Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics. Another slow week.
Recent Phillies’ transactions include the invitation of Mark Appel, Zach Eflin, Jake Thompson, Andrew Knapp, Gabriel Lino, Logan Moore, Brock Stassi, J.P. Crawford, and Nick Williams as non-roster invitees to spring training; and the signing of free agent outfielder Cedric Hunter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
MLB’s annual Rookie Career Development Program was held this past Thursday through Sunday in Leesburg, VA. The Phillies sent Alec Asher, Adam Morgan, Nick Williams, and Jimmy Cordero.
The Phillies annual Prospect Education Program is scheduled for January 12-15. Asher, Williams, and Cordero attended this, too along with Mark Appel, Andrew Knapp, Tyler Goeddel, Ricardo Pinto, Edubray Ramos, and Jake Thompson.
The salary arbitration process starts this week.
- January 12th is the deadline for eligible players to file for salary arbitration.
- January 15th is the deadline for eligible players and their teams to file salary figures for the arbitration panel to consider.
- February 1st is the start of the salary arbitration hearings.
- The Phillies have avoided arbitration and come to agreement on 2016 salaries with Andres Blanco and Peter Bourjos.
- Three Phillies remain unsigned and eligible for the arbitration process – Jeanmar Gomez ($1.5M projected by MLBTR), Freddy Galvis (1.9M projected), and Jeremy Hellickson ($6.6M projected AND a Boras Corporation client).
Interesting fact, none of the Phillies’ five free agents has signed yet – Cliff Lee, Aaron Harang, Jerome Wiliams, Chad Billingsley, and Jeff Francoeur. Dom Brown also remains unsigned.
Ben Revere is back in the NL East as a member of the Nationals. Revere and a PTBNL are headed to Washington while the Blue Jays will receive reliever Drew Storen and cash.
And finally, I have included C Randolph’s spray chart below. Notice the higher density of balls hit to left and center fields and the lighter density of balls hit to right field. This is what I would expect from a hitter who I have repeatedly suggested hits the ball where it is pitched rather than trying to pull everything.
C only hit one home run, but I remember it being hit more toward right-center than to dead right. This got me to wondering about who actually marks the spray chart. Is it the official scorer? In a lot of these games, that would have been Chris “Stats King” King. Or maybe they are compiled later based on the recap that the official scorer provides with the box score, which could lead to a slightly subjective placement of balls.
In either case, it struck me odd that a kid like C who is described as not showing home run power yet, but possessing gap-to-gap power, has no balls recorded in either gap. Just three clusters in left, center, and right and a glaring emptiness in each gap. Does this look strange, or is it just me?