A big reason the Phillies won the 2008 World Series was the steady stream of homegrown talent that funneled from the Minor Leagues to the 25-man roster from 2000 to '07. Perhaps helps is on the way. MLBPipeline.com ranked three Phillies among baseball's Top 100 Prospects list, which was unveiled Friday night.
The Phillies need to protect themselves in the starting rotation in the event somebody is injured or they trade Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee or both. They hope Chad Billingsley can be that guy. The team announced Thursday night it signed Billingsley, 30, to a one-year, $1.5 million contract, which includes performance bonuses.
Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which Phillies prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including infielder Maikel Franco and left-hander Jesse Biddle, ranked No. 3 and No. 7 by MLB.com.
The Phillies announced significant changes to their leadership 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 said the interim tag has been removed
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.
Talks between the Phillies, Blue Jays and Brewers regarding a Jonathan Papelbon trade continue, although the seriousness of those discussions is unclear.
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. The best player among the Panhandle speed demons, however, is the Phillies' Roman Quinn.
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. But his brother Josh, who is his boss, told him they did not have enough hours for him.
Phillies No. 3 prospect Maikel 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.
Voting for the 2015 Phillies Wall of Fame inductee is underway, and it will end on Feb. 6. Nominees include outfielder Pat Burrell, pitcher Larry Christenson, manager Jim Fregosi, reliever Gene Garber, outfielder Tony Gonzalez, closer Jim Konstanty, first baseman Fred Luderus, reliever Ron Reed, coach Mike Ryan, third baseman Pinky Whitney, catcher-manager Jim Wilson and pitcher Rick Wise.
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.
With fewer strong personalities like Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and A.J. Burnett on what is now a much younger Phillies roster, manager Ryne Sandberg said he expects a changed culture in the clubhouse.
At the moment, it is entirely possible -- perhaps even likely -- that the Philadelphia Phillies will have both Cole Hamels and Ryan Howard on their Opening Day roster. Mere months ago, such a concept seemed preposterous.
Speaking before the Phillies' winter banquet, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. didn't write off the chances of a potential deal involving Cole Hamels. But the GM also said there's nothing imminent.
Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee, who missed much of last season with an injured left elbow, has thrown off a mound recently without issue and is expected to be ready for Spring Training. If the veteran bounces back this year, he will be a valuable chip at the non-waiver Trade Deadline in July.
Interim president 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.
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.
Phillies outfielder Ben Revere was raised in Atlanta and was taught the importance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy from an early age. He visited Dr. King's home and grave site in Atlanta, an experience that left a lasting impression.
The finals in all four major Latin American winter leagues are almost all set and even as teams battle for a spot in next month's Caribbean Series, several top prospects continue to play key roles for their winter clubs.
Speaking to 97.5 The Fanatic, Philles GM Ruben Amaro Jr. talked about a recent conversation he had with slugger Ryan Howard, who struggled in 2014. "We talked to Ryan, and I told him that in our situation, it would probably be better for the organization not with him, but without him.
The Phillies agreed to terms with outfielders Ben Revere and Domonic Brown on one-year contracts Friday, avoiding salary arbitration hearings for 2015.
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.
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 Draft. The future seems a lot closer now that Jimmy Rollins is out of the picture.
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.
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. The Phillies 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.
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.
The Phillies, who continue to add pitching depth to all levels of the organization this offseason, have signed reliever Jeanmar Gomez to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the club announced on Monday.
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 Top 100 Prospects list. The Top 50 will be unveiled during a one-hour special on MLB Network and MLB.com beginning at 9 p.m. ET, and the entire list will be available on MLB.com.
The playoffs in winter leagues throughout Latin America are in full swing and the championship matchups in some countries will soon be determined. Even as teams battle for trophies, many prospects continue to play key roles for their winter teams.