Offseason Preview: Fixing the starting rotation

This week we’re looking at what the Phillies biggest holes in anticipation of the offseason. How will they fill the holes? That’s what we’re after in the offseason preview. Fixing the starting rotation The Phillies finished in the bottom half of the majors in starter ERA, coming in at 4.41 (18th place). To help, the Phils’ starters found their groove in September and October...
Via Phillies Nation
2 hours ago

Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera Gold Glove finalists

Two Phillies players are finalists for the Gold Glove this year. Those of us who write about the Phillies have been hungry for some news lately. So the announcement that two Phils players are Rawlings Gold Glove finalists this year is big news ‘round these parts. Shortstop Freddy Galvis capped a fantastic defensive season by joining two other NL shortstops, the San Francisco Giants...
Via The Good Phight
5 hours ago

Should Yoenis Cespedes be on Phillies’ radar?

Good morning! The World Series is now tied at a game apiece, after the Cubs defeated the Indians 5-1 on Wednesday night. Also, The Process was a big hit in South Philadelphia. Speaking of processes: Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets is reportedly going to opt out of his contract with the Mets. There are two years and $47.5 million left on it. This allows Cespedes to test free agency,...
Via Phillies Nation
10 hours ago

You could be the Phillies’ next baseball scientist

Now’s your chance to work alongside Matt Klentak and PHIL the talking supercomputer! Hi there, folks. Or as we say in Philadelphia, “Howdy, folks.” I’ll skip the customary shattering of a glass bottle and demanding of your wallet, because it alarms me. My name’s Matt Klentak, and I am the general manager of our local ball team, the Phillies. We’re working hard to keep...
Via The Good Phight
12 hours ago

The 40-Man Roster Crunch: The Likely

This week, I’ve been spending some time examining the Phillies’ impending roster crunch. On Monday, I looked at the current roster to see how many spots the team is working with. Having determined that there may be up to ten open spots on the 40 man roster, on Tuesday I continued on to those who are basically guaranteed to be added In advance of the deadline. After all of that...
Via Crashburn Alley
12 hours ago

Watch Phillies prospects in live Fall League action Thursday

The stars of the Arizona Fall League will align in a clear desert sky on Thursday night, and the diamond figures to be full of future Major Leaguers.
1 day ago

2016 Phillies Exit Interview: Adam Morgan

Adam Morgan: The Dark Knight Final 2016 line: 2-11, (23 G (21 GS), 6.03 ERA, 113.1 IP, 29 BB, 95 SO, 37.1 GB% Watching Adam Morgan pitch in 2016 was a terribly difficult thing to do. He averaged about five innings per start, taxing a bullpen that didn’t need extra exposure. Those innings in which he did pitch weren’t especially effective, as you can see from the basic line above...
Via The Good Phight
1 day ago

Phillies in AFL: Former Arizona Wildcat Kingery back home

Jonathan Mayo checks in on the Phillies in the Arizona Fall League, where Scott Kingery is back home and enjoying the opportunity. Joining him is outfielder Aaron Brown, who is looking to tighten his approach at the plate.
1 day ago

MLB trade rumors: Could Phillies re-explore trading Vince Velasquez?

One Phillies insider thinks the team could be open to anything this offseason—including dealing Vince Velasquez. Remember those Vince Velasquez trade rumors right around the trade deadline? Expect the chatter to pick back up this winter. In a mailbag answering fan questions,'s Todd Zolecki didn't shoot down the idea of the Phillies...
1 day ago

Assembling a Free Agent Rotation: Jeremy Hellickson

After looking at the upside of Henderson Álvarez Monday and last year’s second-half production from Jhoulys Chacín on Tuesday, we come to, in all likelihood, our most expensive building block of this ridiculous exercise: Jeremy Hellickson. Unlike Álvarez, and Chacín to a certain extent, the hype surrounding Hellickson when he came into the league was quite high. A fourth-round...
Via The Sports Post
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Is it worth it to trade Odubel Herrera?

