Why Jimmy Rollins won’t be traded anytime soon

Jimmy Rollins probably isn’t going anywhere for the time being. (Jared Wickerham/ Getty Images Sport) Let’s travel back to July 28. The Phillies were shuffling to pack bags in Detroit, mercifully heading home after a mauling at the hands of the Tigers. Detroit swept the three-game set by a combined 24-5 score. The weekend featured Raul Valdes making a spot start and delivering an 85 mph fastball waist-high to Miguel…

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Will Pitchers Catch Up to Domonic Brown?

Domonic Brown was easily the most pleasant surprise for the Phillies throughout 2013. He finished with a .351 weighted on-base average, third-best on the team behind Chase Utley and Darin Ruf. He also finished with a .222 ISO, which left him in the top-20 among all Major League hitters. After years of fighting tooth and nail for playing time, he has finally secured a starting role for himself going forward….

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Grown Up From The Farm: Can Asche start at 3rd for the Phils in 2014?

http://wapc.mlb.com/shared/video/embed/embed.html?content_id=31283505&topic_id=8877464&width=400&height=224&property=mlb Todd Zolecki looks at this question and the answer may surprise you, Asche won’t make the cut for the 2014 team out of Spring Training, what do you think? Grown Up From The Farm: Can Asche start at 3rd for the Phils in 2014? Author: From Feed: http://www.fightinphillies.com/feeds/posts/default Powered by WPeMatico

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Phillies Offense Will Lack Speed Once Again

If you’re like me, one of the first things you did when Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections for the Phillies was posted on FanGraphs, you went right to wOBA and sorted high to low. You probably also glanced at ISO, strikeout and walk rates, and plate appearances for context. Like me, you probably also skipped over the stolen base projections. Base running is an often overlooked aspect of a player’s offensive…

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Longenhagen’s Scouting Report Index

Happy New Year, everyone. As 2014 begins I’d like to give you a little update on what’s coming from me here at Crashburn. First, I’ve compiled this new post which indexes all the scouting reports I’ve written for the site. It will be a helpful reference for anyone who’s looking to compare my thoughts to those of other publications of Phillies prospect opinion. There may even be a way to…

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Phillies Bullpen Has the Potential to be Great in 2014

Much has been made of closer Jonathan Papelbon — his age, the negative trends, some purported clubhouse issues, and the Phillies’ desire to trade him. And with good reason; Papelbon is owed between $26 and $39 million over the next two or three years, depending on if his 2016 option vests. The rest of the bullpen has been an afterthought, but it has the potential to be great in 2014….

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Hopefully there’s a third site out there somewhere that thinks they won it all last year

I’ll keep looking. The last post looked at the Baseball-Reference calculated WAR for the top two Phillie pitchers in recent years relative to the accumulated WAR for all pitchers on the team. In this post I’ve done the same using WAR data calculated by FanGraphs and the results are even less impressive. Using the FanGraphs data, you have to go back more than twenty years to find a year in…

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Deep impact

In 2013, the total WAR for Phillie pitchers as calculated by Baseball-Reference was 14.2. As I’ve pointed out before, the Phils had two elite pitchers in ’13 in Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee and that duo was backed by a slew of non-eliters. Hamels and Lee combined for 11.9 WAR, which is about 84% of the total WAR generated by Phillie pitchers. The 25 Phillie pitchers other than Hamels and…

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And it’s all your fault. Yes, you. Next you’ll probably ask Howard to hit lefties, and who knows what might happen then.

In a recent post I pointed out that Darin Ruf walked in 11.3% of his plate appearances in 2013, which was the best rate of any Phillie by a lot. But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about the guy who finished second in that category. Among the Phillies with at least 35 plate appearances in ’13, the second-best walk rate on the team belonged to…

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