WYSP’s Spike Eskin (does NOT eat cock) interviewed the Boob Grab Girl this morning, and he got every single little detail outta her from the scene of the tittywonkle. She seems pretty unaffected by the internet fame, so good for her. But I won’t give the rest away! (You should definitely listen to it a little after the 10 minute mark.) |(o)(o)|
From Michael Klein’s Inqlings (which we found in Elizabeth Kern’s Morning Call column, ‘TV Watchers’), Chase Utley and Ryan Howard will be guest stars in the sixth season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The cast is filming on location in Philly for only two days, June 21st (the Phillies are off), and 22nd. No word on which, or how many, episodes they’ll appear on. And of course, they won’t say where the filming locations are. Remember to have your cameraphones ready. [TV Watchers.]
Projectable, high school left-handers aren’t always easy to find, and Biddle, while a bit raw, might be an interesting one for teams to consider. He’s got the size (6-foot-6) and strength you like to see, and he’s throwing his fastball up to 92 mph, with room for growth in that area. He combines that with an outstanding changeup, though his breaking ball is behind the other two offerings. His command and issues with his delivery might keep him from being one of the elite prep arms in the class, but a team that’s willing to work with him and be patient could be very handsomely rewarded should they select him during the Draft.
Highly touted LSU righty Anthony Ranaudo (whom I wanted) was still available, but the Phillies took the local kid that might be related to Roots bassist Owen Biddle, so it all evens out in the end. Jesse’s body is built for a long career in baseball. Depending on what scout you read, his best pitch is either his fastball (needs to improve control), or his changeup (still too fast).
Round 2, #26 (77 overall): RHP Perci Garner, 6’3″, 225 lbs., Ball State, born 12/13/1988. From the Ball State Daily News:
Garner is a draft-eligible sophomore and could return to Ball State next year, but before the draft coach Greg Beals said he anticipated losing his All-Mid-American Conference ace. Garner has until August 16th to sign a contract or choose to return to school…In what was may have been his final college season, Garner was 5-3 with a 4.62 ERA. He had 83 strikeouts in 73 innings. He is known as somewhat raw in the scouting community, but teams like his mid-90s fastball and well-developed slider.
Garner was backup to now-49ers quarterback and Ball State legend Nate Davis during his final two years at school. He returned to baseball in 2009, which is pretty impressive for a second rounder. The first Google result for ‘Percy Garner’, however, is a San Antonio funeral home. Take it as you will.
Round 3, #25 (108 overall): C Cameron Rupp, 6’2″, 235 lbs., Texas, born 9/28/1988. From MLB.com:
Since high school, Rupp has received praise for his power at the plate and his arm behind it. As the University of Texas backstop for the past three years, he’s played in countless big games and shown an ability to stay behind the plate with perhaps more agility than some expected. He may never hit for a ton of average, but combine the defensive skills with the power potential, and he could be one of the earlier catchers taken in the Draft.
Cameron won the Aflac All-America Home Run Derby his senior year of high school in Plano, Texas. He threw out over 30% of basestealers while in Austin, but also had 11 passed balls this year. (His parents must really like college basketball, amirite?)
Round 4, #25 (141 overall): LHP Bryan Morgado, 6’3″, 205 lbs., Tennessee, born 12/8/1988. From MLB.com:
In some ways, Morgado is a typical college lefty, with average stuff across the board. At times, though, it plays up and he shows flashes, especially with his fastball, his fastball command and his slider. When he’s on, like he was in the Cape last summer, he looks like he could be among the better southpaws in the class. But because of delivery inconsistencies, he battles with command, and his performance suffers. Some see him as a lefty reliever as a result, and if he can consistently show the stuff he did last summer, that could be a quick ticket to the big leagues.
The White Sox used the 102nd pick in the 2009 draft on Morgado, but he returned to school this past year to try to improve his stock. By the end of the year, however, he was coming out of the bullpen and lost his top spot in the rotation. His fastball is his best pitch, but an inconsistent delivery isn’t helping his command. Could be a future reliever.
Round 5, #25 (171 overall): RHP Scott Frazier, 6’7″, 215 lbs., Upland HS, California, born 12/3/1991. From MLB.com:
Frazier had been shooting up Draft boards this spring and moved into one of the higher groups of high school arms. The California right-hander has grown, and his velocity has jumped as high as 95 mph at times. With that, he throws a good changeup, and his curve shows glimpses of being solid as well. At his size, he needs to watch his delivery, which can affect his command. He’s more of a work in progress, but there’s a lot to like here and a team willing to be a little patient should give Frazier a long look in the first couple of rounds in the Draft.
Another big, strong high school pitcher for the Phils, Frazier is still filling out his frame. He loses velocity later in games, and his delivery is also inconsistent. But like Biddle, he’s still a teen, and still at least 4-5 years from the majors.
Taking four pitchers with their first five picks (including two teens), the Phillies seemed to be drafting for the post-Doc era. Unless any of them can play left field.
(Jesse Biddle photo courtesy of John Costello, Philly.com)
Alright, so Joe Blanton doesn’t actually have a twin brother, and I didn’t actually make a ‘Sister, Sister’ reference (I did), but the Phillies actually spelled Joe Blanton’s first name wrong on the CBP videoboard before Sunday’s heartbreaker against the Maxi Pads:
(h/t to Fightins Facebook fan Megan Melchionni)
Nelson Figueroa wasn’t happy with his release by the Mets in April, and by not happy, I mean he hates the Mets as much as every one of us. In a new NY Post article by Fred Kerber, Figgy uses the opportunity to completely rip apart the Mets organization he gave his ‘blood, sweat, tears, heart and soul’ to. It’s short, and it’s wonderful. [Ex-Met Figueroa Much Happier With Phils]
Chill out, Zach Stewart. Domonic Brown likes to mash the ball, and he likes to look good doing it. The Jays’ farmhand to give up his latest jack this past Sunday, however, doesn’t appreciate his swag. Zach Stewart of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (lifelong WTF) looked on as Dom Brown watched his third homer of the year zip down the right field line, and he took it personally. As Domonator rounded third, Stewart “said a lot of unprintable things” to him. The R-Phils ended up losing that game, 16-5. The scene amounted to nothing more than a chance for Bob Elliot to write an article that ends up being a demonstration of past and present Phillies’ organization members’ complete domination of Zach Stewart (who lost his top Blue Jays’ prospect ranking to Kyle Drabek this past December). [Texan is big on respect, Toronto Sun]
“Haha, mine’s bigger, Tom.”
Good work, @M_OMalley
This video was just posted by Philly.com’s Dan Gross, taped at the 3rd annual Utley’s All-Star Animals Casino night on Thursday. It stars Dan, and three Phillies starters; Chase Utley and wife Jen, Jimmy Rollins and wife Johari, and Roy Halladay, who was left without a date as punishment for his earthshakingly horrible last start. Jimmy’s charming, and Roy is God-like, but the best part is by far the last 40 seconds, with a clearly drunk Chase Utley trying to compliment Jen, and ending up complimenting his ass. Close second: Jimmy Rollins: “You know…I’m tryna get lucky tonight!”
(Thanks, Philly Gossip!)
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