Roster Information for the 2020-21 Off Season

I’ll pin this on the site for reference and update as necessary over the coming weeks.

A flurry of activity will begin the day after the World Series ends.  This could be as soon as October 25th if there is a sweep or as late as October 29th if the series goes seven games.  In any case, the morning after the series ends, a bunch of players get to choose free agency and a smaller bunch sees/takes action on their options. Continue reading Roster Information for the 2020-21 Off Season

2021 Discussion in Preparation for the Amateur Draft – November 25, 2021

Happy day before Thanksgiving!  I hope everyone is healthy and enjoys the holiday.

This is the Phuture Phillies forum for the discussion of prospects eligible for the amateur draft that is scheduled to be held in about 7-8 months( July 11-13, 2021).  You can place video, scouting reports, or just comments here.  You can reference these weekly discussions on the menu above.

Feel free to discuss the 2021 international signing period, too.  It begins on January 15, 2021 and runs through June 25, 2021.

This space is for the discussion of prospects in the upcoming draft and international signing period.  This is NOT a space for you to complain about past picks/signings or the organization’s past/current draft and international philosophy.

 

Open Discussion: Week of November 23rd

The Phillies announced the signing of 33-year-old Caleb Cotham as their pitching coach.  As I mentioned last week Cotham is a Driveline type coach.  That would seem to cement Driveline in the organization from top to bottom.  There should be no disconnect as pitchers move up levels and eventually pitch for the Phillies.  It also appears that the more traditional pitching instructors will continue to be weeded out when their contracts are up or offered buyouts.


Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of November 23rd

2021 Discussion in Preparation for the Amateur Draft – November 18, 2021

This is the Phuture Phillies forum for the discussion of prospects eligible for the amateur draft that is scheduled to be held in about 7-8 months( July 11-13, 2021).  You can place video, scouting reports, or just comments here.  You can reference these weekly discussions on the menu above.

Feel free to discuss the 2021 international signing period, too.  It begins on January 15, 2021 and runs through June 25, 2021.

This space is for the discussion of prospects in the upcoming draft and international signing period.  This is NOT a space for you to complain about past picks/signings or the organization’s past/current draft and international philosophy.

 

Open Discussion: Week of November 16th

“There shall be no Competitive Balance Tax in place following the 2021 championship season, and the Parties expressly acknowledge and agree that the provisions of this Article XXIII (except those concerning the collection and distribution of the Competitive Balance tax proceeds for the 2021 Contract Year and the assessment of any associated penalties for exceeding the Base Tax or Surcharge Thresholds) shall not survive the expiration of this Agreement.”

Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of November 16th

Open Discussion: Week of November 9th

It’s always nice to read good reports on our prospects.  Or, is it?

Within the past 10 days, two articles have been published about our prospects who attended Instructs.  One by Jim Salisbury for NBC Sports on October 29th and one by Jonathan Mayo for MLB Pipeline on November 6th. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of November 9th

Open Discussion: Week of November 2nd

I went to the Complex Saturday to watch my third and final Instructional League game between the Phillies and Blue Jays.  Mark Wylie and I were the only TWO people in attendance.  The game started at 9:30 AM and was over by noon.  Word is that a lot of players were going home that afternoon. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of November 2nd

Gerrymandering the Phillies 2021 Active and Reserve Rosters

The following is an accurate snapshot of the Phillies current roster situation and some potential moves.  Some not all.

The Competitive Balance Tax threshold in 2021 is $210,000,000.  For ease of understanding and typing let’s call it what it really is, a CAP.

By my calculations, the Phillies can find themselves $72,932,218 below the CAP going into the 2020-21 offseason. Continue reading Gerrymandering the Phillies 2021 Active and Reserve Rosters

Open Discussion: Week of October 26th

I went to the Complex Saturday to watch my second Instructional League game between the Phillies and Blue Jays.  I was one of SIX people in attendance – my friend Steve Potter and his wife and daughter, my friend and photo contributor Mark Wylie, me, and Mike from Harrisburg.  Mike read last week’s account of the game and flew in Friday to join us Saturday behind the left center field fence on Roberts Field.  Sort of a Clearwater branch of the Phandemic Krew. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of October 26th

Open Discussion: Week of October 19th

I went to the Complex Saturday to watch an Instructional League game between the Phillies and Blue Jays.  I was one of five people in attendance – my friend Steve Potter and his wife and daughter, my friend and former photo contributor Mark Wylie, and me.

The game was held on Roberts Field.  If you are familiar with the Complex, you’ll have noticed that a walking and bike path runs down Old Coachman Road, crosses the road at the north end of the Complex parking lot (where the pedestrian light is installed), and continues between the Complex and Clearwater’s regional trash collection point.  The path skirts the outfields on Carlton (CF and RF) and Roberts (LF and CF) Fields. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of October 19th

Phuture Phillies: 2020 James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Recipients

The winner of the fourth annual Phuture Phillies, James’ Hitting Award is Alec Bohm.

The winner of the fourth annual Phuture Phillies, James’ Pitching Award is Connor Brogdon.

Both awards are named after Phuture Phillies’ founder and benefactor, James. Continue reading Phuture Phillies: 2020 James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Recipients