Happy New Year! This is the first open discussion of 2016. Another slow week, no transactions. But the Phillies raided the Orioles front office to sign Ned Rice as an assistant general manager to Matt Klentak.
Regarding last week’s discussion where I took the time to research and report the meanings of a lot of baseball and scouting terms, it appears I still didn’t get through to everyone. These are baseball and scouting terms used throughout baseball. They are NOT up to individual interpretation. This is a prospect site, so when I use those terms, I will be using them in the same way that all of baseball uses them. I assume most readers will be doing the same.
Omitting Zach Eflin was an oversight on my part. I don’t know how I missed him. If I can find a place to add a modified form of the article on the menu, I will be sure to include him in the update.
Since the Phillies haven’t signed anyone recently, I combed through Matt Eddy’s most recent Minor League Transaction Report on Baseball America from December 10th thru the 22nd and found that –
- the Cubs signed Kelly Dugan,
- the Tigers signed Nate Schierholtz,
- the Royals signed John Lannan,
- the Dodgers signed Liaslverto Bonilla,
- the Twins signed Darin Mastroianni,
- the Yankees signed Sebastian Valle,
- the Rays signed 1B Kyle Roller (I watched this kid pound Threshers’ pitching a couple years ago when he was with the Tampa Yankees),
- the Nationals signed Stephen Shackleford, Zach Collier (out of the Independent Atlantic League), and Cutter “son of Lenny” Dykstra.
- Additionally, I read this past week that the pitcher most of you love to hate, Kyle Kendrick, has signed a minor league deal with the Braves that includes a non-roster invitation to spring training. He will earn a $2M base salary if he makes the roster with another $4M in incentives.
- And finally, Cliff Lee is drawing interest from half the teams in baseball. Yeah, really. MLB Trade Rumors story here with latest updates.
In winter ball –
- Rhys Hoskins .307/.382/.500/.882 with 5 HR and Cord Sandberg .296/.364/.392/.756 are tearing it up in Australia.
- Logan Moore has posted the best Phillies’ slash in the Dominican League, but it is a very small sample size of 51 AB. He has 2 HR, 14 RBI and 12 walks, but also has struck out in 17 AB (33%). His Licey team is 5-1 with a 2-game lead in the round robin portion of their playoffs with 12 games remaining.
- Odubel Herrera is raking in Venezuela with a .426/.440/.468/.908 in 47 AB. He is 2-8 in the playoffs with a HR, 3 RBI and 2 BB. His team has a 2-0 lead in the best of seven first round.
- Dylan Cozens .275/.333/.407/.740 with 3 HR, 8 BB, 19 K in 91 AB and Jesse Valentin .270/.307/.319/.626 with 10 BB and 21 K in 163 AB will go into the Puerto Rican League Playoffs where they are 0-2 in the Round Robin portion.
- A lot of young pitcher have pitched well in the Caribbean Leagues including –
- Victor Arano (4-0, 0.72, 21 K, 3 BB, 25.0 IP)
- Daniel Stumpf (1-0, 1.00, 10 K, 5 BB, 18.0 IP)
- Hoby Milner (1-0, 1.32, 9 K, 8 BB, 13.2 IP)
- Reinier Roibal (3-1, 1.58, 27 K, 9 BB, 40.0)
- Jimmy Cordero (0-0, 1.93, 10 K, 7 BB, 9.1 IP)
- Gregory Infante (0-1, 2.41, 18 K, 6 BB, 18.2 IP)
- Austin Davis (1-1, 1.12, 46 K, 6 BB, 40.1 IP)
I would like to thank everyone for the concern and kind thoughts regarding my brother. He was released from the hospital Friday afternoon. The fine medical staff of the Mease Hospital cardiac unit identified and stabilized his problem.
Oh, and finally, my wife bought me a car for Christmas, a 2014 Jetta. This second family car will allow me to more completely follow baseball at the Complex without her work hours restricting my appearances at spring training, extended spring training, Threshers’ games, GCL games, Instructal League games, etc. WooHoo!