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

Phillies Catcher Prospect Joseph Heads Arizona Fall League List

With the offseason still young for the Phillies, today is the first day of the Arizona Fall League. Typically in this lead, teams send a handful of top prospects to work on their skills in the offseason. The Phillies will send seven players to the Peoria Javelinas, which is managed by Reading manager Dusty Wathan. … Continue reading Phillies Catcher Prospect Joseph Heads Arizona Fall League List

Phillies To Call Up Ruf Monday

PHILADELPHIA — Minor League phenom Darin Ruf will get his big call to the Majors. A week after manager Charlie Manuel said he would like to get a first-hand look at Ruf, the Phillies will call-up the 26-year-old slugger on Monday, according to Reading Eagle reporter Mike Drago. Ruf broke the Phillies single-season Double-A marks … Continue reading Phillies To Call Up Ruf Monday

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

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

Sandberg named Minor League Manager of the Year

Baseball America named Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg as the 2011 Minor League Manager of the year. Sandberg led the IronPigs to their first plus-.500 season and playoff berth in the franchise’s four-year existence. They came within two wins of winning the Commissioner’s Cup. Sandberg is considered by many to be a candidate for … Continue reading Sandberg named Minor League Manager of the Year

Post season ball in the minors

The main reason Ruben Amaro Jr. said that he was going to halt a bit on calling up some players in September was in order to not deplete his minor league team’s chances at a championship. That favor has helped the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in making the International League playoffs as the Wild Card team. … Continue reading Post season ball in the minors