Phillies Trade Away Pair Of Pitching Prospects

James McArthur signing autographs for fans in Reading on July 1, 2022 – two days after the Phillies transferred him to the 60-day IL.

The Phillies completed a couple of moves with their organizational depth on Monday.

In one move, they traded away Ethan Lindow for cash considerations. Lindow will join the Mariners organization.

Lindow was a 2017 fifth-round pick of the Phillies and had done well in the last four minor league seasons, but in a more of a sense where he was solid rather than an eye-popper to keep moving up.

Lindow was in the midst of his worst season in the minors, posting an ERA of 5 and had one good start and one solid start across his five this season. He went just one inning in one of those starts and two in another.

The team also completed a trade with the Kansas City Royals, sending them James McArthur.

With McArthur being on the 40-man roster, this clears a spot for the team.

McArthur, a 2018 12th-round pick, was once a promising part of the organization, but posted an ERA over 5 with some control issues in 2021 prior to an injury. This season, he has struggled mightily in AAA to the tune of a 7.31 ERA.

McArthur was likely to be exposed sooner than later anyway as the Phillies are in need of roster spots on the 40-man and he was becoming the most obvious casualty.

Junior Marin is an outfielder who was signed as a free agent by the Royals in 2021. He is still in the rookie league and has a career slash line of .348/.425/.554 there. He, like most international free agents, is a bit of a lottery ticket who provides the Phillies with a real prospect (not just a random player back) that figures to be several years away.


Ranger Suarez Stellar in Latest Rehab Outting for Lehigh Valley, Return to the Rotation on the Horizon

Nov 1, 2022; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suarez (55) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning in game three of the 2022 World Series at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suarez is one step closer to returning to the Big Leagues.  The left-hander scattered four hits and one run on Sunday to lead the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to an 8-4 victory over the Syracuse Mets in International League play. 

Suarez, who was expected to pitch four innings and around 65 pitches, earned the “W” after throwing a mere 48-pitches in the aforementioned five frames.  He touched around 94 MPH with excellent command.  Suarez will likely start for the Phillies next weekend against the Colorado Rockies, per multiple reports. 

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Minor League Players Get Historic Win, First Ever CBA

Minor League Baseball Logo. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association’s minor league players have agreed to the first-ever CBA for minor league players, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports.

The move is nothing short of historic.

Minor leaguers —who have been fighting for more rights and more pay— will see their pay increase by at least twofold as part of the give-year deal.

Here’s how the new pay increase will look across the minors:

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Phillies Spring Training: Scott Kingery, Others Reassigned Ahead of Phillies Final Roster Reveal

Feb 25, 2023; Lakeland, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Scott Kingery (4) at bat during the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

Well, Scott Kingery won’t be making the Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day roster.  The Phils reassigned a slew of players including Kingery before Monday’s Grapefruit League game against Toronto. 

Kingery slashed .340/.415/.447 with a homer, two stolen bases, and four RBIs in 47 Grapefruit League at-bats in a bid to make the Big Club as a bench piece.  The 28-year old former 2nd round draft pick showed versatility playing multiple positions for the Phils during the Clearwater season.  

But alas it was not enough to rejoin the team. 

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De La Cruz, McCollum Earn Minor League Spring Training Standout Awards

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The Phillies player development team announced on Sunday the recipients of the Bill Giles and Larry Rojas awards for 2023.

The awards are given to the minor league players in the Phillies organization who stood out the most during Spring Training.

The 2023 recipients of the award are right-handed pitcher Tommy McCollum and outfielder Carlos De La Cruz.

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Phillies Spring Training: Andrew Painter Diagnosed With UCL Sprain

It looks like the Philadelphia Phillies have dodged a bullet. Top prospect Andrew Painter underwent an MRI on March 3rd for his sore right elbow.  The imaging showed a sprained ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and the diagnosis was confirmed by renowned surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache.  

The good news, Painter should be able to avoid Tommy John surgery.  

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