They hope Chad Billingsley can be that guy.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
They hope Chad Billingsley can be that guy.
After an offseason filled with transactions and intrigue, Spring Training is fast approaching. That means it's time for the unveiling of the latest MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
The annual preseason ranking of the Top 100 prospects in baseball will be revealed Friday, with the Top 50 being unveiled during a one-hour special on MLB Network and MLB.com beginning at 9 p.m. ET, and the entire list on MLB.com. The show, hosted by Greg Amsinger, will feature analysis from MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, as well as MLB Network analyst Bill Ripken.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced significant changes to their leadership on Wednesday afternoon. David Montgomery will rejoin the franchise as team chairman, not as team president, the role he had held since 1997.
Montgomery took a medical leave of absence in August following jaw bone cancer surgery in May. Pat Gillick replaced Montgomery as interim president, but the team removed the interim tag. Gillick said he will serve as president as long as ownership wants him. Bill Giles has moved from chairman to chairman emeritus.
The Philadelphia Phillies may not have had a deep inventory of Major League ready prospects to begin the season until they selected two good prospects in the Rule 5 Draft. The offseason could continue to see the club move veteran players for younger position players and pitchers.
Maikel Franco | 3B/1B | 6-foot-1, 180 pounds | No. 3
A right-handed power hitter from the Dominican Republic, he has moved up in the organization by showing consistent strength and an ability to drive in runs. In 2013, Franco hit 31 home runs playing for Class A Advanced Clearwater (16) and Double-A Reading (15). Last year, he hit 15 homers at Triple-A Lehigh Valley and his batting average fell against better competition. He's aggressive at the plate and doesn't walk quite enough. He can also play first base.
Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.
The top two players from the 2014 list of top shortstop prospects graduated: Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox and the Cubs' Javier Baez. So did the last two on that top 10: Luis Sardinas, then of the Rangers, and Chris Owings of the D-backs.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies are still talking to the Brewers and Blue Jays about a Jonathan Papelbon trade.
Two sources said on Tuesday evening that the talks are alive, although the seriousness of those discussions is unclear. Yahoo! Sports first reported Friday that the Phils and Brewers were in serious negotiations. FOXSports.com mentioned the Blue Jays' interest.
There's a good amount of subjectivity regarding baseball prospects. With the evaluation of talent being in the eye of the beholder, finding consensus is often difficult. Even Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLBPipeline.com don't always see eye to eye. They discuss their viewpoints regularly in a feature called Pipeline Perspectives. Submit a topic for them to debate.
The Florida Panhandle produced several notable speedsters for the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. The fastest of them all was Gulf Coast Community College outfielder Terrance Gore, who rode his quickness alone to a spot on the Royals' postseason roster last fall.
LAKEWOOD, N.J. -- Ken Giles lost his job this winter.
Giles said in September that he planned to spend much of his offseason working at an indoor baseball facility near his home in Peoria, Ariz. He said he hated sitting around the house in the offseason, so his weekday shifts kept him busy.
Third baseman Maikel Franco, the Phillies' No. 3 prospect, was one of the hottest hitters throughout the winter ball playoffs in his native Dominican Republic. Though he saw his hitting streak snapped at 13 games on Tuesday, Franco continued to be a driving force in the lineup for Gigantes del Cibao when the games mattered most.
Franco capped his playoff run Sunday in Game 8 of the Liga de Beisbol Domincano championship series against Estrellas de Oriente with a dominant effort, hitting two home runs and driving in seven runs as Cibao defeated Oriente, 12-5.
The Piano Man is returning to Citizens Bank Park.
Legendary musician Billy Joel will play his fourth concert at the Phillies' ballpark on Aug. 13, which marks the most by any live performer in the venue's history.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Voting for the 2015 Phillies Wall of Fame inductee is underway, and it will end at 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 6.
Fans can select their top three choices from a 12-man ballot. A first-place vote is worth five points, second place is three points and third place is one point. The top five fan consensus choices as determined by total points will serve as the official ballot for a special Wall of Fame selection committee that will choose this year's inductee.
LAKEWOOD, N.J. -- The expectations for the Phillies have flipped completely in one year.
They entered Spring Training a year ago still clinging to the belief they could make the postseason, which is why they sunk $16 million into now-departed starting pitcher A.J. Burnett as camp opened. They enter camp this spring still trying to trade veterans Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jonathan Papelbon, who would follow Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo out the door.
