Kingery’s return came sooner than thought

Man, the Phillies could sure use the 2019 version of Scott Kingery right about now. With Jean Segura on the IL for 10 to 12 weeks with a fractured finger that required surgery and a resurgent Nick Maton also landing on the IL with a shoulder sprain suffered while making a diving defensive play, the […]

No, the Lehigh Valley mound is not illegal

After the first couple games of the recent home series against Buffalo, several Bisons’ relievers walked to the bullpen to the dugout and inspected the mound at Coca-Cola Park. They glanced suspiciously at the mound as the grounds crew went through their postgame routine. It turns out that the rumor was that the mound was […]

Hennigan is hitting his stride

This season brought left-hander Jonathan Hennigan to Triple-A for the first time in his career. In each of his first two outings, the 27-year old struggled, allowing four earned runs in 1 2/3 innings, resulting in a 21.60 ERA. A main issue was control as Hennigan walked four with no strikeouts. Since then, Hennigan has […]

Enforcement of new, expanded MiLB rules is underway

The well publicized use of the minors to test out potential rule and technology changes for baseball has been in place for a while now, but official enforcement begins today. Teams were given the first ten days – nine games – to adjust to the rules until they would really be enforced at various levels […]

New philosophy taking shape in Phils farm system – part two

In part one of the series, we looked at the more subtle off the field changes that the Phillies new farm director, Preston Mattingly, has made in the minor league system. In this part, we take a look at the things you will see on the field, throughout every level of the minors. At Lehigh […]

New philosophy taking shape in Phils farm system – part one

When Preston Mattingly was hired away from the San Diego Padres to be the Phillies director of minor league operations, he came in with a new approach that had not been seen in the organization. Now that the minor league season is underway, fans can see some of the changes on the field, while others […]

The strange case of second base

In the immortal words of David Bowie: “Ch-ch-ch-ch changes, turn and face the strange. Ch-ch changes.” Somewhere in some plush New York office, Major League Baseball has someone sitting all alone with plenty of time to think. Out of these thoughts, MLB expects to get some ideas. So, in order to justify their salary, this […]

Scouting Report: Simon Muzziotti

Simon Muzziotti is the likely choice to replace outfielder Mickey Moniak on the Phillies 28-man roster barring the signing of a free agent or a deal to acquire a player with more experience. The spot opened up because of a hand injury to Moniak, who likely would have been the Opening Day center fielder when […]