With popular color man Larry Andersen deciding to scale back his workload, the Phillies needed to add some innings to their radio broadcast team. They have done that by hiring three of their former players to join play-by-play man Scott Franzke on road broadcasts.
Kevin Frandsen, Kevin Jordan and Kevin Stocker, all former infielders with the club, will rotate working alongside Franzke during the 2018 season. Andersen will continue to work with Franzke during home games at Citizens Bank Park.
Andersen completed his 20th season in the booth in 2017. It took three guys to replace the former slider-throwing relief pitcher.
"There’s no doubt that replacing LA is a tough job,” David Buck, the Phillies executive vice president, said in a statement. “His chemistry with Franzke has been outstanding and together they made listening to our games entertaining. But we believe that the unique personalities, knowledge of the game and familiarity with Phillies fans that each Kevin has, will complement Franzke’s role in the booth, making this new lineup of radio talent fun for our fans.”
The three new color men have varying degrees of broadcasting experience.
Frandsen, who played with the Phils in 2012 and 2013, has worked on AM radio in the San Francisco area for the past 18 months.
Jordan, who played with the Phillies from 1995 to 2001, worked three games in the booth with Franzke last season.
Stocker, the starting shortstop for the 1993 National League champion Phillies, has broadcast college baseball for the past 14 years as a color analyst for the Pac-12 Network and CBS Sports Network. He worked six games with Franzke on Phillies radio the past two seasons.
The Phillies said they would announce the exact radio broadcast schedule at a later date.
Kyle. Freakin'. Schwarber.
Rhys Hoskins put on a show in the Home Run Derby Monday night in Washington, D.C., but he, unfortunately, faced off against Schwarber in the second round and Schwarber went off.
Hoskins hit 20 in the semifinal round, which to that point was the most all night. Schwarber started rather slowly, but began cranking jack after jack and hit his 21st just as the four-minute clock expired.
It was a dramatic walk-off from Schwarber, but he actually had 30 more seconds to play with because he hit two homers farther than 440 feet and was awarded some extra time.
In the other semifinal, Bryce Harper beat Max Muncy 13-12. Smh. Harper went on to knock off Schwarber in the final round to claim the Home Run Derby title.
In all, Hoskins hit 37 homers in two rounds, with the deepest two going 466 and 463 feet. He homered on nearly half of his swings.
An extremely impressive first showing in the derby for Hoskins, who may want to return because of the unfinished business.
Leading off the derby, Hoskins cranked 17 jacks to upset 1-seed Jesus Aguilar, who hit 11.
With 17, Hoskins tied Muncy for the most in the first round, though Muncy and Harper stopped before time expired because they had already beaten their opponent.
Hoskins just had a much quicker pace than Aguilar, who took his time between swings, as did his pitcher.
Entering the night, Hoskins was 11/2 to win the derby, per Bovada. Aguilar had the second-shortest odds at 7/2, behind only Harper.
A cool moment occurred midway through the first round when Hoskins called his one permitted timeout and fist bumped with Harper, who was expressing awe at the ease of Hoskins' homers.
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Adam Haseley had one heck of a first week in Double A.
The Phillies' first-round pick in 2017 (eighth overall) was promoted to Double A Reading on July 11 and responded by going 5 for 13 (.385) with a double, two homers and two walks in his first four games.
As a result, Haseley was named Eastern League Player of the Week in his very first try.
Haseley has already been promoted four times over the last calendar year. Last summer, he began in the Gulf Coast League, was promoted to Low A Williamsport after three games, then made it to Class A Lakewood by season's end.
He began this season at High A Clearwater and earned the promotion to Reading after hitting .300 in 354 plate appearances.
All told, Haseley has hit .296/.352/.423 with 27 doubles, seven triples and 10 homers in 616 plate appearances in the minors.
The 22-year-old University of Virginia product was a more polished prospect than the previous year's No. 1 pick, Mickey Moniak.
Moniak, who turned 20 on May 13, has hit .242 with a meager .268 OBP in 75 games at Clearwater this season. The power has been slow to come around, and Moniak has slashed just .247/.290/.350 in 999 plate appearances the last three seasons.
There's still plenty of time for Moniak, but he can't be satisfied with how he's hit to this point, nor can an organization that used the first overall pick in the draft on him. Some baseball people have questioned whether Moniak will grow strong enough to consistently drive the baseball as the quality of pitching he faces increases.
Rounding out the first-round pick updates, Cornelius Randolph has struggled even more than Moniak. Randolph, drafted 10th overall in 2015, has hit .215 with one home run in 80 games at Double A this season.
Randolph was drafted for his offense specifically but things haven't clicked yet. He's hit .252/.346/.362 with 17 homers in 1,328 plate appearances since being drafted.
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