Rule 5 Information for 2019

(Note that changes after publication are in red text) updated 9/1, 9/4

As baseball teams play their way out of post season contention, the attention of their fans turns to other aspects of baseball.  Some begin to fret over draft position.  Other, more insightful fans, begin to look toward the Rule 5 Draft and the roster maneuvering that precedes it.  One such diversion the Rule 5 Draft provides for me is determining the status of players as the draft draws near. Continue reading Rule 5 Information for 2019

2019 Instructs, Second Week, Jay’s Game and a Camp Day

The guys here for Instructs are continuing to perform the drills I wrote about in an earlier report.  They ended today’s work outs with a couple more contests.  Apparently they have been divided into teams and are keeping score.  I have no idea how that works.  But, there is some partisan cheering during the events.  And some question as to the judges partiality.

They played games Monday at Dunedin and Tuesday at Spectrum Field.  I was unable to make it to the Dunedin game but heard that they turned away spectators. Continue reading 2019 Instructs, Second Week, Jay’s Game and a Camp Day

2019 Instructs, First Week’s Intrasquad Games

The guys here for Instructs are continuing to perform the drills I wrote about in an earlier report.  They ended Saturday’s work outs with bunting and fielding contests.  They played intrasquad games both days at Spectrum Field.  I love watching a game when both teams wear the exact same uniform (Not!). Continue reading 2019 Instructs, First Week’s Intrasquad Games

My Top Prospects, 9/2019

With the Phillies torturing us on their way to missing the playoffs, I thought you might get some mileage out of this.

Last week, Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle canvassed radio and TV personalities, baseball writers, and others who follow the Phillies minor league system for input into his annual end of season top 30 prospect list.

We were asked to rank the prospects based on their present value to the Phillies, their ceiling/potential, age, and performance relative to level.  

Continue reading My Top Prospects, 9/2019

2019 Instructs, First Week

Players arrived Sunday for Instucts and Strength and Conditioning.  Monday, they began.  And, so did we.  My friend Steve Potter and I arrived around 9:00 AM and waited until the players came out to take part in exercises and baseball drills at 11:00 AM.  They were divided up into groups, and progressed from one activity to another in those groups.  Players were on the field for about 2.5 hours.  Here’s who and what what we saw these first few days. Continue reading 2019 Instructs, First Week

Open Discussion: Week of September 9th

Well, the Phillies won enough games last week to tease us for another week.  The loss on Nola night was unexpected and heart wrenching.  Oh, well.  The Phillies have gotten back to two games behind the Cubs.  However, the Brewers have caught the Phils, and the Diamondbacks have passed them.  The current standings are – Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of September 9th

Playoff Recap – 9/6/2019

No worries about wasting a great start tonight.  Adonis Medina took the mound and settled things early.  He retired just four batters and dug the Phils an early hole that proved too much to overcome.  The bullpen was little better, giving up an additional seven runs before Julian Garcia and Aaron Brown combined for three scoreless innings. Continue reading Playoff Recap – 9/6/2019

Playoff Recap – 9/5/2019

The Reading Phils wasted another excellent pitching performance by a starting pitcher.  A night after Spencer Howard held the Trenton Thunder to one run and two infield hits in seven innings (and striking out twelve), David Parkinson shut out the Thunder on three hits in seven innings.  But, whereas the Phils’ bull pen couldn’t preserve a 3-1 lead Wednesday, it was the offense that was deficient Thursday, getting shutout through ten innings. Continue reading Playoff Recap – 9/5/2019