Spring training continues with the Futures Game in Reading tonight (the Futures got pounded 19-4 in seven innings), a game against Baltimore tomorrow, and another Futures Game at CBP on Saturday. With 26 prospects up north for the futures games, I was curious how those left in Clearwater would make up the 4 teams for today’s minor league games. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 31st
I occasionally receive and respond to survey requests. My location in Clearwater, my ability to attend a lot of baseball activities from February thru November, and my continued involvement with Phuture Phillies provides me with the opportunity to actually see the players in person whom I write about.
Recently I received a request Continue reading And the Survey Says … (March 2016)
The Phillies’ spring training in Clearwater came to an end today. Many of my friends and acquaintances are saddened by this occurrence. Not me. Now, I can return to my normal routine. I can park at the Carpenter Complex instead of at the tennis courts a mile away. Go north you Phillies. Take your fans with you and let me get back to watching and reporting on the players at the low levels of the stateside affiliates. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 30th
The Phillies had a 7-1 loss washed off the books when the game was halted after four innings. The minor league games against the Blue Jays, on the other hand, were moved up to 10:00AM because the guys in charge can do that without worrying about advance ticket sales. ‘Cause there are none. It’s left to us minor league fans to scramble when the phone/tweet tree spreads the news of a change in start time. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 29th (and the Future’s Roster)
The Phillies lost another game, 2-1 to the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Darin Ruf crushed his 4th HR to center field, and Vince Velasquez pitched 6.0, 2-hit innings allowing 3 BB and 8 K. But, the bullpen blew another late lead on a 2-out, 2-run HR in the eighth inning.
The minor league games were cancelled, so there were 2 intrasquad games at the Complex. I watched the game between Teams 1 and 2, mostly AAA and AA guys with a few A+ guys tossed in. I won’t get to see guys like Quinn, Crawford, Hoskins, and Knapp once they go north. So I opted to watch this game without regard for the pitchers. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 28th
A quick update on the transactions and announcements that came out of the complex today:
–Vincent Veslasquez has been named the Phils #5 starter, meaning Adam Morgan, who has been very well in Spring Training has been optioned to AAA Lehigh Valley.
–RP Elvis Arajuo and Luis Garcia both of whom spent the large majority of last season with the Phils have been optioned to AAA Lehigh Valley
–Darnell Sweeney was optioned to Lehigh Valley, while C Logan Moore, INF Angelys Nina, RP Bobby LaFromboise, RP Reinier Roibal and P Chris Leroux were all re-assigned to minor league camp
–OF Will Venable was signed to a minor league deal and is expected to compete with Cedric Hunter and David Lough for the final OF position on the roster.
Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of March 27th
Time to make your selections official for sleeper and break out prospects. Enter your guesses in the comments section and I will gather them into a Google Sheet for easy viewing. Not to gloat, but I was one of two people who correctly identified Andrew Knapp as a player who would have a break out season. Continue reading 2016 Sleeper and Break Out Prospects
The 2016 draft discussion continues here. These discussions will be accessible under the draft menu for reference. Continue reading 2016 Draft Discussion, March 27th
The Phillies lost a game in Kissimmee to the Astros, their last trip there since the Astros are moving to another Florida location next spring. Some guy named Giles got the save.
We had large crowds at the Carpenter Complex yesterday and today. I have short reports on the action both days, and a little video. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 23rd