Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. Happy Holiday Season to all. Very little Phillies’ activity this week.
The Phillies announced their minor league coaching staffs and development team.
A couple recent transactions have been finalized.
A handful of DSL players were released. There’s a nice holiday present.
Phuture Phillies’ Reader Top 30 will begin this week.
Organizational News and Changes
The free agent signings of Carlos Santana and Tommy Hunter were finally announced this week. I think were current except for the official announcement on the signing of C Abrahan Gutierrez and the minor league signings of Erik Fryer and Pedro Beato. Also, The Phillies have not officially announced their NRI assignments.
The Phillies announced their 2018 player development staffs. A few guys were brought in from outside the organization. Gary Jones will manage the IronPigs. Wes Helms was added as a coach. Rico Brogna will coach at Reading. Ruben Gotay joins the Threshers as a coach. Milver Reyes joins Lakewood as a pitching coach. Christian Marrero joins Williamsport as a hitting coach. Most other changes involved the movement of incumbent coaches to different teams or positions on the development staff. The Phillies finally confirmed the creation of a second GCL team. Nelson Prada moves up from a coach at Lakewood to the manager of the GCL West team. The DSL teams got a couple new coaches, but also shuffled coaches between the teams. Jesus Tiamo serves as a coach for DSL White after several seasons as a bullpen catcher with the major league club. These assignments are included at the bottom of the organization’s rosters.
The Phillies released seven players from their DSL teams and one retired. Released: DSL Red – RHP Ludovico Coveri, 1B Enny Rondon, and RHP Moises Nolasco. Released: DSL White – 3B Leandro Medina, LHP Alfredo Benitez, RF Rusbel Vasquez, and RHP Carlos Salazar. Retired: DSL White – SS Yeremy Nunez.
Winter ball stats are available here.
The Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente will play a shortened, 21-game schedule with 4 teams beginning on January 6, 2018.
A few guys are still active in winter leagues. The Columbian League regular season ends on December 30th. Three teams make the first round of the playoffs, all our guys are on teams that will qualify. Grenny Cumana and Luke Williams are among the league leaders in batting average and hits. Jorge Alfaro is the third highest RBI total. Casey Brown has the third lowest ERA.
The Dominican League regular season ended on December 17th. None of our guys appear to be active.
The Mexican League ends on December 29th. None of our guys are appear to be active.
The Venezuelan League ends on December 29th. It appears that Andres Blanco and Alexis Rivero are the only two players still active in the league.
|Cabral, Edgar||Nov. 15||GDD||AFL||0.298||14||47||2||14||0||4||3||13||0||0.353||0.340||0.693|
|Green, Zach||Nov. 16||GDD||AFL||0.258||18||62||10||16||2||6||4||20||0||0.324||0.419||0.743|
|Randolph, Cornelius||Nov. 16||GDD||AFL||0.239||19||71||10||17||0||8||7||20||2||0.308||0.324||0.632|
|Campbell, Derek||Dec. 23||CAI||COL||0.231||35||134||10||31||0||12||12||32||0||0.304||0.291||0.595|
