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Phillies drafts: boom, bust, and Bohm

After a long drought, improved drafting and development will be the key to building a consistent contender

This article is an update of Phillies’ recent Draft history: Boom and Bust, written five years ago at the start of the Phillies’ rebuild.[1] That piece reviewed the Phillies’ draft picks over the prior 20+ years, and how their success in drafting/development (in terms of total WAR produced by those picks) compared to the rest of the league.

Boom and Bust

At that point, we could...

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Ethan Witte

The most jarring moment of the 2019 season was not on the field

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And it’s probably not the one that you think it is

There are certain moments during the season in which you as a fan are caught so off guard that it takes some time to get your bearings. You’re sitting there, minding your own business, taking in a game and then on the screen comes something so jarring, you aren’t sure if you saw what you think you saw.

Now you might think that the moment like this in 2019 was the news that Odubel Herrera was...

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Blue Jays have “Checked in” on Francisco Lindor, had interest in Didi Gregorius

Most of the Blue Jays’ offseason focus has been on obtaining starting pitching, with Travis Shaw standing out as the most significant addition to the position player mix.  However, Toronto has also at least looked into some major upgrades to its everyday lineup, as Sportsnet.ca’s Shi Davidi reports that the Jays had interest in Didi Gregorius before the free-agent signed with Philadelphia.  In terms of players still potentially available, the Jays have also “checked in” with the...

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Rangers sign Juan Nicasio to minor league contract

The Rangers have signed Juan Nicasio to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training, per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Nicasio has enjoyed impressive longevity as a right-handed reliever, hanging in the majors for most of the last nine seasons. The righty’s longest tenure came with the Rockies, with whom he made his debut and pitched from 2011 through 2014. He was mostly a starter in Colorado, though he lasted a full year of turns only in 2013, going 9-9 over 31 starts (157...

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The Smarty Jones

We’re not even getting Drew Smyly?

Drew Smyly has taken his talents to the West Coast | Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

Rotation depth: Who needs it?

If anyone was holding out hope that the Phillies had another free agent move or two left in them, you can go ahead and abandon that hope now. The Phillies front office is apparently quite satisfied with the current roster, especially since the payroll for that roster currently stands a few million underneath the luxury tax threshold.

After a parade of “He would have...

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Ethan Witte

Phightin’ Words: 1/17/20

Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Is it over yet?

Baseball sucks.

I also love baseball.

Phillies news You might be thinking to yourself: Odubel Herrera was passed by everyone else in baseball. What’s next? Remember Cristopher Sanchez, the guy the Phillies traded for during the Rule 5 season? If not, here’s your introduction. Here’s a history story for you all that involves the Phillies from 57 years ago. Alec Bohm is going to play a big part in the 2020 Phillies. MLB news The...

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Odubel Herrera clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images Delaying the inevitable, or actually planning to keep him around? There was some optimism that, when the Phillies announced the joint move of claiming Nick Martini and designating Odubel Herrera for assignment earlier this week, that the latter’s time with the organization was up, his release imminent. Not so. Amid the whipping frenzy of the Astros’ continuously bubbling cheating scandal shifting into a new gear with the “wearable” buzzer rumor,...

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Philadelphia Phillies’ Offseason Marginally Improves Their Ballclub

The Philadelphia Phillies have missed the playoffs in each of the last eight seasons and have been rigorously spending in an attempt to get back on the map. They’ve continued that mentality this offseason, but their premier transactions do little to improve their 2020 outlook. The Phillies’ two big moves this offseason are signing former New York Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler to a five-year, $118 million deal and former New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius to a one-year, $14...

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Phightin’ Words - 1/16/2020

Still a weirdo | Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Gabe Kapler’s McNugget consumption proves he is insane More Astros fallout, the Braves examine lineup options, and a little tidbit about the eating habits of our old manager. Phillies news J.T. Realmuto is a great player, so it’s only natural that the Phillies want him to play as much as possible. But The Good Phight’s Paul Boye examines if it would be beneficial to cut down on Realmuto’s playing time. Odubel Herrera may be gone, but...

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Will a heavy workload catch up to J.T. Realmuto in 2020?

Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images His appearances should be watched closely as this season wears on We don’t ask this of other positions. We don’t wonder whether it’s “wise” or “reasonable” to have Bryce Harper play in 150 games if he’s healthy. Nor Rhys Hoskins or Scott Kingery. Only when it comes to catchers do we have to wonder: Just how many innings should their knees be subjected to those endless squats? Catcher is an incredibly demanding position. Teams will frequently...

