Top Prospects in the Philadelphia Phillies’ Farm System

Jonathan Nadler is a Philadelphia-area attorney who represents clients in a variety of employment and labor law matters. He also assists employers in ERISA litigation matters such as claims of breach of fiduciary duty and denial of benefits. Jonathan Nadler is a baseball fan and follows the Major League New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies.

Currently in a rebuilding phase, the Phillies have a number of emerging prospects, including catcher Deivi Grullon, who is with the Lakewood Threshers in the Single A League. Grullon combines an excellent arm with stellar defensive skills, and he has the potential to develop into a power-hitting threat at the plate as well, and viewed as a potential replacement for aging stars Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Carlos Ruiz. Only 18 years old, Grullon will likely take a few years to reach his full potential as a Major Leaguer.

Another highly regarded Phillies prospect is right-handed pitcher Severino Gonzalez, who has exceptional ball control and mixes an above-average fastball with sliders and curve balls. In 2013, he received the Paul Owens Award for being the best pitcher in the Phillies’ farm system. Like many Phillies fans, Jon Nadler looks forward to seeing the next generation of talent propel the team back to the top of the National League East.


Three Basic Tennis Shots

As a partner at the law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, in Philadelphia, Jonathan Nadler represents employers in labor and employment law matters. Outside of the office, Jonathan Nadler enjoys leading a physically active lifestyle and is particularly fond of tennis and golf.

In tennis, there are a multitude of racket grips and kinds of strokes for hitting the ball and producing spin. These can be categorized as three basic types of shots: the top-spin shot, the slice, and the flat shot. Top spin is one of the more common shots a player will employ during the course of a match. By slightly closing the racket face and swinging in an exaggerated, low-to-high arc coming up the back side of the ball, the hitter causes the ball to rotate forward at rapid speeds. This rotation causes the ball to dramatically dip down after travelling deep into the opponent’s court. Top spin is effective for an aggressive yet measured style of play.

Slice, in many ways, is the antithesis of top spin. Slice, or back spin, is achieved by opening the racket face and swinging from high to low down the back side of the ball. Slice is generally used as a defensive shot, as it is slower and can be easily attacked by opponents, although it provides the player hitting the shot with time to recover if hitting out of position or from an awkward defensive stance.

Finally, a flat shot is the ideal weapon in an offensive player’s arsenal. When a player is in a comfortable, balanced position, he or she can contact the ball with a perfectly squared racket face. Without spin, there is little margin for error in terms of clearing the net and landing the ball inside the court. However, when struck above the net and with pace, a flat ball can be placed with precision and is hard for an opponent to attack.

Playing Tennis for Fitness and Fun

A partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Eckert Seamans, Jonathan Nadler focuses on employment and labor law, counseling employers on compliance issues and litigating on their behalf, if required. When not attending to his professional responsibilities, Jonathan Nadler enjoys cooking and watching professional baseball and football games, and he keeps fit playing golf and tennis.

The game of tennis enjoys great popularity in the United States, perhaps because anyone can play and have a good time, regardless of their skill level. In addition, it usually does not cost a great deal, especially when getting started. Most people already have the clothing they’ll need on court, and tennis rackets for beginners are very reasonably priced. In some parts of the country, like New York City or Philadelphia, finding well-maintained courts to play on can sometimes be a challenge, but across the country’s southern tier, newer subdivisions routinely include tennis courts that are maintained by homeowners’ associations.

Another challenge faced by some beginning players is finding other players of similar skill levels. While it’s possible for two mismatched players to play a match once in a while and have a good time, it’s not much fun on an ongoing basis. Fortunately, organizations like the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) and local organizations sponsor numerous amateur tennis leagues nationwide for players of all ages, including youth and college players, adults, and professionals. The USTA website at explains the game thoroughly, including scoring, and provides information on joining leagues as well as finding coaches and facilities.