Player Notebook: Ben Lively


HEIGHT: 6′ 4″, WEIGHT: 190 pounds

BORN: March 5, 1992 (Pensacola, FL)

ACQUIRED: In a trade with Cincinnati for OF Marlon Byrd on 12/31/14

TWITTER: @BenLively19

CONTRACT STATUS: Eligible for arbitration following the 2020 season and for free agency following the 2023 season.

2017 – $535-thousand (pro-rated)

2017 SEASON: Came into the season ranked as the fifth best prospect in the Phillies organization by Philly Baseball Insider…. Made 16 starts for Lehigh Valley (7-5, 3.15)… Recalled twice by the Phillies (April 19 and May 14) but didn’t make his major league debut until being recalled again on June 3rd when he started against San Francisco (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K)… Made 13 starts with the Phillies (3-6, 3.94)… Pitched a career-high eight innings against Washington on September 10.

2016 SEASON: Was ranked as the 22nd best prospect in the Phillies organization by Philly Baseball Insider… Began the season with Reading and won five consecutive starts between April 29th and May 22nd before being promoted to Lehigh Valley on May 26th… Was named the Phillies minor league Pitcher of the Month for April (3-0, 1.55 ERA, 29 IP, 6 BB, 30 K)… Led the International League in WHIP (0.93) and OPP AVG (.196) and tied for first in wins (11). finished second in ERA (3.06)… Went 5-1, 1.93 in six August starts… Led all minor league pitchers in wins (18), which were the most by a minor league pitcher since 2008, when Jhoulys Chacin won 18… Started Game One of the Governor’s Cup Finals vs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and allowed two earned runs over 7 2/3 IP… Named the Paul Owens Award winner as the best pitcher in the Phillies minor league system.

2015 SEASON: Was ranked as the sixth best prospect in the Phillies organization by Philly Baseball Insider… Spent the entire season with Reading and ranked eighth in the EL in strikeouts (111)… Tied for first among Phillies minor leaguers in starts (25) and tied for second in innings (143 2/3)… Was on the seven-day DL (right shoulder strain) from August 12-26.

2014 SEASON: Pitched in both A and AA-ball for Cincinnati… Named Cincinnati’s Minor League Player of the Year (13-7, 3.04) and led all Cincinnati minor leaguers with 171 strikeouts, which also tied him for second in all of minor league baseball…Started the season with a 30 inning scoreless streak… Hit his first professional home run on August 19th at Jacksonville.

2013 SEASON: Made his pro debut with Billings (rookie level)… Named a Pioneer League All-Star… Promoted to Low-A Dayton on August 27th… Following the season, was named the ninth best prospect in the Reds organization by Baseball America.

DID YOU KNOW?… Ben played baseball, football and basketball at Gulf Breeze High School in Florida.


Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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