|Martin, Kyle||Dec. 16||CAI||COL||0.259||29||112||15||29||2||11||15||29||1||0.354||0.384||0.738|
|Alfaro, Jorge||Dec. 22||TOR||COL||0.326||24||89||10||29||2||25||8||22||1||0.388||0.506||0.894|
|Cumana, Grenny||Dec. 23||TOR||COL||0.284||35||141||18||40||0||14||11||13||0||0.348||0.319||0.667|
|Gamboa, Arquimedes||Nov. 25||TOR||COL||0.214||17||56||2||12||0||6||7||15||1||0.302||0.268||0.570|
|Williams, Luke||Dec. 23||TOR||COL||0.285||35||137||19||39||3||15||22||34||6||0.389||0.372||0.761|
|Alvarez, Eliezer||Dec. 13||ESC||LIDOM||0.130||18||23||6||3||0||0||4||8||1||0.286||0.130||0.416|
|Moore, Logan||Nov. 30||EST||LIDOM||0.148||13||27||6||4||0||2||4||11||0||0.258||0.185||0.443|
|Quinn, Roman||Oct. 22||TOR||LIDOM||0.125||6||16||2||2||0||0||2||5||0||0.222||0.188||0.410|
|Walding, Mitch||Nov. 12||MOC||LMP||0.228||23||79||9||18||3||10||16||23||0||0.365||0.392||0.757|
|Alastre, Jesus||Nov. 5||ARA||LVBP||0.176||13||17||3||3||0||0||1||4||0||0.222||0.176||0.399|
|Gomez, Jose||Dec. 2||LAG||LVBP||0.179||22||56||5||10||1||5||2||5||2||0.220||0.232||0.452|
|Blanco, Andres||Dec. 22||MAG||LVBP||0.308||42||159||31||49||3||11||26||34||2||0.433||0.453||0.886|
|Tromp, Jiandido||Oct. 24||MAG||LVBP||0.185||11||27||2||5||0||2||5||8||1||0.313||0.222||0.535|
|Duran, Carlos||Oct. 26||MAR||LVBP||0.250||11||36||8||9||0||3||3||9||0||0.300||0.250||0.550|
|Rivas, Raul||Nov. 8||MAR||LVBP||0.250||12||36||6||9||0||1||0||6||0||0.250||0.250||0.500|
|Brito, Daniel||Nov. 4||ZUL||LVBP||0.273||16||44||3||12||0||4||4||11||0||0.333||0.318||0.652|
|Bettencourt, Trevor||Nov. 14||GDD||AFL||10.13||0||1||8||0||1||8.0||10||9||0||3||9||1.63|
|Brown, Aaron||Nov. 16||GDD||AFL||3.00||0||0||3||0||0||3.0||5||1||0||2||2||2.33|
|Cleavinger, Garrett||Nov. 16||GDD||AFL||6.35||0||1||11||0||0||11.1||14||8||0||4||10||1.59|
|Garcia, Elniery||Oct. 28||GDD||AFL||5.79||1||2||4||4||0||14.0||15||9||1||4||13||1.36|
|Hammer, J.D.||Nov. 15||GDD||AFL||0.66||0||0||10||0||3||13.2||4||1||0||7||11||0.80|
|Campbell, Derek||Nov. 25||CAI||COL||9.00||0||0||1||0||0||1.0||1||1||1||1||0||2.00|
|Brown, Casey||Dec. 15||TOR||COL||2.29||2||2||8||8||0||39.1||41||10||0||12||25||1.35|
|Paulino, Felix||Nov. 25||TOR||COL||3.80||1||1||5||4||0||21.1||24||9||1||3||30||1.27|
|Casimiro, Ranfi||Nov. 7||AGU||LIDOM||0.00||0||0||1||0||0||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||1.00|
|Kilome, Franklyn||Nov. 22||ESC||LIDOM||7.64||0||4||6||6||0||17.2||26||15||3||7||17||1.87|
|Windle, Tom||Nov. 7||ESC||LIDOM||7.20||1||2||10||0||0||5.0||7||4||0||4||3||2.20|
|Garcia, Edgar||Dec. 13||EST||LIDOM||12.15||1||2||8||0||0||6.2||13||9||0||4||8||2.55|
|Dominguez, Seranthony||Nov. 21||GIG||LIDOM||4.91||1||0||6||0||0||7.1||7||4||1||7||8||1.91|
|Curtis, Zac||Nov. 19||LIC||LIDOM||4.05||4||2||16||0||0||13.1||13||6||0||6||17||1.43|
|Aris, Abdallah||Dec. 1||ARA||LVBP||9.00||0||0||1||0||0||1.0||2||1||1||0||0||0.20|
|Rivero, Alexis||Dec. 22||ara/zul||LVBP||6.19||0||2||17||0||2||16.0||17||11||2||4||17||1.31|
|Llovera, Mauricio||Nov. 17||ORI||LVBP||4.91||1||1||11||0||0||14.2||10||8||0||8||9||1.23|
The Phillies’ spring training schedule has been released. Their first spring game is at home on Thursday, February 22 v. University of Tampa. Their last game is on Tuesday, March 27th v. Pittsburgh, also at home. There are two open dates, March 6th and 15th.
