The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce has arranged for a terrific opportunity for Phillies fans on Friday March 28th at Citizens Bank Park. The day will begin at 2pm at which time, you will be allowed entrance into the DIamond Club at the park. Food and Drink will begin at 2:30 pm (included in admission price). A full hour of questions and answers/autographs will go from 2:45 until 3:45. At 3:50, you will go on to the field at Citizens Bank Park for an on field presentation (weather permitting), with the pre-game program ending at 4:30. You will also receive a game ticket for that evenings pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and likely see a few of the top prospects we talk about so often here at Phuture Phillies.
The all inclusive price for this event is $95, however the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce has agreed to provide Phuture Phillies reader with a $5 discount if you use the discount code Phillyblog1 at checkout. Click here for more details: http://www.gpcc.com/phillies.
Some surprising news coming out of the Carpenter Complex tonight with Mike Stutes among the first group of cuts by the Phils, as he was optioned to minor league camp. Stutes, who has battled injuries over the past two seasons struggled mightily in his early Spring Training appearances, giving up 7 earned runs in 3IP. Also on the list of cuts are RP Luis Garcia, OF Kelly Dugan, OF Aaron Altherr, OF Leandro Castro and C Sebastian Valle. No major surprises except for how quickly Stutes was sent back to minor league camp.
In other news at the minor league facility today, OF Anthony Hewitt came up lame (hamstring) while running out a grounder and was in a considerable amount of pain leaving the field.
Today Baseball America posted their review of the Phillies International spending during the 2013 calendar year (encompassing both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 signing periods). During that time, the Phillies signed 35 players, 4 of them for bonuses greater than $100,000. The full article is here, but here are some highlights.
In April the Phillies signed 18 year old catcher Jose Gonzalez for $300,000. Gonzalez had Tommy John surgery shortly after signing and did not play last summer. The Phillies big signing was Luis Encarnacion for $1,000,000 in August. Encarnacion was one of the best bats in the J2 crop and was widely expected to cost about $1,300,000 (Encarnacion does share a trainer with Gonzalez). Encarnacion is in camp and should start in the GCL. Continue reading
Last night Baseball America release their Top 100 prospects in minor league baseball. The Phillies were represent on that list by Maikel Franco (17), Jesse Biddle (71), and J.P. Crawford (78). Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was eligible for the list, but did not make it.
There are many parts of the list I don’t agree with, but that has a lot to do with my personal philosophies on what has value. The full list can be found here.
Here are the writeups on the Phillies Players: Continue reading
There has been a lot written into about the downfall of the Phillies and their various strategies to pull themselves out of it. I think much of the downfall has been placed on the wrong things. Bloggers often reach for the draft and player development as two easy punching bags. I think it is a lazy way of being sensational and lacks a understanding of the basics of player development.
What set in motion this examination was a paragraph from a That Ball’s Outta Here editorial on a David Murphy piece: Continue reading
Joe Savery who was DFA’d to make room for AJ Burnett, has been claimed by the Oakland Athletics. On the surface Savery is a fringe bullpen arm with a minor league option left. The Phillies are stacked with fringe bullpen arms making Savery redundant for the organization. Continue reading
Pitchers and Catchers reported today, so lets look at who is in camp. Some players are only for depth or experience and will end up in minor league camp shortly. Others are in positional battles that will go down to the last day of camp. We will have much more as camp gets fully underway, for now here are some guys who spent a lot of time in the minors in 2013 and are no locks to make the roster.
40 Man Roster:
RHP – Phillippe Aumont
RHP – Luis Garcia
RHP – Ethan Martin
RHP – Michael Stutes
RHP – B.J. Rosenberg
LHP – Joe Savery Continue reading
So this week David Murphy posted an article yesterday with the Top 10 prospects posted by Baseball America and Fangraphs. I decided to descend into the comment section (big mistake). But the good commenters of philly.com have some questions adn comments that they need answered so lets take an opportunity to delve in. Continue reading
Often when the discussion about major league roster construction comes up, it affects how a prospect will fit into an individual organization. However, the overall construction of major league rosters dramatically affects how prospects are evaluated. Before talking about it affects certain types of hitters and pitchers in the system, we need to look at how the current major league roster is assembled and why it is assembled that way. Continue reading
After seeing my shadow, I am crawling out from the winter malaise to get back into the baseball mix. Huge thank you’s to Matt and Brad who have held the site up over the last few months with hard work and well though out commentary. Continue reading