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2012 Phillies Player Preview: Chad Qualls


Continuing The Good Phight's 2012 player previews with the last man to sign a contract with the Fightins, reliever Chad Qualls.

Phillies Prospect Roundup: On Michael Schwimer's Debut


We look at Michael Schwimer's major league debut, and check in on 10 more prospects as well.

Move Over, JDT: Roman Quinn and Mitch Walding Sign


Jesen Dygestile Therrien may "progression and could be accelerated," but right now, the focus among Phillies prospect hounds shifts to 2nd rounder Roman Quinn ($775K) and 5th rounder Mitch Walding ($800K), who join the Quebec right hander in the Phillies organization. What's notable about this is that both Quinn and Walding are shortstops (though few project Quinn to stay there long-term). Add in Tyler Greene, and this is the first legitimate haul of shortstop draftees that the Phillies have made in... well, in quite some time. Count me as a big fan of this: toolsy outfielders are all well and good, but the best teams are built with an up-the-middle backbone, and the organization has been lacking in middle infield prospects recently. There's an hour left to go, but I expect that the Phillies are probably done at this point. The 2011 draft class represents a pretty solid haul overall, and I'll wrap it up with a draft recap in the next few days.

Astros choose Domingo Santana as PTBNL for Pence Trade


Credit to Jay Floyd (aka @PhoulBallz) here, who as Mike Meech said, hasn't gotten proper credit for actually breaking this story. Consider me officially "shocked": the PTBNL certainly wasn't insignificant, as short of Jesse Biddle (who we assumed was off limits), Santana is the best prospect in Lakewood. I'm skeptical whether he'll ever make enough contact to truly unlock his power potential, but that power potential is pretty impressive, and he's still only 18 years old. Pence has, of course, hit .327/.381/.545 and helped the Phillies to an 11-2 record since the trade, all while quickly becoming a fan favorite. That said, the Phillies gave up a lot to get him, subtracting three Top 10 prospects from a system that has seen a number of talented youngsters depart in recent years. If ever there were a time to spend big in the draft, that time is now.

Phillies Prospect Roundup: Deadline Day 2011


As we wait for word on which 2011 Rule 4 Draft picks the Phillies will sign, we look back at some bonus babies from years past.

Rubén Amaro, Jr.: Gentlemen. Thank you for meeting me here. Scott Proefrock: Uh, it's our morning...

Rubén Amaro, Jr.: Gentlemen. Thank you for meeting me here. Scott Proefrock: Uh, it's our morning meeting. We have these every day. Rubén Amaro, Jr.: You might be wondering why I've called you here. Chuck LaMar: Not really. Rubén Amaro, Jr.: The trade deadline is fast approaching. I've been kicking around a lot of ideas, but I've worked out a deal to send Vance Worley, Domonic Brown, Jonathan Singleton, and Jerred Cosart to the Rockies for Ubaldo Jimenez. Benny Looper: Good god, why? Rubén Amaro, Jr.: Because **** the rest of the National League. That's why. Scott Proefrock: Oh, man. He's having one of those waking dreams again. Rubén Amaro, Jr.: All I have to do is pick up this phone and tell the Rockies that it's official, and ... it's official. Ha. Ha ha ha. HAHAHAHA. Benny Looper: Grab his arms! Grant from McCovey Chronicles strikes again with this week's SB Nation MLB Power Rankings. The whole thing is pure gold, though I think my personal faves are #13, #19 and #23.

Phillies Prospect Roundup: On Dom, and a Reshuffled Top 10


Analyzing Domonic Brown's career arc, and checking in on the top ten prospects in the system in the wake of the trade deadline.

Tit for Tat: Braves get Michael Bourn


While the Phillies enjoy their shiny new toy in right field, the Braves have gotten in on the Astros fire! sale! by acquiring center fielder Michael Bourn. A former Phillies farmhand, the 28-year old Bourn is hitting .303/.363/.403 on the year, leads the bigs with 39 stolen bases, and is generally regarded as an above average defensive player. To get him, the Braves gave up Jordan Schafer and a trio of prospects (Brett Oberholtzer, Paul Clemens, and Juan Abreu) that won't be missed anytime soon in a strong Braves system. Frank Wren got himself a desperately needed offensive upgrade without surrendering any of his four stud pitching prospects -- or, indeed, anyone in the same neighborhood as Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton -- so it's a great value deal for Atlanta. Bourn is under team control through the end of next year, as he enters his final year of arbitration in 2012.

The Hunter Pence Trade: A Look at What the Phillies are Giving Up


The coverage of the Hunter Pence deal continues with an in-depth look at the prospects departing for Houston.

Phillies Prospect Roundup: Read our Commenters' Firsthand Reports!


This week's looks at some of the organization's athletic young outfielders, a pair of older, bat first prospects, a lanky Canadian, and more.

Phillies Prospect Roundup: Wherein We Reference Brooks Kieschnick


Aside from contemplating Joe Savery's path to the bigs, this week's prospect roundup checks in on a couple of 2011 draftees as well as some young relievers who will be jockeying for bullpen spots...

Lisalberto Bonilla, RHP, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K. Your pitching line...

