Phillies DFA Jesse Biddle

The Philadelphia Phillies claimed a lefty reliever, and in the process released a former hometown first round draft pick. The release was of first round 2010 MLB Amateur Draft pick Jesse Biddle, a Philly native who was drafted out of Germantown Friends High School as the 27th overall selection. That was the same draft and […] Phillies DFA Jesse Biddle Author: Matt Veasey From Feed: http://thatballsouttahere.com/category/phillies/feed/ Powered by WPeMatico

January 29, 2016
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Phillies Claim LaFromboise, DFA Biddle

A bit of news from the Phillies as they continue working to finalize their spring roster in advance of pitchers and catchers reporting to camp (in less than three weeks!): #Phillies have claimed LHP Bobby LaFromboise off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. — Phillies (@Phillies) January 29, 2016 To make room for LaFromboise on the 40-man roster, LHP Jesse Biddle has been designated for assignment. — Phillies…

January 29, 2016
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Phillies Hire Former Google Analyst Andy Galdi

In an effort to bolster their analytics department, the Phillies have hired former Google analyst Andy Galdi. During the past three years, Galdi was a quantitative analyst for YouTube, which is owned by Google. He’ll now serve as the director of baseball research and development for the Phillies, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports. The Phillies started an analytics department in November 2013 with the hiring of Scott Freedman from Major League…

January 29, 2016
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2016 Preview: Ryan Howard

 As we move toward the 2016 season, let us take a look at each player on the roster and what a reasonably successful season would look like. We started with Aaron Nola. Our most recent entry was Jeremy Hellickson. Name: Ryan HowardPosition: PAge: 37 in NovemberBat/Throw: Left/LeftNumber: 6Experience: 1,460 games What we saw in 2015 We knew we’d have to get around to The Big Piece at some point. This…

January 28, 2016
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Phillies Search Google, Find New Analytics Guy

The Philadelphia Phillies today made another new hiring as the club continues to revamp its front office personnel. Under the guidance of a new club president, Andy MacPhail, the team hired a new general manager in Matt Klentak and a new assistant GM in Ned Rice. The club also promoted analytics department members Scott Freedman […] Phillies Search Google, Find New Analytics Guy Author: Matt Veasey From Feed: http://thatballsouttahere.com/category/phillies/feed/ Powered…

January 28, 2016
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Who Are You: Vincent Velasquez

This is part of an ongoing series profiling new members of the 2016 Phillies roster. Previous installments: Jeremy HellicksonPeter BourjosCharlie Morton Vincent Velasquez – RHPBorn: 6/7/92, entering age 24 seasonHeight: 6’3″, Weight: 205 lb.MiLB Career: 26-14, 3.28 ERA, 296.1 IP, 29.0 K%,  8.3 BB%2015 MLB: 1-1, 4.37 ERA, 55.2 IP, 25.1 K%, 9.1 BB%Contract Status: pre-arb; not arbitration eligible until 2019 at the earliest History If you’ve heard the hyperbolic…

January 28, 2016
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2016 preview: Jeremy Hellickson

 As we move toward the 2016 season, let us take a look at each player on the roster and what a reasonably successful season would look like. We started with Aaron Nola. Our most recent entry was Freddy Galvis. Name: Jeremy HellicksonPosition: P Age: 29 in AprilBat/Throw: Right/RightNumber: 58 in ArizonaExperience: 142 games What we saw in 2015  Hellickson didn’t play for the Phillies in 2015; he’s the first import…

January 27, 2016
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Phillies Sign Outfielder David Lough

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed another 2nd tier free agent to help improve their outfield depth. Former Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles outfielder David Lough, who turned 30 years old just last week, has been signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Lough was the Royals 11th round selection […] Phillies Sign Outfielder David Lough Author: Matt Veasey From Feed: http://thatballsouttahere.com/category/phillies/feed/ Powered by WPeMatico

January 26, 2016
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Projections, Arbitrary End Points, and Hope

For better and for worse, it’s projection season in baseball. Spring training has yet to begin, but rosters are gradually taking their final shape, or as close to the final shape as we’ll know before a single pitch is thrown. Consequently, computers are sorting through the past few seasons of statistical data and spitting out their best projections for what players will do in 2016. Roll those player projections in…

January 26, 2016
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Phillies Sign David Lough to a Minor League Deal

The Phillies announced yesterday the signing of outfielder David Lough to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The club’s outfield is essentially set already with Aaron Altherr and Odubel Herrera starting in left and center field, respectively, and Peter Bourjos tentatively slated to start in right field. Rule 5 pick Tyler Goeddel would serve off the bench and both Cody Asche and Darin Ruf have experience…

January 26, 2016
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