Open Discussion: Week of June 29th

Sunday evening, several hours after the submission deadline, the Phillies published their 60-man player pool.  It includes 53 active players.  Seven slots remain vacant.

If you think like I think, this list did not come as a surprise.  The Phillies are a team that expects to compete for a division title.  Their player poll reflects that with a number of older, experienced players filling out their pool.  The only surprise is that there are only three catchers in the pool.  But that may change. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of June 29th

Random Draft and NDFA Info

I gathered some selection and bonus information for the six drafts I tracked for Phuture Phillies.  Rather than toss it, I’m sharing it here.

The drafts start with 2015 and run through this year.  I’ve included the number of top ten picks, who our first round pick was (this is a reference point for me, hopefully not a discussion on the merits of the picks), the total number of picks, the total number signed and not signed. Continue reading Random Draft and NDFA Info

Open Discussion: Week of June 22nd

Baseball is again on hold.  Five Phillies’ players and three staffers tested positive for Covid-19 at the Phillies’ Clearwater Complex.  Other organizations have released infection numbers and as many as 40 players and staff across baseball have been confirmed positive while teams await further results. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of June 22nd

2020 Draft Discussion: June 22nd Update

This is the Phuture Phillies 2020 Draft Discussion.

Update – June 25, 2020:  Phillies announce signing of second round pick SS Casey Maryin for $1.3M, well above $689,300 slot for 3/87 pick.  Signing amount takes the Phillies above their bonus allotment, but stays under the 5% penalty, leaving $16,410 in the pot.

 

This closes Draft Tracker Articles for 2020.  Any further NDFA signings will be reported elsewhere, but will be added to the tracker file. 

Update – June 24, 2020:  Phillies’ first rounder prep RHP Mick Abel signed for $4,075,000.  That is slightly over the slot of $3,885,800.  All four Phillies’ draft picks have signed, although third rounder Casey Martin’s bonus has not been made public, yet.

The Phillies had four picks in the 2020 Amateur Draft.  The Phillies selected Mick Abel with their first round pick, Casey Martin in the third round, Carson Ragsdale in the fourth, and Baron Radcliffe in the fifth.  The Phillies lost their second round pick for signing free agent Zach Wheeler during the off season.

Last Sunday, they began signing non-drafted free agents, and have signed ten to date.

Continue reading 2020 Draft Discussion: June 22nd Update

2020 Draft Discussion: June 17th Update

This is the Phuture Phillies 2020 Draft Discussion.

The Phillies had four picks in the 2020 Amateur Draft.  The Phillies selected Mick Abel with their first round pick last Wednesday night.

When the draft resumed on Thursday, they completed their draft with Casey Martin in the third round, Carson Ragsdale in the fourth, and Baron Radcliffe in the fifth.  The Phillies lost their second round pick for signing free agent Zach Wheeler during the off season.

Starting Sunday, they began drafting non-drafted free agents. Continue reading 2020 Draft Discussion: June 17th Update

Open Discussion: Week of June 15th

Baseball returns!

Based on the most recent communications between the MLBPA and MLB, the union is rejecting and is not responding to the owners’ most recent proposal.  The union did ask the commissioner to start the season according to his right as the commissioner.  So, baseball by mid-July?  The end of July? Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of June 15th

2020 Draft Discussion: June 12th

This is the Phuture Phillies 2020 Draft Discussion.

The Phillies selected Mick Abel with their first round pick Wednesday night.

When the draft resumed on Thursday, they completed their draft with Casey Martin in the third round, Carson Ragsdale in the fourth, and Baron Radcliffe in the fifth.  The Phillies lost their second round pick for signing free agent Zach Wheeler during the off season. Continue reading 2020 Draft Discussion: June 12th

Looking Back at Our 2019 Free Agent Acquisition

This is just a just a random thought that came to me.  I don’t feel one way or the other.  But, I thought I would share to get some opinions.

The Phillies signed Zach Wheeler to a 5-year contract last off season.   This would have been his age 30 season.

My question, whether we play a partial season or lose the whole season (and each outcome might produce differing opinions), do we still like the Wheeler signing?  And, actually, this concern applies to all free agent signings across baseball, not just the Wheeler contract.

We expect there to be some lesser value when a long-term contract  is signed.  We might accept losing some value in year five and maybe even year four.  But,  if we lose a year of value at the front-end of a five-year contract, when the player is expected to be at the top of his game, would we have preferred to keep the #2 pick in the draft  and the $500K international money?

Thoughts?