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Pig Report: Justin De Fratus

RHP Justin De Fratus (Photo by John Russo/Team to Beat)

RHP Justin De Fratus (Photo by John Russo/Team to Beat)

Position: Relief pitcher
Age: 25
Prospect Level: Major league pitcher.
2012 Major League Stats: 13 games , 0-0, 3.38 ERA, 10.2 IP, 8 K.
2012 Minor League Stats: 17 games, 0-1, 2.49 ERA, 21,2 IP, 22 K.

Season in Review: Right-hander Justin De Fratus was supposed to be an important piece in the 2012 Phillies bullpen but a thumb injury sidelined him for much of the season.

DeFratus spent the month of August playing with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. In 17 games, the California native went 0-1 with a 2.49 ERA.

The right-hander only gave up six earned runs in his 21.2 innings in Lehigh Valley. He also converted three save attempts.

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Diekman, De Fratus Join Phillies

RHP Justin De Fratus (Photo by John Russo/Team to Beat)

ATLANTA — Lehigh Valley’s season is officially over, and that leaves the Phillies with a handful of young arms and positon players for the remaining month of the season.

Jake Diekman, who had an earlier stint with the Phillies this season, was recalled Saturday afternoon.

In 23 appearances, Diekman posted a 4.64 ERA. He started pitching incredibly well for the Phillies but the left-handed side-armer ran hit a wall and found himself with the inability to find the strike zone.

As a result of that, Diekman walked 17 batters in 21 1/3 innings, affecting his WHIP which stands at a 1.594 as well as his 6.3 BB/9.

The other arm being called up was Justin De Fratus, who the Phillies selected this morning.

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Rosters Expand; Schierholtz Activated From DL

ATLANTA — The rosters all around baseball expanded to 40 today.

With that, the Phillies made their first move of the final month, activating outfielder Nate Schierholtz from the 15-day DL. With Schierholtz’s activation, no one has to be sent back down in his place.

In the coming weeks that won’t be the only player to be added to the roster. Expect a few prospects and returning pitchers to make appearances for the remaining 30 games.

That list includes pitchers Joe Savery, Michael Schwimer and possibly Justin De Fratus and a first-look at J.C. Ramirez. As far as position players, Jason Pridie and Pete Orr could make it back to the Majors.


Phillies sign veteran Willis

Las season, Dontrelle Willis held lefties to a .127 average with a .369 OPS against with a 20-2 K/BB ratio. (Jeffrey Phelps / Associated Press)

It has been confirmed by Matt Gelb that Dontrelle Willis has signed a one-year deal with the Phillies.

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick first reported that the Philadelphia were close to a one-year, $1 million-plus deal (including incentives) with the left-hander pending a physical. Willis will be 30 in January.

The speculation started last night when Shane Victorino tweeted to Willis, “welcome to town homie.”

Willis is by far the most interesting signing of the off season. He could easily be a very effective LOOGY specialist, but that’s a role that Willis has never taken up before in his nine-year career.

The former Rookie of the Year made 13 appearances last season, all of them as a starter. And in 205 career games, 202 of them are starts.

Granted Willis posted a 5.00 ERA in 75 2/3 innings pitched last season with Cincinatti, it’s his splits against the left-handed hitting crowd that impressed the Phillies the most.

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Rookies, post season roster and contracts discussed today

A lot was discussed this past hour about the post season roster and beyond.

This includes the fate of the Phillies September call-ups, the size of the post season roster and a few off season moves.

Relivers Joe Savery and Justin De Fratus will go to Clearwater when playoffs begin to keep throwing just in case. They will be joined by Domonic Brown, who will not be an option for the post season roster.

Reliever Michael Schwimer and outfield Brandon Moss will be sent home at the end of the regular season.

In regards to the post season roster, the Phils ar flirting with the idea of carrying 11 pitchers. That will include the four starters, Ryan Madson, Antonio Bastardo, Brad Lidge, Michael Stutes and Vance Worley. Kyle Kendrick, Joe Blanton and David Herndon will battle for the 10th and optional 11th pitching spot.

By carrying 14 hitters, they will have eight starters, a back-up catcher and five bench players for hitting, running and fielding.

And in some future news, the Phillies have extended contract offers to every single coaching position for next season. A 99-win season would do that.

On a night the Braves lose, Phils fail to clinch

The Phillies magic number has dropped to one game, but it was not by way of victory.

The Mets did their job, beating the Atlanta Braves, but the Phils failed to beat St. Louis and clinch the division. With their magic number now at one for the division and two for homefield, the Phils lost to the Cards, 4-2 in 11 innings.

In the top of the 11th, Tyler Greene hit a two-run double to give St. Louis the 4-2 lead off Michael Schwimer, who was a day removed from his first career win.

Vance Worley got the start, allowing a run on six hits and three walks while striking out five. The bull pen went four scoreless before Schwimer’s poor 11th inning.

2B: Polanco (13), Mayberry (16), Howard (29).

WP: McClellan (11-7). LP: Schwimer (1-1). S: Salas (24).


PIG WATCH — The Lehigh Valley IronPigs have lost in the Governor’s Cup to the Columbus Clippers, 4-1. The Phils recalled P Justin DeFratus and OF Dom Brown as well as C Erik Kratz, LHP Joe Savery and OF Brandon Moss. Also, manager Ryne Sandberg will wear a Phils uniform the rest of the season.

BMac: Phillies Prospects Poster: Get Yours Today!

Brian McCollum is an administrator at TTB as well as running his own Phillies blog, “Holly KK! It’s the Phils.” Featured today is a post and some PhotoShop skills by McCollum on his blog that he is sharing with TTB.

This limited edition print features 3 Phillies prospects that could be future Phils in the near future. You can follow all three on twitter. On the left is (@Trevmay54) in the middle/center is (@JarredCosart) and on the left is (@JustinDeFratus). Under each player is their name. These pitchers could be the next group of prospects to strike it big in the majors!

I retract my earlier statement about “you can” follow these three on twitter. You SHOULD follow these three on twitter. While I am never one to tell people they have to follow someone… but these guys are cool prospects in the Phillies organization. Not only that, they interact with the fans on twitter. Moreover, they seem like very cool guys to meet in person. Now I’m not saying you have to make these three the next Lady GaGa, Dali Lama, or Oprah but at least give them a follow. They have the best job in the world: they get to play baseball for a living.

So without further adieu, I present the “Stockpile on Pattison” Poster:

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