Lisalberto Bonilla, RHP, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K. Your pitching line of the night might have come from a name you haven't heard before, but he's quickly becoming a big pop-up guy in the Sally League that has scouts lining up for another look. Moved to the rotation in early June, Bonilla features an average-to-plus fastball with natural sink, but his changeup is his best pitch, as a true plus offering with plenty of depth and fade. Limiting Sally League hitters to a .179 batting average, with an improved breaking ball, he'll continue to climb Phillies prospect lists. Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein in yesterday's Minor League Update, giving us the first real scouting information we've heard on Bonilla

Phillies Prospect Roundup (Tuesday Edition): The Phillies and Latin America


As an homage to the July 2 deadline, we look at some of the Phillies' international signings in recent years.

Phillies Prospect Roundup: New Pitchers on the Radar


This week's prospect roundup highlights a trio of pitchers we're mentioning for the first time, along with some of the more usual suspects.

Phillies Prospect Roundup: We're Back, and with More Box Scores!


With short season ball now underway, the Prospect Roundup kicks back into gear by looking a few as-yet unheard from names, as well as a number of guys who were rewarded with recent promotions.

Phillies Select Larry Greene with 39th pick in 2011 MLB Draft


A quick rundown of the Phillies' first pick in the 2011 draft, a manchild high schooler from Georgia whose raw power is his calling card.

We join the 2011 MLB Draft in process...


Link goes to the ESPN DraftCast and chat, where Keith Law, Kevin Goldstein and others are providing instant analysis. Biggest early shocker: the Mariners pass up Anthony Rendon at #2, making you wonder about the health of his shoulder.

MLB Draft 2011 Prospects: Kevin Comer, RHP (New Jersey)


We continue our miniseries of prospect capsules in advance of Monday's draft with a look at a local right-hander.

Phillies Prospect Roundup (Tuesday Edition): The 2006 Draft in Review


With the 2011 Rule 4 Draft quickly approaching, this week's prospect roundup gets in the spirit with a look back at the draft from 5 years ago.

Phillies Prospect Roundup (Tuesday Edition): Dipping into the Talent Pool Down Under


There's an Aussie theme to this week's prospect roundup, as we check in on some of the Phillies' players from Down Under in addition to Brody Colvin and a trio of Lakewood outfielders.

Phillies Sign Aussie Catcher


A nice job by Matt Eddy of Baseball America tracking this one down. Tough to come by a ton of information here, but the above linked Australian Baseball Digest piece notes that 17-year old Liam Bedford plays for Essendon Club in Melbourne and has represented Austrlia on the U-18 national team. Interesting little pipeline the Phillies have established in Australia over the past few years, with guys like Drew Naylor, Tim Kennelly, Joel Naughton and Alan Schoenberger all joining the organization from Down Under. It's not a baseball hotbed by any means, but it's refreshing to see the organization looking for talent off the beaten path.

Phillies Prospect Roundup: Back in the Saddle


This week's prospect roundup checks in on the organization's top pitching prospect, the 2008 1st round pick, and a catcher named Tuffy.

Vance Worley, the Phillies' New Hot Commodity


A look both backward and forward after Vance Worley delivered his second quality start in a row last night.

Bello out for the year with torn ACL


Fresh off a .305/.365/.441 2010 campaign between Clearwater and Reading -- not to mention a spot on last week's prospect roundup -- Reading second baseman Harold Garcia was a solid season (maybe less) in Reading away from vying for a utility spot on the big league club. That timeframe is unfortunately going to be pushed back, as the 24-year old Venezuelan tore his ACL running the bases. Tough break for the kid. Let's hope he has a speedy recovery.

Phillies Prospect Roundup: Stutes to the Majors


This week's prospect roundup looks at the man called up to take Jose Contreras' spot in the bullpen, Trevor May, Cesar Hernandez, and others.

Phillies Prospect Roundup: Dead-Ball Era in Lakewood


This week's prospect roundup checks in on 2010 1st rounder Jesse Biddle, the R-Phils' double play combo, and a couple of potential sleepers on the Lakewood squad.

Phillies Prospect Roundup: New Beginnings


The initial prospect roundup of the 2011 season touches on some of the first week's standout performances and checks in on a couple of conversion projects.

Five Questions on the Phillies Upcoming Minor League Season


The 2011 minor league season is upon us, with all four full season teams kicking off their schedules today. For those of you who, like me, are serial box score refreshers, the Philly farm system...

BP's Kevin Goldstein releases Phillies Top 11

UPDATE from WC: Mr. Goldstein has graciously agreed to answer some of our questions about his list and the Phillies' farm in general. If there's something you want to know, post in the Comments below and I'll forward them. Subscriber content, but even those without a login can see the Top 20 and his writeup on Domonic Brown. Quick thoughts: Jarred Cosart gets bumped down to three stars as a result of injuries; KG is still pretty high on Jiwan James; Julio Rodriguez doesn't make the Top 20; and did anyone else know that Jesse Biddle touched 97 in instructs?

TGP's Top 30 Prospects, '11 Edition: #10 thru #1


The Good Phight finishes counting down its Top 30 prospects for the 2011 season with a look at the Top 10.

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