHILADELPHIA -- Mickey Moniak is going to play, and he is going to play often now that he replaced Adam Haseley on the Phillies’ roster. Haseley left the team on Wednesday for personal reasons. It is unclear if he will return this season. Moniak batted .273 (6-for-22) with two doubles,

Notes: Moniak fills OF spot; Bradley update

@castrovince
April 14, 2021

Though the Phillies have struggled to generate offense from the center-field position thus far this season, their shakeup in that spot Wednesday was due to personal, not performance, reasons. Adam Haseley has decided to leave the team for personal reasons for an undetermined amount of time, making the way for

Notes: Brogdon's role with Phillies

April 12, 2021

Phillies right-hander Connor Brogdon already opened the season as one of manager Joe Girardi’s most trusted relievers. Archie Bradley’s oblique injury only elevated his status. “It increases Brogdon’s opportunity,” Girardi said before Monday’s series opener against the Mets at Citi Field was postponed because of rain. The teams will play

Bradley to IL; Romero recalled to join 'pen

April 11, 2021

Phillies right-hander Archie Bradley said he does not know when he will rejoin the Phillies’ bullpen because he does not know the severity of his strained left oblique. But it is bad enough that the team placed him on the 10-day injured list on Sunday. “It really just kind of

Fun facts for all 12 Double-A Northeast teams

Explore a league populated by iconic logos, slick-fielding announcers and scenic coasters
@BensBiz
April 7, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly-named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the fourth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique fact

One fun fact for all 20 Triple-A East teams

From nachos to noodles to nuns, a celebration of Minor League Baseball's largest circuit
@BensBiz
March 29, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly-named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the first in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique fact

Phils option Kingery, Romero to Triple-A

March 28, 2021

Scott Kingery cannot fix his swing in the big leagues, so the Phillies sent him to Triple-A. They made the announcement on Sunday afternoon before their second-to-last Grapefruit League game in Clearwater, Fla. It came as something of a surprise, although there were indications in recent weeks the Phillies were

Notes: 'pen update; CF battle; Rojas excels

March 25, 2021

The Phillies’ eight-man bullpen is coming into focus. They granted right-handers Héctor Rondón and Iván Nova their releases on Thursday. Both had opt-out clauses, which they enacted Wednesday. The Phillies had until Saturday to decide, but neither stood a chance to make the team so they were released early. Rondón

Here are Philadelphia's 2021 Top 30 prospects

@JonathanMayo
March 12, 2021

While the Phillies farm system isn’t as strong as it was a few years ago, when it was a Top 10 farm system, that doesn’t mean the young players haven’t been making contributions. In 2020, it was top prospect Alec Bohm who stepped up in a big way during the

Howard's changeup back; Quinn builds case

March 10, 2021

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Some pitches are more fun to throw than others. Spencer Howard loves to throw his changeup. Imagine his surprise last season when he lost the feel for it. “It was nonexistent,” Howard said Wednesday at BayCare Ballpark, where he allowed two runs in two innings in a

Transformed Moniak emerging as CF option

2016 No. 1 overall Draft pick: 'I'm just ready for the next step'
March 10, 2021

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- This spring’s conversations about Mickey Moniak feel different than the others. They are less about expectations, timetables and signs of incremental progress, and more about turning a long-shot (no-shot?) bid to make the Opening Day roster into Phillies manager Joe Girardi saying several times over the past

Phils add INF Chatham in trade with Boston

January 18, 2021

The Phillies acquired infielder C.J. Chatham from the Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash, the teams announced on Monday. Chatham ranked as the 14th-best prospect in Boston's system per MLB Pipeline, and he slots in at No. 23 in Philadelphia's system. “He’s on the verge

Phillies to add 2 top int’l prospects

@JesseSanchezMLB
January 16, 2021

The Phillies have locked up one of the top catchers on the international market. According to industry sources, the club has agreed to a deal with catcher Rickardo Perez, No. 9 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 International Prospects List, for $1 million. The club also agreed to deal with outfielder

Phillies select SS Holder in Rule 5 Draft

December 10, 2020

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies need a little bit of everything to improve their 40-man roster, so they took an infielder in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. • 2020 Rule 5 Draft results, pick by pick The Phillies selected Yankees shortstop Kyle Holder with the 11th overall pick. Holder,

Phillies invite old Minors affiliates to remain

December 9, 2020

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies on Wednesday announced invitations to their four Minor League affiliates for 2021. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Reading Fightin Phils, Jersey Shore BlueClaws and Clearwater Threshers will be part of MLB’s new player development structure. The Williamsport Crosscutters, formerly the Phillies’ Class A Short Season affiliate, will

Phillies protect six from Rule 5 Draft

November 20, 2020

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies president Andy MacPhail said a few weeks ago that they could move forward without a new head of baseball operations in the short term, because the next several weeks would be mostly internal decisions about their own players. Friday was one of those days. They announced that

Here is the state of the Phillies' farm system

@JonathanMayo
November 20, 2020

For a few years, the Phillies were a mainstay in the Top 10 farm system rankings, landing on that list five out of six times from midseason 2015 through the 2018 preseason ranking. Now, the system is in the bottom third of the top 30, thinned out by trades as