Darin Ruf Heads To Triple-A To Refine Defensive Play
PHILADELPHIA—Darin Ruf did not seize the opportunity to be the Opening Day left fielder, but Phillies officials still believe the 26-year-old’s day will come. “I think he has a bright [...]
Phillies’ Pettibone Will Polish Repertoire At Triple-A
Phillies righthander Jonathan Pettibone went 13-8, 3.10 in 160 innings last season at Double-A and Triple-A, where he learned a cutter from pitching coach Rod Nichols.
Phillies’ Adam Morgan Vaults To Double-A In Debut
The Phillies traded righthanders Vance Worley and Trevor May to the Twins for center fielder Ben Revere because they believe they have starting pitching depth in the upper levels of the system. That group of projectable starters includes lefty Adam Morgan.
Free Agent Imports Could Impede Young Phillies
The Phillies made two late January signings that could affect several of the organization's young players, such as Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf, Phillippe Aumont and Justin De Fratus.
Phillies Prospects Experience Philadelphia First-Hand
Phillies officials have tried to give their top prospects a taste of that experience before they head to their first big league spring training camp. This year, seven top talents spent a week in Philadelphia at the team's fourth annual prospect education seminar in January.
Phillies Believe Tommy Joseph Has Priorities In Order
As a former catcher, Double-A Reading manager Dusty Wathan watches those who play the position with an educated eye. He picks up nuances that make a catcher valuable, such as the way recent Phillies acquisition Tommy Joseph receives the ball.
Zach Collier’s Fine Showing In AFL Heartens Phillies
The Phillies drafted a pair of promising high school outfielders from Southern California in 2008, and many in the organization envisioned Zach Collier and Anthony Gose one day becoming two-thirds of the outfield in Philadelphia. That scenario didn't play out.
Phillies Value Rule 5 Pick Inciarte’s Speed, Defense
The Phillies roll-the-dice style and their need for outfield depth led them to select Ender Inciarte from the Diamondbacks with the 15th pick of this year's Rule 5 draft.
A Familiar Face Helped Bring Simon To The Phillies
At the time the Phillies acquired righty Kyle Simon from the Orioles, he was struggling as a starter in high Class A. Philadelphia immediately moved him to the bullpen, and with excellent results.
Trevor May’s Struggles Present Teaching Moment
Phillies officials had detected flaws in Double-A righthander Trevor May's delivery, but they were reluctant to make changes as the pitcher got off to a tremendous start. But when May's ERA swelled beyond 6.00 in May, June and July, instructors were presented with a teaching opportunity.
Martin’s Post-Trade Breakthrough Excites Phillies
The Phillies believe they picked up a future big league battery in the July trades that sent outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino to the West Coast.
Rupp Joins Phillies’ Catching-Prospect Conversation
Phillies farm director Joe Jordan is looking forward to a spirited spring-training competition at the catcher position, and he expects Cameron Rupp to challenge top prospects Tommy Joseph and Sebastian Valle for playing time.
Aumont Makes Eighth-Inning Audition With Phillies
The Phillies made it no secret during spring training that they believed righthander Phillippe Aumont was the reliever closest to the big leagues. Nevertheless, he saw seven of his Lehigh Valley bullpen-mates go to Philadelphia before he finally got the call.
Cloyd, Ruf Break Through, Make MLB Debuts For Phils
Jim Salisbury files his Phillies final report, selecting a best player and best pitcher as well as a player to keep an eye on.
Phillies Try Slugger Ruf In Left To Get Bat In Lineup
First baseman Darin Ruf's dazzling season for Double-A Reading will likely earn him a spot on the Phillies' 40-man roster this winter. But to earn playing time in the big leagues the 26-year-old must learn to play a passable left field.
Phils Add Depth Behind Dish With Deadline Deal
The Phillies have enjoyed a career year from Carlos Ruiz this season, but they know the 33-year-old catcher won't last forever. The club's activity at the trade deadline indicates it has already started thinking about life after Ruiz.
Despite Setbacks, Phillies Haven’t Given Up On Gillies
The Phillies suspended Tyson Gillies "indefinitely" from Double-A Reading on after an off-field incident during a trip to Portland, Maine. Despite myriad setbacks, Philadelphia hasn't given up on the promising center fielder.