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.


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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Andrew Painter Named MLB Pipeline Minor League Pitcher of the Year

The awards keep rolling in for top Phillies prospect Andrew Painter. The 19-year old was named the Pitcher of the Year in the Phillies system in September. Now he can call himself the Pitcher of the Year in all minor league baseball.

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Phillies Promote Andrew Painter and Mick Abel to Reading

Big news for the kids.  The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly promoting starting pitchers Mick Abel and Andrew Painter to Double-A Reading.  Abel and Painter are the top two rated prospects in the Phillies system according to MLB Pipeline, MLB’s in-house prospect analysis system.

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Report: Phillies Calling Up Power Hitting Darick Hall

Per NBCSN’s Jim Salisbury, the Phillies are calling up power-hitting 1B Darick Hall from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Update: Now Confirmed by the Phillies

Hall, 26, was drafted by the Phils in the 14th round of the 2017 MLB First Year Player Draft out of Dallas Baptist. A power-hitting left-handed batter, Hall has hit 20+ home runs in four of his six minor league seasons.

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