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Odubel Herrera decision was both right and wrong

By announcing on Tuesday that they have designated Odubel Herrera for assignment, the Philadelphia Phillies made the only move they could, albeit for a different reason than was officially stated. I’ll admit it. I was highly in favor of the 5-year, $30.5 million contract that the Philadelphia Phillies gave to Odubel Herrera in December of […] Philadelphia Phillies: Odubel Herrera decision was both right and wrong - Section 215 - Section 215 - A Philadelphia City Sports blog

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Ethan Witte

There was improvement from Scott Kingery in 2019. They just need more of it.

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

That’s MISTER Jetpax to you, sir.

The numbers

.258/.315/.474, 500 PA, 19 HR, 55 RBI, 15 SB, 6.8 BB%, 29.4 K%, 2.7 fWAR

The good

Well, pretty much everything was better for Kingery. Better at bats, better power, better speed, better eye, better defense. Everything, it felt like, took a turn for the positive for the young player and it was a good thing too. He was clearly overmatched in 2018, but due to the stubbornness of the team in refusing to send him down...

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Ethan Witte

Phightin’ Words: 1/15/20

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

News, baby! NEWS!!!!!!

I had this all prewritten and then boom. News.

Phillies news In news that either stirred the fanbase or shook it, Nick Martini was claimed by the club. And that means that Odubel Herrera is no longer part of the 40 man roster. It’s a good day to be a Phillies fan. In the former Phillies news, Maikel Franco has decided to try and make adjustments ($). Cool! Only 3 years too late... MLB news Alex Cora is another domino that falls in...

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Phillies designate Odubel Herrera for assignment, claim Nick Martini

The Phillies announced Tuesday that center fielder Odubel Herrera has been designated for assignment. His 40-man roster spot will go to Nick Martini, whom the Phillies have claimed off waivers from the Reds. Not long ago, such a move would’ve been unthinkable for the Phils, who extended Herrera on a five-year, $30.5M deal spanning the 2017-21 seasons. However, Herrera sat out the the final 85 games of the 2019 season under a domestic violence suspension, and even when he was on the field...

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Phillies OF Odubel Herrera designated for assignment

Odubel Herrera, a 2016 All-Star outfielder who appeared poised to be one of MLB’s brightest stars a few years ago, was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. The move, which clears a roster spot for outfielder Nick Martini, comes six months after Herrera was suspended 85 games by MLB for violating the league’s joint domestic violence policy. The 28-year-old outfielder made his MLB debut in 2015 and emerged as a key layer for the Phillies the following season....

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Paul Boyé

Phillies claim Nick Martini, DFA Odubel Herrera

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Herrera is likely to end up being released if the Phillies can’t find someone to take him off their hands in trade

The Phillies announced Tuesday that they had claimed outfielder Nick Martini off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds, who had claimed him from the Padres last November. In order to make room on the roster, Odubel Herrera was designated for assignment.

Martini, 29, has spent parts of the last two seasons in the Majors with Oakland and San...

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Phillies designate Odubel Herrera for assignment following domestic-violence suspension

Odubel Herrera was suspended for 85 games last season.

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What Statcast’s new defensive metric thinks of the Phillies infield

Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images Outs Above Average, previously available only for outfielders, has now been adapted to rate infielders Baseball will never run out of things to measure. As technology continues to improve and things with radar and motion tracking continue to proliferate, there’s no telling what sorts of things we might have leaderboards on by 2030. Now, in the present day, we already have a ton of numbers. It’s important to use discretion when presented...

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Ethan Witte

Phightin’ Words: 1/14/20

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Today is my anniversary. MLB gave me an early gift

Well that was a day....

Phillies news The list of spring training invitees is here and there are some noticeable names headed to Clearwater. Should be a fun spring training. Meghan Montemurro ($) gives some realistic ways that the team could get better. MLB news (Astros-only) Obviously the biggest news of the day (and probably the upcoming season) is the one-year ban, and eventual dismissal, of A.J....

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Paul Boyé

Hector Neris has earned a multi-year deal

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He’s proven to be durable and effective for the considerable majority of his five years with the Phillies, and should be paid in kind, but reality isn’t so cut-and-dry

A few years ago, back around the time of Tom Gordon, Antonio Alfonseca, and Geoff Geary, I started to get more exposed to the idea of reliever “fungibility.” The thought, as some of my newer-school, more forward-thinking baseball friends would put it, was that relievers are...

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