First Prospect from Hamels Trade to Make Phillies Debut

Jerad Eickhoff | Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Jerad Eickhoff | Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Phillies will are about to put to the test one of the prospects they received in the Cole Hamels deal.

Pitcher Jerad Eickhoff will make his Phillies debut tonight against the Miami Marlins.

Eickhoff came to the Phillies on July 31st, the MLB trade deadline, when the Hamels deal that was originally struck on July 29th was made official. Since then, he has a 2-1 record with a strong 2.49 ERA for the Triple-A IronPigs. He is ranked as the Phillies’ 15th-best prospect. Read more »

Meet the New Phillies Prospects

Photos via USA Today Sports Images and Twitter

Photos via USA Today Sports Images and Twitter

Last week, just ahead of the July 31st Major League Baseball trade deadline, the Phillies made some moves to shore up their farm system. The big haul, of course, came in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman, but trades sending Jonathan Papelbon and Ben Revere to Washington and Toronto, respectively, also added potentially useful pieces to the Phillies minor league system.

That’s good and all, especially when the fifth-place Phillies are rebuilding for the future, but prospects are just that: prospects. They are full of potential, but the overwhelming majority don’t end up in All-Star Games, if they even make it to the show.

We know who the Phillies are getting — catcher Jorge Alfaro, pitcher Jake Thompson, and outfielder Nick Willams are the major pieces from the Hamels deal. Now the question is, what are the Phillies getting? Where will these players fit into the Phillies’ bigger plans, and how limitless, or limited, is their potential?

Here, we break down what the major baseball scouting outlets are saying about each fresh face on the Phillies Pharm. Read more »

Haverford College’s “Unlikely Pipeline” to Major League Baseball

Tommy Bergjan, No. 15, pitches for Haverford. He is the only current baseball player to come out of Haverford, which has also given Major League Baseball many of its executives, scouts, and employees in other roles, per the New York Times. Photo| David Sinclair

Tommy Bergjans pitching for Haverford. He is the only current pro baseball player in the major league system to have come out of Haverford, which has also given Major League Baseball many of its executives, scouts, and employees in other roles, per the New York Times. Photo| David Sinclair

When you think baseball, you think … Haverford College, right? That tiny little Quaker liberal arts bastion out on the Main Line?

Well, it turns out you should, according to the New York Times. It has a story about the school serving as an “unlikely pipeline” to the Major Leagues despite the fact it’s an NCAA Division 3 school and can’t grant athletic scholarships.

What it does have is alums peppered throughout the baseball world, including the Dodgers’ senior vice president for baseball management, the COO of Major League Baseball, the assistant general manager of the Rangers, and “two of the most influential sports agents in history,” according to the Times. The paper estimates that in total, 15 to 20 Haverford grads have prominent jobs as “front-office executives, agents and talent evaluators.” Read more »

Phillies Push Back Cole Hamels’ Next Start

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels. Photo | Eileen Blass-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels. Photo | Eileen Blass-USA TODAY Sports

Rumors about where Cole Hamels might end up are only intensifying as Friday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline approaches. Yesterday, we told you that the Rangers and Dodgers were the frontrunners in the chase for the Phillies ace. Today, there are new developments. Read more »

Today in Cole Hamels Trade Rumors

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels and center fielder Odubel Herrera celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs 5-0 at Wrigley Field. Photo | Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels and center fielder Odubel Herrera celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs 5-0 at Wrigley Field. Photo | Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

As the Major League Baseball trade deadline approaches on July 31st, there is increasing speculation among media and the fans as to which players will wear a different uniform come August 1st. This past week alone, several teams have sprung deals sending impactful players to playoff contenders — most recently, the Toronto Blue Jays are said to have acquired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies in exchange for shortstop José Reyes and prospects.

But so far, nothing has happened in the Cole Hamels derby. Just three days in advance of Friday’s 4:00 p.m. trade deadline, rumors are zipping through the Twittersphere and the ether, all revolving around Hamels’ future destination, if there is one. Here are what some sources have to say: Read more »

Have You Noticed? Phillies Playing Better (But Still Very Bad)

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels and center fielder Odubel Herrera celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs 5-0 at Wrigley Field. Photo | Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels and center fielder Odubel Herrera celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs 5-0 at Wrigley Field. Photo | Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Seen through the eyes of a New York Mets fan (yep, I’m one of those), the Phillies owe the Mets some wins, wins they stole so brazenly at the end of the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Now, stuck in last place in the National League East, the Phillies are doing their part to help the Mets’ postseason odds by defeating other teams in the hunt for October, namely the upstart Chicago Cubs. Read more »

Cole Hamels Throws a No-Hitter: Social Media Reaction

Cole Hamels waves to fans during batting practice before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park on July 22nd.

Cole Hamels waves to fans during batting practice before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park on July 22nd.

If that was the last time Cole Hamels pitched for the Phillies, it was a hell of a way to go out.

The longtime Phillies pitcher — the 2008 World Series MVP — has been on the trade block all season long. On Saturday afternoon, he pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs, winning the game 5-0. It was the 13th no-hitter in team history.

Oh, and he hit a double to help his own cause.

Phillies fans — who have suffered mightily this awful season — celebrated on social media. (And they speculated about the future, too.) Read more »

What They’re Saying About Aaron Nola

Jul 20, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola (27) before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola (27) before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

He lost the game. But he gave up just one run. But that one run was a home run given up to the other team’s pitcher.

Aaron Nola’s Tuesday night debut for the Phillies — and all the hopes for the future he represents in an otherwise-lost season — was a slightly mixed bag (he lost 1-0) but it gave many observers more reasons for optimism than pessimism about the team’s future.

Here’s what they’re saying: Read more »

10 Things to Know About (Aaron) Nola

Lehigh Valley IronPigs pitcher Aaron Nola (10) delivers a pitch during a game against the Rochester Red Wings on July 4, 2015. Lehigh Valley defeated Rochester 4-3.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs pitcher Aaron Nola (10) delivers a pitch during a game against the Rochester Red Wings on July 4, 2015. Lehigh Valley defeated Rochester 4-3.

Tonight’s the night, Phillies fans.

In what could be the best night for the Phillies in recent memory, their second-ranked prospect — and highest-ranked pitching prospect — Aaron Nola will leave the bullpen, step on the mound, toe the rubber, wind up and throw his first pitches in the big leagues against the Tampa Bay Rays. (He pitches tonight at 7:05 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park.) Read more »

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