Notes, News & Numbers
Player Development News
Director of Amateur Scouting Johnny Almaraz and his staff spent a few days observing the Instructional League players. They also began the process of working on the 2017 draft in which the Phillies will select eighth in the first round. Early indications are that the draft is heavy with college players . . . 2B Josh Tobias left the instructs camp to get ready to play ball in the Colombian Winter League . . . Aaron Nola is throwing and has shown no ill effects . . . The FIL ends on Friday . . . The Arizona Fall League (@MLBazFallLeague) begins play on Tuesday. Phillies have seven players on the Scottsdale Scorpions . . . From the Venezuela Winter League, OF Herlis Rodriquez hit for the cycle, stole home and went 4-5 with 7 RBI on Saturday to lead Zula to a 16-3 win over La Guaira. The 22-year-old hit .294, 10 HR, 61 RBI at Lakewood in 2015 but injuries limited him to 48 games and a .213 average this season at Clearwater.
ICYMI. The Phillies made their first wave of roster moves last Friday as they begin preparing for the 40-man off-season roster. Sent outright to AAA were Emmanuel Burris, Frank Herrmann, Dalier Hinojosa, Colton Murray, Jimmy Paredes and Patrick Schuster. More space will become available when players begin filing for free agency following the World Series.
With the success of their minor league system the Phillies will have more prospects that need to be added to the roster and not risk losing them to the Rule 5 draft in December.
Phuturephillies.com reported that two players on the Lehigh Valley roster, outfielder Cedric Hunter and left-handed pitcher James Russell, have chosen free agency.
The Phillies were last in the majors scoring 610 runs. Well, here’s some good news…that total isn’t even close the club record for fewest in a season.
The 1942 Phillies scored 394 runs in 151 games, that’s an average of 2.61. Even more shocking, they hit a total of only 44 home runs, one coming from a pitcher. Final record: 42-109, 62.5 games out of first base. Thankfully, I don’t remember that season. Wasn’t much of a Phillies fan as a four-year-old.
Ex-Phillies Postseason Team
Unless you just arrived back from Jupiter (the planet, not the Florida city) and aren’t aware, baseball’s postseason has been in full swing for the past week. Former Phillies are everywhere, enough to make up a team.
Needed a first baseman and third baseman. Terry Francona played there during his career. So he becomes the playing-manager. Ruben Amaro Jr. played all three outfield positions plus first and second in the majors. His dad, Ruben Sr., was a slick-fielding infielder. Let’s assume Jr. acquired those genes and put him at the hot corner.
C Carlos Ruiz
2b Chase Utley
SS Michael Martinez
3B Amaro Jr.
LF Jayson Werth
CF Ben Revere
RF Hunter Pence
DH Ezequiel Carrera
OF Michael Bourn
P Geo Gonzalez
P Cole Hamels
P J.A. Happ
P Jake Diekman
P Joe Blanton
CH John Russell
CH Dave Phillies PWallace
CH Dan Warthen
CH Brad Mills
TV Jimmy Rollins, TBS TV analysist
Postseason Phun Fact
Only one player has hit a walk-off home run in Phillies postseason play. It happened
on October 10, 1981, when pinch-hitter George Vukovich delivered a game-winner in
the 10th inning at Veterans Stadium. The big blow beat the Montreal Expos and tied the
National League Division Series at 2-2.
Because of a players’ strike during the season that forced the cancellation of 719 games
from June 12 to July 31, MLB decided to have a split season. The Phillies, leading the
division when the strike started, were declared the NL East first-half champions.
Montreal won the second half creating the first Division Series.
Happy Birthday: Placido Polanco (1975), Pat Burrell (1976).
October 10, 1993
NLCS #4 at Atlanta: Danny Jackson and Mitch Williams combine for a 21 win to tie
Series at 22.
October 10, 2008
NLCS #2 at Citizens Bank Park: Brett Myers gets three hits and three RBI in beating the
Dodgers, 8-5. Brad Lidge strikes out the side for his fourth save. Phillies lead Series, 2-
October 10, 2010
NLDS #3 at Cincinnati: Cole Hamels tosses a five-hit shutout over the Reds, 2-0, as the
Phillies get their first postseason series sweep and advance to the NLCS.