Open Discussion: Week of February 18, 2018

Pitchers and catchers began last week in front of a small audience at the Carpenter Complex.  Monday their first full squad practice will be held, and the Phillies’ baseball world will return to normalcy for seven months.  #Phly Phillies Phly!

Another opinion on signing Arrieta.  This time from the Shredder!

The Phillies continue to sign players to minor league contracts who might help the team if they make the major league roster.

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Pitchers and Catchers, Days Two and Three, 2018

Days two and three of pitchers and catchers were the same as day one.

On day two, the only difference in the routine was that Wednesday’s non-pitching group threw from the mounds, and the pitching group went through the PFP stations.  Newly signed Drew Hutchinson, was present, in uniform, and taking part in the workout.  The groups were –  Continue reading Pitchers and Catchers, Days Two and Three, 2018

Pitchers and Catchers, First 2018 Workout

The start of 2018 Spring Training finally arrived.  Pitchers and catchers came onto the fields at the Carpenter Complex at 11:00 AM and began their spring workouts.

Under the Kapler Regime, spring training will look very different to those who became familiar with the camps held by Charlie Manual and Pete Mackinon.  The first noticeable change was the later start.  Other changes include greater use of all fields.  More involvement by coaches and staff.  Shorter, more intense sessions.  And a distinction between “throwing” pitchers and “non-throwing” pitchers.

Here’s what I saw (or didn’t see) today. Continue reading Pitchers and Catchers, First 2018 Workout

Just Two Days Until Pitchers and Catchers

Another beautiful Monday morning in Clearwater.  I got to the Complex early again.  My friend Steve met the Phillies’ truck Sunday morning and was interviewed by a local television station. We found out this morning why the players go to the weight room before practice starts – to stretch before exercising.  Lots of people on the fields today – coaches, trainers, and some baseball operations people.  The major league coaches are in uniform, so they stood out from the players, who were wearing a variety of workout apparel.  Thirteen players made their first appearance today. Continue reading Just Two Days Until Pitchers and Catchers

Open Discussion: Week of February 11, 2018

Finally.  The light at the end of the tunnel.  Pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater early this week, and their first workout is on Wednesday, February 14th.  Four dozen players have been seen at the Complex.

Yu Darvish came off the free agent board.  And, NO!  The Phillies shouldn’t run out and sign Jake Arrieta.  I’ll explain why.  Again.

The Phillies signed a couple more journeyman position players, a few minor league free agents, and another young player retired.

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Five Days Until the Official Start of Spring Training

Beautiful morning in Clearwater Friday.  I arrived at the Complex early just in case the workouts started early again.  My Complex buddy, Steve Potter, arrived early too.  They didn’t start early, but we got to see the players as they crossed from the stadium to the building that houses the weight room and batting cages until practice started.  We got to engage with a lot of the players.  They seem to be more likely to stop and talk before practice starts.  Six new faces today. Continue reading Five Days Until the Official Start of Spring Training

Less Than a Week Until the Official Start of Spring Training

Heavy fog in Clearwater this morning.  I arrived at the Complex early only to find out I was late.  The players began their workout early to accommodate afternoon meetings.  The only new face was Jiandido Tromp.

There has been a change to the players’ reporting date.  Pitchers and catchers will undergo physicals on Monday and Tuesday next week.  Their first workout will be on Wednesday, February 14th.  Valentine’s Day.  The first full workout is still on the 19th. Continue reading Less Than a Week Until the Official Start of Spring Training

One Week Until the Official Start of Spring Training

Back in shorts and shirt sleeves today.  Looks like the weather is finally ready to cooperate with spring training.  Players still outnumber coaches and spectators, but that will surely change by next Thursday.  There were less than a dozen fans in attendance as the players began their workout in right field on Mike Schmidt Field. Continue reading One Week Until the Official Start of Spring Training

Phuture Phillies 2018 Reader Top 30 Poll Completed

Jose Taveras was your selection as the #30 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.

Taveras received 40 of the 194 votes cast (21%). Jhordany Mezquita finished second with 33 votes (17%), Kevin Gowdy finished third with 22 votes (11%), Victor Arano fourth (20, 10%), Simon Muzziotti fifth (15, 8%), and Andrew Pullin sixth (11, 6%).   Fifteen others received the other 53 votes.

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Phuture Phillies 2018 Reader Top 30 Poll for the Phillies #30 Prospect

McKenzie Mills was your selection as the #29 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.

Mills received 34 of the 154 votes cast (22%). Jose Taveras finished second with 26 votes (17%), Jhordany Mezquita finished third with 18 votes (12%), Kevin Gowdy fourth (16, 10%), Simon Muzziotti fifth (12, 8%), and Victor Arano sixth(10, 6%).   Fourteen others received the other 38 votes.

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