Phillies rookies spring into action

Philadelphia Phillies v Detroit Tigers
Tommy Joseph is 6-for-13 (.462) in six games this spring, and he’s looked comfortable behind the plate.

One of the big issues bandied about after the Phillies closed the disappointing 2012 season was the future. Did the Phillies have anyone on the farm that could make an impact on the big-league level?

Well, there’s a glimmer of hope in the high minors. Tommy Joseph and Cody Asche were each sent packing but not after turning a few heads. If Joseph pans out, then the Hunter Pence deal may have been well worth it.

Joseph, 21, who was traded by the Giants to the Phillies, wowed Charlie Manuel and company. The catcher led the Phillies with a .462 average in Grapefruit League play and hit one long home run. Joseph has the potential to replace Carlos Ruiz, a player in the final year of his contract with plenty of miles on his odometer.

Joseph, who hit the ball hard and received praise from the pitching staff, could be two years away from the majors.

“I just came here to camp hoping to learn as much as possible,” Joseph said. “I have a great instructor in Chooch [Ruiz].”

But Joseph had a pretty good teacher when he was with the Giants.

“I learned a lot from Buster Posey,” Joseph said. “He’s just an incredible player.”

Joseph hopes to have as well rounded a game as Posey. If he could only approximate what the MVP does for the Giants, the Phillies have a gem on their hands.

“That’s what I would love to do,” Joseph said.

Meanwhile, Asche hit .357 and played a solid third base.

“It’s a great experience to be around these players,” Asche said. “It certainly helps any young player to be in such an environment.”

Asche, 22, could be just a year away from replacing Michael Young.

“I just want to prove that I belong,” Asche said. “I know I’m going there [to Lehigh Valley]. I’m going to do my best there. I hope to one day get to Philadelphia.”

The Phillies are crossing their fingers that Asche and Joseph will inject the team with an infusion of youth.

“When I look around at the younger players here, I think the Phillies are doing a good job developing,” Joseph said. “It’s encouraging.”

Home cooking

Some other Phillies who were cultivated down on the farm include: Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels and Carlos Ruiz.

“That’s really impressive,” a NL scout said. “You have two MVPs, Utley, who was on his way to an MVP until he got hurt in 2007, an ace and a terrific catcher. That development led to a World Series and a pennant. That’s not an easy job to follow-up.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.