The book to which I made a small contribution has been released on Amazon. The author is Steve Potter whose player interviews I posted here during the season.
A Fan’s View is Steve’s second review of the Phillies’ minor league affiliates. He has received contributions from several people who have watched the teams they wrote about including Tom Housenick (Lehigh Valley), Kirsten Karbach (Clearwater), Jay Floyd (Lakewood), and me (GCL). Mark Wylie whose photos have appeared on Phuture Phillies has about a dozen and a half photos in the book, too.
Steve intends to donate any proceeds from this year’s book to Phillies Charities. It’s available for $15.00 on Amazon.
Steve also has a Page on Facebook. He is the source for a lot of information I can’t always share here. He sometimes is able to post news ahead of the beat writers.
Reader Top 30 Poll
I will begin posting the polls this week. A preliminary poll has identified 19 players to add to the poll. I will add them in 6 player blocks and have them available by the time we reach the fifteenth poll. My plan to run 5 per week may have to be altered. I am taking part in Phantasy Week this year. That may push back the end date by a few days. But, I may have a few interesting articles as a result in my participation as a GM. That package includes sessions with front office personnel. I’m looking forward to that.
Updates to Phuture Phillies
I received no feedback on this so I went ahead and made some changes to the links in the right-hand column on Phuture Phillies. I updated the links to the affiliates home pages, and will add Gulf Coast Phillies West when the page/URL is created by MiLB.
I added a couple links to Resources. I don’t know why Baseball Reference wasn’t their in the first place. I deleted several that are no longer producing current output or are no longer active sites. I also edited a couple to reflect their current names.
And, I edited a couple Blogs to their new names and deleted several old sites.
If you have favorite that you think would be a valid addition, let me know via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- January 9, 2018 – Salary arbitration filing deadline
- January 12, 2018 – Salary arbitration figures exchanged
- January 17-21, 2018 – Phillies Phantasy Camp in Clearwater, FL
- January 29 – February 16, 2018 – Salary arbitration hearings, Phoenix, Arizona
- February 13, 2018 – earliest date for pitchers/catchers to report to Spring Training
- February 18, 2018 – earliest date for all other players to report for full squad workouts
- February 22, 2018 – Tentative date for the start of Grapefruit League games
- March 29, 2018 – Opening Day for the 2018 season
- March 29, 2018 – Phillies opening game in Atlanta
- April 5, 2018 – Phillies home opener v. Miami
April 15, 2018 – Jackie Robinson Day
April 17-18, 2018 – Twins v. Indians at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, PR
May 13, 2018 – Mother’s Day events, all host ballparks
- June 4-6, 2018 – 2018 MLB Draft
June 17, 2018 – Father’s Day events, all host ballparks
July 13-17, 2018 – All-Star Week
- July 17, 2018 – 89th All Star Game, at Nationals Park
- August 19, 2018 – Phillies v. Mets in the Little League Classic in Williamsport.
- December 10-13, 2018 – Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada
Off Season Transactions (recently reported transactions in bold): (40-man stands at 40)
- 12/20 – DSL Phillies Red released 1B Enny Rondon
- 12/20 – DSL Phillies Red released RHP Ludovico Coveri
- 12/20 – DSL Phillies White released 3B Leandro Medina
- 12/20 – DSL Phillies White released LHP Alfredo Benitez
- 12/20 – DSL Phillies White released RF Rusbel Vasquez
- 12/20 – DSL Phillies White released RHP Carlos Salazar
- 12/20 – SS Yeremy Nunez retired
- 12/19 – DSL Phillies Red released RHP Moises Nolasco
- 12/20 – Phillies signed free agent 1B Carlos Santana (lose 2nd round pick and $500K international bonus money)
- 12/15 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Tommy Hunter
- 12/15 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Pat Neshek
- 12/15 – Phillies traded SS Freddy Galvis to San Diego for RHP Enyel De Los Santos
- 12/14 – Phillies traded RHP Nick Burdi to Pittsburgh Pirates for Future Considerations ($500K international bonus money)
- 12/14 – Phillies claimed RHP Nick Burdi off waivers from Chattanooga Lookouts
- 12/11 – Mariners claimed CF Cameron Perkins off waivers from Philadelphia
- 12/11 – Pirates claimed SS Engelb Vielma off waivers from Philadelphia
- Phillies placed Cameron Perkins and Engelb Vielma on outright waivers.
