My Christmas/New Years/Birthday/Cinco De Mayo/Hanukah/Kwanza all wrapped up in one is this Thursday as the Minor League baseball season begins, and just a few housekeeping notes as we enter our 6th full season here at Phuture Phillies. Over 10,000,000 page views later, this site has grown to certainly one of, if not the primary source for Phillies minor league information. James grew this site with his credibility of verifying information and well thought out analysis. I hope we continue the tradition he built for years to come.
The huge contributions of Matt and Brad will continue through the 2013 season as they each basically have carte blanche to contribute as they see fit. Brad will be doing the daily box score updates and a feature or two if he can fit it into his schedule. Matt will continue with player profiles and features and will focus on the upcoming draft as we head into June. Like I have in years past, I will focus on Lehigh Valley, but with renewed vigor this year as for the first time in the five years I have been covering the ‘Pigs, they have a dozen players that have legitimate shots at appearing on major league rosters if not this year, then next. As much as my schedule permits, I will continue the “Hot or Not” and “Around the System” series that people seem to like, which gives a good overview of what is happening from top to bottom in the minor leagues. I am also hoping to get out to several Reading games this year for “in person” analysis of the prospects in Baseball Town.
Several pages will be continuously updated. They include the “transactions, team rosters, and 40 man roster pages”. I will do the best I can to keep these updated, but as we all know, action in the minors can be fast and furious, so please let me know if I miss something or make a mistake. Please email me at email@example.com if you see an error or omission. An additional page that has been added at the top of the main page is the “Phillies salaries” section. The page gives an overview of the contract situation of each current Phillie, including when their contract expires, arb eligibility, etc. When projecting the arrival of minor leaguers, understanding who is ahead of them and until when is one of the barometers that must be considered, so enjoy that feature.
Finally, I am looking for one individual to write for the site and help out Matt, Brad and I. I am fairly flexible and willing to discuss the manner in which you can contribute but I do want someone who is serious about the site and the commitment. Many from within the Phillies organization read this site as well as players families. While criticism comes with the territory, we are committed here to be as fair as possible and have our opinions based on statistics, personal evaluation and discussion with those “in the know”. If you have interest, please email me at the above address.