Philadelphia Phillies 2016 grades: Catchers

Entering the 2016 MLB regular season, the catching position appeared to be one in which the Phillies were in a holding pattern at the big league level while the organization waited for a pair of top prospects to develop further.The likely starter was going to be Cameron Rupp, with longtime veteran Carlos Ruizserving as the backup until … Continue reading Philadelphia Phillies 2016 grades: Catchers

Phillies to give Roman Quinn his MLB debut

The Phillies remain in full rebuilding mode, a project that continues in its second full season, as the 2016 regular season moves towards the final three weeks.The Fightin' Phils have given position players such as 1st baseman Tommy Joseph and outfielder Tyler Goeddel their initial MLB playing opportunities this season as position players.On the mound, the Phils have provided starting … Continue reading Phillies to give Roman Quinn his MLB debut

Phillies should switch closer from Gomez to Neris

I'm not going to say that I told you so because, frankly, I didn't ever say it. But I can tell you that there were many times during this season that I thought it.I never really bought in to Jeanmar Gomez as the Phillies closer. Was he enjoying success in the role? Yes. Did I like him … Continue reading Phillies should switch closer from Gomez to Neris

Phillies enduring a see-saw 2016 season

At the beginning of the 2016 Major League Baseball regular season, more than four months ago now, I came out with my predictions for the upcoming Phillies season.In that prediction piece, I picked the club to finish a dozen games better than their putrid bottom-of-baseball 2015 campaign, going 75-87 when the books were closed on … Continue reading Phillies enduring a see-saw 2016 season

Phils rally falls short in Jake Thompson debut

The Phillies top pitching prospect, 22-year old right-hander Jake Thompson, made his highly anticipated big league debut. But the host San Diego Padres got to him early, and held on late for a 9-7 victory on Saturday night at Petco Park.Thompson (0-1) allowed six earned runs on seven hits while striking out one batter and walking two … Continue reading Phils rally falls short in Jake Thompson debut