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  • The Phillies starting five is becoming thinner as Spring Training goes on. With little over two weeks remaining until opening day, the Phillies may need to make one more pivotal move. Helping to take the newly reinforced Phillies team into the 2019 season. Therefore, bringing the Phillies to the possible pursuit of Gio Gonzalez. Starting pitcher depth Opening day starter Aaron Nola will lead the Phillies as the ace. Nine-year veteran Jake Arrieta will follow Nola as the number two in the rotation. Posting a record of 10-11 with a 3.96 era in 2018. As a result, Arrieta will look to return more towards his career average era of 3.62. To fill out the rotation the Phillies have a lot of youth, talent, and what’s been more obvious inconsistency. Nick Pivetta (26), Zach Eflin (24), and Vince Velasquez (26) are the next three in order on the Phillies depth chart. After pitching in 33 games in 2018, Pivetta has had a strong spring training coming into his third Major League season. Furthermore, after his first two starts, this Spring Training Pivetta has an impressive 2.84 era in a bid to lock up the number three spot in the rotation. Eflin is the only pitcher out of the three who posted a winning record in 2018 at 11-8. Along with Pivetta, Eflin also has posted solid numbers in his first two starts this spring with a 1.59 era. Unfortunately, Velasquez is again trending in the wrong direction. The super athletic pitcher got his second start of the spring on March 11th inflating his era to 18.00. After Velasquez, the Phillies have extremely young and inexperienced pitchers at the Major League level. Jerad Eickhoff in four seasons has pitched in only 68 total games. Injuries have plagued him and his pursuit to...
  • With the 2019 Major League Baseball season approaching this month roster moves and position battles are heating up. Scott Kingery finds himself in the middle of not one but two position battles. Also the possibility of being a super-utility man being the Phillies silent weapon. Position battles Rhys Hoskins will have a full-time position at first base. And newly acquired shortstop Jean Segura will be the infield captain. The two positions tentatively up for grabs are third base and second base. As for any sport in the preseason, competition brings out the best in all athletes. Last year coming into the 2018 spring training Kingery was ranked as the Phillies number two prospect. Phillies also took the incentive to lock Kingery up with a six-year, $24 million contract. In Kingery’s first full season on the Phillies roster in 2018 didn’t go as he hoped. He remained the starting shortstop up until the trading deadline when the Phillies acquired Asdrubal Cabrera. Unfortunately, Kingery was one of the worst hitters in the league. After a winter to help clear his mind and refresh Kingery has come into Spring Training with a purpose. Through his first 17 at-bats, Kingery has hit .294/.368/.471. Although it is “only” spring training this is great news for Gabe Kapler and the Phillies who are already invested. The Phillies silent weapon Kingery gives the Phillies versatility with his ability to play multiple positions including 2B, SS, 3B, and the OF. If Kapler uses him as the teams’ super-utility man. This gives Franco, Segura, and Hernandez days off with a quality replacement also keeping Kingery in the lineup most days. With a solid 2019 spring training from Kingery, the pressure would be getting him in the lineup every day. The Phillies are in need of on-base percentage for the...
  • February 21, 2019

    Face of the Phillies Franchise

    The face of the Phillies franchise has been missing since being represented by Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Cole Hamels. Over the “rebuilding” years the Phillies have turned expiring contracts and end of their prime players into young and upcoming stars. As a fan favorite, Rhys Hoskins has embraced the role. Over the offseason, Rhys has been representing the Phillies during charity events, meetings with Phillies prospects, 76ers’ games, and Eagles games. Giving the franchise a stable and liked representation. Bash Brother Hoskins Hoskins was born in Sacramento, CA in 1993. He was eventually drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 June amateur draft by the Phillies. He got to work, establishing his talent and promise in the minor leagues averaging .287/.375/.532 in four seasons along with a total of 93 Home Runs. Hoskins and Dylan Cozens became teammates for the AA affiliate Reading Fightin Phils. Both of the power hitters in the same lineup quickly got labeled as the “Bash Brothers”. And for the right reasons, the duo hit 78 home runs and 241 RBIs in the 2016 season alone. The teammates also got named CoMVPs for Reading. Hoskins was able to be a leader on and off the field catapulting his own career. His final step before the big show in Philadelphia lasted 115 games in AAA Lehigh Valley. Hitting .284/.385/.581 for Lehigh Valley. Finally, Hoskins got the call he was looking for, getting his MLB debut on August 10, 2017. Rhys Lightning The Phillies embraced him representing the team on his arrival. Even going as far as creating “The Rhys Lightning Ticket Bundle” for September 15-17, 2017. All participants got a Scoreboard porch ticket plus a Rhys Lightning T-shirt for a total of $17. (Also Hoskins’ jersey number). The Rhys lighting nickname might not stick with...
  • February 15, 2019

    Harper(less) Phillies Outfield

    Harper(less) Phillies outfield continues Bryce Harper rumors have been circulating across the country this winter. So far most of the rumors led to false hope. Phillies and other teams in on the Harper sweepstakes have to now shift their focus to spring training. A Harper(less) Phillies outfield brings a lot of concern to the lineup. The possibilities of Harper, Manny Machado, along with many other available free agents still exist. But until anything else develops the Phillies have a Major League team to try and win the division or maybe even take a step towards developing a World Series roster. When Gabe Kapler was hired as the 54th manager in Phillies history, the Phillies made it clear for their new direction with analytics. Spring training for the Phillies is just around the corner. Aaron Nola and Rhys Hoskins along with many other Phillies players are in Clearwater, FL prior to their mandatory camp opener. The stage is being set for the boys of summer. But for the Phillies’ obvious voids in their lineup still exist as they did in 2018, with little to no questions answered by the Phillies front office during the offseason so far. Kapler’s rough transition as manager One of the biggest attractions the Phillies had with Kapler is analytics. He brought a dimension to the Phillies they desired. This fairy tale story didn’t last long. Kapler pulled the Phillies ace Aaron Nola after just 68 pitches and not allowing a run in 5 1/3 innings with a 5-0 lead in the 2018 season opener. Kapler managed with Defensive shifts, pitching match-ups, and other moves to give the Phillies the extra advantage. He also called reliever Holby Milner into a game without throwing a warmup pitch. The transition was rough but somehow the team collectively battled their...