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Prospect Report: Jesse Biddle

Threshers LHP Jesse Biddle (Photo by Bryan Greene/Flickr)

Position: Starting pitcher
Age: 21
Prospect Level: Top prospect (2nd according to BaseballAmerica.com)
Team: 
Clearwater (Single-A+)
2012 Minor League Stats: 26 starts, 10-6, 3.22 ERA, 142.2 IP, 151 K.

Season in Review: Local product and former first round pick Jesse Biddle began his first season at Class A Clearwater with lofty expectations.

Biddle had a very good 2012 season as he had his highest win total in his Phillies career with 10. The Germantown Friends product tossed his first complete game in nearly two years.

The Threshers left-hander tossed seven no-hit innings against Brevard County on Aug. 17. Biddle also struck out 12 batters in that contest.

In 2012, Biddle shaved down his walks total and struck out 27 more batters in only a few more innings than in 2011 with the Lakewood Blue Claws.

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Pig Report: Domonic Brown

RF Domonic Brown. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Position: Starting right fielder
Age: 25
Prospect Level: Major League ready.
2012 Major League Stats: 56 G, .235 AVG, 11 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 26 RBI, .712 OPS
2012 Minor League Stats: 60 G, .286 AVG, 13 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, .767 OPS

Season in Review: Domonic Brown is Major League ready. But he’s still a question mark in terms of how much of an impact he will have in right field for the Phillies.

Brown has survived three trade rumors, a barrage of knee and hand injuries and a myriad of doubt to cement himself a spot on the Opening Day starting lineup in 2013. But let’s look at Brown’s 2012 season to decipher why fans should be content with what Brown is.

First off, Brown isn’t what he was advertised to be. He won’t be a 30-plus, 100-RBI guy everyone was hoping he’d be. He may still be, but he’s probably not going to be. Instead he’s going to be a guy the Phillies are going to rely on to get on base, take bases with his legs and score runs. Brown can very easily do that.

Brown’s season started off on the wrong foot again. In 2011, Brown broke the hamate bone in his hand, halting his chances at making the Phillies then. But in 2012, Brown jammed his thumb on a diving play and had minor neck problems, causing him to again start in Triple A where he would work on playing in left field.

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2012 NLCS: St. Louis Cardinals vs San Francisco Giants

St. Louis: 88-74; 2nd in NL Central (2nd Wild Card)
San Francisco: 9468-74; 1st in NL West

Schedule
Game 1: Oct. 14, 8:00 – (Lance Lynn vs Madison Bumgarner)
Game 2: Oct. 15, 8:00 PM – (TBA vs Ryan Vogelson)
Game 3: Oct. 17, 4:00 PM – (Adam Wainwright vs Matt Cain)
Game 4: Oct. 18, 8:00 PM – (TBA vs TBA)
Game 5*: Oct. 19, 8:00 PM
Game 6*: Oct. 21, 4:30 PM
Game 7*: Oct. 22, 8:00 PM

Rosters
Cardinals

Giants

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2012 ALCS Preview: New York Yankees vs Detroit Tigers

New York: 95-67; 1st in AL East
Detroit: 88-74; 1st in AL Central

Schedule
Game 1: Oct. 13, 8:00 – (Andy Pettitte vs Doug Fister)
Game 2: Oct. 14, 4:00 PM – (TBA vs Anibal Sanchez)
Game 3: Oct. 16, 8:00 PM – (C.C. Sabbathia vs Justin Verlander)
Game 4: Oct. 17, 8:00 PM – (TBA vs Max Scherzer)
Game 5*: Oct. 18, 4:00 PM
Game 6*: Oct. 20, 8:00 PM
Game 7*: Oct. 21, 8:00 PM

Rosters
Yankees
Position Players (13): R Martin, M Teixeira, R Cano, D Jeter, A Rodriguez, I Suzuki, C Granderson, N Swisher, J Nix, R Ibanez, B Gardner, C Stewart, E Chavez.

Pitchers (12): C Sabbathia, H Kuroda, D Phelps, P Hughes, A Pettitte, B Logan, C Rapada, J Chamberlain, C Eppley, D Lowe, D Robertson, R Soriano (CL).

Tigers
Position Players (14): A Avila, G Laird, M Cabrera, P Fielder, O Infante, J Peralta, R Santiago, D Worth, Q Berry, A Dirks, A Garcia, A Jackson, D Kelly, D Young.

