2018 Phuture Phillies Break Out Predictions – Results

As I stated when I posted back in March, the line between a break out prospect and a sleeper prospect has become blurred the past several years.  I pointed out that you endorse whomever you want regardless of the guidelines that James set up years before I attempted to explain the distinction between both.  I showed that 60% of 2017’s breakout picks were also selected as sleepers.  So, I just let you submit whatever you wanted.

However, I have to sift through the responses.  So, after a couple attempts to capture your answers, I did what was easiest for me.  I ignored sleeper submissions.  In the case of multiple breakout submissions, I went with the first one you listed.  If you posted a second comment, I ignored it. Continue reading 2018 Phuture Phillies Break Out Predictions – Results

Open Discussion: Week of October 1, 2018

There still seems to be no necessity for me to recap the past week.  The over 300 comments indicate that you are perfectly able to generate discussion without me stirring the pot.

This is the Phuture Phillies Open Discussion for Phillies and MLB baseball topics. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of October 1, 2018

2018 Phuture Phillies Pitcher and Position Player Polls

I’m going to include all the polls in one post rather than drag them out over several days. Based on the drop in participation in the recent James’ Award Polls, this seems prudent.

There are eleven separate polls.  Ten we had last year  – catcher, first baseman, second baseman, shortstop, third baseman, center fielder, corner outfielder, left-handed starter, right-handed starter, and closer.  You can make THREE selections for each poll.  The eleventh poll is for relievers and has an explanation in the poll.  It’s not rocket science, but I will disregard it if it becomes too difficult to sort through the entries. Continue reading 2018 Phuture Phillies Pitcher and Position Player Polls

Florida Instructs; September 24, 2018

The Instructional League began in earnest today when the Phillies faced off against the Toronto Blue Jays at Spectrum Field.  In addition to the 15 or so fans and one baseball reporter (me), there were about 30 scouts and a couple dozen Phillies front office and support personnel in the stands,  Notables included Jorge Velandia, Dana Parks, a guy who looked like Bryan Minniti, and Oneri Fleita.  Fleita was hired last off season to supervise scouting in Mexico.  After the 2015 season, he had been signed by the Tigers as an international crosschecker.  But, prior to that he had spent 25 years in the Cubs organization – notably as the director of the Cubs’ Latin American operations from 1997-2008, Director of Player Development from 2000-2008, and Vice President, Player Personnel from 2011 until his firing when Theo Epstein took over as GM.  Continue reading Florida Instructs; September 24, 2018

Phuture Phillies: 2018 James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Recipients

The winner of the second annual Phuture Phillies, James’ Hitting Award is Adam Haseley.

The co-winners of the second annual Phuture Phillies, James’ Pitching Award are Cole Irvin and David Parkinson.

Both are named after Phuture Phillies’ founder and benefactor, James. Continue reading Phuture Phillies: 2018 James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Recipients

Florida Instructs; September 22, 2018

Saturday, the coaches held an intrasquad game among the Instructs participants.  They started a five inning game at 10:00 AM.  Ten pitchers got work, but there were few if any substitutions among the position players.  The most exciting news was that Sixto Sanchez was pitching in the first inning. Continue reading Florida Instructs; September 22, 2018