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Winter Meetings: Day 2 (Reyes, Sherrill and Others)

reyes 2.jpgRuben Amaro Jr. reiterated today he does not expect the Phillies to make any moves before the conclusion of the Winter Meetings, which end Thursday morning with the Rule 5 Draft.

“That’s subject to change,” he cautioned.

The Phillies were in discussions about a contract with left-hander Dennys Reyes. A source said tonight a deal was not imminent, although reports from St. Louis said Reyes was headed to Philadelphia. A second source said the Phillies and Reyes’ agent had exchanged contract figures last week and met again today. The source also indicated nothing was imminent.

Reyes went 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 59 appearances last season with the St. Louis Cardinals. Interestingly, left-handers hit .307 against him last season, while right-handers hit .177, although he has been better in his career against left-handers (.238) than right-handers (.279).

But while the Phillies have interest in Reyes, they also have interest in other relief pitchers. That includes left-hander George Sherrill, who went 2-2 with a 6.69 ERA in 65 appearances last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Phillies have liked Sherrill in the past and think he could rebound. The Phillies also met today with right-hander Chad Durbin‘s agent. The Phillies have indicated they remain interested in bringing him back.

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Fourteen Players Re-Assigned to Minor League Camp

The Phillies re-assigned 14 players to Minor League camp today:

Pitchers: Phillippe Aumont, Yohan Flande, Scott Mathieson, Drew Naylor, J.C. Ramirez, Jesus Sanchez, Joe Savery and Bill White.

Catchers: Tuffy Gosewisch, Kevin Nelson and John Suomi.

Infielders: Freddy Galvis.

Outfielders: Quintin Berry and Tyson Gillies.

Some people thought Mathieson might have a chance to win a job in the bullpen, but Ruben Amaro Jr., Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee stressed early in camp that Mathieson needed innings, and needed to work on his secondary pitches. He’ll get that opportunity in the Minors. But I still think the Phillies could have Mathieson on their roster this season, if he shows enough improvement. They still love his arm.

Aumont, Gillies and Ramirez came to the Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade, but none of them had any illusions about making the club. Aumont heads to Minor League camp working on a new/old delivery. Gillies heads to Minor League camp trying to slow things down at the plate.

“I’m leaving on a good note,” Aumont said. “I got some experience. I’ll go down there, get that pitch count up and get my arm ready for the season. I’m actually excited about it. It was all at once (the new delivery). It was kind of shaky a little bit at the beginning, but I guess that’s why the Minor Leagues are there.”

“It was a great experience for me,” Gillies said. “Being able to see the way these superstars go about their business was really exciting, watching how they prepare every day, seeing their daily routines. I learned the things I need to be successful, and where consistency starts. Charlie told me the things I need to work on, slowing things down. Slower. Slower when I’m hitting. He wants me to be slow with the feet, and quick with the hands. Basically just stay back a little bit more. Keep my hands and everything back and try not to lunge at everything. Let the ball come to me.”

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Howard Hits 200, More on Halladay


howard 0717.jpgRyan Howard
 last night became the fastest player in baseball history to hit 200 home runs.

He already ranks eighth on the Phillies’ all-time list:

  1. Mike Schmidt, 548.
  2. Del Ennis, 259.
  3. Pat Burrell, 251.
  4. Chuck Klein, 243.
  5. Greg Luzinski, 223.
  6. Cy Williams, 217.
  7. Dick Allen, 204.
  8. Howard, 200.

But where will Howard end up? The Bill James Handbook 2009 projects players’ career numbers. It gives Howard a 32 percent chance to hit 600 homers, a 16 percent chance to hit 700 homers, a 9 percent chance to hit 762 homers and a 5 percent chance to hit 800 homers.

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The Phillies remain a leading candidate for Roy Halladay. Blue Jays scouts are everywhere these days, but they are especially scouring the Phillies’ Minor League system. If there wasn’t the potential for something to happen, the Blue Jays wouldn’t be there. Of course, keep in mind Halladay said earlier this week he considers his chances to be traded no better than 50 percent. But the Phillies are very much in this game, just like they were last year with CC Sabathia.

The Red Sox could put together a nice package for Halladay, but the Blue Jays seem unlikely to trade him within their division. Other than the Red Sox, the Phillies are one of the very few teams that can put together a package for him. If Halladay gets traded, I expect the Phillies to be right there at the end.

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The Phillies activated right-hander Clay Condrey from the 15-day DL. They designated right-hander Tyler Walker for assignment.

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Outfielder Michael Taylor, who Baseball America ranks the 23rd best prospect in the country, has been promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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A top scout from another team said Sunday he considered right-hander Kyle Drabek, who Baseball America ranks the 24th best prospect in the country, to be the best pitcher at the All-Star Futures Game. He wasn’t terribly impressed with left-hander Yohan Flande, who also pitched. Flane is 0-1 with a 7.07 ERA in three starts for Double-A Reading since he went 7-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 13 starts for Single-A Clearwater.

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Hamels' Grips

Cole Hamels is featured in the July/August issue of Men’s Health.

The magazine had Hamels show the grips for his three pitches: fastball, changeup and curveball. Alan Nathan, a professor of physics at the University of Illinois, explained how they work.


fastball.jpgThe Four-Seam Fastball

“If your fingers are symmetrical and perpendicular to the top seam, you’ll release the ball with maximum backspin,” Nathan says. The resulting upward force opposes the downward pull of gravity.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Circle Changeup
Grip the top with the lengths, not the tips, of your last three fingers. “The ball will rest farther back in your palm, which will slow the pitch,” Nathan says. Slower pitches magnify the effects of spin, caused here by the slight tilt of the thumb-and- forefinger circle.

 

 

 

 

 



0907-curveball-200x200.jpgThe Curve Ball

To prime your pitch for this classic trick, squeeze the length of the top seam with your middle finger and place your index finger slightly behind it. “Your fingers will release the ball with top spin, causing it to drop as it approaches the strike zone,” Nathan says.

 

 

 

 

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Right-hander Kyle Drabek and left-hander Yohan Flande will represent the Phillies next month in the Futures All-Star Game in St. Louis.

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