Pitchers (11): A Alburquerque, J Benoit, P Coke, O Dotel, D Fister, R Porcello, A Sanchez, M Scherzer, D Smyly, J Valverde (CL), J Verlander.

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2012 Philadelphia Phillies Highlight Reel

With the door finally shut on the 2012 regular season the Phillies find themselves on the outside looking in for the first time since 2006.

With that said, we begin our look back on a season to forget, starting with this highlight video by reader of the site as well as a good friend and fellow member of the Dave Matthews Band fan site AntsMarching.org, Kevin Watkin.

Watkin has shared with us the past few years his highlight video of the Phillies regular season. The nine-minute video is set to Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger,” another great choice of music by Watkin.

Watch the video after the jump.

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MLB Draft: Phillies Running Tracker

Monday June 4 started the 2012 MLB Amateur draft.

The Houston Astros went the route of offense, selecting high school short stop Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico with the first overall pick. They passed up on Georgia high school outfielder Byron Buxton, who went second to the Minnesota Twins.

The Phillies had two picks on the first day, selecting 40th and 54th thanks to compensation picks. Here are their picks as well as their top 10 picks in the draft. [MLB.com's entire draft board]

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Phillies Home Opener Question Marks

Can you feel it? The excitement is back in the air on Broad and Pattison. The Phillies are home for the first time this season! Sure they are 1-2 after Opening Weekend in Pittsburgh, but there are 159 games left and the opportunity to play in front of 45,000+ screaming fans!

Today brings out a new start, an open door from the mistakes of the past to the unknown of the future. The Phillies look to make that future a bright one.

Ruben Amaro Jr. made moves to make the Phillies bench and offense stronger this offseason. This coming after the unknown future of Phillies stars Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. By making the Phillies bench player better, he added the depth needed in case Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, as well as other players, hit the injury bug for a long time.

After Opening Weekend versus the Pirates (take into consideration that it’s OPENING WEEKEND), Phillies fans do have a few worries that in our eyes need to be solved as quickly as possible in order to be competitive throughout the year; one being hitting and the other being the bullpen and how they are managed.

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Series Preview: at Pittsburgh Pirates

PHI: 102-60, 1st in NL East in 2011; PIT: 72-90, 4th in NL Central in 2011

When: April 5-9
Where: PNC Park (Pittsburgh, PA)

Probable Pitchers (2011 stats)
Thursday: Roy Halladay (19-6; 2.35) vs Erik Bedard (8-8, 4.03 with Boston)
Saturday: Cliff Lee (17-8; 2.40) vs. Jeff Karstens (9-9; 3.38)
Sunday: Vance Worley (11-3; 3.01) vs. James McDonald (9-9; 4.21)

Broadcast Info
Thursday, 1:35, MLBN
Saturday, 7:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
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Season Preview: NL West

Expectations: San Francisco’s payroll may top $130 million in order to pay for Brian Wilson’s beard dye.
Key Addition: OF Melky Cabrera (acquired from Kansas City)
Key Loss: SP Jonathan Sanchez (traded to Kansas City)
Projected Record: 93-69
Summary: The Giants are looking to get back on top of the National League after a disappointing 2011 campaign. The Giants went 86-76, missing the wild card by four games to the Cardinals, who won the World Series.

The Giants are hoping Madison Bumgarner fills in big as the number three pitcher after the Giants dealt Jonathan Sanchez for Melky Cabrera. They still have Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain at the front of their rotation, boasting one of the best pitching staffs in baseball.

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Spring Training: Phillies 7, Braves 7

Spring Training play has finally concluded for the Phillies, who head back home today.

Finishing with a 12-16 record (who’s really keeping track anyway?), the Phils tied with division rival Atlanta, 7-7, today.

Cliff Lee got the start, allowing a run on five hits and a walk while striking out one in four innings.

Joe Savery pitched two innings of one-run ball, including loading the bases in the 5th and getting out without any harm done.

Carlos Ruiz finished up his spring hitting .500 (22-44) with seven doubles, two homers, nine RBIs and striking out only once. He was 1-for-3 on the day.

The Phils will host the Pirates for a two-game “On Deck Series” before they head out to Pittsburgh for their regular season Opening Day series.

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