Good morning! The Indians won Game 1 of the World Series 6-0, as Corey Kluber shut down the Cubs. Otherwise, not much news today … Kevin Cooney looks at the possibilities of an Odubel Herrera trade. Certainly, he writes, Herrera would be an attractive trade chip – as one scout told him – but General Manager Matt Klentak says Herrera was quite valuable for the Phillies, and...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago

Nola progressing through injury recovery

The Phillies cannot have enough pitching, which is why they need Aaron Nola and Mark Appel healthy next spring.
3 days ago

MLB executive thinks Jeremy Hellickson will spurn Phillies' qualifying offer

This could have a big impact on the Phillies offseason. Watch video When the deadline to put one-year qualifying offers on soon-to-be free agents arrives, logic would dictate that the Phillies would place the $17.2M tender on starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. But that doesn't mean the 29-year-old righty will accept it. According...
3 days ago

The 40-Man Roster Crunch: Finding Room

Welcome to 40-Man Roster Crunch week here at Crashburn Alley. Over the next few days, I’m going to distract from the fact that nothing is going on with the Phillies as the World Series continues by focusing on the impending struggle to keep all of the team’s best prospects ahead of the Rule 5 draft. For those two don’t know, the Rule 5 Draft occurs every December on the final...
Via Crashburn Alley
3 days ago

Don't underestimate Jerad Eickhoff's value to Phillies' rebuild

Everyone wants an ace, but sometimes consistent and reliable is just as important.
Via PhilsBaseball
5 days ago

Second-Half Fantasy Baseball Surgers: Cesar Hernandez

The Phillies’ hitters can’t be too sad to see 2016 fade in their collective rearview mirror. They scored the fewest runs in the majors, trailing the 29th-ranked Braves by 39 runs. Among their everyday players, only Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera garnered something close to universal interest in fantasy leagues. As we pivot towards 2017, owners will still have their eyes on...
Via Today's Knuckleball
6 days ago

Storyline II: Prospecting for the Next Phillies’ Ace

Of the eight starters in the system, does one rise above the others on the depth chart of the Philadelphia Phillies since Aaron Nola‘s arrival in 2015? Did the trades of Cole Hamels or Ken Giles produce a stud to head the five-man staff? Has 2016’s MLB Draft pool left general manager Matt Klentak without a true number one? And when the smoke clears, will the red pinstripes...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Postings: Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Research Senior Quantitative Analyst & Senior Software Enginner

To be clear, there are two postings here. Position: Philadelphia Phillies Senior Quantitative Analyst – Baseball Research & Development Location: PhiladelphiaDescription: As a Senior Quantitative Analyst (QA), you help shape the Phillies Baseball Operations strategies by processing, analyzing, and interpreting large and complex data. You do more than just crunch the numbers...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospects, young players give Phillies hope for future

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Goodbye, glory days. Hello, future. The Philadelphia Phillies bid farewell to Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard in 2016, signaling the end of the most successful run in franchise history. They also welcomed several talented young players, giving fans hope for 2017 and beyond. It's been a slow rebuilding process for the Phillies, but there's reason for optimism following...
Via Associated Press
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies have fired hitting coach Steve Henderson

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies have fired hitting coach Steve Henderson after finishing the season last in the majors in runs. Henderson joined Philadelphia in 2012. The team was 71-91 this season and ranked 29th in the majors in batting average (.240), on-base percentage (.301) and slugging percentage (.385). Six other coaches were asked to return in 2017. They include Larry...
Via Associated Press
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies win 5-2 in Ryan Howard's farewell

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ryan Howard's farewell game with the Philadelphia Phillies ended with a win. Cesar Hernandez hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the playoff-bound New York Mets 5-2 on Sunday. Howard, the last player remaining from the 2008 World Series championship team, was honored in a pregame ceremony. The Phillies are planning...
Via Associated Press
25 days ago  |  Discuss

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