Ben Revere was more than happy to attend a St. Joseph's University basketball game on Saturday, and he was even excited to cheer. Just not, you know, as an actual cheerleader.
READING, Pa. -- If the Phillies do not trade Cole Hamels before Opening Day, they could have two aces on the block before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31.
Cliff Lee missed much of last season with an injured left elbow, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday that Lee has thrown three or four times off a mound recently without any issues. Amaro said the southpaw is expected to be ready to go when Spring Training opens next month.
Mere months ago, such a concept seemed preposterous, what with Hamels representing the greatest source of trade value for an organization in need of a rebuild and Howard publicly cited by his own general manager, Ruben Amaro, as a superfluous piece.
There is nothing imminent on the Cole Hamels front, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told MLB.com reporter Todd Zolecki on Tuesday night.
Speaking before the club's winter banquet, Amaro didn't write off the chances of a potential deal. But the GM said there's nothing on the horizon when it comes to moving the 31-year-old left-hander.
The Phillies have been actively shopping Ryan Howard this offseason, looking for someone to take on some of his remaining salary so they can open first base for someone else.
Many within and outside of the Phillies organization feel the 35-year-old Howard is done. But Phillies broadcaster Larry Andersen told MLB.com's Hot Stove he thinks Howard is capable of having a bounce-back season.
READING, Pa. -- Pat Gillick offered fans some much-needed candor in the fall when he said the Phillies would not contend again until 2017 or '18.
Gillick has not shortened his timetable.
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies center fielder Ben Revere was just a child growing up in Georgia when his family first began telling him stories about Martin Luther King Jr.
"I would always want to learn more," Revere said on Monday before speaking to a crowd and taking pictures with hundreds of people at The African American Museum in Center City.
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Revere will earn $4.1 million after making a base salary of $1.95 million in 2014. Brown, eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career, will earn $2.5 million after receiving $550,000 last year.
The finals in all four major Latin American winter leagues are almost set, and asteams battle for a spot in next month's Caribbean Series, several top prospects are playing key roles for their winter clubs.
The Phillies' offseason has been filled with speculation about Cole Hamels' future in Philadelphia, but it was a couple of other left-handed veterans that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. recently discussed.
Speaking to 97.5 The Fanatic, Amaro talked about a recent conversation he had with slugger Ryan Howard, who struggled in 2014.
Throughout their electric and memorable run in the Little League World Series, the Taney Dragons and their star pitcher Mo'ne Davis earned a lot of supporters within Major League Baseball. In August, the Dragons were honored at Citizens Bank Park in their hometown of Philadelphia.
And Davis, herself, has earned countless awards in the months since.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies added depth to their outfield mix on Friday, claiming Jordan Danks off waivers from the White Sox.
Danks is expected to compete for a backup role in Spring Training. He's primarily been a center fielder over three seasons in the Majors, but he is also capable of playing the corner-outfield positions.
With 2015 underway, it's time to look back at some memorable moments that will have anniversaries this year. Included is the Phillies' first pennant 100 years ago and a double-headed induction day in Cooperstown, N.Y., 20 years ago.
A moment as distant as 130 years ago and two as recent as 10 years ago are also remembered, along with the first Major League night game and the final game for one of baseball's legends -- both of which took place 80 years ago and involved the Phillies.
PHILADELPHIA -- J.P. Crawford has been the Phillies' shortstop of the future ever since he joined the organization as a first-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. The future seems a lot closer now that Jimmy Rollins is out of the picture.
Crawford, who turned 20 on Sunday, likely won't make his Major League debut for another two years. But the label of Rollins' heir apparent won't go away any time soon. He's fine with that, though.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have preached pitching and defense as their keys to success in the future, and the organization has added a number of talented pitching prospects over the past seven months to further its rebuilding effort.
Of the Phillies' top eight prospects, according to MLB.com, half are starting pitchers acquired since June.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies took a flier on Odubel Herrera in the Rule 5 Draft in December because they liked what he could bring to the outfield with his athleticism and offense.
Philadelphia could use some depth in the outfield in 2015 and beyond, and it's becoming clear why the organization felt it was worth taking a chance on the 23-year-old.
PHILADELPHIA -- The rebuilding Phillies have already traded the franchise leader in hits, their biggest power bat and a key member of the bullpen over the last five weeks.
Ryan Howard is not on that list, though.