Sunday, August 17, 2014

Prospect News

On Aug. 7th, the Phillies sent Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers for two players (A-level prospect) to be named later in a waiver trade. The Dodgers gave the Phillies a list of players to scout and the Phillies chose their first of two prospects: IF Jesmuel Valenti. He was (at the time of his selection) the Dodgers' 13th-best prospect. He plays primarily 2B but also SS and will report to Clearwater (the Phillies high-A affiliate). Amaro indicated that Valenti will play primarily 2B, but I think he should be made into a utility guy (1B, 2B, SS, 3B, OF) given that he may be blocked at 2B by Utley's contract potentially vesting thru 2017.

Amaro also indicated that more waiver deals are possible.

Other prospect news:
  • Biddle returned to AA mound Sat. but exits with strained quad... final line: L, 3.2 IP, 2 R...
  • Phillies release IronPigs P Jo-Jo Reyes (1-3, 10.45 ERA).
  • Dugan & Franco tearing up minors lately, may earn Sept. call-up.
Giants' series results: lost series 2-1.
  1. 5-3 comeback win in 10 innings
  2. Errors, ineffective pitching lead to Giants' come-from-behind, 6-5 victory
  3. Phillies score first, but Buchannan can't hold lead. Score: 5-2 Giants.
Phillies go 1-4 on CA trip; face Mariners at CBP. Pitching Match-ups:
  1. 7 PM 8/18: Elias vs. Williams
  2. 7 PM 8/19: Iwakuma vs. Burnett
  3. 1 PM 8/20: Paxton vs. Hamels

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