The Future Phillies Report takes on a different look as September approaches. So many of the key players we've focused on this season — Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Nick Pivetta, Jesen Therrien — are now firmly entrenched with the big-league club. At Triple A, Lehigh Valley's lineup has taken some hits as the aforementioned position players have been promoted, which was a reason Carlos Tocci was promoted to the IronPigs last week. Sunday saw another interesting development with J.P. Crawford making his first start in the Phillies' organization at a defensive position other than shortstop (see story). We've explored this idea in recent weeks given the steps forward Cesar Hernandez
Back-to-back, two-out walks to Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman set red-hot Howie Kendrick up with an RBI opportunity early last night in Petco Park. Kendrick who’s come up big for Washington on a regular basis since he was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies last month, sent a fly to right for the final out of a 36-pitch first inning by San Diego Padres’ lefty Travis Wood. Wood retired eight straight after the first-inning walks, and 12 of 14 Nationals’ batters before Adrian Sanchez hit a two-out, RBI double in the fifth inning to drive in the only run Washington would score on the night. “We hit some balls on the nose and just didn’t find the holes off Woody,” Dusty Baker told reporters
Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso discuss how they feel about being traded away from the Eagles last season.