Prospect Report: Maikel Franco

Position: Third base Age: 20 Prospect Level: Mid-level prospect (10th according to BaseballAmerica.com) Team: Lakewood (Single-A). 2012 Minor League Stats:  Season in Review: Maikel Franco wasn’t on a lot of people’s radars this year despite being ranked in the Phillies top 10 prospects list. But the Dominican Republican native made a name for himself in Lakewood and … Continue reading Prospect Report: Maikel Franco

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Down on the Pharm: Pigs Dominating International League

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA) Record: 52-39 (1st in North Division) How the Team is Doing: Lehigh Valley went 4-4 this past week and won three out of five against the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Kevin Frandsen had a nice week as he hit .303 with 10 hits in 33 at-bats. The IronPigs are starting to get some … Continue reading Down on the Pharm: Pigs Dominating International League

Howard Looks Good In First Rehab Start

LAKEWOOD, NJ — Lost in the excitement of Chase Utley’s return in a Phillies uniform is the first big step taken by the Big Piece in Lakewood. Ryan Howard was good in his first start with the Single-A BlueClaws, driving in three runs in their 7-6 win over West Virginia. Howard went 2-for-4, driving in … Continue reading Howard Looks Good In First Rehab Start

Howard Begins Rehab Tonight

The good news keeps rolling in on the injury front for the Phillies. A day after Chase Utley’s triumphant return in which he homered and went 3-for-5, Ryan Howard will begin an official rehab assignment with low Single-A Lakewood. He will be the designated hitter. With Howard beginning an official rehab, he will be back … Continue reading Howard Begins Rehab Tonight

Down on the Pharm: Quality Pitching

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA) Record: 25-18 (3rd in North Division) How the Team is Doing: Lehigh Valley went 5-3 this past week and swept a four-game set against the Indianapolis Indians. Kevin Frandsen enjoyed a strong week at the plate as he hit .333 with an RBI. The IronPigs also saw one of their all-time fan … Continue reading Down on the Pharm: Quality Pitching

Down On the Pharm: A month into the season

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA) Record: 13-10 (3rd in North Division) How the Team is Doing: Lehigh Valley went 2-4 this past week and lost two of three games against Buffalo and Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Dave Bush and Raul Valdes picked up wins in those respective games. Catcher Erik Kratz hit his first two home runs of … Continue reading Down On the Pharm: A month into the season

Blanton, Kendrick activated

Starting pitcher Joe Blanton and starter/reliever Kyle Kendrick have both been activated, reported Todd Zolecki. Blanton was on the 60-day DL and was activated after one rehab appearance with the Single-A Lakewood Blueclaws. He was supposed to pitch today, said Matt Gelb, but the Phillie figured he would be of better use in their bull … Continue reading Blanton, Kendrick activated

Blanton looks strong in return

Matt Gelb tweeted that Joe Blanton made it through an inning of baseball alive tonight. Blanton, who is down in Single-A Lakewood, pitched a 1-2-3 inning while throwing 11 pitches. His ultimate goal is to make the Phillies post season roster as some extra bull pen help. Blanton will make his next rehab appearance in … Continue reading Blanton looks strong in return

Blanton may still pitch in 2011

He’s alive! Well this comes as fantastic news for those, including a handful of my friends, who love Joe Blanton. Blanton may be a bull pen option in the playoffs. I personally don’t want him to rush back, especially since he doesn’t really provide the Phillies with anything special in the pen. The Phillies are … Continue reading Blanton may still pitch in 2011