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

Florida Instructs; September 20, 2018

Wednesday I turned the calendar on another year, taking the day off from the heat and humidity at the Carpenter Complex.  I returned Thursday to observe similar exercises and drills as the previous couple days.

The format remained the same with the players coming out around 10:00 AM for stretching exercises, conditioning drills, and long toss.  These were followed the various fielding drills for each group – infielders, outfielders, catchers, and pitchers.  Continue reading Florida Instructs; September 20, 2018

Florida Instructs; September 18, 2018

Phillies Instructs continued Tuesday with the players beginning outside around 8:00 AM for individual work with the coaches.  They mix in meetings during the day and broke for one after this.  They came out again around 10:00 AM and began their stretching and conditioning exercises, followed by long toss.

There was a lot less outside work today.  They ran some pretty heavy catcher’s drills, ending with two coaches hitting balls to the plate for the catchers to catch an apply a tag.  They also ran fielding drills on the other fields. Then they scattered for batting practice.

I’ve got a little more video today, so I’m going to embed the links to save space here. Continue reading Florida Instructs; September 18, 2018

40-Man Roster, Free Agency, and Rule 5 Considerations after the 2018 Season

With the baseball season drawing to an end, it’s not too early to take a look at some of the decisions the front office will be faced with.  I’m not going to try and provide answers like I did last year.  Rather, I’m going to provide you with all the pertinent information to foment discussion. Continue reading 40-Man Roster, Free Agency, and Rule 5 Considerations after the 2018 Season

Florida Instructs; September 17, 2018 – Plus Roster

The Phillies’ Fall Instructs started this morning.  Over 70 players took to Roberts and Schmidt Fields to perform required stretching and conditioning exercises around 10:45.  When finished, they split up into smaller groups with position players staying on Roberts and Schmidt and pitchers going to Carlton and Ashburn for long toss to loosen their arms.

When ready, the groups remixed for drills on each of the four available fields.  Seventeen coaches worked with  pitchers, infielders, outfielders, and catchers on various fielding drills.  These concluded with pop up drills.  Then came batting practice.

Here are three shots of third baseman Alec Bohm during fielding drills. Continue reading Florida Instructs; September 17, 2018 – Plus Roster

Open Discussion: Week of September 17, 2018

The Phillies are down to 14 games remaining in the season, 10 against teams in their own division and 4 against the Rockies.  This week they play three at home against the Mets (avoiding deGrom who pitched and lost today) and travel to Atlanta to play four games. Next week they travel to Colorado to play four games before returning home to finish the season with three against the Braves.  All 14 games are crucial.  They can’t afford to blow opportunities to gain on the Braves.  Unfortunately, the Phillies finish the season without a off day or travel day.  Oh, and then there’s that little problem that they suck against their East Division foes. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of September 17, 2018

Phuture Phillies: James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Polls, 2018

With the end of minor league ball for the Phillies’ affilates, we can begin the Phuture Phillies’ polling season.  We’ll start off with the second annual James’ Minor League Hitting Poll and James’ Minor League Pitching Poll.  Both are named after Phuture Phillies’ founder and benefactor, James.   Continue reading Phuture Phillies: James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Polls, 2018