Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics. The 2016 minor league groups have been released. I have a copy here, but I expect to have more functional copies tomorrow.
- 3/2 – Aaron Altherr changed his number and will now wear #9. The first #9 who I can remember was Gus Triandos. Others who wore the number include Danny Murtaugh, Mike Goliat, Harry Anderson, Bob Uecker, Manny Trillo, Juan Samuel, Von Hayes, Pete Incaviglia, Tomas Perez, Michael Bourn, Tadahito Iguchi, and most recently (drum roll) Domonic Brown. Two days later he injures his wrist diving for a ball.
- 3/3-5 – Ten minor league players have been activated on game day recently. Four position players for the split squad games on the 3rd, six pitchers on subsequent days.
The minor league work groups were released Saturday. Here is the PDF file. I hope to have an editable file within a few days. There are 150 players listed.
I suggest you NOT try to extrapolate the affiliates’ rosters from these work groups. It’s way to early. If you think of Group 1 as AAA keep in mind that there are a lot of players in the major league camp who will be demoted to Group 1 over the next few weeks. The resulting domino effect will render these early groups as useless for predicting rosters.
Noticeably absent from the work groups, yet still active in the organization – Skylar Hunter (WPT in 2016), Feliberto Sanchez (WPT 2016), Tyler Henson (signed 11/6/2015), and Ben Pelletier (2015 draft pick).
The Venezuelan Academy is still operating after the collapse of the VSL. However, there are no longer rosters listed to account for the 28 players who were on the last roster at the academy. Nineteen players are listed on the DSL roster. A second team has not been added to the DSL, yet.
All the international signings we’ve been tracking are probably at one of the academies – LHP Manuel Silva, SS Keudy Bocio, SS Jonathan Guzman, RHP Luis Ramirez, RHP Leonel Aponte, RHP Jean Valdez, C Ismael Rosado, 3B Leonardo Colagrossi, RHP Jesus De Los Santos, LHP Jose Jimenez, C Carlos Oporeza, OF Jose Estrada, LHP Roimy Mendoza, OF Juan Smith.
I was at 2-3 games this past week as well as several practices including the minor leaguers on Saturday. I haven’t been able to write much. We have a lot of visitors right now, including two of my grand children. I should be able to return to normal spring coverage later in the week after they return to PA.
Some random observations:
- Infante threw a dozen pitches in the 96-98 mph range on March 1st. He only managed to T96 mph once on March 4th.
- The Phillies are working a lot of walks. Their 32 is tied for 2nd most, 5 behind Detroit. A lot of their walks are scoring.
- David Lough was permitted to attempt to steal second with two out and Howard at bat. Lough was thrown out. Howard led off the next inning with a K.
- Unfortunately, their pitchers have issued the most walks, 35.
- But they have recorded the most Ks, 58.
- Most of the pitchers I’ve seen have been in the low 90s (91-94). The exception was Hellickson who T91 mph once in his outing. Yet he struck out 5 of 6 after back to back doubles.
- Stassi and Herrera can hit.
- Franco is way strong.
- I was right above Altherr on the play where he injured his wrist. He should have had it.
- There has been some miscommunication on playes in the field. e.g., Goeddel and Lough almost collided on one fly ball. Later they backed away from a ball as they approached each other and let it drop for a double. There have been several other instances where fielders have failed to make routine plays. Questionable rules/rulings and some favorable scoring have kept the error total down. Don’t let this fool you, Our defense could be shaky this season.