- Phillies signed FA catcher Abrahan Gutierrez.
- 11/27 – Phillies sent Alberto Tirado outright to Lehigh Valley
- 11/27 – Phillies sent Mark Appel outright to Lehigh Valley
11/20 – Phillies claimed SS Engelb Vielma off waivers from San Francisco Giants
11/20 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Franklyn Kilome from Lehigh Valley
11/20 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Seranthony Dominguez from Clearwater
- 11/20 – Phillies selected the contract of LHP Ranger Suarez from Clearwater
- 11/20 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Jose Taveras from Reading
- 11/20 – Phillies designated RHP Mark Appel for assignment
- 11/20 – Phillies designated RHP Alberto Tirado for assignment
- 11/20 – Phillies sent LHP Elniery Garcia outright to Lehigh Valley
- 11/14 – Williamsport Crosscutters released CF Juan Luis
- 11/6 – RHP Jesen Therrien elected free agency
- 11/6 – CF Herlis Rodriguez elected free agency
- 11/6 – 1B Brock Stassi elected free agency
- 11/6 – C Nick Rickles elected free agency
- 11/6 – LHP Cesar Ramos elected free agency
- 11/6 – SHP Pat Venditte elected free agency
- 11/6 – RHP Michael Mariot elected free agency
- 11/6 – 3B Hector Gomez elected free agency
- 11/6 – SS Angelo Mora elected free agency
- 11/6 – LF Christian Marrero elected free agency
- 11/6 – RHP Colton Murray elected free agency
- 11/6 – RHP Miguel Nunez elected free agency
- 11/6 – 1B Harold Martinez elected free agency
- 11/6 – C Chace Numata elected free agency
- 11/6 – 1B Wilson Garcia elected free agency
- 11/6 – RHP Jesen Therrien elected free agency
- 11/6 – CF Pedro Florimon elected free agency
- 11/6 – Phillies activated RHP Vince Velasquez from the 60-day disabled list
- 11/6 – Phillies activated RHP Jerad Eickhoff from the 60-day disabled list
- 11/6 – Phillies activated RHP Zach Eflin from the 60-day disabled list
- 11/6 – Phillies sent RHP Jesen Therrien outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 11/6 – Phillies sent CF Pedro Florimon outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 11/2 – RF Hyun Soo Kim elected free agency
- 11/2 – LF Daniel Nava elected free agency
- 11/2 – 3B Andres Blanco elected free agency
- 11/2 – RHP Clay Buchholz elected free agency
- 11/2 – Phillies activated RHP Jesen Therrien from the 60-day disabled list
- 11/2 – Phillies activated CF Pedro Florimon from the 60-day disabled list
- 10/30-11/6 – Logan Moore re-signed with the Phillies
- 9/30-10/13 – Ranfi Casimiro re-signed with the Phillies
- 10/13 – Pedro Beato elected free agency
- 10/5 – Kevin Segrist elected free agency
- 10/5 – Ty Kelly elected free agency
- 10/4 – Philadelphia Phillies sent LHP Kevin Siegrist outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 10/4 – Philadelphia Phillies sent 2B Ty Kelly outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 9/16-29 – Mitch Walding re-signed with the Phillies
- The organization’s rosters are up to date.
- The organization’s injury list retains the injuries at the end of the 2017 season. All are expected to be okay by the start of spring training.
- The organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list is as accurate as I can make it.
Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics.